In house news, V met out at the HOTF with our realtor and the guy from the health department. The inspector confirmed that the septic tank needed replaced but gave an Ok for the leach field. That's a big relief since there is an $8000 - $10000 difference between the two. Our realtor is going to be our advocate with the owners. But honestly, even if they won't either pay for it or share the cost, $2100 is a drop in the bucket for what we're going to be shelling out on this place.
ChristyACB had asked a few posts back about my nephew's new wife's research. I'll tell you what I know. She is a researcher in neuroscience, studying how memory is formed. She is using bees as a neurochemical model since bees have great memories to find the flowers and hive again. The University where she works keeps a fair number of hives that they use for research. She doesn't tend the bees herself but does go visit them regularly and is rather attached to them (hence the honey at the wedding, the little silk bees inserted in the flowers on the wedding cake and the honey cream frosting- YUM!). This does have some implications for the study of CCD since one theory is that the bees are getting a form of Alzheimer's (whether from illness or chemical exposure is unknown) that makes them lose their memory and can't find their way either to food or back to the hive. Of course all of that is pure speculation at this point. But I found it fascinating to talk to her when I had the chance over New Year's (she was a bit busy to talk research last weekend).
I11 had a field trip today to the state capital so he had to be at school at the 'butt-crack of dawn' and was gone all day until about 430 this afternoon. He has the 6th grade lock in tomorrow night so he will be crabby all weekend. V is planning the homestead about 10 steps ahead of reality and dreaming of what he will do down the road a few years.
Me, I just can't wait to get through tomorrow at work so I can sleep in on Saturday. Ooo, probably all the way until 645!!! Maybe even 700 if I'm really decadent!!! I just know I've got 1.5 weeks of laundry to do, cookies to bake for coffee hour at church on Sunday, general cleaning, shopping and meal planning as well as trying to get started on a few more of the home repairs around here that can be done quickly. The weather isn't forecast to be great so it will most likely be an indoor weekend- again! sigh!
Oh, in other good news. We had another meeting with the loan folks at the credit union. We're done with all our inspections (except for the septic everything went as expected) do once the appraisal is done (it was ordered last week) we only need a 3 day notice to arrange everything for closing. I REALLY hope we can get this done sooner rather than later. We are so psyched and ready to plunge ahead and get our hands dirty that we can't stand it.
Peace to all of you, my friends.