I'm still not hooked up to 50 amp. The gentlemen who WAS leaving, DID leave in his car around noon. Not wanting to waste the whole day, I made brownies after first turning off everything in the rig. I LOVE my little Breville oven, but it can pull the power down like crazy. They look okay, right? That's when I spotted the packet of something on the counter. Uh oh ... I picked up the box to see what important thing might be in the packet.
Salted caramel .... drizzle it over the batter and run a knife through BEFORE baking. Good grief!! So I did the next best thing. I ran a knife through the now cooked brownies, then drizzled the caramel. A little backwards, but it worked, kind of. Saved again!!
The big real estate deal? It lasted for two days before crumbling away. Friend Pat called to say there was a new listing at the top of the hill behind the Chance Ranch. I ran up to take a look, then called a real estate salesperson. She was too busy to show the house at that time and put me off until 5:30 pm.
Dan, Patty and I went together to check it out ... it never hurts to have lots of eyes on the prize. I needed just a little more information however. Where was the septic tank and what were the setbacks. It took me all night long, tossing and turning, to finally make a decision (after three years) to purchase something small and keep my dream home in the armpit of California. Let's make a deal!!
An hour later, the realtor called to tell me it was already sold ... a done deal. I'd have to look elsewhere. Needless to say, I was crushed. I was SO crushed, I did a NO-NO. I called the listing agent. Are you taking backup offers? Why yes she said!! I could hardly contain my enthusiasm. The view of Tucson from this back porch is the best around, not to mention the house is in immaculate shape and one of the newer ones on the block.
Just because I'm an Accountant and they have to have all their ducks in a row, I called my personal Real Estate Broker in California for some advice on inspections. She suggested I call the Building Department first for setback information. I think that was the saddest phone call of my life.
Front setbacks - 60 feet, and no room for an RV cover, let alone a parking space. East side setbacks - 40 foot easement. No building of any kind on that side due to main water and power lines. The only place to build an RV cover is in the back yard, destroying the beautiful landscape and allowing for a pristine view of my rig. RATS! DOUBLE RATS!! I cancelled the backup offer.
Everyone says it wasn't meant to be ... okay, I'll keep looking. I grabbed Patty and we were off to check out a couple houses across the ravine. There's nothing like four-wheeling to your new home. As we turned on to the dirt road, I heard Patty murmur UH OH!! What the heck, I've got four wheel drive. It's an adventure, Patty said!!
I cringed as we bumped along over holes I KNEW were too big for the motorhome. Then we came to this ravine crossing that had recently washed out. Down the road and up the other side we went, around the corner and up the hill with our heads almost hitting the roof over a couple of those "small" bumps. There's no WAY my motorhome is going to make it up here. The road finally ended in someone's driveway where I almost DID have to shift the transmission to get turned around. I think I'll pass on that one, but it was a fun ride, none the less!!
Why am I not looking in a "park"? All my life I've been on the range ... out in the boonies ... with no neighbors. I'd really like to continue the tradition. The costs are much less than RV park HOA fees and can be even less when I'm not there. I'm disappointed I still haven't found a place, but I'll muddle through. Something is bound to come up SOMEWHERE!!
Today is Quilt Shop day. Did you know if you go on your birthday you get a discount based on half your age? To make it even better, it's the best quilt shop in Tucson!!
Hopefully I'll get to move on over to a 50 amp this morning so I don't have to worry about Jonathan's heater and the microwave being on at the same time, not to mention my hair dryer.
Happy Valentines Day!!!