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!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekly Update Week 6 (with house plans)

 This has been an extremely exhausting week, but we feel like we are making progress.  We hope the house sells quickly just so we can start relaxing and not have to be "on" all the time.  Yes, we are a house of introverts.

1.  Suburb House -  Well, painting the entire wall that was repaired did the trick.  Even though the paint did not match exactly, over a whole wall,  you can not tell at all.  It is the same color mixture, just age changes the paint color.   So, I painted 10 walls, then we decided the kids' bathroom is awful and really needs to be repainted.  Well, I will do that on Sunday.  Womenly issues are preventing me from painting it sooner.  Oh, if you are wondering why my husband cannot paint it - he has a hand shaking issues and cannot cut out very well.  Yes, he can roll, but that is the easy part - a bathroom has a TON of cutting out areas.

We are almost done cleaning out everything, finishing this weekend.  In fact, we will be ready to market come Monday.

The last roof check has been sent to the mortgage company.  This takes a long time of staying on top of it.  Almost 7 weeks total.  Ugh!  Pain in the Ass is what it all is.

I have already started marketing the house with the pictures I posted yesterday.  I am building interest and there is quiet a bit even with the realtors in this area.  I have gotten a great response.  The only negative is that the front of my house faces the side of another house.  Something with feng shui.  It didn't other me.  On the market next weekend, so we will see!

 2. Land Home - We got the quote for land clearing and building the clay pad for both the house and the barn.  We were quote $11,000.  Not sure if that is good or not, but it includes the driveway and culvert, so that seems about right.

We also got the preliminary house plans!  YEAH!!!

 This picture is sideways really, I know it is difficult to read, but hopefully you all can get an idea.  We are taking out the door to the office because we want it convert to a dining room if need be, but at this point, it will serve as my sewing room/office.  We are also taking out the media center in the living room and adding that space to the storage area.  Also, we are adding two windows to the back wall in the kitchen.

Yes, all that porch/patio area is covered.  All 842 sq ft of it.  This is our dream.  Not only is it covered, but screened.  Swoon!  The total sq ft. is 2196, so not a huge house - it is nice size with nice size rooms.  With the garage and porch area, it is 3100 sq ft.  (yes, we put walk up stairs to the attic space in the garage.

Even though this is not the final, it is starting to look real!

4. RV Living - Other than moving quite of bit of things to the RV that will be needed then, we are totally focused on the current home and getting it ready.

5. Business - Nothing done with the business while I changed rooms to make a dining room - my space was a mess this whole week.  Today, I have to get going on it.  It is extremely difficult though.

That's it - a rough week, but exciting too with getting the house plans.  Things are really starting to come together and take shape. Just imagine - a little over 6 weeks ago, this was no where on our minds.  I mean we had a long vision of it, but nothing immediate.

I hope you all have a very wonderful weekend!  We will be toiling away...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The House we are Selling

I have been working VERY hard this week getting this house ready for sale.

We still have a couple of more things to do:

1.  Clean out the garage, our closet, and thin out the kitchen.  We have done everything else!  YEAH!

2.  Paint the kids' bathroom.  After looking at it last night, it really needs painting.  We have left over paint from painting the other areas and it will probably take me a total of 1.5 hours.  It is a small bathroom and would make a huge difference.

3. Replace the light fixture in my daughter's ceiling fan (a busted light light bulb blew the circuit).

4. Replace a hall light to get the gold out - on realtors suggestion.

5. Power Wash all concrete front and back. 

6.  Mulch the flower beds and weed eat  - normal maintenance stuff.

A run to the storage shed and the RV and we will be done!  Sooooo close now.  We go on the market next week.

I took come pictures today since I am marketing on my own just a bit.  Here you go!

Front of house

Living room

Closer view of the fireplace

breakfast area

kitchen from living room

kitchen from breakfast area

formal dining - that WAS my office!

Now my office in the office/bedroom

Daughter's room - she loves it!

Son's room


Master bath

As you can see, we are not frilly people.  I have taken out everything that has us in it.  Even the kids say it does not feel like home anymore.   That's a good thing for selling! 

Another house right down the street came on the market.  It is slightly smaller than ours, on a bigger lot with a bathroom renovation for $4,000 less than we are asking.  Just went up yesterday.  I am a little bummed, but they don't have a new roof and their kitchen is not upgraded, no landscaping, etc.

We will see!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

RV Living

I have been thinking about living in the RV lately while I paint, packing and driving.  With the renovations we are planning, I am really excited about it - maybe a little too excited, but looking forward to it for sure.

There have been several people in my real life that have expressed great interest.  Whether it be because they are interested or just plain curious how we are doing it. I have found some vlogs and a couple of blogs about living full time, but most are older without children, and those with children have a more alternative lifestyle that we care to have - which is fine, we all have to live how we feel is best!

I have been thinking mostly about how our days will look and where our very pared down things will go.  Trying to make it comfortable for my family while also thinking about my needs with bouts of depression and my horrible back problems.

Although we are getting rid of many things, we downsized just at 3 years ago from a 4,300 sq ft house, to a 2,044 sq.ft house.  Our new home will be around 2,200 sq. ft, but the RV has about 250 sq. ft.

I am wondering...

Will living in a RV be too difficult for us, and we end up renting a place?

Will we get so used to the pared down lifestyle, that the house will feel cumbersome?

Will we be able to save as much as we think or will we spend more for entertainment to get out more?

Will we argue more?

Will the kids get depressed?

Will we instead become closer, instead further apart?

Will we all learn to live and want less?

Will we begin to fully understand gratitude and peace through sacrifice and "making due"?

So many wonderful and scary things, but this is only a few months of living and I think that despite all - we all will come away with a great story to tell!

I do have before pictures of the RV, so I will post those when I post what we have done with them.  Most is going to be about adding storage.  I will have a special one just for the kitchen and cooking portion however, it seems to be the area we are talking about the most!

Well, those walls won't paint themselves! 

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good

We enjoyed our little time away and decided to stay closer to home and discuss things at length - which we did.  We brainstormed ideas about the RV and have come up with a plan.  I am excited about it and think we can actually make it work nicely.  Of course, there will be challenges - nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I was also told this morning that we are getting a $200 referral bonus for our roof.  WOOHOO!

The Bad

Our depreciation check came in today - the last one from the insurance company so we have to send that to Quicken for endorsement before I can be done with this roof thing.  UGH!  I am so ready to check some of this off our list!

LUCKILY, I called about their inspection requirement got that taken care of the week of the roof replacement, so at least they are not going to hold the check until that is done.  This whole roof thing will not be done until AFTER our house is on the market - seriously. 

The Ugly

Walls.  We are just hard on them.  We had some repairs from the kids, but some are from using tape on the walls.  We used off brands of command strips - never again.  The only ones that came smoothly off were the Command Strips - all others ripped the paper off the wall.  Plus, the peg board in my office had to be attached with screws, so anywhere where screws were used (as opposed to nails), had to be spackled and painted. 

9 walls in all.  9 walls to paint.  9 freakin' walls.  10 ft ceilings.  AGGGGHHHH!  I hate painting, but I am good at it, so I painted 2 walls today.  My back is screaming from climbing up and down that ladder and reaching and bending over so much.  I see a bath coming on, but I am thinking that we will paint 2 more walls tonight.  I just want to get it done.

Going to get on some heat!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Update Week 5

 This week I am early.  The older boys are giving us a weekend away so we are really taking advantage of it!

1.  Suburb House - This house is going to kill me.  I say that about houses I am about to sell.  It is just one issue after another.

The biggest one is paint.  We took the old can to the same place we bought the paint, but it does not match.  Sigh.  This is 3/4 of our entire house.  I am not sure what we are going to do.  We had to do some wall repairing, so the paint is essential, but if we cannot find a match, then we have to repaint everything. This sucks!  It would put us back a couple of weeks!  Plus cost mucho money and time!

The recaulking of the windows is done, we planted some annuals for color, I am starting to pack closets and thin everything out.  We are waiting for the final check on the roof, then I can check that off.

The real estate agent came and we talked about the problems of this house - the size (smallish) and the lack of a 1/2 bath.  However, location, location, location - it is in a hot area and I have done some good renovations.  We decided to list at $229,900.

If we can figure out the paint problem (ideas anyone?)*, then we are set to have professional pictures taken on the 16th and the house goes on the market on the 18th.

I am very ready to be past this!

* Update:  Since Sluggy's advice was the best, but we do not have any old paint that is usable, we are going to use the new paint.  Only the walls that were repaired - like the other advice.  This is even what the paint store told us.  4 walls at this point.  We are going to be very picky about other walls.  Nail holes and small issues are staying just that.

 2. Land Home - I met with he designer/architect this week.  It was a smooth meeting.  He told me NOONE had ever come to him with so much detail and knowledge about what they wanted.  This is me in a nutshell.  By the time I actually get around to something, I have researched the hell out of it.  Sometimes I think it robs me of some of the fun, but then again, I love research.

That is it this week.  Just waiting to hear from the land clearers and the finance people.

4. RV Living - No talk this week at all - it is been so busy.  But since we are taking it out this weekend, this we probably will talk a TON about it.

5. Business - Another quilt done this week, plus over 100 patches.  Yes, more came in and I promised I would do them about 4 months ago.  AGH!!!  So much has changed.  If I did not have the quilts to make, I would pack it all away and tell everyone I am done right now.  I feel so pulled between my work and trying to get this house ready!

12 quilts and counting though - one is in the works!  This is the latest one - I was excited to make it - I love theme quilts - especially when I get creative license.  I am not artsy so much, but more clean lines and simple designs.  It turned out better than I imagined.