Monday, December 02, 2019

I am going to explode

More venting here.

Wednesday was the set closing date.  We have our kids lined up to move on Saturday.  We have the UHall on Friday. 

Guess what! No closing on Wednesday.  The appraiser dropped the ball.  He had TWENTY days to go appraise the house.  He has not done it. 

IF we are lucky - we can close on Monday of next week.  After he gets off his rear and does it, sends it in and all that mess, THEN it has to sit for three days.  Unbelievable.  Absolutely.

That means we are postponed getting out totally which means our contractor is postponed from coming in to paint and recarpet.  That means we are postponed putting the "For Sale" sign out.  That means a longer time to sell.

I don't believe this.  At. All

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


This was so much easier 44 years ago.  I can't believe what a toll this is taking on me!

Of course 44 years ago the house was smaller.  We added two bedrooms and bath upstairs.

And 44 years ago, I didn't get into machine embroidery and tried to start a small business.  So I didn't have items that could be embellished hanging around.

And 44 years ago I hadn't inherited items (of sentimental and real value) from parents and an aunt and uncle who were like parents.  Silver services, etc.

AND finally, I was a LOT younger then!


Friday, November 22, 2019

Closing on the house is near

So we are back to the original closing date - December 4.  Things around here have switched to high gear.  I had been lazing about, procrastinating comes so easy!

But I wonder about the woman.  She has stage 4 ovarian cancer.  The reason for putting closing off was so she could have surgery the first part of December. I wondered how she could move so closely following surgery, but apparently, there is no surgery. It makes me worry that she was told there was nothing to be gained by the surgery, but another part of me hopes that the tumors were so greatly reduced by the chemo.  Whatever the reason - she is in my prayers.  She is a beautiful person.

I  tackled the "craft floor" yesterday.  My fabric stash had spilled out of its containment, so I was putting it back into the storage containers.  I have all the items I had for craft shows that I am unable to do any longer in a bag for Goodwill.  It was HEAVY.  I had to weave through close quarters to get it to the stairs to send it rolling down, and I paid for it last night.  My back was killing me.  I am going to have to have help with picking up bags and boxes from now on.  I just can't do that now.  Moving isn't for 74 year-olds.

My emotions are all over the place.  There is such sadness when I look around at what I am leaving. Our remodeled bathrooms, my powerful vent hood, the open expanses of this house. What I WON'T miss was released yesterday.  The new FEMA flood maps.  We are now in the 500-year flood plain with the 100 year right behind us.  When we moved here 44 years ago, we weren't close.

I am looking forward to being close to the grandchildren however. And I keep repeating my mantra that regardless that house is better than a garage apartment or independent living place. Sometimes you have to find the silver lining.  PLUS - I don't have to worry about THOSE STAIRS!

I have a living room full of antiques that don't have a place in the other house.  G said to just donate them to a charity that gives them to people that don't have furniture.  HE doesn't even want to sit on them - so why in the world would someone down on their luck want it?  I contacted an antique place that has 200 dealers if they knew of someone who would like those pieces.  We will see.

So the big move is set for December 7.  Wish me luck!

Friday, November 01, 2019

The story continues

Just when I thought there would be no changes - there are.  As I have said, the owner has stage 4 ovarian cancer.  She is getting chemo right now.  But I didn't know she would be having surgery in early December.  Well, she is.  So that means they are asking to delay closing until the 20th.  Now IF I still decorated for Christmas I would be really upset.  But I haven't in years!!

The thing I am worried about is that this year looks like it is going to be COLD in Texas.  We have had freezing or near freezing in Southeast Texas (Houston area).  We have tropical and semi-tropical plants.  Usually, I would put them in our storage building, BUT (1) we are in the process of cleaning it our and (2) I don't want to have to move them twice.  Yeah - I know = sounds like a personal problem!  It is, but all the same - plans change.  My daughter will "foster" my two six-foot Hawaiin plumerias.  I really don't want to lose them.  The other plants I will just have to group in the corner of the patio which is on the south side and pretty protected = they hope and pray.

I did get a giggle from the email their agent sent ours.  She said normally they would "negotiate" the amended offer (well, OK) but they wanted to leave the neighbors with good feelings - even at their loss.  Then the male owner looked at our inspection report.  He said nothing about the serious defects (that could result in the house burning down) but nitpicked the little things that made no sense to me.  I was reminded of the old saying "gagging on gnats and swallowing elephants!"

I have been throwing things out.  Yesterday out went the (outdated!!) VCR tapes.  I really was hoping there was some recycling place since they are covered in toxic chemicals.  AND I had hoped I could find a taped segment of my beloved Taz playing with the water sprinkler.  Alas - reality struck.  We put out about eight bags (couldn't get them too heavy) last night when we were pretty sure there wouldn't be any goblins to tear them open and spread all that around.  And the decluttering will continue today - and tomorrow - and the next day - and ...

So I may not be complete with my venting - yet.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Rather strange

Just when I was pretty sure the contract wouldn't go - that they would not accept the addendum or come back with a counter - they SIGNED IT LAST NIGHT.  The accepted the reduction of the price by the entire 20k.  I guess Christi (the wife) said enough.  She wants to spend time with her grandchildren and isn't sure just how much time that is.

I have totally accepted the fact that we are (1) downsizing, and (2) I will be giving up some items.  This move is for the very best.  We are gaining some things.  Unbelievable is that the dining room is larger.  With our family at twelve and we have family dinner on Sundays, that is important.  I will have the biggest dining room - and the breakfast room and the associated kitchen are bigger.  For twelve people (oldest grandson is 6'6" and 230) the extra room is going to be good.  The flow isn't as good as here, but that will work out.

So back to decluttering and disposing of things.  Then packing.  If I think about it, it is really overwhelming. I can only think of doing a bit at a time without panicking.  We have been here 44 years THIS month.  Amazing how things accumulate.  But I have about 40 days.

Thanks for tagging along on this little adventure.  It was great to have a place to vent!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Stand still

So - the contract was accepted - like it wouldn't have been since it was full price based on inspections.

So we had the inspections.  The owner disclosed that there was "cosmetic" grouting to be done on the chimney,  Uh,  no.  Probably cracked ceramic flue cracks.  The pool needed replastering.  Yes, BUT.  The first company would not give a quote on replastering because they thought the pool was popping out of the ground.  The second (and mechanical inspector) both said - yes replastering and not popping out BUT the deck surrounding the pool has dropped (therefore cracking badly) a couple of inches which has ruined the coping around the edge of the pool.  So a $5000 job is $18,000.

The mechanical inspector found the gas wall oven is leaking gas.  The main electrical box is defective and must be replaced (a neighboring area had their house burn down because of the same box - and ours here was done 15 years ago).  The dishwasher door will come open. When running.

When you total just the major problems, it comes to (actually more than) $20,000. So we amended the contract - offering 15,000 less on the price and they pay $5000 of the closing costs.

I know the woman has stage 4 ovarian cancer.  She is getting chemo and being a breast cancer survivor, my heart breaks for her.  They have asked to have until Monday to go over the amended contract.  I hope this is the real reason.

Their agent is (get ready for this one) the wife of the female owner's ex-husband, and has stated at the get go that she is protecting the seller.  I know this is what the realtor is supposed to do.  I was in real estate in the 1980s - when the first oil bust happened to Houston.  I had to quit.  No one was buying anything.  BUT she is not familiar with this area.  She had them price that property high, but we did sign for that.  They are selling "as is" and that is fine, but we will not pay the inflated price for a property with THIS many serious faults.

If it was meant to be - it will happen.  I know they now believe they are sitting on a gold mine and looked to make $100,000 on that house.  My inspector says different. 

So we will see what happens on Monday.

Friday, October 25, 2019

House inspection day

We just returned from being with the inspector for four hours on the other house,  He is THOROUGH and I love it.  Great guy.  We were there for four hours or more.  I was feeling sorry for the woman who lives there.  They were gone - she is being treated for stage four ovarian cancer and is not doing well.

He did find some biggie deficiencies that we can address with negotiations on the closing costs.  But his final statement was that HE would buy that house if he were buying, so that speaks volumes.

The longer I was in the house today the more it grew on me.  Yes, we are losing 700 square feet - which means the equivalent of a couple of rooms.  But there are some things that actually are better.  It is a give and take.  That comes with any downsizing.  It certainly didn't show as dark as it did over the weekend.  Perhaps because this cold front brought rainy dismal weather.  But with my table lamps, it will work just fine.  This present house is BRIGHT!

We had a scare Tuesday when my pool company came to look at that pool.  There is equipment that is broken and missing, but they said they couldn't replaster because the pool was coming out of the ground.  I sent the pictures to a pool builder and they said they really believe the deck is sunken more than the pool rising.  I looked at it today and I don't think that is what is happening.  Neither does the inspector who we didn't have him add the real inspection report.  Sooo.  That is one huge amount we are not looking at having to do.

With all that - it looks like closing will be early December.  I hope Christi (the owner) lives that long for many reasons.  I don't want to have to wait for probate, but I want her to be able to move to Abiline and spend her days with her grandchildren. My heart breaks for her.