Friday, April 16, 2010

St. Joseph

When we decided to put the house on the market, we were leery. I don't think there are many places in the country that haven't been touched by our economic debacle current trying times. But the older I get, the less stuff I want. And the less space I need. Even when The Bird and Augie are home, they are rarely at home. So it was Squazz and MPM who were left sitting there. I loved our house. Loved it. But it was a money pit. And way too big for us doddering old farts empty nesters.
So we put it on the market and held our breath.
And then I just buried a little statue in the back garden.
Upside down.
This is a lucky St. Joseph.
He has sold many a house.
Nurse Nancy lent him to me.
And I followed the explicit directions she sent me.
And we sold our house.
In the middle of a very bad market.
I don't consider myself a superstitious person--
Nor a photographer, for apparent reasons.
(But in my defense, I only had my iPhone)
And when we get our check after the closing today?
I might just say another little prayer.
To my new man. Joe.
Read about St. Joseph here.
Now I must get back out on the deck.
There are neighbors here at The Complex who need to be observed...

30 comments:

Sassy said...

That is awesome.......do you think he would help us HOLD ON TO our little home? If so I need to do it..........this economy has hurt us terribly....I will say if I have to leave {{{{{{{MY WINDOW IS COMING OUT AND GOING WITH ME!}}}}}}} Hahahahahaha Your home must have been very special and people loved it I am sure! From the little glimpses I have seen it was amazing! LIKE YOU!

TSannie said...

He's the MAN! Congratulations, my friend!

Nurse Nancy said...

I am so glad that St. Joseph brought you luck....needless to say, I am a firm believer. And thanks for taking such good care of him for me. Keep him dirty...the luck of the homes he sold stays with him.

The Incredible Woody said...

Hooray for St Joseph!! And a double hooray for checks!!!!

Ellen said...

He works every time.

I'm looking forward to many tales from "The Complex." Of course, the quotation marks make it sound more like a cult than a group of homes. Oh wait, is it a cult?????

Caution Flag said...

I may need to tell my sister, who is in a terrible house-selling bind thanks to their Army transfer. Seriously.

Drama Queen said...

I would never think of selling a house with St. Joe in my yard - he has blessed us every time.

Congrats!

Emom said...

I think I need some "observations..." smiles...

Mary said...

Oh Congratulations! I've been terrible about catching up on blog reading for the past few weeks. It sounds like a great new adventure for you. I must say that the thought of downsizing is very seductive. I have way too much stuff...

Best of luck in your new digs. I can't wait to read about the new neighbors. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Trisha said...

I have heard of many people who didn't believe but buried a statue of Joe and then sold their houses. Who knows - the world works in mysterious ways!

Glad to know you are keeping an eye on things in the Complex!

Daryl said...

I buried a St Joseph behind the condo in FL and it sold ... so I totally believe in him .. anyone selling a house or condo or apartment .. Google St Joseph statue and buy one ... you'll thank me and MPM.. and St Joseph

Keetha said...

You are a such a tease with this little tidbits dropped about the neighbors!

Suz Broughton said...

I want to hear details about these neighbors, sister!

Deb said...

yes, yes, yes! I am a firm believer in St. Joseph as I have mine with me always.

emm...I never buried my St. Joseph directly in the dirt but always provided him in a little metal box!!!

but hey, it worked, right!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I'm gonna tell my neighbor across the road about this. He has had his house on the market for 3 years now. Happy for you girl!
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Snooty Primadona said...

I was wondering how the heck you sold your house so fast! I'm going to go buy one now!

Now, get out there & tend to those neighbors, LOL!

Grandma J said...

I'm a believer! Kudos on the sale... Joe is the man!

My mother, Rita, was a realtor and she would bury St. Joe in a clients yard without even telling them until after their home sold. No one was offended.

It has nothing to do with superstitions, it's called faith.

LL Cool Joe said...

Well I'm Joe too, so maybe I should get some St Joey statues made and get people in the UK to bury them in the garden and see if they bring them some luck. Probably more likely to be the opposite!

noble pig said...

Well, I buried one too. Needless to say, I still have my house in California. Hmmmm.

Country Girl said...

This is what my mother always did when we had to sell a house. Yes, the statue is to be buried upside down. He is also the patron saint of workers. You must write a specific request and fold it up and place it under his statue.

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so happy for you : ) Congratulations.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Awesome!

But I"m still not going to bury one in the yard of the little brick house down the way, because I'm still holding out hope that you'll move here one day.

PLEASE tell us more about the neighbors. I smell a hefty aroma of vast amounts of blog fodder, and I'm hungry for more!

Linda said...

We also buried St. Joseph when we sold our house. We can't all be crazy.

These Nine Acres said...

So, when is the house warming sleepover for all your blogger friends? We can wear fuzzy slippers, do each other's hair and make fun of the neighbors.

Flash Stitcher said...

St Joseph works. He helped us with our other house.

Debbie said...

Shhh. I have neighbors I watch too. Fun isn't it?

Joe? He took you away from my duck pond, but since it's what you wanted? I love Joe too.

Tammy said...

A little luck is always a welcome thing! Can't wait to hear more stories of "the complex". Congrats on the sale! I know the feeling. :)

Patty said...

Congratulations. But what is the reason for burying it upside down?

imbeingheldhostage said...

That is so cool. I love your photography, the pool was amazingly sharp and clear :-)

Hilary said...

So am I the only one who has never heard of this practice? I think so!