Ten years ago today i had no plans on buying a house and didn’t even know if i could swing it financially. But then an opportunity presented itself that i just could not refuse. Before this i had always just rented apartments, sometimes on the edge of the city but mostly out in the sticks, all for a very cheap price even back then. But a friend’s ex-husband who owned the house had re-married and they needed to move to some central location so their drive to work was less. So Doug offered me the house at a good price, and back then the interest rates were low and it was before the real estate crash here in the USA. Instead of using a broker, which costs money, we basically bought a generic sales agreement at Home Depot and ran it past the mortgage bank lawyer and shook hands in a gentleman’s agreement. I put in some other requirements like cleaning up shit in the yard and finishing some siding and putting in all new windows, which have been a blessing with heating costs. The roof was fairly new so that was a plus too. I was also back then able to pay for a complete rewiring of the 60 year old electrical system, and do other upgrades as i could afford them.
The whole time i was waiting for the bank and everything else to go though i did puja to Ganesha (the Hindu god of overcoming obstacles) and Kubera/Vaisravana (the Hindu/Buddhist god of wealth and the earthly plane) to move things along. I have this small old well worn brass Ganesha who is a perfect size for a worry stone and you can use your thumb to rub his belly and trunk, which he likes. And i have a newer copper with gold wash Kubera with inlaid stones that is sealed because it is consecrated. Both of which i got from the late Charles O’Hara back in the 90s. And they both came through! Today, as on every anniversary, i do a puja and make offerings to them again in thanks and for continued prosperity. Now that i am unemployed and on disability money is much more an issue, especially trying to keep up with taxes and heating costs. But i pray i will be able to keep living in this house on this beautiful property until the day i die.
Ganesha altar with Thai Ganesha riding three headed elephant, Kubura left, Ganesha right, flanked by Shiva lingums and brass dishes of old coins and talismans.
House back a few autumns ago.