Thursday, August 29, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Not today...

DC
I am whooped... I called the agent and cancelled on the cute house and decided to wait until next week. The house had a gas fireplace - period. No A/C or furnace and the house, though cute as a bug's ear, was built in 1920. I would almost bet there is no insulation or real sheet rock under the wallpaper. Have looked at so many "flip" houses, that all I see is lipstick on pigs... pretty, but still pigs and so many that people tried to flip and ran out of money or time. I think I am going to check out some other areas, no kids in school, it doesn't matter where a person hangs their hat.

DH is going to go to an auction in the morning, but I think he is tiring of the hunting as well.

Sad day, it has been coming for such a long time. He took DC to the vet for her final visit and didn't bring her back this time. Jack and Jill seem to notice that she's gone and Jack just keeps looking at us - accusingly or maybe he's afraid he will be next. It will be healthier for me because I am allergic, but it still hurts. She peed on the floor in front of the refrigerator and I knew it was time. I tried so hard to re-home her, but nobody wanted an old, senile cat that this last year couldn't find her way into the box every time.

I'm tired and really low, so I will say good night and go to bed for the first time in twenty-seven years without a cat wandering around the house. I hope I can sleep.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

House Hunting Part 3

Well..... Today was not our lucky day. The main place we were looking at stunk, literally. Not sure we would ever get the cigarette (or Mary Jane) smell out of the place. Then there was a bigger let down - no bathtub! Talk about insult to injury! Also three very old fashioned windows were broken, not easy to match.

We also went to look at this darling two story, two bedroom home that just needed flooring in the upstairs. We pulled in, I saw the fascia was messed up... fixable, no problem. Walked on the porch and noticed the trim holding the oval cut-glass panel in the front door was missing... one push and it would be a goner. He carefully opened the door to shout "Hello?" and I smelled the mildew and saw the POOL of water in the middle of the dip in the living room floor, kiddie sized and at least 1" deep in the middle. I said, "Let's go." It didn't look so 'darling' any more.

Another house was very tiny, it was neat, clean, and quite tidy looking. Brand new carpeting except in the kitchen and bathroom. UGLY brand new smelly carpeting. No fence for the kids, no central unit... sigh...

Another house we looked at, wasn't much different from the house here, but not nearly as cute and not much in quantity of neighbors. There were two near by. Broken window, for obviously a long time, the second panel was about to fall out and the wood was fuzzy green. (We have all new windows here BTW) Obviously the elements have had their way into the house. Tennessee is one damp, moldy place.

Last, but not least, the realtor had told me that the house I had wanted in the first place had been sold, but we could probably buy it from the guy who bought it. A very charming, old style traditional home with character. We went to look. I shouldn't have, it was such a disappointment. The roof leaked, the walls were warped something... it wasn't sheet rock or paneling, they had papered over it and then painted that in gaudy colors. The living room floor rippled. Ruined my day.

The absolute frosting on the cake - went to our favorite Chinese place for a late lunch and it's not our favorite any more. It was all really bad, will never go back. The cook must have quit.

My breathing medicine makes it difficult to get to sleep. Three days of Spiriva and I am wound tighter than a spring. 4:15 a.m. and I am wide awake - even after taking a Xanax. I will be dragging... The realtor bugged a neighbor in the neighborhood into selling her house and we will look at it in about 9 hours... If I can keep my eyelids open. I am already tired of looking at houses, almost ready to make the stinky house guy and offer and hire painters and a plumber for a tub and try to order windows.............

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

House Hunting Part 2

Going to see a couple more today, I am always surprised at what I find. This is day 3 and I am already tired of looking. Saw the one in the picture on Monday, best I've seen so far and has a hole in the roof. If it wasn't so much work - I could easily slide into this one and add a couple of sky lights!

This one is really "Cool". (note hole in ceiling in the corner)
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

House Hunting...

Curb appeal, that's what the house we looked at today, was all about. A darling little home with hardwood floors and new vinyl siding. I saw the picture and fell in love. Room in the backyard for a fenced-in area for the dogs. Nice quiet neighborhood with real live neighbors, hopefully the visiting kind.

While we were waiting for the agent to come and let us see the inside, we decided to check out the back yard to see how hard it would be to make a nice sized yard for Jack and Jill.

It seems they only sided 2 sides and then not all the way up to the peak of the roof (that would have to be replaced). You can imagine my disappointment when I saw the back... with the "partial" basement.

EEEEEEEEE!
 Rusty batteries, and broken glass and heaven only knows what was hidden behind the curb appeal. Cracked foundation walls, insulation hanging and I do believe the water supply was a lead pipe. Run, Sharon, Run!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

I Had to Ask

Roses never hurt!
DH went shopping this morning. He came back with these roses. Of course, I was leery... I mean, I am not taking pictures, it's not a "special" day, so I had to ask... Why? You know what he said?
"I don't need to have a reason to buy you flowers." I thought that was pretty nice. (But the devil in my head wonders, what he did or what he wants, LOL)