Tuesday, 10 March 2009

HOLY CAMOLE & GADZOOKS!!!!

Things got a little frenetic last week so I haven't had a chance to catch you up on the drama of the search for a new hovel. As some of you may know I had put an offer in on a bijou residence in the middle of nowhere, just to the left of the back of beyond and I had been waiting to hear if I was to be the lucky owner.

The news was not good. A new buyer had appeared on the scene with a higher offer. Not much higher, but higher. However they needed a mortgage the size of a small country's national income. I chewed my nails, I counted up my shekels and I decided to play hardball. I refused to up my offer. I said I was the better bet, the nicer person and had shinier hair. I pointed out that the Loyal Hound was sought after by thousands and what an honour it would be to have him move in. I also pointed out that I had my mortgage lined up, I wasn't in a chain and I WASN'T UPPING MY OFFER.

A deathly silence followed. I panicked. Had I made a horrible mistake? Should I spend the weekend building a small mint and printing off some extra money? How important was food in the general scheme of things? Could I budget on not eating for a year and up my offer that way? OK, obviously I'm never stopping eating (even if perhaps I should). I held my ground (sobbing and wailing all the while mind you) and I went back to waiting by the phone.

So, after a week of sitting on tenterhooks (not a position to be recommended and should definitely be looked at by Health & Safety), the phone rang yesterday evening. It was a miserable grey day with rain driving horizontally across the windscreen as I drove home. Ironically it was one of those days when I wondered why I live in Wales when I'm sure I could have made a life for myself and the Loyal Hound in Jamaica. However, I digress. The phone rings. Naturally I can't find it to start with as it is buried under old receipts, cheque books, mascaras I don't use and bits of lint at the bottom of my bag. Despite this obstacle course I find it in the nick of time.

Who should it be but Smelly Sheet man. Shockingly, he has finally made a decision and his decision is (drum roll please) - FOR ME!!!!

Holy Camole, Gadzooks and Jiggery Pokery. Suddenly there is a very real chance that I will have a house of my own. After four years of looking the shock of actually getting something may be too much for me. I can't imagine it. Before I start dancing a jig I give myself a stern talking to. There is much that can go wrong between now and being given the keys and I won't get my hopes up in case I jinx the whole darn thing.

By the time I got back onto my mountain side the excitement had worn off and been replaced by fear. Crippling horrible fear. What if I didn't like it enough? What if I couldn't fix it up the way I had so merrily planned? What was I doing taking on a mortgage in the middle of a recession (god forbid, depression). What if I was attacked by yetis living in the surrounding forest? Aaargh. I am now living on an emotional rollercoaster of joy and terror at the possibilities that my life suddenly holds.

19 comments:

Monika said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is wonderful. And what you are feeling is perfectly normal and you'll forget about all the stress when you are in your own home drinking a nice bottle of red...or two ;)

notSupermum said...

First of all, congrats!! This is Very Good News. It's normal to start worrying, but don't. Things will turn out in the wash as my Nan used to say.

First of all, you are getting a mortgage at one of the lowest rates for years! This has to be a Good Point. Next, the house will have cost a LOT more if we weren't in a recession so you wouldn't normally be able to afford it. This is Even Better News.

Plus, once the unwashed bachelor has left you will have a better idea of what you want to do with the house.

Good luck, and I'm looking forward to updates!

Home Office Mum said...

Congrats!!!!! How exciting and terrifying. (You're braver than me - I've never taken a mortgage on my own - always had the comfort of my husband really being the person responsible for it.) Very pleased that you got it. Am sure you will turn it into a spectacular home. Please show us some pics when you get a chance.

justme said...

Fantastic news! And a recession is EXACTLY the right time to have a morgage. Nice low interest rates and no point at all in having savings! How exciting....fingers crossed it all goes well.

Cathy said...

yay! This is the perfect time to buy a house. Celebrate! It's always scary until you settle in. Just take it a day at a time.

The Singlutionary said...

Ahhhh. Welsh girl. I was gripped with the same feelings when I bought my house and I was armed with the added confidence of being a realtor! Its one of those wonderful experiences that is both terrifying and exciting. Just hang in there!!

katyboo1 said...

FANTASTIC NEWS. Hooray for you. Hooray for the Loyal Hound. Huzzah!

Mrs Trefusis... said...

terrific! so pleased for you. x

Mud in the City said...

Congrats! That is SUCH good news and I know just how you feel. Once you and the LH are safely moved in to your VERY OWN PLACE you will feel a wodnerfully warm glow.

After fumigating the place, of course.

rosiescribble said...

Hooooooooooray!!! It must have been the shiner hair that did it!!!

Anonymous said...

Really, really pleased for you and the Loyal Hound! NotSuperMum had it all in a nutshell, now go with the flow. Hopefully we will all be seeing pics of before,during and after!
Wendy (Wales)

bevchen said...

Fantastically wonderful news!
Pics please.

Am at work otherwise would write more, but need to go now as I'm afraid of being sacked otherwise...

'Megan' said...

love your blog title!

elizabethm said...

How wonderful! That is just such good news. yes you will get there and it will still smell and you will wonder exactly what made you do it. But houses don't all that often speak to you so if this one has it will work out fine, better than fine.
There is nothing like a good house.
Where are you in Wales? It being a larger country than many realise.

Welsh Girl said...

Thanks everyone. I am hoping that the fear will recede and home sweet home type feelings will take it's place! At the moment I don't feel that certain of the whole thing as house sales nowadays seem so unpredictable. I don't think it will feel real until I have keys in my hand....

Milla said...

smellysheet man has finally wised up (even if still uncertain where the washing machine is) and don't worry, that toing and froing of emo-shun is perfectly normal. At least now you are in teh luxurious position of deciding whether to hate it or not cf before when you were, so painfully, on tenterhooks. Hoorah.

cynicalscribble said...

Congratulations! No wonder you want a couple of grand ;)

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