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SoCS 9-17-22 Called Off


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ring.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Bonus points if you use it as both. Have fun!

I hope this post doesn’t have a defeatist ring to it, but the house deal may have fallen through.
Regardless, we are not closing on the 21st as planned. I had to call a bunch of people, cancel or actually, delay the sale of my table and couches until we get this situation straightened out.

There we were, packed and ready to load everything into storage today when we got the call last night…right after signing the docusign closing agreement! The 11th hour, as my husband calls it. Seems the VA appraisal came back ordering us to get a structural engineers report, which, in an earlier post, I told you costs $600! Then, if it comes back saying we need $10,000+ worth of pier work, the deal is off because we aren’t staying with that deal if we have to spend that kind of money on the house.So it’s a wait and see thing. Seems to us they would have disclosed this before we signed the closing agreement though, don’t you think??

To say we were blue doesn’t come close to describing our disappointment. You gotta roll with the punches so they say. Well, that felt like a punch in the gut!!

Dave ordered what turned out to be sub-standard food from our usual Chinese restaurant and we watched tv in a foggy daze for the night trying to not think for a while. I just couldn’t believe it! Dave said I should have expected it, he has the “Smyth” luck.

I don’t think so. I think God was watching out for us. There is some reason we should not be moving this weekend, maybe it’s that my brother’s house is not ready. Chris was so slammed at work after getting his raise and promotion that he hasn’t been able to start the repairs that the flooding caused a few weeks ago.

or maybe we really need to know the status of the report before proceeding with the sale of the house. This information could change everything. Then again, it could show the house is sound just like it is. Regardless, it’s info we need moving forward and the move is off for now. We will ring the engineer on Monday and get the report ordered. I’ll keep you posted on the findings.

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WOD Challenge 9-12-22 I Gasped

I had to gasp as I heard the words the caller said to me on the phone last night.

It was Emma, the daughter of my husband’s friend D. Stubblefield who said in a stressed voice, “My dad’s been in an accident. On his bike. He t-boned a lady that pulled out in front of him. He is in the ER, and all I know is that he is responsive.”

Immediately I shared the news, said a prayer, and waited for the next word.

It came about 30 minutes later. “Hello?” “Dad’s good!” “Oh, thank God! Prayers worked!”

His wife, Robin, called me about two hours after all that to report that, although he was still in trauma, he was mostly unscathed except for bruising, swelling, and the discovery of very high sugar and a1c, which likely means he is diabetic. He might have never made that discovery on his own, so the accident may have been a blessing in disguise. They were checking out a spot in his side under his armpit to make certain it wasn’t a blood clot. And he took six stitches in his shin. His wrist is swollen and painful, probably a bad sprain. Not bad for a 50mph impact on a motorcycle into the side of a car. The girls he crashed into were shaken up, but fine.

Our friends, Dave and Robin

Praise to God for saving his life, he is wanted and needed at home. He is a husband, a son, a father, and a grandfather, not to mention friend of many! Get well soon, Dave!

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I’m Late but Let’s Do This!

What a busy weekend! Packin and stackin people!

I am late for SoCS, so I’ll combine that with today’s WOD Challenge…let’s go!

Saturday we made the first of three trips to the new RV storage facility to put it in storage until we are ready to go. Then we came home and packed more boxes to take to storage, made another trip out to Willow Springs to plug er in, but Dave forgot the keys! Ugh! Back home, packed more boxes and totes, took that load and back to Willow Springs. Got the motor home plugged in to power, went and had dinner and a margarita, rested for a few minutes, then I got up and went to wrap all our paintings and portraits in boxes to protect them. Whew. Then we played some pool and chilled for the night.

Of course, Friday night we heard of the Queen’s passing, her long-time reign is over. God bless her, she gave it all she had for most of her long life! I watched a special on her, and after another day of packing was ready for playing pool and having some refreshments.

Today was finally the VA Appraisal we have been waiting for. This lets the buyers know if their loan is approved. We don’t know when the good or bad news will come, so we are proceeding as if we are moving out. We went to church to pray, and thank God for all His blessings so far. We felt much calmer after we got home. We even hosted family dinner with all the kids and my brother in attendance. I imagine all future get togethers from here on out will be at my brother’s house. The kids will come help us clear out next weekend if all goes according to plan, because if it does, we close not this week but next!
Here is a pic of Josh giving Brandy a belly rub while watching one of the early football games.

Brandy loves her belly rubs!

Freshly groomed and decked out in their glow-in-the-dark Boo bandanas. No idea how much their lives are about to change!

We don’t have any time to waste, so after dinner when everyone was gone, Dave worked on ridding his desk and office of junk papers, stowing what we need and I finished filling a couple more boxes. Still so much to do! I’ll go to the city and get a voucher to dispose of hazardous materials from the garage, pack whatever else needs to be, wrap two more large Art pieces, call and find out if the guy that was interested in buying our pool table and couches still wants them, if not, some things might be doled out to kids or left for the buyers. No time for a garage sale, so carloads will need to go to Thrift for Good, or our churches thrift store.

Before we leave this house, we will probably take some clothes and kitchen and bathroom items to the RV and the rest of our clothes and toiletries will go with us to Kevin’s until it’s time to bug out.

Do I have mixed emotions? Of course, I do. I’m going to miss this house, my family, and friends. Although we have everyone’s blessings, I still feel a sense of guilt that we are leaving. It’s natural. I’m a mother, it comes with the territory. But all who know and love us, know this has been a dream for a long time. I’m nervous. I’m excited! I’m anxious. CBD has helped a lot with that. It calms me, helps me focus, and takes away the constant questioning myself. I have to stop stressing and just make a decision and live with it. (Talking about what to store, toss, or sell)

It’s kind of like eating an elephant! Just when I think I’ve got most of it done, I look around and there’s still more to do. By this weekend, it should all be dealt with, one way or the other. It’s happening fast now guys. ☺️

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WOD Challenge 9-5-22 He Only Uses Crest

My husband is so loyal to Crest brand toothpaste that’s the only brand he uses. Period.

Only paste too, none of that fancy stuff 😉

Me, I have special teeth like he has special eyes. I have to use two different toothpastes, mouthwash, floss…🤪🙄😁

Turns out I use some Crest products myself!
A must if you use a night guard!
This one is for nighttime use.

I looked up Crest brand to see how the toothpaste got it’s name and learned all about when and why it was invented, but not a thing about why they call it Crest. Even the colored logo has a special meaning, but why the name?

Is it because it’s gets your teeth as white as a snow capped mountain? Sounds good to me!


In other news, as you may or may not know from previous posts, our house is under contract. We have had four types of inspectors come, and we are now waiting on the VA appraiser the buyers are using. I wish I could just wrinkle my nose and all of this was over! However, I know we will get through all this. Packing is like eating an elephant. Not knowing what is going on makes it difficult to know what to store, what to sell, and what to pack. We did get a couple of loads of boxes and things from the garage to storage. Dave has had four days off and that’s all we got accomplished, but it’s better than nothing! We also got a few things done on the Jeep, and addressed a few cosmetic things on the house. The rain yesterday made for a rather unproductive day, but he got rested up to work on stuff today.

I wish we were getting to do fun things like everyone else this weekend, which is why I haven’t seen my kids at all this weekend-they are busy doing their own thing. We did bump into my friend, Stephanie while at dinner Saturday night. She was supping with her dad, caregiver, Christina, and some friends at our favorite place…Frijoles.

I hope everyone else has had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend ☺️

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