Saturday, March 25, 2017

New RV Home

We went to the RV place where we will be staying so I could show Darrell the spots we chose.

There was one spot (#60) that we liked in a new section, but it was not set up with Wi-Fi just yet.  It also was quite a distance from the amenities we are going to use - like the laundry and rec room.

There was another spot (#4) that we loved with Wi-Fi and close to the amenities, but it was occupied.  Now, the couple that was there was THINKING about moving to the new section, but was not sure.  They were going to give it a few days to think about.  Funny thing, the spot they would move to was #60 - our second choice.

Anyway, when we got there, someone was in #60,  but I thought it was a weekender, or over nighter.  Then we went back to #4 and it was empty.  WOW!  We went back to #60 and talked to them - they did just move from #4 - super nice, she crochets and knits and are also building a house.

We get the one we wanted!! 

Here is a picture of this site.

Lots of trees and quite a bit of yard space.  We can park both of our vehicles in this spot as well - which is super nice.  It is right across the drive way from a nice gazebo and a short walk to the laundry and rec room where we will do our homeschool most days, plus the area where I will layout a quilt if necessary. 

I really needed something good to happen after the hell day yesterday.

Today, Darrell is off to pull out the dinette table and get the small renovation going.  We are really starting to pare down now.  Our community is having a garage sale next weekend, so we are getting rid of the last things we held back for showing.  Not long now!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekly Update - Week 8

It is a week of ups and downs for sure!  Busy week as well.  The selling of the house, my daughter's birthday, the house building, the rv, the business!  So stressful.  I am seriously down today as I see things falling through the cracks and I cannot seem to keep on top of it all.  I know it is just all this pressure, so I am trying to work though it at a steady pace.

1. Suburb House - Well, it went on the market at 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning, but there was no way to schedule a showing until around 11:00 a.m.  By 11:42, we had 5 showings.  It was crazy!  The kids and Darrell had run to the bank and I was working - the house was mostly ready, but there were lots of little things. Got it done just in time and then went out for the day.  The first offer came around 7:30 p.m. then the second by 10:30.  1 more after midnight.  We had 4 showings on Sunday and got another offer from the Sunday showings.  We accepted offers until noon on Monday, then made a decision from there. 

We are officially in the option pending period, and the inspection was done yesterday.  No word yet which is driving me insane - I am of the opinion, the longer it takes, the worse it gets.  They were here with the inspector so they already heard everything. 

Just heard, they have repairs they want done, but we will get the list either later today or tomorrow.  OMG - I am in tears.  We have worked so hard and we have never had to make repairs when selling before!

We have a closing date of April 21st.  Double gulp.  In my mind, we were middle of May. But, I am ready to move forward, so I will make it work.

2. Land Home - I had another meeting with the builder and designer.  We are down to the final stages, but it is a very long process - they get me the plan for review, I get it back to them in 1-4 hours, then I wait a week.  It is frustrating.  I am such a quick person and we are so close to being done that I just want to move on.

The final house size is 2243 sq ft. with screened and covered patio size at 821 sq ft.  It is a good size, but not too big.  The builder wanted me to go bigger, but I said no.

I signed the paperwork to get permit approval for clearing and building from the county and HOA.  That will take a little while.

The biggest thing we worked on though were the electric outlets, lights, and switches.

3. RV Living - Well, this took on a bigger role this week.  Now we are looking at moving in the RV in just at 3 weeks.   So, Darrell will be removing the dinette table this weekend and hopefully repairing the box where wires and the ducts are located so we can put in a shelf from IKEA we already own.  That would be a big step because everything else - better storage - can be done as we live there.

This is the shelf but we are laying it on its side and it is black brown, not white.

I also bought 2 of these storage box things to go on the chairs.  I will more than likely either use velcro to attach them or use E-6000.  I just don't know how permanent I want them on the chairs (pictures of the chairs later)

Any way to add a little space to the RV is going to be good - especially since we will be homeschooling the entire time.  I am a big believer of books - so this may be the place they put their library books and and their personal chapstick, ipods, etc.  I got one for each of the chairs. 

4.  Business - sigh.  I am working like crazy - almost done with 1 quilt this week.  I need to finish it and one more by Monday.  I will be able to - I am on track.  I need to pick up the pace though and get 2.5 to 3 done per week.

We decided that there is no way I can get done by the time we have to leave, so we have started planning for finishing up while I am in the RV.  We think it is possible - just not ideal.  The RV place has a rec room that seems to have enough space for me to layout.  Sandwiching is going to be the hard part.  The really hard part.  I am still thinking about it.

I had to accept another quilt today though.  She had contacted me in January before all this mess started and I told her I would do it at that time.  Unfortunately, I cannot go back on my word.  I took it.  Now, there is 11. 

Also, another one that was slated to get me her last shirt by the first weekend in May, I had to tell her that I need all the shirts now.  She is deciding this weekend if she wants to go ahead and do it now or wait until next year.  She may decide not to use me at all.  I feel bad, but I had to make her aware of the situation.

See, if it had gone like normal - the house would have had a buyer in 2 weeks with a 45 day closing.  That would easily put us in mid-May and we were going to ask for a lease back until the end of the month.  HOWEVER, it turned out that we sold very quickly, short closing, and no lease back allowed.  Sigh.  I could have never predicted.

This week was very frustrating from the current home to the new build, to the RV, to the business, to the homeschool, to the parents, to the kids, to the everything.  I need a good night's sleep.  A little sleep helps me so much! 

OH, OH, OH!!!  I forgot to add - my car would not start this morning, so I could not go to my chiropractor appointment (needed!)  All lights come on - no start.  We had to get it towed and still have not heard anything. The longer it takes, the worse the outcome (happens to me all the time).  I am so done today.  Murphy can please go.  Poke a fork in me - I AM DONE!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Running today

Our cleaners came this morning, so we ran some errands - book donation, pick up batting at Joann, return a record player to Amazon.  This was a birthday present for my daughter, but it was awful.  I remember just being able to go to the store, buy something and it actually work.  Not anymore.  Granted this was Amazon, but no stores carry record players anymore.

Then, home to straighten up a little more and get the dishes washed in the dishwashers, put on laundry (the sheets), and start piecing a quilt together.

I could not get far though because I have to keep the house clean - the inspector is coming today.  I did not want to set up my iron, then it is be hot and pieces of the quilt everywhere, etc.   So, I am just bidding my time browsing, answering email, etc.

When the inspector gets here, we are going to go up and book the RV site where we will be living.  I will take pictures if I can (if someone is in the spot currently, I will not be able to).   3 weeks and counting!

Then when we get back from that, I am finishing piecing the quilt and making the backing so we can layout tonight.  If there is time, I will be starting the next one as well.  I doubt there will be though.

2-3 quilts a week.  I started with the most numerous and the last week will be the small ones with the least amount of shirts which makes the sewing go a LOT faster.

Finalized the house layout plans and working on the electrical plans.  Also finalized the plot plans.  I am hoping to get these done this week so we can move forward with the construction loan.  35 days once the bank gets all the paperwork.   I really wanted to close on the loan right after we closed on the house, but there will be a lag - which means longer in the RV.

Ah, well - off to book the RV spot!