Another November Update

Hello friends.

The contract about which I last wrote fell through. But there is another one now, so I have a new closing date (December 28) and a new moving date (December 15). The due diligence time (8 days this time) started today and will end December 3rd. And a formal inspection will be done tomorrow. During due diligence buyers can back out of the contract if an issue is found that they feel makes buying the house not a good idea for them, for whatever reason.

The great news is that if this contract holds, I’ll be able to buy “my house” in Charleston after the December 28 closing here. I am trying not to get completely giddy over that possibility.

Both sons are coming on the 16th (we are meeting in Portland near the airport) to drive me to Charleston as I cannot fly and don’t feel like I could drive myself down the I95 East Coast urban corridor for 20+ hours. But what a gift to be with both sons at once in a car for 20 hours! My life in Maine has not included driving in urban traffic or for long periods of time, so at almost 78 I feel so grateful for all the family support I am getting to make this move not only happen, but to be a happy occasion.

During radon testing in the failed contract due diligence period, it emerged that there is an air/radon problem here, but that knowledge emerged only after the contract fell through for some other reason. Plans are now in place to mitigate that issue asap.

I have learned a lot about air radon and radon mitigation over recent weeks. It takes 48 hours for a machine to test for indoor radon, while doors stay shut except for going and coming. It’s winter, so all the windows are already shut. The mitigation will involves drilling down through the utility room slab to install a vent pipe (powered by a fan) that takes the radon air outside and over the roof–and that drilling is complicated by the radiant heat pipes in the lower floor. But there is a very nifty infrared camera that can show where the pipes are–but shows the pipes clearly after the heat is turned off overnight and restarted the next morning. Brrrrr!

Since I can’t do any more packing until the due diligence period is over, I got bored. I unpacked the Janome 6600 and its Sew-Ezi portable table–which positions the machine so it is flush to the table top–and set up a little sewing station in the quilt room that is now full of packed boxes and items that “will move” from other parts of the house.

I have four monthly fabric packets from Sewtopia for the Tara Faughnan designed block-of-the month Traverse quilt project. Each month’s fabrics makes one of the rows in the quilt–and some months have multiple rows of the same design that are repeated on the quilt. I am working on row 4 now, and it has 3 rows. It’s the row at the top of the quilt with the small green squares.

Here is a picture of Tara Faughnan’s sample quilt–done in the Windham Artisan “shot” cotton solids, which I chose. Other choices were Kona solid cottons in colors or neutrals or the Artisan cottons in neutrals. All of these quilts are beautiful, and the rows are fun to make, though the two flying geese rows were super challenging for me as each row needs to measure 72 1/2 inches.

Sooo…

I will be less anxious when the due diligence 8 days are over and the air/radon problem is mitigated, but I’m getting much better at just letting what I cannot manage go. All is just going to be what it is, and I am flexible with what life puts in my path for the most part–even when disappointment occurs.

I will miss Maine, for sure. But I miss my family much more. And I’m truly excited about living close to them again. The years since John died in January 2013 have been so good for me as I learned I can live on my own and that I can cope when life gets messy.

I suppose in that way I am choosing to be happy, no matter what. And I have so much for which to be happy.

PS: I learned this week that Jackpot has been adopted by a local family–after he visited them with his foster caregiver to see if JP and the family were happy with each other.

Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

5 thoughts on “Another November Update”

  1. Praying things go well…… I’m also learning that as we get older we must keep an open mind. Life doesn’t always go the way we thought it might. I’m sure you will miss Maine, but you said it well — it will be good to be close to family.

  2. Glad you are dealing with this difficult process so well. Yes, mindset IS the key . Daddy drilled that into our thick skulls , thankfully! Wish I could do more to help, but I am sending good mojo and prayers your way and looking very forward to seeing my fabulous cousin soon♥️♥️♥️♥️

  3. My dear friend Alva always said that sewing soothes the soul…it certainly does mine! I am so glad to see you set up your sewing again so that you have that while you wait Louisa 😊
    I can feel your excitement to be with both of your boys for the drive and going forward more family time…so happy too that you enabled Jackson to first come to you and then to find his forever home 🥰

  4. Well done navigating a multitude of ever changing situations. Radon is easy to fix. Ihave that radon pipe installed, and had no issues with the installation, or with radon. Sewing is a perfect distraction. I also have that model Janome, and am working on a Christmas quilt. And just purchased a Janome Serger yesterday… Yes, sewing can give great joy! Wishing you the best, Janet

  5. Thinking about you and praying all goes well in the end. There can be many frustrations as we age without our permission. You have been tough to stick it out. Crafts and sewing will keep you balanced, stabilized and happy during your waiting for the plan to all come together. I know when it is accomplished you will relax and be encouraged in the new adventures down south and with your family. Please don’t just disappear off the quilting radar. I’ll miss our times together cut short by Covid and isolation.

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