what a relief! Escrow closed this afternoon. Took some pushing by me to get my realtor to push, and it got done. whew. If anything happens to that house now, it's not my problem. I'm so happy about this!!! The dogs and I are enjoying living in suburbia, as opposed to rural country. No dirt, no wind, moderate temperatures. We like the grass and the patio, and I took the dogs out in the backyard to play when I got home from work yesterday. I felt so happy and relaxed, it was wonderful. It's taking some adjustment on everyone's part, but my sister and b.i.l. and I are working to be sure it all comes together, with me living there. This is definitely a positive step for me and my family. Anyway, I wanted to share the good news! Peace, Beth.