Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Smiles

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.   I haven't really been creative in the usual way.  I have had a week of fun and some silliness though.  Monday was a holiday for me so I had a great day of relaxation and lunch with friends.  Muffin and Katie have been having a great time.  Not sure if it's the change in weather but they've been feisty girls.  Last night Katie went up to the landing and turned around as if to tell me that it's time for bed!  She was right, of course.

I've been a bad blogger.  I've kind of been in a slump for what seems like a year now.  Bugger.  The first buyer for my house fell apart; she couldn't get the funding.  She did have a pre-approval letter so who knows what really went on.  I have another seller and hopefully this will come together.  I've been mentally involved in all the mess of selling and buying.

For whatever reason I've been more active on Facebook lately.  Actually, I've been selling some things on a local yard sale site.  It's worked out quite well.  

Here's something I found that really gave me a chuckle.
 Yes, I'm at that stage in life where I can no longer kick up my heels, even if I was inclined to!

I hope everyone is doing well and have a great weekend!



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Update on my LIFE

Hello peeps.  It's been a while - a long while.  Days have been rolling into each other and now the summer has slipped through my fingers.

My potential buyer for the condo didn't get her funding.  She had been pre-approved so everything was going right along.  We had a closing date of September 30.  The home inspection had been done already and luckily there wasn't anything major.  This is something the buyer usually pays for but I agreed to pay for half of it.  That meant that I'd get a copy.  Yay.  Something the next "buyer" won't have to invest in.  Luckily I hadn't gotten the appraisal yet so didn't have those costs.

In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of mental decorating at the new place.  At least it's been all mental so don't have any extra pieces of furniture hanging around and cluttering up my already cluttered home!  I'm even deciding what colors to paint, installing laminate flooring in one room, will I install a doggie door?  You know, the basic what to do when I move sort of thing.  I know a few bloggers who have either been buying and selling or remodeling so you know what it's like.  How long did you think about what you were going to do before you did it?

I had another craft yard sale and did pretty well.  I sold a bit of yarn (who am I kidding) I sold lots of yarn.  I also had some things that didn't sell the first time so put them back out.  After it was all said and done I posted onto a Facebook group site that I have craft supplies free for teacher's only.  Needless to say I had lots of responses and found a good home for four bags of supplies.  I felt so good about this.   The teacher/therapist told me that she just found out her budget was slashed to nothing.  As I go through things I'll be getting in touch with her.
Katie was exhausted from the sale.  Isn't it funny how she hangs over the edge of the couch!  My funny little girl.  Her muzzle was solid black when I got her.  Now she's getting gray all over.  Oh bless, just like her mom!

The beginning of a new week and someone else interested!  I showed my condo this past Saturday.  She's very interested and is looking at her options.  This person is more established and hopefully won't run into the same issues as the first person.  Keep your fingers crossed for me. 

After I showed my "new" potential buyer my place I gave her a little tour.  She doesn't live in town but works with me.  She commutes every day 1.5 hours each way!  We had a nice breakfast at Viola's and then I took her to the dog park that is located about a block from my place.  Her realtor had given her information on another condo that was for sale by owner in town and was scheduled to see it at noon.  We did a drive by - I was so glad she asked if I'd be willing to do that because I was VERY curious.  It turned out to be something she definitely wasn't interested in looking at and called the owner right away.  Yay.  That resolved itself rather quickly.

We then headed up to the Horse Stables, one of my favorite places.  Turns out she also likes the smell of horses, or, er, the stables in general.  We found some adorable miniature donkeys.
Aren't they the cutest!  

Anyway, the house purchase has been put on hold for now.  I'm fortunate that the owners are willing to wait a bit for me to sell my place.  This process has been exhausting to say the least.  I'm on a roller coaster ride and so ready to get off!

For those that have been wondering about me, thank you for inquiring if I'm breathing!  I've noticed that I've been more active on Facebook, primarily because I can add a photo with just a click on my phone and not have to write a post.  How lazy can a person get?


Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Smiles - 178

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.   I've been creative in stashing ALL my art supplies.  It was a crazy time but the house looks nice and clean!  I listed my house on a local Facebook yard sale site and sent flyers to friends asking them to spread the word.  I have a nibble - a pretty good nibble!  She came over last Sunday to check it out and she really likes it!  Woo hoo.  She's a seamstress so she understands about craft clutter (yay).  I'm meeting with her tomorrow to go over some things and we'll see if I get an offer.  Keep your fingers crossed and send those positive vibes out into the world please!

Here's the reason I'm doing this now.  I had decided to wait until retirement to try to sell my place but when opportunity is at the door sometimes you just have to go with it.  Two of my friends are selling their half duplex.  They called me when I was in Alaska and said they were buying another house and wanted to give me first option to purchase it.  At the time I was feeling like this couldn't happen - but it might. 

My smiles this week is the front yard of my potential new home.  We ate dinner on the patio and enjoyed the sound of the stream. 

They have all types of birds and wildlife visit the pond.  Luckily no bears so far.  Talk about a peaceful retreat right in your own front yard!  I will have a learning curve on maintenance but my friends won't be too far - the house they are buying is right around the corner!

It more than likely will be late Saturday when I come to visit.  I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Smiles

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.   It's been hot here so I've taken a break from knitting.  The wool is almost felting as I knit!

My Friday Smiles this week aren't really from this week.  A few weeks ago I celebrated another birthday.  This translates into a year closer to retirement!  Nikki from Graphix and Design  and I share the same birthday.  She's been so very generous and I've been lacking.  This year she sent me an extra WOYWW ATC that she made and this beautiful colored card. 
She also sent me this hand beaded mandala.  Isn't is gorgeous.  I think I might string it on some fishing wire and hang in front of my bedroom window.  Then I'll see it every morning when I wake.

 Last year I was really spoiled.  She sent me a painting she created and it goes so well with my decor.  I have it in my living room so everyone that visits can enjoy it.  Isn't it funny that the colors in her painting match my wall color so well!

I also received a very sweet card from Darnell!  You can visit her HERE.
Inside she inquired about my retirement.  I just might have a date - July, 2018.  YAY. 
Special thanks to these wonderful ladies!  They definitely have brought many smiles to my face.  I still have the cards on my mantle!!