I don't even know what is going on in my world anymore. I think we are buying a house. I know we are trying to buy a house. This is not something I ever thought we would do. (There are a number of reasons, several of them political...so just go with it).
However, right after I quit my job (and let me just say, things have been pretty nice for me since leaving all that stress) we received an email from our landlords wanting to raise our rent. There were several things wrong with this. Not the raising of the rent... but how much and how much notice and the fact that now they want a very long lease. There were some illegalities in their handling of the situation. But it got us thinking. And the conclusion of the thinking was maybe we can afford to buy a house. After some number crunching and only about a week of looking (really it was one day, but we had to look at the house twice) we have an offer in, we are in escrow, and are waiting for the final little bits. It looks like we will be moving with the new year!
I am still committed to doing a handmade Christmas. Just scaling back who is getting what. More photos will come as I can. My camera is on it's last legs... so there may be horrible photos.