Friday, December 16, 2011

I float like a butterfly .. okay maybe not.

My middle name is not Grace.  There have been falls.  Sometimes there has been ice involved, or curbs or stoops or even .. ahem .. flat ground.  Sometimes the surface itself is not even involved in the fall - until I hit it, that is.  Cats under my feet do not usually get me, although they try, God knows they do.  But that thing where you move from one spot to another by  putting one foot in front of the other - that tends to be tricky for me.  I have no idea why.

My daughter mentioned the other day that she shudders to think of me buying a house that has stairs I would be treading every day.  Hmm.  My thought has always been - good!  Exercise!  Her thought is - oh no!  Death trap!

Somehow those thoughts have not entered my mind when house-hunting.  Maybe they should.  

Nah!  I'll let my daughter have the thoughts and I'll just be careful.  :)

**Edited to add:  My realtor let me know he was not available on a specific date because he was taking a class.  Since I want to know everything I asked what he was learning.  His answer proves that my unsteady footing is well known.

To deal with clients
Like how to break a clients fall
Normal stuff



  1. Hi Betty, Ever since you wrote, the first time, about looking for a new place I have had this on my mind! I too, fall! DO NOT buy a place with stairs! As you get older, those stairs will become a curse. You'll wind up keeping "bed clothes" downstairs and sleeping on your couch. When your "get up and go has got up and went" you'll be so sorry. Our kids wanted stairs when we bought this house ( we were in our early forties). Those stairs showed themselves as very high mountains as we got older, thank God we had the sense to follow our "old" vision! We bought our place with only 2 steps in a few different places. Believe me, one day I will be calling 911 with a call of, "I've fallen and I can't get up!!!" Follow your better judgement, buy safe and not sorry! Love, Cindie

  2. Well Cindie - I think I'm going to have to learn this one on my own. It's such a good time to buy, I can only hope that if I buy the wrong one - the market will get better and it will be easier to sell without taking a bath. We will see but I appreciate your concern!

  3. I have to agree with Cindie, skip the stairs. I used to think that it would be great to have an upstairs, untill we were getting my M-I-L's house ready to sell. My legs, hips and knees hurt for weeks after. And I know for the last 10 years of her life my M-I-L had not been to her upstairs, because she just couldn't make the climb. Makes for a sad waste of space.