What Happens in Escrow When Buying a Home?

Lalena Piro In Escrow

What Happens in Escrow When Buying a Home   Buying a home is an exciting time, but the steps you need to take to finalize your transaction can sometimes be confusing or even frustrating. The safe and efficient transfer of real estate involves a number of steps. Title searches are performed, inspections and appraisals normally take place, a variety of documents are prepared and signed, and the actual transfer of funds is organized and completed. In addition, issues that might arise during the … [Read more...]

Let Me Eat Cake

Friday was the 4th “3 month appointment” post chemo.  All clear. The math adds up to 1 year since the chemotherapy ended.  1 year. Wow. Now the appointments are spaced out 6 months apart.  Sweet. It really feels like much longer than a year.  Staying busy at work and home helps.  Always looking forward rather than in the rear view mirror helps more.  During the surgery or therapy, the word cancer is in your mind every day.  In fact, you wonder if it will be with you every day for the rest of … [Read more...]

Elephants, Ants and Gelato


Finally. My therapy is complete.  I have no more “dates” with the healing orb.  No more “accessing my port”.  No more “lost days”. I do have many things to come.  Scans every three months for the next year.  A colonoscopy in September.  A return to my regular exercise routine and a dramatic change in my diet.  All stuff I am ready and prepared for. 8 months ago, the process I just finished seemed overwhelming.  How do you do it?  How do you eat an elephant?  Most of you know the answer. … [Read more...]

And Down The Stretch They Come!


And Down The Stretch They Come! I love that call in at the Kentucky Derby every spring.  One day, I will make it to Churchill Downs and be there live.  Yep, it's on the bucket list. Bucket list...  hmmm... file that away for a future post. I'm writing this post on March 27th.  Today, I started Therapy No. 11.  After the pump comes off Friday, only 1 to go.  If that ain't the home stretch, I don't know what is! So, here's how things went today. Alex, I'll take “Best Laid Plans” for $500. … [Read more...]

Bumps in the Road


After 4 months of therapy, I've hit a couple bumps in the road. Not entirely unexpected, but I was hoping to avoid them. The results of my last lab work showed a couple low numbers.  Both my platelets and my white cell count are borderline low.  My doctor told me this is normal and expected.  She let me proceed with therapy No. 9, but we are taking an extra week off before therapy No. 10. I am totally cool with that! A bit of a break before the final quarter.  An extra week of … [Read more...]