Thursday, September 24, 2009

House and stuff

The house is pretty much our life. We replaced the roof last weekend. Okay, I did not participate, I fed people. Chris had the old roof scraped off by Saturday morning, that was a mess. I kept dusting and dusting just to dust some more. But we have a new roof. We had two showings during the roof work.
So far no offers yet.
We have not had any showings this week. Makes me somewhat concerned. I hate this whole process. Just waiting.
We have the big cattle roundup this weekend. Nice to get away. Even if it is more work, although the work is fun, its riding 4 wheelers. Time to bring the cows down off the forest range right. We have a group of about 25 people, the majority are on horseback, we ride up and down the roads looking for signs of cows.
I look forward to it. It is part of fall. Something to look forward to. The trees have started to change so its really pretty and I ALWAYS have my camera with me.
Like I said, its nice to leave the house. Removes me from the constant thinking of we need to sell the house. Although right now, there isn't alot of options, the house we wanted did get an offer on it and it was accepted. We have even toyed with building. WHO knows! I certaintly do not.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


We are having consistent showings of the house, but so far no offer, yet. I have to put the yet, someone will love my house as much as I do.
I'm not as freaked by the showings now. I stay pretty calm, still get a bit uncomfortable about the thought of people roaming thru my house. Still weird.
The first time home buyer credit, which is what category our house falls in to, expires the end of November. So an offer would need to be accepted before then. That at least offers some hope also. Who wouldn't want eight grand for just buying a house. I would, however I already own a house so I do not qualify.
The house we are interested in is still on the market, we had a bit of a panic over the weekend, an offer was supposed to be coming in on it, but it fell thru on Monday.
If that house sells, then we have really really slim pickings and may have to look into another county. Not to thrilled about that, but do what we have to.
You never find the perfect house. You find close to perfect, even if you build it will not be perfect, you have to make sacrifices for certain things. Location may be our sacrifice.
When we bought our house some 18 years ago, it was hideous, ugly ugly red, brown orange shag carpet in the living room. Brick red and brown linoleum. Orange carpet in one bedroom, pink in another and baby blue in the master, and all filthy. I mean you could see dirty footprints in them. The kitchen had nasty brown cabinets, with plastic drawers. But it had two acres, good area, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and it was in our price range. We saw past all of that, knew we would have to repaint the entire house which we did. I mean the owners painted around their furniture, there was an outline of the headboard, the dresser, everything, it was so hilarious. I wish I would have taken a picture. Anyway, we could see it for what it could become. Its the same today. I am amazed by how many people, think that they get perfect, including first time home buyers. I think that is true in so many things, everything has to be just perfect. Instead of the best of our abilities.
Anyway, this entire process to date has been very interesting. Very. I've learned that I hate getting up at the crack of dawn and cleaning for an hour or more to make sure everything is in its place, polished, shined, cleaned, dusted, straightened and vacuumed within an inch of its life. Sure I like the clean, just not the stepford clean. My in-law/outlaws came over and had numerous comments about isn't this so nice, why would you want to move. WHY, 1 bathroom people. Think stomach flu. I know of what I speak of. Also, a little more than an acre for 10 cows, 1 bull, 2 horses, 1 burro, 3 dogs and two cats that have the run of the outside. Need a little more acreage. Need a little more house space. The house we want is way more house space than we really need but it works, and it has the acreage AND is within the budget.
Tomorrow the house is showing in the evening, so a good time to go out to eat. This weekend we are replacing the roof. Needs it. Not setting foot on the roof, not happening. I'll play gopher. The MEN can do the roof.
I'll get pizza!

Friday, September 11, 2009

I remember

Today is Sept. 11th. I remember that day. Chris was driving me to work, and we where talking about the first plane crashing and listening to the radio. After I got to work, it was nothing but online for all of us. Just watching everything we could. My one boss was in Sarasota Florida at the time, at a jobsite. He was stuck there for a few extra days. President Bush was in Sarasota at the time. I still remember the video of him in the classroom being told quietly in front of the kids, and him remaining totally in control and still focused on the children. I remember calling family friends who had kids in NYC and asking them about their kids, everyone was okay.
I still see the images in my mind.
That night Chris and I talked about what we would do, if there was no way to make phone contact with eachother. Get Cait, and make it home.
We still talk about what we would do if some huge emergency came up, Get Cait and get home.
I have not forgotten. I just wish the patriotism afterwards still remained.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Home showing

Okay our house has officially had its first potential buyer showing.
First thoughts, I am not cut out for this. I was sick to my stomach all of yesterday afternoon, the thought of someone going thru my house and everything in it and forming an opinion. Very unsettling for me. The house felt strange when I got home.
This house selling is hard on my nerves.
Supposedley, the potential buyer is going to come thru the house again next week with her boyfriend to look at it again. Likes the house, a bit overwhelmed by our yard. I like trees...........alot!
So we wait and continue on as we have been.
Hopefully it will not take long, I will have a stomach ulcer if it goes on and on.
I had no idea I would have this type of reaction. The anxiety is unreal to me. Chris has no problems, and this is the man that suffers from panic attacks now and then. What is wrong with this picture?
Anyway, this is our life for the time being.