The wand chooses the wizard

Making our way into Illinois the scenery barely changed, still green, still rainy, still warm. We are still seeing redbuds (trees) and turtles on the road, still seeing ponds and lakes although this time we are crossing the Mississippi instead of the Mighty Mo (Missouri) river. Of course every time we see signs for the Mississippi I can’t help but spell it, M-I-double S-I-double S-I-double P-I. I think I would drive Al mad if I said it out loud every time I thought it, he’s trying to work as I drive. To be honest I’ve only just stopped singing songs from Oklahoma!

After a couple of nights in a dismal motel so Al can work, we arrange to see house number 7. My lucky number. Set on 9.64 acres, the single story house is modest but has been nicely updated. Just the kitchen left to do here. The land is vast, used to a back yard big enough only for a small swimming pool, this one seems humongous to us both. Seriously. The dogs get right to work and chase off a trespassing cat, she gives as good as she gets before fleeing.

The birds are different here, one is bright yellow, another the unmistakable red of a cardinal. We can also hear the croaking of frogs, ah that will be the pond!

The dogs and I head out to check out the rest of the property, covered in brambles and harboring ticks which I will discover later – eek – we bounce around the acreage. Going to need some serious lawnmower here!

And we have a winner! We put in an offer and it was accepted! Pending home inspection we have found our property!


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