About two years after we were married, my husband and I were driving down Interstate 10 in California from Palm Springs, returning to our rented house in Orange Country. We drove through a smallish town, Redlands, and thought it looked pretty from the freeway.
Being avid explorers of small towns and obsessive model home visitors, we considered turning off. But it had been a long weekend and we were tired. “On or off,” husband asked.
I hemmed. I hawed. Finally, I said, “Okay. Off.”
We were at an exit, and he whipped the car off, made a turn at the light and another turn at the next light and we found ourselves on a beautiful tree-lined street with dozens of historic homes mixed in with thirties and forties style bungalows. And then, in the middle of one street, just a few blocks from the beautiful campus of Redlands University, we saw a tall, strong, boxy-yet-compelling building in stunning blue with a white rail around a large front porch.
A giant pine tree stood even taller than the very tall roof of the house, which we later learned had been built in 1901 and was a designated historic home, in part because it wasn’t Victorian, but because it was a workman style home (I forget the exact term).
And right there in front was a For Sale sign.
It was Sunday, but I was curious as to how much it cost. We’d been looking at properties, but in Orange County. And we were still in shock at the difference between California and Texas prices. (Oh how I wish I’d bought the $99,000 condo on Fourth Street in Santa Monica when I had the chance. Real Estate Mistake, much?).
Turns out the real estate agent was around. The price was gasp-worthy in that it was almost–almost–Texas prices. Most important, I was in love with the house. Funky, strange, completely un-userfriendly for furniture (there was a spiral staircase in the middle of the living room. And I really do mean the middle). And it even had a huge lemon tree in the backyard.
We waited for the agent. We walked the house. We pondered. We drove around the town.
And the next day we made an offer.
It was our first house, and it was most definitely an impulse buy.
Not the day after Thanksgiving, but a house shopping spree seemed appropriate to the occasion.
So tell me, what’s your wildest and wackiest purchase? If you leave a comment (that includes your email addie) you’re entered for the Blog Hop grand prizes described below.
And be sure to also enter my Rafflecopter for a chance to win a signed set of my Shadow Keepers novels written as J.K. Beck, along with an early read of Release Me, which will be provided to the winner via NetGalley (the winner will need to sign up for a free NetGalley account in order to accept that prize–don’t worry, it’s easy–and the read will expire in 30 days).
And here’s another idea for your Black Friday shopping…A set of my superhero romances! The first book, Aphrodite’s Kiss, is FREE for the Nook and iBook, and it’s only $1.99 at Amazon!
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Now for the cool hop stuff! While the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! The hop is November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.
We are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that’s not all…. We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
Now what are those prizes?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (everything but the swag prize is international.)
You MUST leave a comment in order to be considered for those grand prizes, and that comment MUST include your email address. If you came here via Facebook or Goodreads and want to read about and enter for the Blog Hop Grand prize, visit http://juliekenner.com/?p=3416
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