My neighbor with the gorgeous garden next door gently asked, “So what’s up? Is your house a zombie?”
I had not heard that term before. After looking into what zombie houses actually are, the answer is yes, friends. My house was a zombie. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/zombie-foreclosures.html
We couldn’t keep up and we couldn’t get a modification. We were served the foreclosure notice in June, 2008. The stock market crashed in September. By 2009, I was already on my fourth unsuccessful attempt at a modification.
In March 2010, Saxon informed us, the game was up. Our only alternative to foreclosure was to do a short sale. The house was on the market for maybe two or three days. We accepted the offer and went immediately into contract. The youngest member of the house hold was starting high school, I was commuting to the big city, and there wasn’t time to screw around. We moved.
Then the deal didn’t close. And then the kitchen ceiling fell in.
We put the house back on the market.
Concurrently, with the downward eddy of our resources, we rolled around in the ups and downs of the mosh pit called Parenthood. Like love, everyone’s an expert and it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have, it always seems somebody else is doing it better. We’d both been previously married, we only added Lucca, our beloved dog, to the equation.
Marriage wasn’t a detail that inspired us. However, when the opportunity to get some health insurance courtesy of my employer came up, my spouse and I hightailed it to the altar, officially declaring ourselves to the bureaucrats and lawyers alike.
Holy Moly! Stop the presses.
BlogHer 2015 is taking place this weekend…. Must take note and glean insights from afar. Not knowing what the hell I’m doing (it goes hand in hand with biting off more than I can chew- a thing of the past, I swear) I just checked out Goop http://goop.com/. It’s so elegant and interesting! Also Over50feeling40 http://www.over50feeling40.com/…. Nice. An entire universe waiting to be discovered…. So exciting.
It’s almost as exciting as my now functioning, albeit un-glamorous, masterbath. Photos to follow. In the meantime, something lovely. The window to the left above the one with the arch, is the bathroom in question.