Saturday, April 22, 2017

Internet and our RV Set Up (photos)

Well, we finally got the internet installed today while I was working!  MY GOODNESS!  It is fabulous - so freaking fast!  I wish we could get this at the land.  All of us are on our computers having been without for over a week.  I know this is bad, but we are people that use the internet a lot for work, play, entertainment, etc.   We dealt and quite nicely, but it is so good to have this again.

Any, on to more interesting things.  Bad pictures because the lighting is horrible in RVs and we like a lot of natural light - albeit indirect light.  We had coffee on the deck this morning before it rained and brought in a cold front that has our windows open enjoying the fresh, country air!

Here is a before shot of part of our RV.

Here is the aftershot with the renovations.  OK, what we did is pull out the dining set and that countertop thing with little storage.  We put in a set of Ikea shelves and an Ikea cabinet that is deep for storage of appliances (crock pot, toaster oven, electric skillet, toaster, can opener, rice cooker, 2 pots and 2 stove top skillets).  The top is used to put one of the appliances and a permanent spot for the coffee pot. 

We are using command strip hooks like crazy and put up a key rack that has space for Darrell to drop his wallet and cell phone when he gets in daily.  I also hang my purse there.  The trash can (you cannot see it) is behind the cabinet and butted between it and the shelves.  It is a full size trash can with lid that came from our house - I love it! 

The book shelves house 98% of the homeschool items.  I also gave one bin for Laney and one for Koen.  This is where they keep everything they wanted to bring from home.  In the drawers, it holds all the sharps for the kitchen, the dishtowels and rags, cloth napkins and a catch all drawer (batteries, clips, etc.)  We store 2 fold out TV Trays that we use outside, inside - for eating, homeschool, games.  We also brought one lamp that gives softer light at night.

Oh, we move around the chairs as well.  The TV is above the coffee pot area.  It is a great central location and Darrell put an arm on it that swivels and comes out far.  The storage above is the pantry - housing all our canned and boxed food.  The larger open area holds bottled water and distilled water for our neti pots as well as an air filter.

Here is the Kitchen/Living Area:

We have a small strainer to use for during the day dishes.  There is a spice rack behind the stove top.  I bought a behind the sink shelf that is working out fabulously!  We put up a magnetic strip, but I could do without it.  Below the sink is a cabinet that holds the cleaning supplies, then another cabinet with 2 pull out drawers - one for silverware and one for serving spoons, ladles, measuring cups and spoons - all the kitchen items that are not sharp.

The couch is also from Ikea and fits 2 easily and comfortably.  The shoe bin is housed under the couch.  Since the slide stays out constantly, it is an easy place for the shoes.  We also put up a paper towel holder and have the router on a shelf on the side that you cannot see.  Angles are tough in an RV.


What can I say - it is small.  So small, that I stood in the shower to get this crappy angle.  You could not see the sink if I stood outside the bathroom.

Nothing too special - we bought an over the door rack for 2 bath towels and a basket for rags and handtowels.  We put one hook for a towel over the window because it is not private enough for me - so it plays double duty.  The 4th towel hook is over the toilet.  All towels get dry now!  For the sink, we bought little $1 pails from Target and used command hooks to put them up for our toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Under the sink, we keep extra toiler paper, descreet wipes, and cleaning wipes.  We used hooks inside the cabinet to hold a plastic grocery bag for trash.  All other bathroom items and medicines go in a cabinet right outside the bathroom.

The Master Bedroom:

This is our bedroom.  See the the privacy curtain!  LOL - It is a full size queen bed, which is fine.  The 2 side cabinets hold our clothing.  We use the rolling method and plastic shoeboxes for our undies and socks.  The upper cabinets hold everything else.  Our computers, a homeschool art supply box, a paper cutter, external hard drive, etc.  

The black drawers you see on my side of the bed are what I bought at Container Store to hold my nighttime/evening time things.  Such as lotion, nail polish, emery board, nail clippers, chapstick, headphones, etc, etc. 

We installed clear magazine racks to store incoming paperwork and Darrell's tools.

On my side of the bed, we put in our favorite wine bottle clock that we have had for years and years (to feel like home), plus you can see it from the couch.  Also, we installed a fan for me at night.  Perimenopause - need I say more?

If you caught the hanging black fabric - that is what we put over the windows at night.  Rather than installing curtains, we used command hooks and grommets.  I like the natural light during the day, but hate the rope lighting the neighbors have on at night.  It works perfect.  Darrell has one on his side as well.

Well, folks that it is our RV and some of the renovations we did.  The kids did want their area on-line and I appreciate that.  Though in the Homeschool picture - you can see Koen on the top bunk.  We gave them magazine racks to store some more of their things.  They have a cabinet for their clothes and I had them print off pictures and quotes to decorate their areas.  It is quite cozy in there.

We have cooked here 3 nights so far and other than trying to figure out counter space, it is starting to work well.  We are getting into the flow of things.  I know getting the internet today is helping tremendously with our feeling like it is home - we can watch Netflix again and check all of email - anytime.  Plus, I can issue receipts to my customers again!  Always a good thing!

I hope you are having a great weekend - we are enjoying the cooler weather and a reduction in the stress!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

RV Showers

Ugh!  This is the only thing that turns me off about RVing.

So, the park we are in has really nice, large and private showers.  They are kept clean and the day we looked at them, they were air conditioned.

So, we took showers at the house until the very end, but the time came to break down and take the BIG shower.  You know - the shaving shower.

I woke the kids to get going because we have lots of errands today.  We gathered our bins.  Laney was dragging so Koen and I left her.  I took bleach cleaner and sprayed the showers, we still wore shoes though.

Uh oh, forgot the wash cloths.  Back to the RV to motivate Laney and get the washcloths.

Back to showers.  It was very humid due to no vent.  There is a fan, but it did not look vented.  It was also quite hot since the doors are kept shut at all times.

During the shower, I thought, "That's it, we are renting a house, I am done."

I read about this though - at about a week in, you want to give up.

So, I went back to the RV.  Koen was already done.  I told him that the was only shower we would take there, we will deal with our micro sized shower in the RV.  He agreed.

Laney came back.

She agreed.

We are staying on the RV.  It really is not bad, just the shower sucks.  However, we have a fabulous shower waiting for us at the end of this journey.

I am still typing on my phone - damn hand is numb.  No pictures until we get service.  We have signed the contract, just waiting for an install date.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I am sick - Crap!

Yep, one day after moving completely, I am sick and feel like crap.  I think it is a let down from the weeks of stress.

5 nights in the RV and we are setting in well.  I really think we can do this.

Today, before I knew for sure I was sick, we woke up early to pick out brick for the house.  Our builder brought the full size plans which is so cool!

We picked out the brick, 10-12 weeks and we will have pallets full!

Things are moving along and the builder wants to clear the land very soon.  So exciting!

I cannot write often because we have no internet yet.  We are working on it, but it may take a while - ah, RV life.  We are doing a hotspot, business Comcast.  They owners of this park have a deal with Comcast and the long-term rvers are able to get it.

Take care, taking my sleepy medicine and heading to bed!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Moving Day

I cannot write much - so very busy.  We moved the RV yesterday and are moving out of the house today.

Craziness abounds!  I scored a free small storage shed for the RV site - it looks a little sun worn, but is in great condition!  It locks and everything!

This is the RV on the spot that will be our home for the next 6-8 months (maybe more).  We are so not settled inside yet.  These are tough days.

We did find a room where I can finish the business.  I have one month to finish.  So, far, I have sandwiched 3 quilts, only 3 to go!  I should be able to get done in the next couple of weeks.  I will be working a little today, all day tomorrow and all day Monday before I have to leave officially. 

The cleaners are coming on Monday afternoon.  Whew - so glad to get this over!

Y'all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Our decision

Where our realtor is coming from, we went into contract on March 20th.  She says the agreement was for 30 days.  Well, on or before April 21st.

This was the shortest closing date we received, and our realtor said it would be tight and encouraged us to wait to move until the very end because the closing date might get pushed back.

So, we focused on my work and the RV rather than moving so much.  But with the new build, and booking the RV spot, etc - time went so quickly.

We had planned to move out this coming weekend - everything but my office.  I was going to continue working here through Thursday (the 20th), the same day the cleaners are coming for the final and deep clean.  The buyers could walk through Friday morning before we closed AND I got this cleared with my realtor.

This is where I got upset.

She told me yesterday that the buyers wanted to close on Thursday and would be walking through on Wednesday.  WHAT!?!??!?!  (Um, I thought the house was still mine until we closed and I would have to agree on the walk through - not them tell me.)

That means I have to be out by Tuesday and the cleaners would not be there, etc.  Plus, Darrell cannot get off work - he has client meetings all day Wednesday and Thursday - like big name oil company meetings - ones you cannot get out of kind of meetings.

Our realtor then said what about Wednesday afternoon.  Darrell does not get off until 5:30 or so.  Good grief.

I just stopped talking to her at that point.


So, Darrell and I talked about it last night and he went through his tirade.  Nothing brings a couple together like fighting an enemy!  LOL

We are tired of constantly reacting to other people's decisions and decided to take this move in our own hands. 

In all honestly, we are done with the house - it is a complete echo everywhere.  My kids are on mattresses on the floor, we are really gone in our minds.  It sucks for my work, but we are done.

We are moving out this weekend and I will work until Monday here.  We changed the cleaners to Monday afternoon and I will completely move out Monday evening.   The RV will not be completely ready, but it is 80% right now.  It will be fine.

We told the realtor we can close on Tuesday or Friday afternoon and that is it.  I have not heard back from her.

As for my business, I am crazy busy.  I am finishing this one quilt I started which is #4 of 10.  As for the rest, I am getting them all to the sandwich phase - which is the top, batting and bottom put together and pinned - ready for quilting.

For designing, I have to lay all the pieces on the floor and also with sandwiching, I have to lay it out on the floor.  This is impossible in the RV.  As for the quilting and binding, well, I need a machine, an iron and a cutting mat.  I will have to sew outside in a tent, but the quilts will never touch the ground.

That is the plan at this point. So, in all honesty, it is probably my last post until we are on the RV.  I am taking a little more time this morning, but I am going to be too busy to breath until next week. 

I hope you all have a great week - I cannot wait to hear about all your excursions and thinking!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Buyers are killing us

I am about to break down again.  There is so much pressure on me and things are going incredibly wrong on my business side.

The buyers are pushing us to close even earlier and it is killing me!  I have to get these 6 remaining quilts to the sandwiching point so I don't have to lay them on the ground!

The Pellon interfacing is bad and to get something works costs 3x the price.  I am doing that, but it is cutting my profit margin by a TON!

My machine is acting up and I am not sure it will make it through.  I need to get it serviced, but they take a week or more - no time.  Darrell is going to open it up this evening and we are going to look for lint.  This is killing me.

So, we don't even have the appraisal back yet and the buyers are wanting to firm up a closing date that is 3 days earlier!  Literally - one week from today!  I am dying!  We have not moved out yet, not ready with the RV - nothing.

We are working on things 18+ hours a day, I am stressed, not sleeping, we are bickering.  It is awful. 

People keep telling me it will work out.  I WANT TO SCREAM!  Of course they will because I am working myself to the bone.  I am so tired of hearing that.  Could someone just say, that sucks - you are going through an awful time and I am so sorry so many bad things seem to be happening.  Please, tell me what I can do?

I say to that people when they are going through hard times.  I keep telling myself it will all be over in a few months.  It seems like a very long time!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

5 Ways to get privacy in an RV

I should say, 5 top ways to for a husband/wife to get privacy in a RV without doors, except on the bathroom.

5. Sneak into the only 4 x 4 sq ft space with a door and pretend that the walls are soundproof.

4. Tell the kids to go to their room - which consists of bunk beds closed off by a curtain.

3. Tell yourselves to go to your room - which consists of one queen size bed closed off by a curtain that hits the foot of the bed - and pretend really hard that it is soundproof.

2. Sit outside the RV where you can pretend neither the kids nor the neighbors can hear.

and the best of all!

1. Sit in the car like teenagers and talk, then neck.

LOL.  Yes, we are a little concerned about the lack of privacy, but that will make the house look that much better.  Plus, my sister is giving us a week sometime in August.

Didn't I ever tell you - I LOVE MY KIDS!  ;)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekly Update - Week 10

Well, I skipped last week since my sister came in and we went to Round Top.  I am still loving what I bought and I cannot wait until the house is done so you can see them in a better light.

Things are moving right along at break neck speed and show no signs of stopping, but there is a big light at the end of the tunnel. 

I had a little break down at the beginning of the week.  I think I needed it.  My head got more clear and I was able to focus on what was important.  Darrell stepped up his game as well taking care of some of the little things (that build up to be big things) that needed to get done and has cooked every night this week.  We have not eaten out once.

OK, here goes!

1.  Suburban House - The inspection was done and the buyers wanted us to repair everything on the report - they would pay, but we had to repair before closing.  I am happy to say, the repairs are done.  Check that one off.    The appraiser has come, but I have not heard word yet.  I am hoping to hear something today.

Packing will start in earnest this weekend, we move in one week.  I still have to sell 2 desks and a kitchen table - that needs to happen this weekend.

2. Land Home - Well, well, well.  This category has jumped into high gear.  We finalized the plans for the house, electricity and outside views.  This was enough to get the ball rolling on the loan.  Yesterday they asked for our preferred Title Company, so I assume things are rolling along nicely.  They also have been in talks with our builder and it is good on that end. 

We signed for HOA approval on our house and shed build.  That will take 30 days. 

A couple of guys tried to get on the land to do the soils testing, but the underbrush is too thick, so they have to go back with machetes next week.  Once we have the results from this, we can start clearing while the foundation plan is in the works.  Then we can lay the pads.  This is where I pray weather works for us.  We need a week minimum of good weather for this pad to set.  Then it has to dry for a couple of weeks before we start with the framing.  Our builder told us mid-May, so it seems like the loan will be closed before then.

Our builder gave us a list of items he wants us to decide on BEFORE we lay the pad.  Things like brick, stone, ceiling for the patio, trim color, window sashing color, windows themselves, and garage door.  I asked for an extension since we are waiting on the loan in order to get my business closed and us settled in the RV.  He was so nice and said I could - no rush.

However, I am itching to look at bricks and Darrell was already taking off work for the trip to DC that was cancelled, so we are going to look at bricks while he is off.   Most of the places to look are only open during the week anyway and I don't want to make this decision by myself.

3. RV Living - Oh boy, we are thinking about this!  Darrell finalized the shelves and have them secured to the floor.  I went to Ikea and bought the cabinet that will house the kitchen appliances and be used as a countertop for the coffee pot and any cooking appliance we need.  The kitchen in the RV has ZERO counterspace. 

I also bought the Poang Chairs we are going to use and the little bag we are hanging on them fit perfectly!  I could not have planned that better.  The kids and Darrell will build the furniture this weekend, clean up the RV, make the beds and the kids are putting up their pictures in their bunk areas to make it feel more like home to them.

We also hung a paper towel holder and put a arm on the TV so it can hang and be out of the way, yet swing in almost any direction.  It looks great!  Pictures coming soon - I promise!

4. Business - It is what it is and I am doing the best I possibly can.  I finished Quilt #3 and 13 embroidery names.  I ran into a BIG problem with the interfacing, so it took me a couple of days to figure out how to work with it.  I am back in business now (though hating this interfacing) and 1/2 finished with #4.  I have precut #5 and plan on getting done with #4 & #5 by Monday.

I still have 5 more to go and 150+ patches.  I know it will get done whether here or on the RV.  I have given up that it is going to happen here.  It does not mean I am not going to work like crazy, but I am not fooling myself either.  I will just have to make the best of it until this is all done.

I could never have predicted the house would sell so fast, nor that they buyers would want such a quick closing, but that is what happened, so there will be adjustments made for working on the RV.

5.  Homeschool - I am adding this back in because my mind in on this!   I cut shirts and fabric and think about homeschool (bad idea).  We went to the library yesterday while the repair guy turned off the electricity and water and I made them get at least one book.  We need some work - my daughter used to get the max allowable (holding my head in shame).  So, history and math is starting up the week after we move.  I have already decided.  It is easy to start that up, it does not take much from me and The schedule is already set. 

The plan is to use the rec room at the RV place most days, library once a week and have lighter Fridays for getting out and about.   All of this is semi-mute though until I get done with the business.

Well, in a nutshell, that is it.  Lots of tiny, little things that go along with it, but this is the big overview.  This is my first slow morning this week, so I am nursing my second cup of coffee and trying to myself going.  This going full throttle every day is wearing on me.  That will change soon enough - this little list goes to two items very soon.

I hope you all have a great weekend - tell me what is going on with you - any big projects?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Construction Loan Process

Well, I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

I told my husband last night, this is the last time I want to take out a mortgage - ever.  I am so done.  It is not only the fact that I will owe someone a large sum of money for a very long time, but the probing that goes into makes me feel like I am at a Proctologist!

So far, we have had to give them

1.  Tax Returns - for 2014, 2015, 2016

2.  W2s - like the returns were false.

3. Paystubs for the past 6 months

4. Bank Statements for the past six months

5. The paperwork on our landpurchase

6. Title company preference

7. Provide proof of a builder in good standing with the state of Texas

8. A set of house plans, electrical plans and outside view plans

9. A signed builder contract

10. A  descriptions of materials needed

11.  An estimate of the entire project

12. A draw schedule (withdrawing money during the building process)

This all had to be turned in before we could even start the lending process.  Yes, even to this level, I am squirming in my seat with people looking at our financials - I am actually quite private about it.

They will need our closing docs when close on this home in 2 weeks!  (it is starting to sink in!)

The questions have not started yet though.  Last time we were getting a loan, they made us sign a notarized statement that we were not getting divorced within the foreseeable future and that we were not move under duress. 

I am sure there will be questions about our home plans.  My biggest concern though is that the house will not appraise at the level we are building.  There is not a lot to go on for the area.  BUT, if they extend outside of our neighborhood about a 10 mile area, I think we will be ok.  An appraisal was done on the land in January and it was $5000 over what we paid for it.  So, I hope it all works out.

Right now, we turned everything in, and they sent us a lot of papers to sign for proof of receipt - like the truth in lending, the credit report pull, the terms of the construction to permanent loan, interest rate and since these loans are ARMs - the schedule for that  (yes, we will refinance to a fixed rate before the first change which is in 4 years and to lower the interest rate), for us to know there is counseling available, yada-yada-yada.  We will sign ALL of it again at closing, plus many sheets saying we are married and US citizens.

I am really hoping we can close in just a few weeks and get moving on with the process.  Now that we are only 1 week away from RV living - it feels a little more urgent!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Work Woes

Today and almost every day for the next 2 weeks minimum is all about work.  Sadly.  I want to look at ways to maximize space in the RV, look for ways to save money on the new house, as well as research and decide on the building materials.

However, I have to get done with these quilts!

I finished #3 today.  We have been dealing with my son's accident, so that slowed me down somewhat, but the real reason is Pellon changed how they made the interfacing I use.

I use Pellon PF44 Interfacing for my quilts.  It stabilizes the stretchiness of the tshirts while leaving them very soft - it was great.

These quilts use a ton of it though - almost 25 to 35 yards per quilt.  Over the weekend, I ran out, so I toddled over to Joann's to get some more.  Bonus - it is on sale for 50% off.  Perfect and I have a coupon from the calendar for $20 off of $60 - even better.

Then Tuesday, I go to start ironing quilt #4.  Um, the interfacing is sticking my iron, gumming it up and not sticking to the shirt at all.  Crap. I got a bad batch - so I thought.

I went to a store across town this morning because they had a ton and I thought maybe they have some older ones.  Not a chance.  The person that worked there did not realize Pelon had changed the way the made it, but sure enough, she noticed as well.  I am screwed up one side and down the other.  This interfacing is paramount to my business.

No other interfacing is similar - there are others, but they are thicker AND triple the price.

When I got home, I wrote Pellon, as well as Joanns about my extreme disappoint.  It won't do any good though, I had to figure out how to use this stuff.

It seems as though I have to cut it to size before I iron (pain in the ass) and then use a damp press cloth.  Yes, this gets it to stay, but not as well.  It peels off very easily, unlike the way it was before.  I have to do it way though - I have no choice.

So, what used to take me 1 to 1.5 hours for 30-40 shirts will now take me about 4-5 hours, if not more.  Reason being some shirts require multiple press times because of their size not to mention that the ironing has to be SLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWWWEEEEEEERRRRRR.

Not good at this point.

PLUS, a customer who I promised do embroider names on her troops uniforms, brought me about 120 patches to sew on!  I have the hardest time saying no, especially when we could use the money.  ARGH!  No time, no time.

Darrell said he was worried about how bored I will be once we get in the RV and the business will be done.  (He is dreaming - this business will never be done!)  I told him that I am so looking forward to a slower time. I have been too busy for more than a year now.  It is affecting my health, our relationship, my relationship with my children - everything.  Even if a rough adjustment, I am looking forward to it more than he knows.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Teary and hormonal

Today is my emotional cry it out and then pull up your big girl britches day.

The stress of all of this is intense! 

To give you an idea of what we are going through (I need to write it as therapy, really)

1. Darrell's father is going through 8 weeks of radiation for prostate cancer.

2. Darrell's step father just found out his only functioning lung lobe has two spots of cancer.

3.  My last grandparent was just diagnosed with COPD and had recurring melanoma.

4.  My son had a wreck on Friday and is shaken, but not hurt and now without a car.  The wreck was his fault, so no money is coming in.

5.  The appraiser is coming tomorrow and there is stress because the offer we accepted is over market value.

6. The buyers want us to repair everything on the inspection report.  They are paying, but I have to manage the contractors.

7. Keeping up with constant doctor appointments - ortho, chiro, dental, well checks, etc

8. Trying to find my college boy a place to live over the summer

9.  The constant decisions that have to be made to build this house - I mean obscure things you would never imagine.  Picking a brick from 10 possible choices is nothing - easy - which I have limitless choices and have to find it myself.  Deciding where you want every outlet, light and plumbing pipes from a 2D paper is insanely difficult.

10. We have started the lending process and problem #1 has arisen.  The address with the post office and the tax office is different.  Sigh.

11. We lost electricity of the RV storage, so doing the renovations was challenging and we did not get much done, but have to move out in less than 2 weeks.

12.  Which leads to the packing issue - since we have to put so much in storage, what exactly we need to take to the RV is interesting and requires a great deal of forethought.

13.  Trying to finish 8 quilts in 2 weeks, 120 patches to sew, 13 names to embroider. 

I am going insane. My husband has decided to have a period of selfishness, so I am holding the bag on all of this.  Yes, we are talking about it, and yes, he will pull up his big boy britches up soon as well.  Only I don't get the luxury of being selfish and becoming absent. 

Even though I cannot seem to stop crying today, I am emailing people, working on quilts, making dinner, running to the bank, and still making decisions. 

So, today is the day I am allowing myself to wallow in these feelings.  I can cry, get it all out.  Then tomorrow, I will be back in the game.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Round Top Trip

I was unable to take hardly any pictures.  I was very stressed - me and crowds don't mix well for one.  However, it was mainly because I HAD to find the front door on this trip.  The plans were on hold for it!

So, in my search, the picture situation fell through.  This is why I will never vlog.  I just cannot be out of what is going on - it is not natural for me.

Anyway, we got there about 9:30 a.m. which was great because it was not hot at that point and the crowds were not horrible yet.  I got a tip from a customer about a vendor with a ton of doors; she gave me directions to these doors but, we soon gathered that she was not the best at directions.

We decided to pay $5 and park in this field that looked like they had a good amount of things.

First thing I came across was this:

Oh, my goodness, I fell hopelessly in love with this!  Dutch Doors, stained glass, beautiful.  It was also $2,400.  Double gulp.  We tried for 2 hours to send a picture to my husband and also the builder.  Finally it got through.  They are windows!  LMAO!!!  We could still make them into doors, but it would take quite a bit of work and they sellers would not budge on price and insisted they were doors.

I walked away.

We walked and walked and walked.  I saw these cute pieces and wanted to take them home, but at $65 each - I thought they were overpriced and did not know where I would put them either.  They also would sit in storage for a while.

Also, I was looking for our outside dining table - preferably wood with metal or a copper inlay - something like that.  I came across this farm table, but also over priced - $2200

You really could find good deals, you just had to walk and look and walk and look.  It took all day!

My sister found a table for $175 that was really unique and her style completely.  I did not get a picture of it - bummer!  I thought I had!

All the time we were looking, we were trying to get pictures to our spouses.  But around 3:30, we were done.  We had long walked our 10,000 steps, were sunburnt, hardly eaten anything (we did drink water though) and were just about ready to call it quits, when I almost hit a police officer eyeing these doors.

Although this was not exactly what I wanted, it was in the same style.   We decided that this would be our last stop.  Remember, I have zero faith that I will find anything at this point.

We walk in and I find a door I kind of like - it is $350 and will do, but I wanted something a little more interesting.  I started talking to the door designer and builder and I ask if he has more of the clavos to go on the door to make it look a little more custom.  He did not, unfortunately, but he pointed me a direction to another door. 

Now, it does not have to top arch like I wanted, but this door is stunning!  The picture does it absolutely no service.  It was hand scrapped by him and sat as a show piece for his store at one time.  He had a hard time letting it go because it held so much meaning to him - which he told me as he was loading it on the truck.

It still has an eyebrow arch like I wanted, clavos, and the hand scrapping is around the perimeter.  It really does look so much better in person.  The best part, his wife is a stained glass artist and she is making us a custom piece to go in the arch - in oranges, blues and greens.  I have to lightly sand and restain it as well as giving it a few good coats of polyurethane, but the $1,000 was completely worth it!  This is one of a kind door with custom stained glass - I could not have asked for more.

Now, both of us were rejuvenated and wanted to explore this field of tents that seemed to be all about the furniture.  At the same tent where I bought the door, my sister bought a necklace rack and then we stepped out the other side of the tent.

To the most amazing display of wood table on iron footings.  It literally took my breath away!  I saw an 8' table in a deep, rich, dark brown that I wanted to lay on and kiss, but I thought it might be too expensive.  The seller (a guy) was a jerk, but rattled off the price.  My sister saw the same table on the other end of the tent that was 7' long.  PERFECT!  I did not even try to text Darrell, I just started counting out the $100s and bought it.

Then the seller became my best friend.  I told him I was building a house and our dining room was outside in a covered screened patio and that is when he told me - this wood is teak, reclaimed from a boat!  He forged the footing himself however and it is incredibly heavy.  This is so perfect!  No, I did not get the copper inlays, but I will put a copper bowl on top of it!  It is so gorgeous!

There was another couple who walked away thinking about it.  But at a place like this, you have to be ready to put the money on the line - an cash won!  Now, I did pay $1400 for this table with no chairs and that is expensive, but this is the perfect table.  Literally - it was in my dreams!  I paid for it with my money I made from quilting and is the only real splurge I am going to do.  This table will be with us for years - because I highly doubt I will ever tire of looking at it.

That was it though.

So, we drove very slow home because we had to have the tailgate down since the table was 7 ft long and the door was 8 ft tall!

Darrell could not stop gushing and gushing and gushing.  Even today, he is going on and on over how beautiful it is.  His favorite is the table, but he cannot visualize the door just yet.

My overall opinion of the whole market is 90% of it junk.  You have to sift through the rest to find the deals.  You will pay for quality, probably meet the artists, builders and TAKE CASH!  It saved me tax.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Round Top Texas

If you have never heard of the largest flea market in America, well, you are missing out.  Two times a year, a very tiny little town (and those surrounding it) becomes a mecca of everything old, wild, unique and fun!  Johanna Gaines from that TV show goes here and made it really famous.

I have never been before, but I am going today!  My sister came in town and we going to look for furniture and other other accessories for the home.  We are only spending one day though - some people spend the whole week.

I will take lots of pictures - we are off to explore.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Builder Update

Oh My Goodness did he come through!

He answered all my questions plus some.  We have completed and true estimate, finalized plans, and a contract I have not signed just yet.  The red is my response, but I did not send them to him - this is for you all.

1.  I want to make sure you got that we want a brick mailbox.  I just don't want to be short bricks because we forgot about this.  Also, when can I start receiving mail at that address?  (trying to get the we moved cards out)  
Stone/ Brick mailbox included in my price.  You could put up a temporary one now and start getting mail as soon as you want.  Beats having to forward mail twice.  WOOHOO!!  I am so excited about this!

2. Vetting process - I know this is a touchy subject.  But, do you periodically vet your contractors to make sure they are continuing to to give you (and me) a fair price for the work? Not looking for the cheapest, but I don't want the most expensive either.
Absolutely.  I actually always know the current market price for labor in the different trades, and usually end up telling them what we are going to pay.    Good to know - huh? 

3.On the pad prep - different uses of terminology - you said we would need more bags of sand, but the estimate used the term select fill.  Is this one in the same?
Yes, did not mean to say bags of sand.  We use select fill on the pad and it is purchased in 12yard truck loads.  The slope of the lot is the main determining factor in the amount of select fill needed. I had a feeling he said the wrong thing, but I hate to assume.  The whole ass u me thing.

4.  Also on pad prep - when they prep the barn area, is it prepped to clay pad?  Do you need a plan from Hawthorne?
The barn pad will be prepped using select fill just like the house pad.  Select fill has a low Plasticity index, which basically means it does not expand and contract as much with varied amounts of moistures.  Again, it is so nice to learn!  I will have to get with Hawthorne and ask them if this is acceptable and get on their waiting list for a build!

5. Hot Water Heater - Darrell REALLY wants to talk about this one.  He is confused about the whole tank vs tankless.
 Have Darrell call me to discuss at his convenience.  In a separate text, he also told us this could be decided during the plumbing step, so not a rush, but it will need to be decided close to when the concrete pad is poured.  I have turned this over to them since Darrell is more interested in this part.

6. When can I expect to see the updated plans?  I try to get them back in a timely manner, but I am feeling some pressure now that our home has sold.  I am really ready to get this part done.  I know if we add the moutdoor  kitchen, it will change things a bit and I am truly sorry about that.  We are just trying to see what all we can or cannot get and still be within the financial possibility.
I should have the updated plans tomorrow.  I got them this morning and approved them.  We are moving on along now - a hurry up and stop kind of things.  We will be on hold until until we close on this loan.

7.  How many plans do we have to decide on - so far, house in general, electrical, outside of the house, - any more?  Plumbing for instance?
We have what we need for the bank after Terry sends me the plans tomorrow.  THe only other plans we will need are the foundation plans which will be completed once I have soils report.  I ordered a soils samples late last week.  It usually takes about 2weeks to get the results. Something he did not tell me previously, but is good to know.  I like knowing that he is doing some work on our home and we are not being pushed to the side.

8. Estimate.  You do not have to do the estimate if you do not feel like it is time.  You just mentioned last Tuesday that you were going to revise it and send it to me, so we got kind of anxious about it.  If we need to wait until the plans are finished - fine.  Just let me know.
Emailed today for your review.  Yep, received it last night and Darrell and I reviewed and approved.

9.  What all has to actually be turned in for the construction loan?  Rick is contacting me periodically asking where we stand.  I think because we are good to go on this side - especially since the house in pending.  We are past the option phase and are through the inspection.
We will need to submit the final plans which we should have tomorrow, an official contract, and description of materials.  Everything else will be on your personal financial side which I am sure you have sent him already.  We have all of these.  He is just waiting on us to sign the contract.  I need him to answer those 3 questions first - about precommences items, changes during the build, and communication.

This is what I needed for sure.  I did get the estimate.  I am not going to post the cost because talk about getting land blasted.  It is ours and we are going to pay for it with 20% down and 15 year mortgage, so that is good enough for now.

However, we are thrilled at the price for getting basically everything we want including:
  • 10' ceilings throughout
  • Tray Ceilings in the living room and master bedroom
  • Wood beams in the living room tray
  • Stone fireplace to ceiling
  • Built in shelves for with wiring for tv from fireplace through wall
  • Walk in shower in master - no door, 2 shower heads and a seat
  • Laundry Room with room for a freezer
  • 821 sq ft of patio space - covered and screened
  • Patio is Hot Tub ready
  • Outdoor Kitchen with stone and stained concrete countertop with grill, storage area, mini fridge, and sink
  • Kitchen cabinets with lots of drawers
  • Walk up stairs to get to attic space, fully floored with plywood and lights.
  • Driveway is completely concrete
  • Saltillo Tile and Engineered Hardwood throughout the house
  • Stained cabinets in bathroom - not the paint grade ones that expand with water.
  •  More outlets than I count and more recessed lights than I can count
  • Spray foam insulation in the roof so our wireless connection is better
  • 2 x 6's in roof to help with hurricane winds
  •  Stone in Full Front of House with brick covering the rest of the hou
 I am thrilled.  Truly thrilled.  Now he just has a few clarification questions on the contract, but it looks good to me.  We will more than likely sign tonight and be able to get the loan process started immediately!

One of the things I am verifying with him is the communication.  I am asking for a weekly quick check (during times of work) just so I know what is going on.  I will be checking the site daily after the work is done and report any issues, check mail, clean up, etc.  Workers are disgusting and they will toss trash in your walls if you are not careful.  I have seen them do it before.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Starting the mini RV Renovation!

Last weekend, while I sewed, Darrell started working on the largest part of the mini-renovation in the RV.

We are taking out the dinette set and a small cabinet next to it and replacing it with some shelves and a larger cabinet to hold our kitchen appliances - like the coffee pot, crock pot, toaster oven, toaster, and possibly an electric skillet. Yes, the RV has an oven, but it is a camper oven, so not great.  The toaster oven is excellent and the kids can use it without lighting a pilot light.

Let me preface that the pictures are bad - Darrell really tries, but he cannot get a handle on the phones pictures!  LOL

Before work started and this is with the slide out in, so not much space.

The dinette and this thin counter top cabinet is going
This is with everything out - so roomy!

The box is holding the electrical and duct work, with the shelves! Yes, the slide is still in!

The box is not completely done, but good enough right now.  This weekend, he will caulk, do a little sanding, paint it so it does not splinter and screw the shelves into it.

The cabinet is going to be flush against where the box juts out.  Now, there will be that gap there, but it was necessary for all the duct work and water tanks.  With the outlet being on top, we can easily plug in appliances and possibly even use that area for umbrellas, or other semi-tall things that we need to move out of the way. 

The shelf you see will hold all our homeschool materials, and some kitchen items that need drawers.  We also plan to give one unit to each of the kids for their items.  We may get a box to stick in there - depending on what they need.

This is the biggest part of the renovation - others include adding a TV arm, attach a fan to the wall, put up organizational things as we sit fit, etc.  Just small things.

Oh, by removing the dinette we also opened the space so we could fit two more chairs in there!  I am super excited about this one!  They are slim line Ikea chairs that give great back support, so I am stoked.  That is where I will sit in the morning with the heating pad and drink coffee.

So, off to work on Quilt #3 - yes, 2 down, 8, 9 or 10 to go!

Update on the builder:  He just wrote me and said he will answer all my questions and send us the plans for the final review this afternoon.  He wants to send the paperwork to the lender no later than Friday.  OK, depending on how this goes, will help us decide.  We may need to just get on the same page in regards to communication. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Frustration with builder

Well, it may just be frustration with myself about the builder.

First, let me preface by saying that my mind works on warp speed, so I sometimes have expectations that are difficult for others and I have to reign myself in.

Now, that being said, I still believe he should answer any and all of my questions.  Granted, I don't expect them to be immediately answered, but we have questions from the beginning of February that have not been approached.

I know he has other projects and ours seems to have no time limit, but we will be moving in our RV in less than 3 weeks.  I never dreamed that the construction loan would not even be started by then!

We have been planning this house since mid-February.  Yes, I have made some changes - but only 3 sets of changes.  I have only seen 2 updates.  I get the changes to the designer within hours, not days, but he takes a week or more to give me the updates.  They are not big updates either - just make a pocket door a swing door and move the window along the wall.   That is it!  VERY easy stuff.

So, here we are approaching April and no plans finalized.  I am very frustrated!  No land has been cleared, no permits back, nothing.  Sigh.

The bank takes a minimum of 35 days to approve the loan.  That means that we will be in the RV two weeks before approval if we get the paperwork to them today.  With how slow the builder and designer are going, it looks like we are going to be in the RV two months longer than anticipated and I am doubting that we will be in by Christmas. 

This is extremely frustrating.  I know we could change builders, but you have no idea how difficult it is to find someone.  If, and that is a HUGE if, we decide to fire him, I will probably act as the "builder" and manage the process myself.  I am not wanting to do that though, really - not yet anyway.

I sent him an email with all the questions that were not answered, giving him the option to talk with my husband (good ole boy system here) because at this point, I don't care if he talks to me or my husband, we just need to get this process moving!

Thought you might like to know the questions:  Here they are!

1.  I want to make sure you got that we want a brick mailbox.  I just don't want to be short bricks because we forgot about this.  Also, when can I start receiving mail at that address?  (trying to get the we moved cards out)

2. Vetting process - I know this is a touchy subject.  But, do you periodically vet your contractors to make sure they are continuing to to give you (and me) a fair price for the work? Not looking for the cheapest, but I don't want the most expensive either.

3.On the pad prep - different uses of terminology - you said we would need more bags of sand, but the estimate used the term select fill.  Is this one in the same? 

4.  Also on pad prep - when they prep the barn area, is it prepped to clay pad?  Do you need a plan from Hawthorne?

5. Hot Water Heater - Darrell REALLY wants to talk about this one.  He is confused about the whole tank vs tankless. 

6. When can I expect to see the updated plans?  I try to get them back in a timely manner, but I am feeling some pressure now that our home has sold.  I am really ready to get this part done.  I know if we add the outdoor  kitchen, it will change things a bit and I am truly sorry about that.  We are just trying to see what all we can or cannot get and still be within the financial possibility.

7.  How many plans do we have to decide on - so far, house in general, electrical, outside of the house, - any more?  Plumbing for instance?

8. Estimate.  You do not have to do the estimate if you do not feel like it is time.  You just mentioned last Tuesday that you were going to revise it and send it to me, so we got kind of anxious about it.  If we need to wait until the plans are finished - fine.  Just let me know.

9.  What all has to actually be turned in for the construction loan?  Rick is contacting me periodically asking where we stand.  I think because we are good to go on this side - especially since the house in pending.  We are past the option phase and are through the inspection.

If it is easier to talk on the phone about this - that is fine.  Darrell can do that - I cannot hear on the phone due to a hearing problem.  Just let me know.

Bottom line, How soon can we get all the information the bank needs so we can get this construction loan going? 

Monday, March 27, 2017

1 of 10, well probably 11, and maybe 12

All focus is on getting the business closed down temporarily.  I am working my tail off - literally!  Quilting day is hard on the rump!

I did not really start counting until this weekend.  So, the one I finished today is #1.  I am sandwiching #2 this evening (I need Darrell's help), and will finish it tomorrow.  Whew!

This was thankfully did not have a border!  There were so many shirts - I think 52 total and it is very heavy with all those jerseys.  It was problem filled as well, but some quilts are just like that.  There is an issue at every turn - with the shirts themselves, with the piecing, with the quilting, with the binding.  One thing after another and I was glad to finally be done with it.  It is for a mom - her kid's shirts from them growing up. (She favors the boy!)

I put them in order from most amount of shirts to least.  But that does not mean they will necessarily be smaller, just less work.  Nothing over a full though.  That is a relief.

Why 11 or 12 total?  Well, one has been telling me 2 all along, I just think she is waiting until the 1st one is done.  I am absolutely expecting that one.  Then, another person is making a decision whether she wants me to make hers on the RV or not.  She is the only one I will do it for.  I have made a quilt for her before, so this is a return customer.

Good/Bad News - I post my work on Instagram and with this picture above, I have gotten requests for 2 quilts.  Unfortunately, I cannot accept orders!  However, it is good in that when I start back up, I should not have a problem. 

Yes, I have a waiting list going and with a new area, that is more marketing!  LOL  I AM going to try to keep it low key though.  Homeschool is my priority from here on out.

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!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ups and Downs

Well, when they tell you that building a custom home is stressful - oh, boy - they did not lie.

I stress and worry and fret about everything already though, so this just adds to my stress  exponentially.  I have been in flight or fight mode for so long now that I am going to more than likely get depressed or sleep for a week when we are all said and done.  I am really glad at this point that I am stopping the business for a little while - telling everyone that it will be the early part of 2018 and keeping the time soft.

We should be in the house before the holidays so that will give me 3-4 months before I start working again.

Darrell told me last night that I keep saying, when we get over this hump, when we get over this hump.  Those humps are not going to stop, so I need to change my outlook.

However, building a custom home is stressful.  It is not just about picking tile and paint colors.  I am making decisions about where to put the house on the property, exactly each individual tree to cut, permits, 6" of space in a kitchen layout, where every single electrical outlet is going, where every light is going, every switch, problems with our flooring choices, a door issue, how large or small for each window and exactly to the inch where they go keeping in mind support beams and how the light will come in.

You think this is up to them, but no, it is up to me.  And I am doing this on paper, I do not have the luxury of walking through a room and thinking about it.  I asked for this, and I am not complaining about the process, just how I am stress about it.  It is not for the faint hearted.  I do feel like if I decide wrong, it will ruin everything or make life hard.  The builder does try to offer advice and sometimes I take it, but sometimes, it is something that would not work for us or our taste, so ultimately, it is our decision.  Well, my decision because they have to be made quickly and Darrell is at work.

I worry about money, with every change am I putting us in the poor house.  The changes are small and important and are acceptable at this stage.  They certainly cost less than changing during the actual building process.

For example, did you know an electric outlet might cost a builder a couple of dollars.  In the plan, you put an outlet everywhere you think it should go.  Well, you get to the home site, the timber is up, the slab is down, electric is about to go in, you look at the plans with the electrician and decide to add an outlet - $125 per outlet.  Nothing has happened, it is still just on paper, but since the cost of the electrician was negotiated up front, NOTHING can be added.  You can take out, but not add.

Same thing for lighting.  Same thing for sand.  Same thing for timber.  Same thing for windows.  Same thing for every single piece of the house.  It all has to be decided up front or it costs you an arm and a leg.

This is why I am stressing and think, when I just get past this hump.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Verdict Is....


In just 48 hours, we received 4 offers.  We showed the house 9 times.  Almost 1/2 of the people came made an offer. 

Offer 1 - $8K over asking, but wanted $5K in seller contributions, May 1 closing.  Also was a FHA loan.

Offer 2 - Asking price, conventional loan - 15% down, no seller contributions, 30 day close, and they wanted the refrigerator, washer and dryer. 
  • Revised offer when they found out we were getting multiple offer - $6K above asking - 30 day close, not asking for anything.
Offer 3 - Asking price, conventional loan, $2.5K in seller contributions, low option fees on their part and May 5th closing.

Offer 4 - Asking price, conventional loan, contingent on closing of their home they are selling - still in option period and could not close until they did.

Obviously, with these options, we went with Offer 2's revised offer.  They really wanted this home.  They showed it by the amount of money they are putting down, their interest rate (which is lower than ours right now), the fact they are asking for nothing, high option fees - ie, they are putting more money in the game up front.

So, we picked them and we will be signing tonight and need to get going on moving out!  There is no way I can get the quilts made, but I am going to try and get as many done as possible! 

OMG!!  We are over the moon excited!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fingers Crossed

We had 4 showings today!

Tomorrow (on Sunday), we have 2 showing already and more will come tomorrow.

2 realtors told our realtor that they will be sending offers.  One said a full price offer.

OMG!!!  We may be done sooner than expected, so I better get sewing.  Fingers crossed that we do get an offer tomorrow and that it is smooth sailing from here on out. 

1 day people, 1 day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekly Update - Week 7

Overall I am frustrated this week with so many things.  It seems as if everything is at a standstill and Darrell has to remind me that I move at warp speed, so I need to take it easy.  It is no wonder I married him - he is so easy going.  I would have probably had a heart attack if it were not for him.

1.  Suburb House -  All repairs are done!  FINALLY!  The house could use some really deep cleaning - way beyond the norm.  That will be done as we go though.

The real estate agent and photographer came and measured rooms, took pictures, etc.  There is a sign in the front yard, the key box in on the front door, but it is not on MLS yet and our local home finding website.  I am frustrated with that because it seems to take SOOOO LOOONG.  There are several open houses in this neighborhood this weekend and we could really use this house being up to get some of that traffic.  We will not hold an open house, but the serious lookers could schedule to look here.

I am finally done with the roof - sort of.  The last check from the insurance came it and the roofers picked it up yesterday.  Now, we just have to work out the roof warranty.  If we get a quick buyer, I can just put it in their name.  I don't think there is a enough time, but if we put it in our names, there is a real possibility it will not be completely processed by the time we close.  These companies have to make it so complicated.

 2. Land Home -  Last week, I posted the preliminary plans and although the end result will stay about the same, there are many small changes.  Well, I was getting no feedback on my questions, so I finally pressed and the builder gave us some poignant issues to consider.  We considered them, wrote back only to find out the designer is going out of town for a couple of weeks.  Sigh.

I started thinking and thinking about the ceiling in the living room and we decided that we did want a shallow vault with wood beams.  The builder said we would have to change the roof.  The designer originally said that there was enough room for a second story.  Which is it?  There are so many emails flying around and I work much better face to face with a conversation rather than in a thread with 3 people all throwing ideas around faster than any one can keep up with.  Darrell said when the designer is back, we are putting our foot down and making them sit down with me.  All of this can be decided on within 30 minutes - I have no doubt.

At this point, I highly doubt that we will have the land cleared in 8-10 weeks.  I am frustrated about this as well.  I could have had this house plan settled last week if they had just met with me.

4. RV Living - Darrell wants to start the RV this weekend, but I think we need to breath one weekend.  It is not looking like we will show this house this weekend, so we can just relax a bit.

5. Business - I finished one quilt and damn near finishing another one.  My back is really affecting my ability to sit at the machine and sew or stand and cut.  This is not good.

I have 10 quilts to make before we move and I listed them order of most number shirts to least number of shirts, so as we get closer to moving, the jobs will go faster.  I still have one Girl Scout troop to come in - embroidering their names and sewing the beginning patches.  As soon as are listed, I am sending her a link so she gets motivated to bring it to me, so I can get done with them!

My back is the absolute worse thing that could have happened to me this week.  Bad, bad, bad.  We have a Washington DC trip coming up quick and right now, there is no way in hell I can walk.  I am worried as all get out - which is not helping it, I am sure.

It is a double-edge sword, rest, light stretching, let it heal and get behind in work - making me have to push harder when I start back up OR - work through the pain and it take longer to heal - still going slow, but making progress.

It has been a LONG time since I have had problems like this - about 5-6 years.  I never thought I would go back.

Well, I am going to go ahead and call the chiropractor.  Maybe he can help this!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Its Official!

The realtor and photographer came today to take pictures and put a sign in our yard.  We are officially for sale.  It does not go on the web until tomorrow when pictures are ready, but for all intensive purposes, we are on the market.

It has been a whirlwind and there are some minor things left to do - like clean out the pantry and wipe a few baseboards.  No more repairs!  The only one I am allowing is to replace some light switch plates that are cracked from over tightening the screws.  I think there are 3 and that is it!

I have to move on with quilting and getting the new house going.  So, after this weekend, our focus is probably going to change to the RV mainly while I work during the day on the other things.

The other official thing is my back is out!  I should not have pushed so hard, but I did and now I am paying for it big time.  On a scale of 1-10, I am at a solid 7, with times that feel like 10 and I cry.  I hate crying from pain.

I am resting it now, not working, not doing anything on the house, just resting and stretching every now and then.  I feel exhausted and want to sleep.  I very well may take a nap.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


We all have 'em, we all deal with 'em, what do we do with 'em?


OK, I have some neighbors directly across the street from us that are just clueless.  It has affected my kids, my husband, me, my customers - all complain.  The main thing is they park their cars all along the road and it blocks the ability for us and the people next door to us to get out of our driveways sometimes and we have to back out over the yard and sidewalk.

They have teens that are, shall we say, popular, and all their teen friends bring their cars and hang out.  Loud, teen parties - often - going into the night.

The day of the garage sale, I had a customer come over to pick up a quilt.  The teen across the street and her friend decided to layout in the back of a pick up truck with their legs facing the road.  It put their crotches at eye level.  My customer was appalled and said it was inappropriate.  My husband didn't want to go outside to pick up the garage sale items, even my daughter was embarrassed by it.

Then yesterday, a customer came to pick up a quilt, the teen's boyfriend decided to pull up in his huge pick up truck and sit in front of their driveway and wait for her.  Only he sat in the middle of the road where no one could pass.  Then the teen got in and they just sat there.  My customer had to park at the next door neighbors to get to me.

Just annoying as all get out.  There are other things - phallic symbols painted in the driveway, constantly getting yard rolled so I am picking up the trash because it blows in our yard (because they don't pick it up).  Just annoying things like that. 

I hope they keep it together while we are selling!

For other news, there was a house similar in size, similar in in asking price - literally right down the street from us.  They are in contract within 6 days of putting it on the market.

Crossing fingers!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Moving like a bullet train

Things are going so fast - I cannot wait until we can slow down a bit.

We are still hashing out the plans - our builder finally got back with us on some things that made sense, so we are making a few more changes.

Getting this house ready to show is just incredible stressful. I have almost shut down.  Darrell says I do this - I go like crazy the first 90%, then just shut down the last 10%.  I need to learn how to pace, but after 44 years, I am not sure I can - it is my nature.

Last night, Darrell talked with his Dad who is going through cancer treatments.  His Dad was asked recently what he would like to do when they are over and he feels better - he could go anywhere in the world!   Do you know what he said?  He wants to come see us.

I cried.

We are not the ones that are the "golden" children.  We tend to stick to ourselves, help when needed and live quiet lives.  We are not flashy.  However, he wants to come here.

I would LOVE if the land was cleared so we could walk it and they could decide where the treehouse is going.  Plan for it, etc.  The builder said he would try.   I may take a machete and go to town.

Like I have time.

 Finished one quilt and am currently working on making the quilt for the girl that died.  Her mother cried in my office.  It is always so sad, but I know ultimately, it is a very special gift that have these quilts, bears, pillows, etc made.  Out of her honor, I cannot post pictures of it however.  Here is the other one though.

So, the house goes on the market Friday!  We have finished the repairs and are currently still cleaning out and cleaning in general.  Off to sew and take a load to charity!