Good afternoon from sunny North Richland Hills, Texas. I’m here at my brother Kevin‘s house, but he is out of town on a business trip to New Jersey of all places. He got in late last night so he might be a bear today. 😂
This is where we’re staying until Dave retires and we can get on the road. Not positive about where our first trip will be, but we’re looking at Arizona after a quick stop in West Texas in the big Bend area. I hope that’s what we do because I’ve never been to either place and that excites me.
i’ve just returned from a trip to my house to make sure the diggers were at work, clean the refrigerator since we removed all the food from yesterday, and pick up a couple more things. We are almost done clearing the house out. I went by my hairdresser’s shop and told her the good news about the house selling, but a client came in and I had to cut it short. I’ll visit again before we leave for sure! She is one of my strong spiritual advisors as well as the bestest hairdresser I’ve ever found!
I really need to take the dogs for a walk on their leashes to get them used to it before we actually hit the road, yet I’m a bit reluctant because they aren’t real good on a leash and the sidewalk is right next to the street, which is very busy here. I am also out of shape and don’t want to hurt myself. There’s a park close so maybe I should practice walking by myself to gauge the distance before I takeoff with them. Or I could take them on a short walk just up and down the street. Or I could drive to the park and then walk them around on their leashes over there. That might be the best plan actually. Regardless, we all need some exercise, and the weather is beautiful right now! So wish me luck with that as I sign off for now! Happy Monday everyone ☺️🤗😉😀
Or as my girlfriend, Michelle, said, “Thank you Baby Jesus!” Right before she asked me what my good news was.
THE HOUSE IS SOLD! PRAISE BE TO GOD!!
The deal may be done, but we aren’t completely. We had four more piers installed yesterday, the plumbing work starts today after my husband wrote him a hefty check yesterday for half of the cost…$11,500! The structural engineer came and checked the house after the pier work was done to get it passed. Jim, my agent and friend, said no matter what, the buyers can’t back out now or they will lose their earnest money. In my mind, that means the deal is done, but my man cannot relax until we all sign on the dotted line and the money has exchanged hands.
Me, I slept like a baby last night…finally!! The numbers finally adding up and bringing this nightmare to a close gave me enough peace to finally relax, and I think I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I was so tired after three days of spotty rest a best. Additionally, once Dave told me the good news yesterday morning, I rushed over to the house, loaded my car up with all I could, made one trip to the thrift store to drop off some bedding and the rest of the stuff found a place over here at Kevin’s. Later, when Dave got off, is when we went back over to tear down the bed, shrink wrap and roll the mattress, and meet the workers and pay the plumber. After all that and more, we grabbed Little Caesar’s and headed back here to eat and rest.
Thank you to everyone who prayed for me, for us, for this deal to work out! Thanks be to God for allowing it. I want to apologize to everyone who’s blogs I haven’t had time to comment on, but I don’t think I’ve missed reading any. I’m with you as you are with me!
Now it’s time to make a final push to get the house completely cleaned out and cleaned up. Get Dave retired (soon) and start planning our first trip! I’m over the moon excited, and anxious for the new owners to get going in our house as well! They will also be starting a new chapter in their lives, I hope they enjoy it as much as we have! I don’t know if I’ll be able to join in with the Inktober challenge this month, but we’ll see. All my art supplies are on the bus, which is in storage, waiting for us to be ready to roll.
I know it’s Sunday, but I didn’t have much time for blogging yesterday because we started the big move out!
Chris came and for a while it was just him, Dave and me, moving boxes, furniture, and making the necessary trips to wherever- storage, thrift stores, to get the big stuff moved out and the smaller stuff sorted and organized. We are almost out of our home of seven years and one step closer to our dream of full-time RV living.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “home.” Use it as a noun, a verb, an adjective, or an adverb. Enjoy!
We will have to re-home some items temporarily a my brother’s house, and wait for Dave to retire before beginning the dream, of course, but we will feel so much better about everything once the sale of our home is complete. In fact, I need to get up and continue packing, but it’s early and I’m so sore from yesterday, so I’m still laying down to write this. Besides, we don’t have much to lay, or sit on and tonite will be even less! Hopefully we will be far enough along to spend our first night at Kevin’s home. His floors are done, his walls are put back together, and paint will happen later. We just need a bed to sleep in and we’ll be happy.
The beds go today, along with the couches and pool table. The latter are going to a new owner. He’s coming to pick up and pay for said items around 11:30. Believe it or not, Dave and I broke the pool table down to the slates yesterday and when Chris and Josh got back, they and their muscle power moved the slates (3) to a flat rolling dolly like it was nothing! Those things weigh a ton! Ahhh, to be young and strong again. We were so appreciative for theirs and my brother’s help! Sean disappointed me by not coming until last night, and I knew he would but I let it eat at me all night. I could barely sleep, I was so irritated, yet I kept telling God I was so thankful for the help we did have. Finally, I drifted off.
There seems to be a lot of talk today about home prices going down and people having buyer’s regret at overpaying just to get their dream home. Well, at least our buyers did not. And if the static test fails, or we need to throw any more money at this house to get it sold, we’ll be moving right back in! We already lowered our price, paid for additional work to be done, and did lots of improvements ourselves. If we have to move back in, Dave is not going to be a happy camper! In addition, he said he’d live in the RV in the driveway until he got the house exactly the way he wanted it first before he moved back in. Lord, please don’t let that happen!
I’m going to stay positive, put my head down and get this place packed up, move in with Kevin, and say my prayers. We have a lot of work to do yet, and it will be emotional watching someone drive away with my cat. But to make the dream happen, these things are necessary. I think if we get it all moved out today, tomorrow we come back to clean it. I’m praying it all goes that smoothly and we both keep our cool. We did amazingly well yesterday at not getting snippy with each other, let it continue today! Chris, Josh, and Kevin will be back at some point to help, and by-the-way, he let last night and had to go home beat and move all his furniture back where it belonged! I didn’t realize he had packed up his belongings and left until I went to bed…that’s another reason I didn’t fall asleep easily. I felt so bad that we didn’t help, but I didn’t know! Dave and I were sitting in the pool soaking our tired backs when he cut out. He said bye, but it still didn’t dawn on me that he’d gone home for the night until much later. Where was my head??
I hope he forgives me, I’ll be sure to apologize when he gets here…maybe before! Would have been no help moving his furniture but I could have helped him get his things to his truck and say a proper goodbye and thank him again for all his help.
Well, tired as I am, I have to get up and get moving!
Ok, now that the first part is out of the way, I’ll make a second attempt at publishing this post!
I had my pictures, story, and explanation all typed out and it kept saying it was auto saving, however, when I returned home to check it, all but the two pictures was gone! Well, this post is not exactly a OneLiner Wednesday but I wanted to explain the pictures and include other stuff. So here we go again!
Firstly, yes, we are still here, but hope to be moved out this weekend to my brother’s house. Secondly, I just couldn’t, in good conscience, leave the corner garden in the state it was. I’m ashamed to admit it had gotten away from me, and the purslane and devil weed…whatever that ugly, evil thing is, had taken over. Oh, and the clover. Anyhoo, I got out there before it got hot and dug, chopped, and hoed my way through the mess and I have to say, it looks better.
I’m leaving everything that was originally there, the poor angel has seen better days, and some extra potted plants as well. The tribute stone is obviously staying!
I had been faithfully keeping that garden weeded and looking nice, but all this getting ready to move has had me busier than a one-armed paper hanger. So, it got a little neglected.
Before we can move to Kevin’s house, the floors and some of the sheet rock had to be replaced since his house flooded a few weeks ago. That is going on right now, so he decided to stay with us until it’s finished to stay out of his neighbor’s way. My youngest, Chris, was going to do it, but got slammed at work. No biggie. Seems those who want to work are taking up the slack for those that don’t! In addition, we still have issues here to fix before we move. Today my husband called to inform me that he has to install a double clean out on the sewer line, so he asked our middle son, Josh, to come do the digging part so it would be ready for Dave to fix when he gets home from work. It’s awful hot for all that, but we gotta do what we gotta do.
The reason for this newest development is that we also have to have piers put under the house, and when that work is done, the plumber will need to sign off and to do that, he needs to do this double clean out. Luckily, we only have to do 8 piers and not 50! The buyers are going to split the cost with us. Regardless, we should be able to go ahead and move out this weekend. With Kevin being here and having a truck, maybe we can get a head start on taking things to storage too. And, he can help Dave break down the pool table for the seller to pick up.
Well, I’ve forgotten the rest that I originally typed, so I’ll wish you all a happy Wednesday ☺️🤗