I know I've been quiet lately, but don't worry. I haven't disappeared or gave up on DD or this blog. I've just been busy.
If you've been following along here for a while, you know we've had issues with our landlords. That situation took a turn for the worse this week when they showed up without notice with the intention of kicking us out so they can move back in.
I've been in contact with Legal Aid, but thanks to the holiday this week, they can't get us an attorney until next week. In the meantime, the landlords are camped out in our backyard and refusing to leave. The cops refuse to help, saying it's a civil matter, so we're stuck with them until we get an attorney and go to court.
We have a lease and I have no doubt that the court will order the landlords to back off (and get out of the backyard). Steve and I have talked and decided that while we should be able to finish out our lease in peace, it's more trouble than it's worth having to deal with the landlords and their shenanigans. At this point, we're agreeable to ending the lease early provided we have time to find something else and we get a little compensation for the trouble.
Steve's parents have graciously offered to cosign a home loan for us. The deal comes with strings. They want final approval of our choice of home and they will only cosign for a house in this area (so no moving away like I want). While my parents aren't in a place where they can offer much on the financial side, they have offered to help in whatever way they can.
Steve has been putting in some long hours at work trying to get us some money built up so I've had to take on pretty much everything else. I've been dealing with the landlords, talking to Legal Aid, researching available properties and getting things organized so I can start packing as soon as we find something.
I'll try to check in when I can, but I'm probably going to be scarce for a bit until we get all this sorted out. Hopefully we'll be able to find the right place soon and I can tell you all about how much we love our new house.