I found another dream house yesterday. Actually this house probably replaces the other one. When I posted the other house, Joy wrote to me because she noticed that the house wasn't mid century modern. I agreed with her but said that it would be so difficult to find a mid century modern house with a pool, on land and with room to have a huge garden and large enough for animals (including a horse-and nice looking stable man to look after it). Especially around Sebastopol in Sonoma County. That combination is just very hard to find.
Then I found this house.
It's about as close to my ideal dream home that I've yet to come across. I don't know why I'm so obsessed with swimming pools. They are expensive, high maintenance, can be dangerous for children and yet I think about owning one all the time. I've had this love of water since I was a young girl when I would pretend that I was a mermaid.
I mentioned to Dave today that I want to really budget so that we can buy my dream house. He looked at me and realistically pointed out that saving a $100 on our grocery bill every month isn't going to buy us the dream house. He had a point. I explained to him that I want to be very careful about our money so that we don't waste it away. His words stayed with me the rest of the day. I will have to think of something else to reach my goal.
1.3 million (maybe less) is a lot of vintage mugs to sell. Even if I worked 24/7, I'd still never have enough money to afford that house in a timescale of this lifetime. I mentioned last week in this post that I wanted to move beyond the $10 sale.
This weekend I purchased this piece of art by Graham Clarke.
I fell in love with it on Friday but couldn't bare to spend $125 on it. Every cent that I spend frivolously is money taken out of our house fund. I came home and researched the artist. I wanted to go back that day but didn't. Saturday when we went out as a family I asked Dave to drive by the estate sale in hope that it was still there. It was waiting for me, now priced at $75. I bought it with thoughts of it hanging in Keiran's room in our next home. I love most things to do with England but St George is Keiran's and Dave's favorite saint.
I sent a message through the Graham Clarke website asking for more information about the piece. I couldn't find another one on-line and I was so curious if in fact it was St. George. It is titled Nuite's St George. Yesterday morning I received an email letting me know that only 150 (plus 15 artist proofs) were sold. If I wanted to insure the etching it should be valued at £800 which is around $1200. I couldn't think of a nicer email to wake up to than that.
I feel my thrifting eye for art is getting better. Whether I'll find a painting worth a couple million is another thing.
Since I'm trying to think of ways to come up with the $90,000 we lost with selling our last house for a down payment, I thought that I may as well include the $1.3 million as well.
To some wishing for so much money may seem silly. I've found though that the farther I reach toward what seems like a crazy dream, the more interesting my life becomes. I start planning, scheming and creating and when that happens my life tends to change.
When I lived in Wales and was lonelier than anything I decided to make a change. A television show (talk show) came on asking for lonely people. I called and explained my situation. I was married and had a fabulous husband but I was without a single friend and felt so lost. I was sent on the train to London, was able to share my story on TV and arrived home that day with an offer to Dave. I said that I either wanted to go to school to work in media (since I adore the TV scene) or we can quickly have a child and once she is in daycare I can go to school then. Needless to say Cerys joined us around 10 months after this conversation. My daughter is with us because I had a vision to be on television and I went for it.
My Dreams for May -
- write for a national magazine - would love, love, love to write for ReadyMade
- have my book proposal accepted by a book publisher - ideally Chronicle Books
- find a solid brick of gold while thrifting (perhaps in a secret compartment of a suitcase but then forget where I bought it so I don't have any guilt or worries about having to returning it :-)
- would love to walk around my dream house so that I can see what it is like to live in a home like that.
- Find a newish chest freezer to buy for less than $100
- would love to go horseback riding
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