Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chain stitch

Here are some things that have been happening:
  • After a couple weeks of break, C has returned to embroidery. I gave her a white t-shirt of D's and she sewed on a decorative button and practiced her chain stitch.
  • The kids swam again today. They LOVE their swim class at the water park. C got to practice diving today.
  • Yesterday, we were briefly but seriously entertaining the idea of buying a lot in the other faculty neighborhood and even visited it and looked at house plans. It's very tempting, given that nobody in that neighborhood shows any sign of wanting to move. Unfortunately, the lot is somewhat narrow (50 feet). I suppose 50 feet isn't tiny, but even a 30 foot wide house would be excessively neighborly on either side. The previous house there was a 700 sq. ft. shack, which the college did in fact tear down, and now it's just a weed-covered lot with some trees. Because of the relative dimensions, a garage would take over the facade. To do it properly, I think we'd need need an architect. Paying an architect, buying the lot and building would be rather more expensive than buying a nice existing home elsewhere in town. It would cost a lot of money, there would be a lot of delay, and there would be a lot of architectural compromises. It's still tempting.
  • Speaking of tear-downs, the college just tore down a building just off campus that used to house a Quiznos.
  • In other real estate news, I see that a mansion in the historic neighborhood I watch has just dropped from $425k to $400k. I also notice that the Craigslist real estate section has been taken over by option-to-buy and rent-to-own. Although there's nothing wrong with option-to-buy, the enormous volume of these ads gives me the heebie jeebies. There's something wrong.

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