Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Um, no

Today is my birthday and while my partner is delivering babies, I am going swimming, then to the spa, then to a dinner party for a bunch of poets and writers. Rebecca and I had dinner last night at Bengal Tiger and I heard all about her adventures in the snow back East. New York (sigh).

My friend who is marrying this summer in Tuscany has asked me to officiate at her wedding. Ha! They are renting a villa with five houses on it, several swimming pools etc. Pure opulence. She's buying me a ticket and feeding me. The villa is an hour and a half from Florence. Uh, I'll have to go there too. Trying to decide if I want to stay on longer than a week.

I'm beginning to house hunt in earnest. I've forgotten what a weird experience that is. The photos on-line make the rooms look huge and the yard gigantic and the bathrooms pristine.

What the description doesn't say is that the house is under the flight paths from the airport (double thick windows supplied by the city!) or that the neighborhood has no stores or restaurants and is impossible to get to. But the price is right!

My agent Rosemary is friends with Eden, my younger daughter and yesterday she asked if Eden knew I was looking for a new house. She said she has to do a good job with me because Eden will question her judgment so there's double pressure on her to find the right house. As long as the house has a MIL, a fireplace and is near a greenbelt (or in a greenbelt) and a dog park and the water, I'll be happy. Oh, if the house isn't falling down and in need of a roof/plumbing/front stairs/windows, that would be good too. Although for the right location, I'm willing to compromise. I have peed in a litter box waiting for the bathroom to be done.

Just say no to a mortgage. In my current house, the mortgage will be paid off when I'm 92. Really.


Ms. Moon said...

Happy birthday, you precious woman!
You're going to Italy! And you will find the right house. It'll happen.
I am glad you got to have dinner with Rebecca. It makes me so happy to think of the two of you together.
Now have a wonderful celebration day and know that I am celebrating you too.

Radish King said...

Happy birthday Dear Coyote. It made my soul heal to spend time with you last night. May your day be spectacular. It sure has started out pretty!

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A said...

Happy birthday, and a bit longer than a week in Tuscany and Firenze even though its summer, with tourists, sounds really good. Time goes fast.

Elizabeth said...

Happy, happy birthday!

beth coyote said...

Thank you everyone. I have had a great day. it's painless, another day older.

Sabine said...

Happy birthday and happy house hunting and all the rest!!!

Jo said...

Happy Birthday!

Italy sounds ... miraculous. Enjoy! Stay longer.

No flight path houses.

I thought MIL meant mother in law, but that can't be right, here :)

Mel said...

I only imagined that I commented. I'm sure I said Happy Birthday to you!! And Italy!! Holy crap, that sounds just about perfect!
And house hunting is hard work, don't get discouraged, the right one will come to you, or you to it.