Dawn and Matt have sold their house! In this economy, with so many homes for sale, it could have been on the market for a year or more. However, it was just into its second listing when they accepted an offer. Dawn went into high gear boxing up belongings and moving what she could prior to closing.
The official move was right after Labor Day. Brandon and Sophia headed off to school, unaware of the plans for the day. Two men and a truck (also the name of the franchise) arrived and loaded furniture. Six hours later it was in place at Courtland and the beds were made. Time for the big unveil. Brandon had football practice, and afterward, instead of driving to the former house, Dawn took them to Courtland. They were accustomed to stopping by frequently, but this would be their first night sleeping there. Both were excited to see their bedroom furniture in place but also felt some sadness at leaving the old house behind. However, I think both were relieved that as one door was closing, another was already open, and both were comfortable with their new surroundings. Dawn and I celebrated the end of the day with a couple glasses of wine. I left about 9:00 so she could begin getting the kids off the ceiling and into bed.
A week or so later, Dawn told me about a blue jay that seemed to be unafraid of people. It had flown into the garage and had been seen outdoors perching on her vehicle's rear view mirror. It had even sat on the railing of the patio while Dawn was there in a chair. One day when I visited, we sat on the deck together, and luckily "Jay" (or Jaye if it's a female) appeared.
Dawn sent an email to the previous owner about the friendly bird, and Amy replied that it had appeared last year during a garage sale, flying in and out of the garage, even sitting on one person's finger. However, she is afraid of birds, so had never interacted with Jay when he returned.
Jay comes by nearly every day when someone is outdoors. One day last weekend, he landed on Dawn's arm.
Dawn's friend Rachelle was visiting, and he sat on her hand.
Brandon and Jay have interacted as well. Brandon had a dollar bill that Jay took from between his fingers and then flew with it into a tree! Brandon was beside himself at the loss of the money, but when Jay couldn't eat it, or lost interest, he let the bill drop. Brandon scurried to retrieve it, held the bill again, and Jay came to get it. Again Jay eventually let it go and then flew away. Dawn has a video on her phone and I'll provide a link if she ever uploads it!
Yesterday Dawn sent me a picture of her latest purchase. A bird feeder is now situated at the corner of the deck. She said Jay's been by to check it out.