February 10th, 2009
SOLD! Sold. Sold. Sold! One more time… SOLD! We’ve had our other house on the market for almost a year and half, and FINALLY yesterday, we officially sold it. I never thought this day would come! It seems like it was decades ago that Cindy was peeking in the windows with me at the new house, and that Angelina was standing in my aqua sewing room at the old house the day before we put it on the market.
It’s been hard times owning two homes - the “new house” and the “old house” - this horrible economy is touching all of us in one way or another. I just hope everyone else who’s been negatively impacted sees a light at the end of their financial tunnel soon too.
A while back ago, I made my own St. Joseph to help sell our house. If you google St. Joseph, you’ll find all you need to know about him. I combed google images, and came up with my own version of St. Joseph… St. Joe-Joe-a-Go-Go. My post about him WAY BACK in September 2007 is here. My more “traditional” St. Joe-Joe-a-Go-Go pattern is still available.
Fast forward to now-ish. We got another buyer (the other two buyers bailed, lots of heartache and trouble). When I asked Joe-Joe to find us a NICE family this time to buy our house (after dealing with those not so nice buyers)… Joe-Joe did just as I asked. It took him a while, but he did find a nice family - even though we had to drop our price way, way, way low (ouch!).
One has to be careful what they ask Joe-Joe. When I first made him, I asked Joe-Joe… “will you please find us a buyer, and fast”. Well… the NEXT day, our neighbor came over and asked us about our little travel trailer in our driveway, and were we interested in selling it. Sold. [edited in: I just read my Sep. 07 post. It was St. Anthony who sold the trailer!] So next I asked Joe-Joe more specifically… “Joe-Joe, can you please find us a buyer for our house on such-n-such Ave.”. Enter bad buyers. After great financial cost to us and us bending over backwards… the buyers walked. So then I ask Joe-Joe again, but this time I ask him for a NICE family to be our buyers. Like I said, it took him a while, but he came through.
So really fast forward to now-ish. We were waiting for our closing date to soon approach. It was just around the corner - only a few weeks away. All was going great, inspections great, yada yada. Just waiting on the buyer’s lender. I get an email from my friend Sharon inquiring about Joe-Joe, and I think… why, I’ll just send her my Joe - and she can be his new momma! The day she received him… is the day we got the call that there’s a hick-up on from our buyer’s lender. So I ask Momma Sharon and Papa Hunka if I could have temporary joint custody with Joe-Joe, and if he could take a trip north to visit his old mum for a few weeks. Sharon of course said yes and would do so as soon as she got back home. And then a bee flew in my bonnet. I told Sharon to hold off… I had an idea…
I made a new Joe-Joe… this one different, a little less traditional and more my style… a little bit HelloKittyBabushka-ishy, but still holding the bluebirds of happiness. Hello Joe-Joe!
I finished Hello Joe-Joe last Wednesday morning, placed him on my shelf-o-joy… and by that very Wednesday afternoon I get the call saying to meet at the title company on the following Friday! Done. Sold. Freedom. Thank you Hello Joe-Joe!
I’ve added Hello Joe-Joe to my freebie arsenal of patterns - you can get Hello Joe-Joe by clicking here. May he bring you joy as a guardian of your home & family… or may he help you sell your house… or both! Keep him in a place of honor and do not pass him on if you make one for yourself. If you want to gift one, you’ll have to make a new one specificly for the recipient… but that makes him all the more fun and special! Plus it’s always fun to play with Crayola crayons!
~Whew that was a long post. And now I must nap.