Tuesday, November 3, 2015

We got it!

Our offer on the condo in Pembroke Pines has been accepted. Woo hoo! I can hardly believe it! We still need to confirm the pet policy with the HOA and have the condo inspected, but we both think it's going to be fine. Hopefully, this will be the last time we'll ever have to look for real estate. This is also going to be the last post for Fun with Rob and Ellie. After giving it a try, I don't think I'm cut out to do a reality blog. Besides, we'll be pretty busy with fixing up the new condo, selling the Hillcrest condo, and going back and forth to Austin. Thank you to everyone who read and commented on Fun with Rob and Ellie. I'll leave you with some pictures of us at Hollywood Beach this afternoon. Bye!

Friday, October 30, 2015


We're still waiting to hear whether our offer has been accepted. Our realtor talked to the listing realtor this afternoon and the seller is still reviewing the offers. So we probably won't know till next week. We hope they take our offer! In the meantime, there's no point in checking the MLS and looking at new listings, so we went to the pool. It was a beautiful day.

We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween, and if you're in Austin, stay dry!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Just when I was about to give up on finding a condo, a new listing came up. We went to see it yesterday and put in an offer (full price) last night. It's a one-story condo in Pembroke Pines in a complex called Villas Lakes. It's got 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a pretty water view. Big dogs are allowed and there's grass right outside for the dog. Here are some pictures from the listing.

This is the front. It's the little one on the end.

This is the kitchen.

This is the living room.

This is the view from the back patio.

It's not a done deal - the last condo we tried to buy got sold to someone else - and of course we'd still have to get it inspected. But we'd really rather have a condo than a house and we're excited about it. Hopefully we'll know one way or the other soon.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

House hunting

It's been a year and a half since we first started looking for the Florida half of our two-condo plan. Back then, we couldn't find what we were looking for (a nice condo that takes big dogs) so we compromised on the Hillcrest condo. But I've never liked it and we've been looking ever since. This trip we've looked harder than ever. I've spent hours on the MLS. Realtors have shown us places every week. We've made offers on three things that didn't work out. I'm now ready to admit defeat. There isn't a condo in South Florida for us. So we're branching out to houses. In the past, I've resisted the idea of a house.  In fact, earlier this year the people who bought our Taft Street house offered to sell it back to us but I said no because I was afraid I'd worry about it when we were gone. But now I'm changing my tune. I really don't want to stay at Hillcrest. So today we went to an open house in Shady Banks, a little 1950s neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. We won't be making an offer on that one, but I like the area and I'm going to keep my eye on it.

Here I am in Hortt Park in Shady Banks. The park has lots of comfortable benches...

 A new outdoor gym...

A large playground...

And a new tennis court.

We're planning on heading back to Austin in two weeks, so I don't know if we'll find something in Shady Banks or anywhere else this trip. But branching out to houses gives us hundreds more choices than we had before.  I don't know where we'll end up, but it's an adventure!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy birthday, Eric!

Today is Eric's birthday. Here's a picture of Rob and Eric in front of our Driftwood house in Hollywood in 1976.

Happy 45th birthday, Eric. We hope you're okay.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Happy birthday, Julian!

It's October 10th, and you know what that means. It's Julian's birthday!

Here's a picture from Julian's days of playing ball for Belcher Oil in Hollywood.

Happy birthday, Julian! We love you!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A.D. Weiss was here

This is the spot where A.D. Weiss Lithograph Company used to be, at 2025 McKinley Street in Hollywood. Rob started his printing career at A.D. Weiss in 1966 when he was 20 years old. He worked there until November 1978 when we moved to Kent, Washington. Over time, A.D. Weiss sold to St. Ives, which in turn sold to Angstom Graphics. In 2011, Angstom Graphics went out of business. The building stood empty for years. We never expected to see it torn down and replaced with a new charter school, but that's what happened. The charter school opened this year. Here's Robert standing on the spot where he went to work so many, many times.

That's the new charter school in the background. It's called Avant Garde Academy.

Here's what the entrance to A.D. Weiss used to look like.  The other two companies Rob worked for during his printing career - Craftsman Press in Seattle and Northwest Web in Eugene - are also gone.