Once we arrived on Prince Edward Island, we looked at a number of properties that were for sale. We continued living in our car for a few more days, but living in your car in a small town is not quite the same as driving across country and putting hundreds of kilometres behind you every day. People start to look at you funny and wonder why you keep asking to use the washroom at Robin’s Donuts. “Weren’t you here yesterday?” They’d ask.
Plus, it was still early January, and it was bitingly cold. Our heater set-up worked amazingly well while we were driving a lot, but if we didn’t drive for long-distances our car batteries would get drained overnight and they wouldn’t get recharged unless we drove for long distances the next day.
I wrote this next post after having seen the house of our dreams. And then buying the house of our dreams here on Prince Edward Island.
So, here we are in our motel in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island–waiting.
We’ve fallen in love with an Island, a town, and a climate. We’ve fallen in love with an acreage and a farm-house that are about to be ours once the paperwork is complete. Yes, that very acreage that drew us here in the first place…
This large swath of land I speak of is comprised of 63 glorious acres of field, woods, and stream, and includes a 100-year-old house. I have taken to describing the house as an abandoned museum, which is a stretch but paints an appropriate picture. The house has no insulation (yet) and is heated only by wood-stove; there is a cook-stove in the kitchen and a good, old-fashioned pantry under the staircase. No updating has been done since the 1950s. And, really, the whole house makes me weak in the knees just to think about it; I sit here with my chin on my hand and a glazey-eyed grin.
The house is located five minutes outside of the town of Montague, which itself is an ideal town. Montague is quaint, but boasts just about every amenity one could hope for: a pool and fitness center, a curling rink, the “Down East Mall”, and all the services one could need–including a hardware store and an Atlantic Superstore.
As far as employment, we are looking forward to earning medium sums of money creatively, rather than earning large sums of money at the expense of our free time and energy. Please know that we fully enjoyed our careers, but found that our busy lives left little to no room for anything else: wake, transport, work, transport, eat, sit on the couch, sleep. Yes, our jobs were enjoyable enough, but we just couldn’t leave the rest of our whims unheeded.
Our plan hinges on reducing our monthly costs drastically. When one has very little money going out the door, one needs very little money coming in. The details have yet to be inked out, but we plan on plunging our fingers into numerous proverbial pies that will be enough to replenish our coffers.
Ahh, the sweet sound of idealism and/or naivety… I recognize them in my words, too. However, we believe that our dream is worth giving a chance, and we are going to give it our all.
And so, here in our dank motel (the cheapest kitchenette in all of Charlottetown), we wait for our possession date and the next stage of our journey!
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