Drove around yesterday looking at more rental homes. We found one that all of us fell in love with. We've attempted contact with the owners to start working things out but have yet to get a response. This is the maddening part of it all, when you find something only to have it dance just outside your reach. It's in the right area with the right schools and is close to the water. The main question right now is price and if they allow pets. It's a little older, so hopefully they will allow pets as that, per my kids, is a deal breaker.
I've also been drawn to another home that has a hot tub in the back yard. All of Martha's stories of relaxing dips after a hard day of work have my interest piqued. The yard at this house looks like some sort of English gardener's psychedelic fantasy trip. Different, to be sure, but I can put up with quite a bit. My wife...well, that's a different story.
The search continues. Keep us in your prayers. The walls in our billeting room are starting to close in. In know they are...I've measured the distance. Spikes are starting to come out of the ceiling and floor as well.