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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Land Ho!

We spent all day Saturday prospecting for land. For the last few months we've been picking a direction from Dallas and driving out 100-200 miles to check out the landscape and the community.

Saturday, I think we found the area where we might retire. It's about 70 miles east of Dallas, a few miles from Lake Tawakoni (tewa-ka-ni).

We looked at several pieces of land, some with houses; some without. The first one (land-wise) was perfect! 38 acres, huge fish-stocked pond, an absolutely gorgeous topography, and only a few neighbors on that street. But the house was built "inside" a metal-skinned workshop. Mind you, the shop was amazing, but it was still a shop. We'd have to build another house in front of it. And that's what made the price prohibitive.

The last place we looked at stayed in our conversation the entire trip home. 40 acres, some of it virgin, with oaks we estimated to be around 200 years old judging by their size. The topography has a gentle slope, and the plot was an almost perfect square. Impressive.

Drawbacks? It was getting late so we didn't get a chance to explore the community more. Power and propane would need to be put in, and a well needs to be dug. In short, we'd be starting from scratch. But the price is reasonable and it has huge potential.

I've asked the realtor to send me info on any other land like this. We're going to think more on this one. The only real problem I foresee is not being able to get internet service, which I will check on next.

An exhaustive trip, but a productive one. We may have found our last home site.


Oh, lord! Maya tagged me for a meme.

I don't think I'm any good at these things…but here goes.

Six random things about me.

1. I dream in gray with only one important item inside the dream in color. Sometimes I don't understand what makes it important, but I've learned to rely on those hints and usually discover something I wouldn't have known had I not checked. My mind is a very weird place.

2. I have an uncanny sixth sense with animals. I know if they are sick before they show symptoms.

3. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be an archeologist. Still do.

4. My first job was at ten years old, working for my neighbors, stuffing flyers into envelopes. They owned a statuary business. I have never stopped working since then.

5. My favorite vacation place of all time was in the middle of nowhere on a deserted Wyoming highway. The night sky was so unspeakably beautiful, I cried. God does good work.

6. Once I set my mind on something, I cannot be stopped. Scary, huh?

Okay, let's see. Who's next?

In alphabetical order, how about Carol, Daw, Jaye, Kaz, Maggie, and Suzanne? Tell us six random things about you.

Edited: Rules? There were rules? Agh! Okay. Here they are:

Link to the person that tagged you
Post the rules on your blog
Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website


Maya Reynolds said...

Maria! I didn't know #3 about you.

Me, too!!

Maria Zannini said...

Archeology was one of my first loves. :o)

Jaye Wells said...

I think I admitted to enough random things about myself in today's post. Does that count?

Maria Zannini said...

Aww, but we still don't know if you have five fingers on each hand, or six. LOL!

Dirt, woman! Where did you grow up? What's the furthest you've ever traveled? Enquiring minds want to sell that to the tabloids. :o)

Suzanne McLeod said...

Hah! So this is how you're going to force me to blog ;)

And linking? How the heck do I do that? *groan*mutter*groan* Will have to sort it all out this evening after the latest round of nasty tax returns that are nipping at my heels...

Anyone got a spare, space time continuum handy?

Maria Zannini said...

LOL! I am doing my part to keep you from becoming shiftless.

It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Ref: Linking
On Blogger, just highlight the name of each person you're linking, select the little link button on the menu where you're composing your post and key in that person's link. Voila!

Email me if you have any questions. In the meantime, I'll see if I can drag out that time continuum machine out of the junk heap.

Carol Burge said...

Gee, thanks for the tag, Maria! LOL

Hey, about fourteen years ago the DH and I bought six acres of virgin land and put power in and dug a well and all that. It was expensive, but worth it (we've since sold the property and moved back to the city - big mistake!).

I can't tell you about Internet access, though, because back then I didn't even own a computer. But you'd think if you have power lines you'd be able to have access to at least dial up (ewww, I know!). Or, if you have a sattlelite dish (do they still have those?) you might be able to get internet access through them. Just a thought. :)

Good luck with which ever way you decide to go - now I'm off to do my "tag" :)

Maria Zannini said...

Thanks, Carol. The realtor mentioned doing internet through satellite too.

I might have to mine you for more on your land buying experience. :o)