Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Friday, April 1, 2011

We Are Officially Disappointed Now

We suspected that the lady wanting to buy our house was going to back out of the contingency contract due to a couple of reasons, one of which is a poor market where she is trying to sell her house. At one time, there were possible issues as to whether she was going to have a serious health issue, but that we haven’t confirmed.

Anyway, the realtor helping us with our “Home for Sale by Owner” called and said that she had officially released the contract on our house. So, although we have still been somewhat active in selling even without her contract, we will have to get a little more aggressive now.

Hopefully, her health isn’t as bad as she thought. She was a nice young lady with a teen-age daughter. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be for her to be a single mom and still afford this house.

We still have a couple of options. Devon Energy is building a new 50 story headquarters building in downtown Oklahoma City and an energy company out of Enid, Oklahoma is buying their old headquarters building. That would be roughly 250 people moving from Enid into the Oklahoma City area. Maybe one of those folks would be interested. We are seriously considering putting a classified ad into the Enid paper.

Who knows? I might even get bold enough to send some kind of message with information right to the Enid energy company. But, for now, we get a little more active in trying to sell the house. While the housing market isn’t that bad in the Oklahoma City area, homes in the price range of our house aren’t really moving that fast.

Wish us luck.

Here is a sort of aerial view or out neighborhood.  Our house is the one with the “X” on the roof.

4502 Brayden Court


  1. I.M. thinkin' that if ya reelly want to sell that there house Terry, just maybe ya should bee contactin' that company. Ya never know what are goin' to happen if ya work hard at tryin' to sell it, and maybe it are God tellin' you that He ain't a gonna sell it all by Hisownself fer ya, but He'd be most glad to help you a doin' it, just like He does with other things in our lives.

  2. You are so right, I.M. Too many times in life people are tempted to just say "if it's God's will" and just resign themselves to what happens, or doesn't happen.

  3. Terry, get the name of the Relocation company working with either of the two companies. Submit a detailed description to the relo company and wait. Betcha it will bear fruit.

  4. Ken,

    Devon isn't much of an opportunity unless they plan on doing some major hiring. They are the ones building the new skyscraper for their headquarters.

    As for the other one, I did use a "Contact" form on their website to let them know that our house was for sale, plus I provided a link to photos of our house on the internet.

    In reality, it will probably be late this year or early next year before Devon finishes their building. So, it may be way too early for anyone to consider looking yet. But, at least the word is out there.


  5. That wasn't a april fools was it? Have you ever sent me photos of your house? I may have some pointers if you can take constructive critism from a friend. I have a lot of interest in real estate. When we purchased our current place, I decided to sell my other home, put it "for sale by owner" and had a contract in 12 hours. NO JOKE! You guys have been trying to sell for quite a while and as much as you have helped me, I would love to help you get your house sold.

  6. Alicia,

    Unfortunately, it is NOT an April Fool's joke. I have sent you an e-mail with some information about the house and a link to photos on my photobucket account. Should something happen that you don't get the e-mail, click on my link above to my Photobucket account and look for the folder entitled, "Home for Sale."

    Or something like that. And, I will accept criticism. Also, later this month, we are spending a week in Red Rock Canyon over by Hinton. Who knows? We might decide to come visit you.


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