Sunday, January 22, 2017

The weather this weekend was amazing.  It sure made for easy travels to my Favorite Egg's. We had a wedding to attend a bit of a distance from his place too.  I'm so glad the couple had a gorgeous day to call their own.  The weekend went super fast since it felt like I lost a good chunk to the wedding (he was doing a reading for them, so he was gone Friday evening for rehearsal).  It gave me time to get a last hour in for work and to hide parts of his early birthday surprise all over his house.  Mission accomplished.  My next trip out there will to be to close on my new house.  How crazy is that?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Appraisal was completed earlier this afternoon, so that is out of the way, now we wait for that response so we can call all in the universe well and good.  I have no doubt that it is all well in the universe because things have crazy tipped in a new direction so far this year.  Again, still can't put it all out there yet, sorry.

I did have a scare today.  As I brought the girls back up the stairs, I'm not sure how it happened but Danika was knocked off balance and a foot kicked out to the point she about toppled over the side of the basement stairs about five feet up.  Fortunately I was behind her and within reach that I got her butt and back legs into my arm and back on the stairs as to avoid that hell of a tumble.  Ugh.  Can you imagine?  I sat here shaking and nauseated for a few minutes after thanks to that close call.  They have their regular yearly visit to the vet this evening, the last thing I would want is to accelerate that a few hours with an emergency trip.

The folks I have been worried about, well 2 out of 3 so far are reporting back positive words of successful surgeries.  There will be recuperation time for them no doubt, but I'm glad to know they are awake and on that recovery road.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I am still wiped out, so I sat on the couch tonight, but to still be productive I got information from receipts etc processed into my spreadsheets to prep for tax season.  With all of the turns of events with the apartment and then getting it ready and not having that income on it - I really took a spanking on that this year.  Given that the house was on the market since it emptied out and I was not actively looking for a tenant I suspect that will limit me severely on what I can write off.  Worse still is disposing of everything that was in there that was on a depreciation schedule.  Thank goodness I pay someone to guide me on all of that stuff.

I do wish it would be done with these taxes, but since we're into 2017 before the house closes I guess I'll be dealing with another two months of it and then trying to figure out how I get screwed for "making money" on the house (I'm sure that's how they'll see it even though I spent WAY more than what I'm selling it for on upgrades/repairs etc.)  I guess I can't worry about it too much right now.  One day at a time.

I did have the moving company stop today to give me a more accurate estimate and the price is defn higher than originally guestimated on the phone.  It'll still be worth it, but I will be trying to take a car load on closing day and then another load of my own when we do the rest of the move.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I did get a couple grocery bags scooped on Friday between a pass at lunch time and a quick pass before the sun set.  I did not get a lot of packing done on Saturday, but I did get to spend a little quality time with Beff, her Mama, and sister, and then eventually her hubs too.  It was good to get a legit visit in - and to have another big plate of sushi!  I ran out before we got together for lunch and snagged a small smash cake to celebrate Mom's birthday too.  Happy 85th in heaven!

I did get some packing done today in addition to making a big batch of yummy stir fry and corn casserole.  I know it's an odd mix, but I wanted to get a couple of things made to eat off of for a few days early in the week.  It's to the point I need to start planning meals around what remains so I can use up the cans/heavier items with minimal purchases to complete the meal.  Give me a week or two and the meals are going to be rather odd.

This week seems to be a bad one for many people I care about.  There are surgeries happening in the next two days for multiple people and another is headed to meet with new doctors after a worse diagnosis, so I am praying for these folks and their doctors, please say one for all for them.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It was in the 60s today and raining, but set to plunge back down tomorrow.  *shakes head*  If the yard hadn't been a complete muddy mess I would have tried to scoop.  I really do need to get that tended to.

I've made a little more progress here and there on packing.  Last night was 4 big boxes in the basement along with getting a load of laundry done.  Tonight was only one box in the bedroom and starting to pull items aside that I'll need more urgently.  I spent another hour doing some research for work too, so the evening went fast.  It's only 9, but I'm wiped.  A friend posted about the trilogy I am currently a book and a half deep into, so now that's on my mind.  Maybe I'll soak for a little while with my book and wipe out a bit early.

When I got home tonight I checked something out that I was curious about with surprising results.  Not sure how to interpret.  Yay purposely cryptic posts!  I do use this as a place to track certain things, so this will help me remember should I need to do any further investigation.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's safe to put it out there... the house is once again pending.  I can't believe I ended up with two offers on my table at the same time, and less than 10 days after it went back on the market.  The above and beyond all expectations tells me one thing for sure - this was so clearly God in motion.  I'm so grateful.  I finally opened a bottle of champagne last night (I'm still *burp* drinking on it tonight - *hiccup*)

I just responded to the home inspection details for my new place, hopefully they will find my request agreeable and we can continue to march forward.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Wow.  Just Wow.  He works in CRAZY ways, that's all I can say right now.  This is in Your hands.  I ask for Your peace.  I trust You.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Yesterday was the two year mark since we lost Mom.  I can't believe that much time has passed already.  I can say that with everything going on as of late I'd love to be able to ask her opinion on things.  I did make decent progress upstairs yesterday.  The eaves and closet upstairs are cleared out and the second bedroom is at about 90% packed.  I had to leave my sweaters in the drawers and the bed made up for obvious reasons.  The third bedroom could probably get wrapped up pretty quick, but I admit I've been lazier than I should be today, but I guess there is still time this evening.

I do have another showing tomorrow, so I'll definitely do my routine clean up.  Fingers crossed once again.  It's been extremely cold, so I've been enjoying the fireplace a little more often just to add an extra dose of toastiness.  I even had a puppy happy to cuddle on the couch this afternoon, how do you say no to that?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

I've been working on finding a little bit of calm, so I've been trying to stay a little quiet on here unless I have something better to report.  First I will note that we did sing to Saffy for her birthday.  She's been here 8 and I was guessing she was a year old.  I guess she really is an 'old lady' now too, although she sure doesn't behave like it.

I have been trying to figure out what else I can dive into packing right now.  But I think that may need to wait for the weekend proper, as I have two more showings scheduled for tomorrow so I'll need to do some of my typical prep.  Here's hoping we don't get a foot of snow over night to go along with it.  I guess I don't drive away too far with the girls for showings, but you know me, snow, and being on the roads.

Gosh it would be nice to get another solid offer in way faster than I would believe to be possible, but I'm still just trying to say do as you will it to be.

Monday, January 02, 2017

I was up and working on my first cup of coffee today when my agent called asking to show the house this afternoon.  Since I've been packing, and previously in the "I don't need to show the house anymore" state there was a lot to be done, so guess how I spent about 4 hours today?  The "show" towels, bedding, and all is back out again, I did the best I could to minimize the footprint of the empty boxes awaiting packing, and everything is clean again for the time being.  I guess we're back into the endless above and beyond cleaning cycle again.  Meh.

Lord, my home is in your hands.  I pray for the guy who had to pass it up, help him get through the time that caused his change of heart.  I pray for the folks preparing to come and buy my home - heaven knows I'd much prefer this to not be an investor, but people who want to call it home.  I pray your protection over it in the mean time.  Help me see clearly.  I know all will be okay if I just allow your plan to unfold.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

I'm late on this post, forgive me - so I'm backdating it.

I keep seeing the facebook posts joking about how this time last year people claimed 2015 sucked, but that 2016 was _going to be their year_.  I didn't go that far, but I did point out how un-fun 2015 was and welcomed 2016.  I guess this year could have been a lot worse, but I think the word I would use is stagnant.  As I re-read my post from 2015 I can't help but think "yeah, that's still applicable", "that too", "yup."

My weight is an issue again I need to fight before I'm at the deep end.  The company continues to dwindle downward but I continue to cling on.

While most of the year feels unremarkable, there were some high points:
As always there was more travels. Maybe this warrants being in the stagnation bucket, but too bad, I love it too much to see it as anything less than a constant blessing.
- First there was the trip to Texas to attend my nephew's wedding!  How crazy is that?  Then my sister, her friend Rhonda, and I headed out on Liberty of the seas.
- Then my sweetie and I got onboard Adventure of the seas in May.
- I promised to return to Texas again to head to Lubbock and see my niece's apartment and school - which I did in September.
- In October my sweetie and I took a day in the local start parks to take in the autumn leaves.
- I found a last minute good deal, so my sweetie and I were back out again there in December on Harmony of the seas.

I got to see several people I care very much for get married this year, including Beff - who allowed me to be her maid of honor.

I succeeded in some of the things I set out to do at the end of last year, like purging more.  There was a definite push for this as I trimmed things down and packed items up to declutter.  Clearly, the courage to make the leap became real!

What I can say for sure is things are a-changin here in the last few weeks of 2016, without doubt!  I thought I was going to be able to say that within a year of returning from my Texas trip last February into March and deciding to get the house on the market I would have gotten it sold.  I guess there is still time for that although it appears unlikely at this point.  Either way, this whole process has definitely brought some drama and stress into my life and it isn't over yet.

My desires for 2017:
Obviously, I want that buyer for my house that actually closes!  The start of 2017 is going to feel awfully busy and will be full of new things for me (new houses, doctors, vets, neighbors, church, daily life).  I just want to take my time on some things and not stress too much as I find my way in getting settled.  But at the same time I need to start working out again, maybe a new home will help me start out with some new healthier habits.

Also related to new habits is trying to force myself to not be my backwards with strangers self - as in, I want to SPEAK to my new neighbors, start off on the right foot there too.

It will be nice to not be away from my girls for Christmas next year.  I never wanted to put them in the kennel and go away at the holidays because it seemed so sad, but here I have done it for three years.  I admit - I'm glad this will be minimized.

Since I will be living somewhere new, and much closer to activities I have not done because of the distance to the burgh, I'd also like to get out and do stuff.  Maybe a concert, maybe hitting Kennywood again, whatever - but I do want to focus on finding new things too, like checking out new eateries and whatnot.  But all of that will need to wait until I am out from under the bills of a second house.
I have little more to say other than my current home is back on the market.  Nothing was an issue on the inspection and we didn't even get the appraisal back - no worries there, it is, to my understanding something big and personal came up for my buyer.

There aren't words right now.  I didn't make my new purchase contingent because, well I thought we were good to go after the inspection was golden (that's what I waited for to move out on my own purchase).  One could bail (and not loose deposits) if something comes back on the inspection.  That is NOT my strategy, but heaven knows things could come back that are beyond what I'd expect.  Speaking of - that inspection is currently slated for Tuesday.

This does effect my new mortgage information, so I need to get in contact with them.  It also means that while I pack I need to somehow get the house in order to show again.  I originally was planning on pulling the house for January and February - but I don't feel like that's wise now that I'm looking down the barrel of three gas bills, three electric bills, and two water bills.

I don't understand your plan God.  Please help me.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I was able to have lunch with Mithy today!  I also had a massage today after work, so I lost some evening time (worth it!)  But I did still swing in to fill up the gas tank (before they jack our already incredibly high gas taxes even higher January 1) and to the liquor store to get some empty wine bottle boxes.  When I got home I did put those boxes to use, so the remainder of my wine is boxed!  I even took down and cleaned up my Law-original wine racks to remove fur and dust, so they are tied off and ready to move.

I'm sitting down right now.  Maybe I shouldn't be, but after the massage I'm just happy I got _something_ else accomplished tonight.  I do have a long weekend ahead of me, so I should be able to get some other things in order - and the donations out the door before Jan 1.

I slept pretty well last night, but I think I need one more good night's sleep to feel back in order.  It might be a semi-early night.