I want to begin by apologizing to my family, friends, and fans for not updating my blog lately. Life has been a whirlwind for us, lately, so I hope you will forgive me. There’s nothing like being caught up in a vortex! By the way… is it June already? We just put away our Christmas tree last week! 🙂
Where to begin… Well, since you haven’t heard from me in while you have probably already figured out that Craig and I have been SUPER busy. We really have, but it’s not all bad. Two solid weeks later we continue to plow away… at the garage! Craig’s garage, not mine! I can’t lay claim to all that crap. I am just grateful for my parking space. If any crap had ever found itself in my parking space, I would have run over it. Simple as that! Unfortunately, my car has spent many a lonely night out in the driveway as of late. Why? Because I can’t fit her in the garage! Under the circumstances, however, I spared Craig’s crap (nice ring) because he has been working so very hard at clearing it out. Well, we have. I can’t tell you how often I have asked myself, “Why am I helping him? Shouldn’t his punishment be to clean it out himself?” Well, I’m helping because I love my man and I know how very excited he is to get this show on the road. I am, too, so it takes two. That’s reality. Here’s proof of our progress!
Yesterday was also a full day. First, our very good neighbor, Richard, offered to buy several items in the garage. Everything from Rubbermaid storage cabinets to a brand new (yes, brand new) table saw, to a generator… and various items in-between. Early in the morning the transfer of items began. Back and forth Richard and Craig went. At one point, I looked out the office window and there goes Richard’s truck, with the back full, and Craig sitting on the tailgate holding on to the generator while pulling it down the street. I thought, “How smart!” Right away I thought that would have made an awesome picture for my blog, but it was too late. Oh, well. Boys. But, I did get a photo of Richard and Craig loading the truck. Or was Richard giving Craig a pep talk, trying to reassure him that all of this really was worth it? Trying to convince him, maybe, that everything really was going to be just fine? You be the judge!
Thank you Richard and Carolyn for being such good shoppers and helping to make it possible for us to get outta here that much sooner! And thank you, too, for being such good neighbors. We will certainly miss you!
Later in the day my cousin, Dwayne, his wife, Rhonda, and their son, Quentin, came by to load up their new treasures.
Dwayne is an attorney, so he and Rhonda are setting up a home office. Perfect, because we had plenty of office furniture to donate to such a good cause. Things got off to a slow start, but eventually Rhonda and I made the tour around the house and, you guessed it, they filled up their U-Haul. While our stuff is going quickly, there’s still some stuff that needs to go. First come, first served, so they got a truck and drove over an hour to get here. They even took an ‘almost new’ rocker recliner for my Aunt Linda. (We hope you enjoy it, and think of us often, Aunt NiNi!) Beautiful family!
And Craig’s last good-bye…
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Backing up… Well, I am hesitant to share this with you for fear of screwing things up, but I have some great news I just need to share… WE HAVE A CONTRACT ON OUR HOUSE! It was just meant to be. Everything in God’s perfect timing! WOW! Are we blessed, or what? Here’s what happened:
A little over a week ago we were hard at work in the garage. We were dirty and sweaty by 10:00 in the morning and out of the clear blue Craig said, “Why don’t you call Mike and get him over here? I’m tired of this!” (Mike is our realtor.) So, I got on the phone and Mike was here by 11:30. Two hours later, he left. Three hours after that, we had our first showing scheduled for the next day, Friday. That guy fell in love with our house, but he was concerned about his drive to work. O.K. Fine. Well, Craig and I continued on, doing what had to be done. The thought of us getting closer to freedom (one day at a time) and hitting the open road kept crossing our minds and is, to this day, what continues to keep us going.
Late Friday, and after the first showing, we signed a contract with Mike to sell our house. Fast forward a tad. On Monday morning, Memorial Day, Mike called. A second showing was scheduled at 3:00. Oh, my… WHAT? Today? You see, the weather was the pits. It was storming outside and tornado warnings were all over the area. Regardless, we had to leave the premises. So, off we go off into the storm. Geez, it was awful. We make our way to Sonic to get some onion rings and a drink where we were going to sit for a while and eat our comfort food. However, we were concerned about the rising waters so we scurried back to the house as fast as possible. It was around an hour later when we came down the street and there were cars still parked in our driveway! OHHHHHH… this is good news! So, we backed into our neighbor’s driveway where we could see any action and waited… and waited… and waited. Finally, we saw signs of life on our front porch. Once our visitors left, we gave them time to mozy on down the street before we pulled into our driveway. All the while, now, it is pouring rain! Our realtor graciously opened the garage door for us and we entered. We commented, “Those people sure were here a long time.” He replied, “Well, your house is sold!” YEEEAAHHHHHH! We were literally in shock! Mike is pretty much a jokster, but this time he was serious. I was in total disbelief! AND, long story short, it sold for much more than we could have ever imagined! The sales contract has been finalized and our 10-day option period has already begun. Once we hit the 10 day mark, we are pretty much home free! God is good! Keep in mind… from the time we signed the contract for Mike to sell our house and the time we received word these people wanted our house, it was less than 72 hours! AND, our house was never even listed nor was even one photo ever taken! Now, if this doesn’t scream blessings from Heaven, nothing does!
While we still have some already promised work to do on the house, Mike is in charge of getting it all done. He knows we are brain dead and it is still difficult for us to make decisions. (We need more rest!) Additionally, the buyers are going to have the front porch tiled, and hard wood flooring installed in the office, formal dining, and master bedroom on the buyer’s own dime… before closing! Now, that’s serious! Finally, we are hoping to close on Monday, June 30, giving us a final weekend to finish things up. But, wait! What does that matter? We are retired!!! Please keep us in your prayers!
Mike offered to pay for power washing our patios, driveway, walkways, etc. So, Justin is here now doing that, and doing a great job I might add. Nice kid!
Let the countdown begin. Hoping and praying all good things happen. Stay tuned!