My Precious Pennies

I will be AWAY until late February as we do this moving thing...again.

Ginger from Attention Target Shoppers & Tricia from 1stopmom
will be holding down the fort in the meantime - thank you so much, ladies!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


In 11 days, we will officially be homeless. Okay, technically in 16 days, because we'll need to spend somewhere between 4 to 5 days driving cross country. According to google, it's 2100 miles. Guesstimating that we average 70mph and drive 8 hours a day, we'll get there in 3.75 days. But of course, that's not accounting for the fact that there will be 2 dogs and a baby in the car.

And our lack of a home isn't because we're not trying, mind you. We had our search narrowed down to 11 houses, which were VERY carefully selected after viewing the insides and checking out the neighborhoods on google maps (I love that street view). But out of the 11 houses, only 2 came back as actual possibilities. Some houses were just way too squished together, others overlooked freeways and the noise was terrible, and then there were the curveballs. One house had over $80,000 of foundation issues, and another house had a previous tenant that decided to go on a destruction rampage before he was evicted.

And just as our luck would have it, one of the final two houses already had 8 offers on it, which really only left us with one house. We offered on it (along with 2 other people), and as of right now the "unofficial" word is that we didn't get it. The "official" verdict hasn't been handed down yet, but unless a small miracle happens I doubt we're going to get it.

We're not giving up - we're still looking. I mean, we really don't have a choice but to keep looking. The wait list to get into military housing is 8 months long, not to mention we'd be in a teeny tiny townhouse. We found 4 more houses that look promising, but I'm trying to not get so excited about them. After all, our original list of 11 got chopped down to just one actual plausible house...that we didn't get.

And in the meantime, we've been packing up house like crazy headless chickens. We're going it camping style and eating off plastic plates right now. All the toys are packed up, and we're about 80% done. We just need to dismantle furniture and move things out into the containers. Then we can be free of the terrible housing here. I'm not looking forward to shacking up in a motel for a couple of weeks, but I AM looking forward to getting out of housing.

I know that right now it looks like I'm just going to abandon this blog, but that is so not the case. I really miss blogging, and can't wait to get back into the swing of things. Soon....!!!


toxicpuree said...

I suggest checking Craigslist =] Good luck finding something!

Rhonda Parker said...

Keep your chin up, Rita ~ this too shall pass... best of luck to you and your family; and again, thanks for serving our country!

kd said...

I don't know where exactly you're looking ~ you're moving to San Diego, right? My brother has been finding some really great deals out towards La Mesa ("15 minutes from anywhere you want to go" according to my mom) and the San Carlos area.

WildSeaKitten said...

good luck. I pray you find something quickly. Something will turn up. I know for us it always has. 26 moves in my life, and we've never not found a place to live. even moving across the state or across the country.

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

I hope you find a good house soon! Take care and good luck!

Nancy M. said...

I'm sorry y'all are having so much trouble finding a new home. I hope you'll find one before you get there.

Danielle Miller said...

Try to think positive. If you have to live in a hotel for a little while, at least you'll have maid service everyday! And possibly free breakfast. And maybe even an indoor pool with a hot tub and sauna. Consider it a spa vacation instead of a negative scenario.

Mom2fur said...

I sure hope you find that house soon, and that it turns out to be the home of your dreams!
Did you ever check out It's another way to look for houses and you can get those satellite views, too.
Good luck!

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