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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

A Surprise Visitor Yesterday

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Something interesting (and possiblyo A-WE-S-O-M-E) happened yesterday while J. and I were over working on the house.  I was around back prepping the broken windows for the replacement glass that we were about to go buy and then went around to meet J. so that we could leave and get some lunch.  He wasn't out front as I expected, so I hung out by the Jeep and waited.  And then I heard him inside talking to someone.  Is that a woman's voice I hear as well?

Apparently, a really nice lady had been driving by, caught J. outside waiting for me, and had stopped to inquire if the house for sale.  She said she loved the house and wanted to see the inside, even though it's not finished and it won't be on the market for another 2 weeks. She was really excited about it - it was obvious.  We exchanged contact information and made arrangements for her to stop by with her hubby today after church and parted ways.  I could barely contain my excitement at the idea of having such a nice person for a neighbor AND the possibility of selling the house before we even put it on the market!

So imagine my surprise when I'm upstairs painting the deck railing yesterday afternoon and J. comes strolling up with the couple in tow.  She said that she was so excited about the house that she couldn't wait until Sunday and wanted her hubby to see it immediately.  J. and I jung back while they wandered through and we listened to their comments.  Bathroom is small, no central air conditioning, concerns about the neighborhood.  Nothing that we hadn't anticipated, but we helped them see the potential of the new roof, new kitchen and bathrooms, updated wiring and plumbing and new high efficiency furnace that could easily accomodate a new air conditioner.  I heard them say alot of "we could do this....we could do that...". They said they would be in touch and left.

I really don't like showing a house with all the construction debris and half-stripped wallpaper on the walls.  Most people cannot see the potential in a house and only focus on the negative.  But this woman said she didn't mind, because she restores homes.  Let's hope that's the case!



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