Thursday, May 26, 2016

This and That

Ya'll would be proud of me. The past couple of months I have been wasting less food! More leftovers used for lunches for me.  When I buy a loaf of garlic bread, I cut it in half and put the other half in the freezer, instead of just throwing the whole thing in the oven, eating less than half and end up tossing the rest. I was going through my freezer and found where I had some time ago frozen half of a tuna casserole, so we had that for dinner one night. I recently made tuna casserole again for dinner and just as I'm about to put the whole dish in the oven, I remembered "hey, I should freeze half this!". So, now we have another dinner waiting in the freezer. Monday night we had a Stouffer's Lasagna for dinner, with some leftover and a piece of french bread leftover, so I put the lasagna in a plastic container and the slice of bead in a baggie and it was a great lunch at work Tuesday.  Go me!

DH has managed to find a few moving supplies free. DD and her BF picked up the huge bags of packing peanuts and DH just went and got some pallets. While I know pallets are easy to come by, these are really nice, quality ones.

Drug dealing renters are still at the house, though who knows what they are sleeping and sitting on, since it appeared they took most of the furniture out Sunday. My guess is they are still staying there through the end of the month because they still have all their stolen stuff there to protect! They have a big shed and a shipping container on the property, full of stolen property, most likely. But they got a drug shipment in yesterday! The truck we know is their supplier came in. That guy and one of the renters boy's then walked to the other drug house behind us. From then on both houses were busier than ever all evening/all night with traffic. Slumlandords son was busy - coming out of his dad's shop every time, going over to the house behind us, then back to the shop. Glad to see he's making money and keeping busy while he's waiting for his trial........which by the way got delayed again. Now it's into July.  Will it be quiet here on our street starting June 1st???? Only time will tell.

DH got a call today from the guy who owns the engine shop that we bought our racing engine from,  years ago. He knows of someone looking for a used engine. Long story short, it will be a miracle if DH does sell it. He will hold on to it over taking a couple thousand less for it and of course I'm sure he expects more for it than someone is willing to pay. That being said, approximately $15,000 cash sure would be nice right about now. I'm not going to get my hopes up at all. He can never part with anything anyway and will find some excuse to keep it. I gave up long ago trying to get him to sell the stuff. Though maybe I should just put this little thought into his you'll just keep it and let it sit there for more years and years and then when you die, it'll just get sold as a lot with all your other stuff and basically not get anything for it by then?! But, I guess it's just a totally different mindset we have. If having that sit there makes him feel comfortable and happy, I guess then it's worth it to him to keep it. Me, I'd rather get rid of something I don't use, if it's worth money, and get something I would use and enjoy at this time in my life. I know part of his holding on to stuff is that he grew up with nothing and any little thing he did have (a toy, whatever) he had to share with his little brother. He even had to share his birthday's with him! They were 15 months apart in age and when it was DH's birthday (3 months before his little brother's) his mom would get his little brother presents, etc too or they would give DH a gift and tell him it was for both of them. Weird!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

One more obstacle hurdled

I called yesterday and left a message for that attorney I had spoken with about our lien. He had said he would get back to me this week with an answer. He called me back at the end of the day and Good News! He will be able to file the lien avoidance! His concern had been with the requirement that the "homestead exemption" had to be claimed when we filed bankruptcy and it was not, because we didn't have any equity to protect.  Well, he found out he just needs to add another motion to his filing to amend our bankruptcy filing to include the homestead exemption. This is all supposed to be done and gone by July 19th! WHEW! that is a huge relief. It will cost me about $1750, but better than $22,500, right?!

We have another showing of our home scheduled later this morning.  While I am loving this spotless home, it is a bit exhausting to have to vacuum so often! Having to be so on alert with my phone is getting old too. I'm not a cell phone person, haha. Honestly, I'd almost rather not even have one, but in today's world and with work, it's a necessity.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Good Riddance!

Some GREAT news yesterday......................the renter pulled out of here with his pick up and a trailer full of their furniture and crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, it appears it really is happening. After almost 3 years they are really leaving. They aren't 100% gone yet, but that was a great sign that they will be gone by the end of the month. One more week!

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Yesterday was a better day, house showing wise. We had that 11am showing, so we went over to Tractor Supply to get dog food while that was going on. Right after we got back and DH was walking out to put the empty food bag in the garbage can someone drove up, looking at the house. They were just on their own, no realtor, and asked DH if they could take a look, so he said sure. He showed them around and they seemed super interested. I gave them our realtor's card. As they were driving away I got an email from our realtor that the 11am showing was seriously considering making an offer! Haven't heard anymore yet and now we have another showing scheduled this afternoon.

Keeping our hopes up and fingers crossed!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Muddling through it

We haven't had any more showings of the house since the 3 on Tuesday.  Pretty depressing. Maybe the weekend will be better, as more people have time to go look? Makes us feel like we are never going to get out of here. We feel like we are now just holding on to the tiniest glimmer of hope that the renters are actually moving out at the end of the month. Slumlandord says they are - that the oldest son (drug addict/dealer) and daughter will be moving in with grandparents and the dad and his youngest son (drug addict/dealer/thief) are moving in with a friend in a nearby town. I guess that tells you what crappy people they are - can't even go rent another place. The stupid part is the dad has a good job! He works in the industry DH used to work in and it pays well and he works 5-6 days a week. At the very minimum he is at least making $50k a year. There are still at least 2 other adults that live there and he didn't know what they are doing. I really don't believe it will even happen. I'm sure there is some reason that will come up for them to stay another month, etc or they will figure out a way to buy it from landlord.  We keep hoping we see them pull out with all their stuff. Like I told DH, if they do actually get out, they will wait until the very last hour. This is feeling like the longest 11 days until then, ever! I can't even begin to imagine how peaceful it might possibly begin to be around here, if they are gone. It's hard to even remember what it was like here before them.

I think DD will be home for a little while tomorrow. It's her BF's sister's birthday and they are going out to dinner with his family. DH found a bunch of big bags of free packing peanuts in a town near her, so they went and picked some up last night and will bring down with them. DH wants to keep the big trophies we have left over from son's racing days and figures big boxes with peanuts is probably best way to go to keep them from breaking during a move. We are going to try to get some big boxes from a local furniture store.

Our old cat went to live with DD last weekend! A big change for all of us, but she has wanted him (it's really her cat) since she moved out (but I wouldn't let her take him) and when we decided to move it was decided she would take him then. But recently, old kitty doesn't want to go outside much anymore and started peeing and then pooped in the house. Thankfully when he peed he just did it on the bath mat, that I could quickly wash. We do not want a litter box in the house while we are trying to sell (he's always been an outdoor cat) and since she was going to take him anyway, we decided it was a good time. He has adjusted really well. The first night he meowed all night, of course, but since then he has been fine and she is enjoying having him. He has no problem using the litter box and she has a big sized bathroom in her apartment, so had a good spot for the box. My only concern is they like to be gone a lot and go away on weekends and he needs medicine twice a day for his thyroid. We just discussed that and if they will be gone more than one night, she will use a boarding place. Prices in her area seem to run $14-17 a night, so not too bad.

Next week is the 3 day weekend, plus we close at noon on Friday, so a nice long weekend. If we make a sales goal by next Wednesday we will get all of Friday off. Keeping fingers crossed! Four whole days would be lovely. It's not like I don't have lots of vacation time I can use (I have like 5 weeks accrued), I'm just kinda hanging on to all of it, waiting to see what happens with possibly moving as I'm sure I'll want to use quite a bit then.

No real plans for this weekend. I do need to get some dog food and just found out there is a new Tractor Supply store closer than the one I have been going to, so that is handy. It's over near the Home Depot I go to all the time, so while we have to be out of the house tomorrow morning for the showing, we'll run over there and I'll get the food. Gives us something to do for that 45 minutes we have to be gone.  It's supposed to rain all weekend, so it's sounding like a weekend to just stay inside and watch movies and tv shows on netflix. I will have to do some light cleaning - dust and vacuuming, of course.

I'm having to start taking my acid reflux medication daily again. I've been having terrible reflux this week. Stress? 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Not feeling very positive today

After all the busy-ness and excitement of having 3 home showings yesterday, it's been a big let down that today is absolutely dead quiet. I had this big long whiney blog post all typed out. Not going to post it. I don't like feeling like this and it will pass.  Let's just sum it up that I am tired. So tired of feeling all my life like there is some invisible force just trying to drag me down and keep me from getting ahead with anything in life. Anytime I do get a little bit ahead or in the right direction, it's like "Oh no! you aren't worthy of that kind of life or success. Get back down here!"

After dealing with the devastation of DH's family betrayal, then DH's health and bankruptcy, we decided to be content with where we are here. Put a lot of money into our home the next few years to make it nice and a place we didn't mind calling home and now we can't even have that. We didn't ask for 3 years of drug dealers, drug addicts and criminals to invade our life and make our home pretty much worthless, not to mention unsafe.

I'm just tired of it all and having a bad day :(    

Quiet today

Yesterday was kind of exhausting! I think it was just all the anticipation of showing the house. The first two showings were about 45 minutes apart, so we had to be gone for almost 2 hours. First we drove out and around to the new housing development that butts up to our neighborhood. This is the development that DH got to know the project  manager and found out they were getting robbed nightly. Fairly nice houses, 10 feet apart, instead of 5 feet apart. A little better quality than the other cheap track houses that most of the developments are. They all have "kind of" 3 car garages. Basically they are very very small 2 car garage, with a smaller (you couldn't get a car in there, unless maybe you had a smart car LOL) 3rd garage door.

Then we drove to the other side of the road and went and visited the guys from the other drug neighborhood. Just to kill some time. One of the guys is retired, so we chatted with him. His house sits back aways and he has lots of nice landscaping that we were admiring, so he took us on a little tour and to the back, where he has so many different bushes, trees, flower plants, etc. Lots of different fruit trees. It was really nice. He and his wife have lived there a very long time, in fact his wife's parents live next door, where she grew up. Sad that they have to also live like we do - drugs/crime/homeless addicts going on all day/night.

Then through our camera systems we saw that the second showing was leaving, so we went and grabbed some dinner through a drive-thru and went back home. Had about 2 hours before we had to leave again for the 7pm showing.  Those folks stayed almost 40 minutes.

The only feedback I've gotten this morning was one of the realtors (not sure which one) got back to our realtor and said "positive comments about house and grounds. Her buyers are just starting the looking process and not ready to make a decision yet"

So far, no showings scheduled for today.  Guess yesterday was it! LOL. We do still have one scheduled for Saturday. I'm sure while the people who look will like the home and property, obviously the junkyard neighbor will be a deterrent, that's for sure. The house around the corner that is for sale (used to be the foreclosed house, that had to get all remodeled because the druggies destroyed it) is still for sale at $400k. It's been almost a month that it has been listed. Will be interesting to see if they drop the price soon. Our realtor said she typically knows within a couple of weeks if she should adjust the price. Which tells me the flippers of this house have a lot into it, so need to get that price out of it, maybe.

After yesterday's excitement all day, today seems like of like a let down. This is all sure a roller coaster ride. I hate roller coasters and I'm too old for this :)