Hubby went in for jury duty this morning, and thankfully they cut him loose. For whatever reason, they ended up not needing a jury. The guy pled guilty, or some such thing. After court, he went and bought wrapping paper for Oldest's gifts, so you can guess what I'll be doing later on this evening. ;)
My parents are starting to get antsy over the housing situation. They dropped by to visit the kids on Sunday, and my mom nearly fell to tears at my dining table. Hubby and I have done everything we can, and we could get them into the house faster if they weren't so adamant that we stay in the area. I know it's good to be close to one another in case we need help, or they need help, but when you need housing, you need housing...
Mom told me they asked about a tract of undeveloped land down the road from us, and could hardly believe it when the owner quoted them 50k. I think they are finally grasping the struggle hubby and I have been going through. There is a housing slump across the nation, yes. But if people are pushing to get into your area, that really doesn't matter too much. Prices will remain high. And they have here because of people pushing to get into our school district. Land and housing in this zone doesn't stay on the market long, and the prices are damn ridiculous unless you somehow manage to pick off a shack.
We lucked out when we got our current house. We just happened to be searching when the prices had sunk. That was over ten years ago. Since then, a lot of the area schools have been lumped into one or two larger schools, and the one in our district is one of those that took the least hit from all the consolidation. You wouldn't think that would effect housing much, but it does. There are fewer than five houses available here, and while they are lovely, they are well out of our price range.
I'm not sure what my parents expectations are, but finding a 1 acre tract in this area is nearly impossible. Hubby and I are now thinking of clearing off the back of our acre, and having a house built for them. We've also thought about buying a more expensive land tract and using it for collateral to have a house built for us. These are just the latest options. The pic above is one of the housing plans we've actually looked at. If we don't find anything between now and the next project, once hubby is back on the job site, we will set up a consultation with a home builder just to get some estimates. This is a last resort.
Onto the writing things...
I haven't posted much updates on the wip lately. It's been hard to focus. The demons are coming along nicely, I'm adding a bit daily, and aside from that I've been scrawling down ideas for another story into a notebook - a contemporary. It may end up a paranormal before it's all said and done, but for now the folks are barebones normal.
That's it for me today. Mini is asleep in my arms and my right thigh is going numb. :P Hope you all have a pleasant Monday!