Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hello to y'all from South Florida

Well, after 875 miles in the car with two dogs and one kitty and way too much fast food, I have finally arrived at my new home.

Remember this home?


I know I mentioned in a previous post that this was going to be my new home, but...it's not.
This is my new home...


I just love this house. I showed the blue home in previous post as my new home because the offer we placed on the green house in July was accepted then fell through at the last minute. It was a "short sale"--but there was nothing short about it. It was a nightmare! A "short sale" is offered by the seller's bank just before a home goes into foreclosure. At the last minute the short sale was called off by the seller's bank and we needed a house (since our furniture was being shipped to Florida), so we signed a rental agreement on the blue house. Then, of course, the seller's bank said they would go through with the short sale after all. It was a fiasco! I really think that banks would now rather let homes go into foreclosure because they must be receiving something back from the "bailout." Anyway, we got what we wanted.
We are naming our new home "The Roost." Over the garage there is a full apartment, which will be used as a gameroom by my husband and all his rowdy friends--he's calling it "The Romper Room at the Roost."
This home is located in Tradition in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which is a village built to resemble an old fashioned neighborhood, complete with restaurants, shops, a doggy park, and a town hall where I may present some etiquette programs in the future.
Here are some of the shops and the town hall...



Thanks to all of you for your comments while I was away. I look forward to visiting your sites and catching up with each one of you.

46 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Janice!! Oh, I'm so glad you've arrived safely in Florida! Sorry to hear about your home woes!! Your new house is lovely and I can't wait to see inside. I love your neighborhood too. Sounds so charming. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! Welcome back!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jan and Tom's Place said...

I second everything Shelia just said!!!

So glad you're back!!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Lady Katherine said...

Hello! So glad you got the home you wanted! Such a beautiful place to live. I love that the houses are built to look old and the town is lovely. You have a place to teach etiquette! Yeah! I need to come! I had a tea party, I posted last week and I am not a good hostess! Its been years now, that I have not cooked and served. I even caught myself holding my tea cup wrong. My close friends were ok with it. Miss Hazel, is 90, and a doctor wife and entertained a lot. She is always giving me advice on etiquette. I have missed your posts. Hope you get all settled in and have a good needed rest, after the long trip! I am going to the map and see where you are. I been all over Florida working in the past. Happy to hear from you.

Miss Linda said...

It's so good to hear that you have arrived safely, and I am particularly happy that you did purchase the home you wanted. Your new community sounds so very lovely. I look forward to reading and seeing more about your new home! I hope your little pets get settled in without too much difficulty. I know when I moved, my poor little Desdemona became sick from the trauma. The move didn't phase Emilia, but then nothing phases Emilia!

Cary said...

It's great to hear from you! I just cannot wait to see more pictures as your house becomes a home!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Janice...just LOVE your new home...and the neighborhood sounds wonderful! Can't wait to hear more about it. Glad you are up and running again and could check in. Susan

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Miss Janice, Thanks for the visit and kind encouragemnet. Boy I'm going to need it soon as well. I'm so happy to see everything worked out for you with the precious green house. It's adorable and oh so charming. Wouls love to see more photos when you get settled in. What a quaint neighborhood! It reminds me of "Seaside" in my hometown of Panama City Beach,Florida. Maybe you passed it traveling down.
~Melissa :)

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Janice, I have just recently subscribed to your post. Your new home looks lovely. We briefly lived in South Carolina, in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area, a couple of years ago and I believe they had some similar communities there. I am very glad you arrived safely and look forward to more of your posts.
Valerie

playsdolls said...

Glad to hear yougot your home you wanted,the town sounds wonderful.Love the pictures you posted of Town Hall and the stores it looks ike a beautiful and peaceful place to live.Hope you are getting some well needed rest after that long trip,and look forward to seeing what the inside of your new home looks like,the outside is terrific.Good to see you back.

Pug1 said...

Hello Janice..your home looks lovely!!! Looking forward to seeing more of it! CHEERS! Michele

mishebe said...

Charming house hopefully we get to see the inside too. hint , hint mishelle

Tootsie said...

that is the cutest house! I can't wait to see more of it in the near future..you have lots to do if you are going to be settled and decorated for christmas! have fun in your new home!

Paula said...

I'm fairly new to your blog. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your new home and how you decorate it. Glad that your long trip is over and that you are safe and sound in FL.

The Graves' House said...

congratulations on your move. i'm so glad that things worked out the way you had hoped. the town looks beautiful. i can't wait to hear about all your new adventures.
many blessings,
nicole

profenretraite said...

Hi Janice...I'm so glad you arrived safely! I love your new home! Is that a bay window? It looks gorgeous!! It looks like you've found the perfect little community and I'm so happy for you! You'll have to keep us posted on your decorating, etc. Enjoy! Debbie

Bo said...

Hi Miss Janice...It's wonderful the house you really wanted came through for you afterall...I'll be waiting for an inside tour... ;-) Bo

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I hope you are very, very happy in your new home...it's beautiful! I cam't wait to see more of it!

salmagundi said...

I just found your blog, and I'm looking forward to following your adventure in your new home. It is lovely from the outside and in a beautiful neighborhood. Enjoy the process!! Sally

Steph said...

I love the new house! I hope you'll share some pictures of the inside too!
And the neighborhood sounds great!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Great house and the community looks like it will be a great place to live...Glad you made it safely and are settling in.

Stacey said...

Can't wait to see your home. I love the look of your town! Southern Living has shown pictures from time to time of towns in Florida that look like that - may have been your town. Love the whole concept.

Sit A Spell said...

Glad you could sit a spell on my new blog! I'm loving yours. Wow, looks like you just made a huge move...were you up north and now in Fl? Sounds like a charming place to live. I grew up in the south and live in the north...for now : ) We hope to move south again, but plan on lovin' my home for now.

Preppy 101 said...

Lovely home and town! It is just picture-perfect! Glad you are there safely, and now the fun of decorating your new home!! You must post pics :)

Lori said...

I'm new to your blog too. I'm happy to hear that you & your family arrived in Florida safely. The downtown area looks lovely and pristine as does your home. I can't wait to see pictures of it once you're settled in.

Lori

Teresa Jane said...

Miss J,
I'm glad you made it safely with your little wild critters. Mr. Ken will be so glad to now have some homemade meals for a change.
Teresa Jane

Nancy said...

Hello Miss Janice, I have been thinking about you! I am so glad you made if safe and you are now in your new home! I love the outside and can't wait to see more. Blessings, Nancy

Susan S. said...

What a nice new house! I'm enjoying your blog and look forward to your new adventures and creations.

Cas said...

Welcome to Florida : )

Raggedy Girl said...

Your new home is really lovely and I am glad you made it.

Roberta Anne

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Janice, your new home is darling.And the little shops are so quaint looking.Can't wait to get the tour of your home and shops.

Carolina Mom said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog. You are probably in a "moving day/week/month" fog but hang in there, you'll be settled in no time

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Janice! I'm so glad to hear you arrived "home" safely and are in your gorgeous new place. Look forward to seeing inside. I also like your new title picture and want to read the Christmas book but the pages won't turn!!lol Moving is always a stressful time but when it is long distance it is a nightmare, been there done that! Glad everything worked out for you. Now don't over do it; relax a little - Sincerely, Jeannette

Bo said...

Hi again...I'm back to tell you my computer is soooo sick, I've got to try to get somebody to fix it...so if I'm missing in action, you'll know why...Oh, the misery!! ;-) Bo (I'm using my DH's acc't. to post this)

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Janice,

Congratulations on your new home, it looks like such a beautiful cottage! Im sure it was so stressful dealing with the other problems, but look at what you have now, its so pretty! and I'm sure you will enjoy it for years to come!! I can't wait to see the inside and what you do to it!

Thanks so much for your sweet comments too!

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia

Kara said...

Well, it looks lovely., so glad you got it sorted out in the end. Can't wait to see your decorations especially your Christmas tablescape. Miss ya bunches!

Miss Kara

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

I love your new home...it is beautiful....my son was involved in a short sale....and I agree what a nightmare it was...they did not get the home at the last minute after waiting almost 8 weeks....as it turned out they bought a better one the very next month....he is all moved in and loves it....see things happen for a reason...
Good luck to you in your NEW HOME.
Hugs,
Mo :-)

Liz said...

Hi Miss Janice,
Glad you arrived safe and sound! Your new home is adorable! I wish we had a front porch! I agree about the short sale deals. They are a nightmarish! I actually think that they would rather the home go into foreclosure because of the tax benefit to the bank. Any way, it looks like you got a sweet deal!
Can't wait to see the inside!
~Liz

the voice of melody said...

Your new home is beautiful! I'm familiar with Tradition, we have friends who live in the area and love it there. Hopefully, you'll enjoy everything that it has to offer. It reminds me a bit of Celebration, the small town just outside Disney World. Such a charming place!

With Love from New Orleans said...

Simply gorgeous!!!

ann said...

BLESS YOUR HEART,YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT ,HAVEN'T YOU?I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST.I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME AND ROOST...ANN

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Janice!
I am so glad you are safe and snuggled in your new home. I love new adventures! Your neighborhood sounds wonderful and I look forward to hearing more about your new home.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Janice,

Congratulations on your new home, may your years spent there be blessed and full of love and laughter. It's just beautiful, and your town looks so charming.
Lidy

Bre said...

....happy that you arrived safely in your new home !- which is adorable by the way.

What a new adventure! Happy unpacking and have fun making it your home.

......could you send a bit of that Florida sunshine my way LOL ?

Hugs,
Bre

http://chantillygrace.blogspot.com/

Glenda said...

Glad to read of your safe arrival. May the coming days be everything you wish them to be.

tardevil said...

Can't wait to see the inside! It's pretty from the outside!

southerninspiration said...

Your new roost is lovely. I look forward to your sharing about it as you settle in!
Suzanne