So……I just feel the need to let you all know that old people are crazy! We have had a wild few weeks in our family and I thought I would share what it has been like to house hunt with my parents. It has been quite the adventure…..a laughable one!
Mom and dad have been talking about downsizing for quite sometime. Well…..mom has, dad finally came around after my brother (who I will refer to as “Lord Tracy” in this blog post) convinced him it was time to get a smaller home with no yard. Right now mom and dad have a HUGE house on an acre and a half and dad is (for lack of a better word)….OLD and doesn’t need to be working in the yard like he does. Yes, he could hire someone but that would take him coming off of his wallet and the cheap skate that he is, isn’t doing that! Plus, he and mom both still work and they don’t need to be spending their free time with house and yard work. So, Lord Tracy convinced dad that it was time.
I guess I should tell you why I call my brother “Lord Tracy.” You see, my brother is the perfect child. Always has been and always will be. I, on the other hand gave my parents a fit and kinda still do in a way. I am their stress and Lord Tracy is the golden child! HA! I am good with it! I promise I am joking about all of this, but it is fun to harass my brother. I have been calling him “Lord Tracy” for quite sometime and I think he is beginning to like it! I now have to bow in his presence. My parents have told me 1,001 times how wise Lord Tracy is and how everything that rolls off of his tongue is sheer truth, wisdom and knowledge (picture me gagging now). They told me…..”when Tracy talks, we listen, because he knows something about everything.” Okay, it really made me nauseous! LOL! Hence, the reason I call him “Lord Tracy” now; he is wise beyond his years and full of useful information in their opinion……I prefer to think of it as “full of crappola.”
Okay, back to house hunting, Stapp style. So, once mom and dad were ready we set out looking for a place they could agree on. Mom wanted a high-rise either downtown or near downtown. Dad wanted a townhouse or condo as far away as he could get from downtown. Oh, and he wanted no HOA or Association fees….REALLY??? That made us laugh! Mom agreed to look in the Fernandina/Yulee/Amelia Island area to appease dad. But, for the price dad had in mind on what he wanted to spend, he couldn’t have afforded an apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. He is so stinkin’ cheap!
I went with them on the Thursday night the week before Thanksgiving to look in Fernandina. They looked at Townhouses and a few upstair units (with no elevator) and I quickly shot each of them down for several reasons. Number one, they don’t need stairs….they are old people and the last thing we need is a phone call that they have fallen and can’t get up! Number two, each place they looked out was not just downsizing, it was downgrading and there was NO WAY I was allowing my mother to downgrade! Of course, it was quite comical listening to mom and dad as they did the walk through. “Oh Jerry, this kitchen is so cute. I just love the ceiling fans, I wonder if they come with the place.” “Pat, this carpet is ugly and the color on the wall is too.” “Oh Jerry, look a cute little half bath, it is so adorable.” “Pat, this bedroom is too small, it won’t hold my gun safe…..oooooo, look Pat the tub has jets in it.” I could go on and on and on, but you get the drift. So, after looking that night in Fernandina, dad decided he would be willing to look elsewhere and also realized that he had to come off of his wallet a little more too.
Weekend before last, I was out-of-town and so my brother and sister-in-law went with them this time. That was a good thing because I told my brother I couldn’t go again….they wore me out! So, I am out-of-town and my brother (Lord Tracy) keeps texting me…..”dad just used the bathroom in the condo we are looking at…OMG.” Then he texted me, “we haven’t even walked in this unit yet and dad is asking if he can make an offer tonight.” WHAT?!? Then he sends me a picture of dad sitting on the sofa in the condo they are looking at talking on the phone. I am dying laughing! Then he tells me that dad followed a lady out of one of the buildings and talked to her the whole way asking about the complex and telling her what a nice car she drives. I was laughing so hard just picturing that lady thinking “I hope this man isn’t my new neighbor.” Seriously, house hunting with Pat and Jerry was quite interesting to say the least.
Dad making himself comfortable in some strangers living room talking on the phone.
The good news is, they made an offer on the last condo they saw and a few days later it was accepted. Lord Tracy and I were both thrilled because if truth be known neither of us wanted to shop with them anymore. Mom didn’t quite get her downtown high-rise but it is very close to downtown, all on one floor and there is an elevator in the building. Dad is still in the county, which he didn’t want, but he realized he needed to suck it up for mom. They are in a great location and convenient to shopping, church, work and restaurants. In fact, so close to Publix mom could walk if she wanted to. I think they made a great choice. Dad is stressing over paying HOA and Association fees but pretty much wherever you live in Jacksonville, that comes along with the territory; except where their home is now. So, he is accepting the fact that it is part of life, like paying taxes !
My dad called this the “visiting area” of the condo instead of the Living Room. My sweet sis-in-law in the background ready to shoot herself, I think! LOL!
My parents should be in their new condo by the middle of January and they are both excited about this new journey. Lord Tracy and I are just happy that it was as quick of a process as it was……they might have had to pay us to get us to go house hunting with them again. Welcome to condo ownership mom and dad…..I know you will enjoy this new journey! So happy for you both!
Until next time……….