Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pity Party Over for Good

OK, Even though I am sick with no voice whatsoever, I am done with the pity party.  I will have bad days - everyone does, but I am done with the bad mood thing.

The in-laws are leaving this afternoon, the kids and I are having brunch with them.  They are wonderful people, the timing was wrong and the fact that we got sick did not make it better.  The main issue was there was no place to sit and chat.  Our RV is small.  There is only room for 4 max and we squeezed 8 people in this thing to eat.  It was uncomfortable at best.  Added to that, it rained 1/2 the time.

They were bored, we were so very sick.  Bad combination.  I was the better of us two, so I went grocery shopping and prepared the meals.  I think I may pass out this afternoon.

On top of them being here, college boy.  He is a little arrogant right now - which is annoying me to no end.  I am VERY thankful his friends are letting him crash there for a couple of months. He was miserable here and although we would make it work, this is a better situation.

So today, we are having brunch, then I have to go to the bank and get college boy's first month's rent, then get him a wallet - he lost his last week (another fun event).  Back home to rest and we will have mostly leftovers for dinner.  I will bread some chicken and bake it, then left over baked beans, sliced tomatoes, watermelon and blackberry pie.  Kind of a mish mosh, but it is what needs to be eaten.

Gratitude - 5 per day

1. Boiled Peanuts - such a small, random thing, but this is one my most favorite things to eat.  I cannot get them here in Texas, so when my in-laws come, they bring me boiled peanuts.

2. Massages - the muscles in my back and hip get very tight from a past injury.  My husband massages me every single day. 

3. Coffee - need I say more?

4. Libraries - my need to read is so voracious, that I could never afford it - libraries are wonderful!

5. Fans - I love air movement and fan are a must in this humid environment.  Any time I stay over night somewhere, I carry my fan.

I hope you have a great day!  The sun is not shining and rain is eminent, but it makes for a good afternoon nap!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quick Check in

They are still here. I am sick - have no voice whatsoever.  Hubs is sick - coughing constantly and has been since they got here.  Youngest son is getting sick. 

It has been awful.  Just plain awful.  I am exhausted.  Tired of entertaining.  Crying.  Depressed.

I need to sleep, but cannot sleep because of college boy and hubs coughing.

Hopefully it will get better - college boy is moving in with friends (thankfully).  We are helping him pay rent for these two months, but it will be better overall - he had no space here.

Kids are going to my sister's next week, so we will get alone time and I will get some sleep.  Things will get better.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Week 21 Update

Well, this is shaping up to be quite a week.  This moment is the calm before the storm.

Land Home:  As you saw from my last post, the frame is going up!  WOO-HOO!  I had to square away windows and doors, so the builder is ordering those.  There were 3 main issues this week with the build.

1.  Creating a room in the attic above the garage.  Why?  We always talked about this - ALWAYS.  We were so busy during the planning stages that we completely forgot and then, we were concerned about cost and getting the loan, etc, etc.  Well, now that I have time to look at the plans constantly and I remembered the architect saying there was enough headroom there, we decided to go ahead and get the room.  It will be used for anyone that wants to stay with us and some minor storage (Christmas mainly) due to it being climate controlled.  We are keeping it very simple.  I think one of the reasons I was so down is I was waiting to hear the hit this would be.  I am a worry wart.

Drum Roll - $6,400.  So, yes, an expense, but MUCH, MUCH less than if we decided to do it later.  We are doing some of the work - painting, laying out the floor and the trim and installing the air conditioner/heater.  Since college boy is going to be living with us, this gives him a little apartment that has its own entrance.  We can put a mini fridge and microwave in it as well.

2. The master bathroom is narrow. A little difficult to explain, but the shower is 12 feet wide and about 4 ft. deep.  The 12 foot section just had a wall there spanning almost the entire length of the bathroom.  It was very uncomfortable.  We are working to get a glass divider instead of the wall.  This shower is a walk in with no door and there is no tub in this bathroom.

I still don't know the outcome of this yet, but he is working on it.  Since they have to continue framing, we are making sure this wall will not receive any load bearing joists or rafters.  VERY good time to do this!

3.  The main hallway felt very narrow and we were unsure we could get furniture in our bedroom, so we opened up part of the hallway and took away space from our storage room.  It was not really useful space anyway, so I do not think we will miss it.  Luckily, they had put up the hall frame, but not the storage space frame, so there is very little work that has to be done to fix this.

It rained, so we lost one day.  I think they are going to work tomorrow as well.

RV Living - Please, don't think I am giving up.  This stay is allowing us to get everything we want in the house.  This is why we did this!  It is hard.  Everything is hard.  Cooking, cleaning, eating, relaxing, sleeping, laundry, working - it all takes so much more effort and planning than you can imagine.  It is exhausting, but because of this - we get a copper farmhouse sink, copper pendants over the island, an attic room, reclaimed barnwood beams in the living room and on the mantle, saltillo tiles and engineered hardwood floors, cedar posts on the patio, a huge shed for a workshop and will house our RV, a cement driveway, all framing structure is upgraded, foundation upgraded, a Sonic Ice maker, leathered granite with a double chiseled edge and on and on and on.  We are cash flowing all of it except what was determined at the time of the loan.  So, all extras are because we are living in this RV.

It will be worth it to end this in no more debt than we started.

The inclusion of another adult is TOUGH, though!  He doesn't want to be here and the blow up literally takes up all the floor space.   I am still in awe that his father's side of the family will not let him stay when they ALL have houses.  So, I cleared one of our larger shelves for him.  I just had to shore up some things.  He feels better with it.  His guitar is a pain in the ass, but we just added it to the list of things to move around every day.  No matter what, my children always have a space to stay - no matter how inconvenient to me.  Now, this does not mean they can be lazy, but he is only here 2 months.

Wish me luck with the in-laws this weekend.  I love them to death, but this is the absolute worst time!

Homeschool - Gosh, we were off this week because of a tech camp.  However, someone reached out to me about a social group, so we are going to try it out next week.  Hopefully this will lead to more and better things for us.

OK, I gotta run - you won't hear from me until Monday for sure - not commenting or posting.  I have to get laundry done and clean up a bit before the inlaws get here.

So, y'all have a great weekend!