Thursday, October 20, 2016

Just chit chat

The rest of this week has been pretty uneventful (thank goodness, right?!). Tuesday afternoon we drove to the city to pick up a cordless weed eater DH ordered from Lowes. We didn't get back home until 6pm, so pulled into the restaurant (the one and only) in town and had dinner. Even got a punch card, now that we are regulars :)

Wednesday I made a few calls to find out if we needed permits to add some additional fencing around the lot and put some electrical out in the shop. No permit needed on fence, but do need a permit on the electrical. A few more calls and figured out that is through the state. I did an online permit application for $80 and got the permit emailed, so good to go to get that done. Though the online application process wasn't the most user friendly, I finally figured it out.

I went to the city office here in town and got the dog's licenses. A whole $5 each for lifetime licenses. No wonder this town/county is so broke. LOL. While there I picked up a town newsletter off the counter. Not much going on in town, haha. There was also another sheet for the town library....saying you can click through their Amazon link to help support the library. So, I can definitely do that with my Amazon purchases.

Dropped off our voter ballots, so that is done. Not that is probably really makes a difference. I'm sure Hillary will win, anyway. I did have to do a bit of research on some of the local elections and initiatives, since I'm not familiar with anything going on here yet.

The little grocery store has the best donuts! yum! They also have a little deli with fried chicken and such. Haven't tried that yet, but will at some point. About as close as we'll get to "fast food" in this town. LOL.

Yesterday was a nice sunny day (most of the days have been cloudy and rainy). DH got a bunch done in the shop. Got one of the "roll up" doors actually made into a roll up door (only one was). He also made a little form outside the new "man door" he put in last week. He'll pour concrete this weekend to make a little concrete pad outside the door. Then he got to use his brand new weed eater. No worries - he stayed on our lot! haha!

It's kind of different to have to go pick up mail at the post office all the time. Not used to it, but the whole trip takes like 5 minutes, so can't complain. Once in a while I skip a day. 

Next on the "to do list": open up a bank account here at one of the banks in town. Will be more convenient, I'm sure. There is a local bank and a national bank (Wells Fargo). I think I'm going with the local bank and do that sometime next week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Don't mow weeds, whatever you do!

Want to hear more about the mowing of the weeds in the alley? OMG! So, this was Sunday afternoon that DH mowed a little strip of weeds down along the alley (but outside the fence on other side) and got the stink eye from the lady that lives on the other side. He apologized to her for mowing the weeds and said he won't do it again

Yesterday (Tuesday by now) late morning someone drove down the alley in a pick up (no one except us has used the alley so far, so not common for a car to drive down it). A short time later guess who shows up at our front door?! The sheriff and his under sheriff! Said they got a complaint from the lady on the other side of the alley that he was on her property looking around. DH says "oookayyy.....well, I just mowed some weeds down in the alley, but sure, no problem. I already apologized to her and told her it won't happen again".  Now, wouldn't you think that's all that would be needed to resolve this? Oh no....then the sheriff wanted to see DH's driver's license! (we now have new temporary licenses we went and got last week) and hands it to his under sheriff......and he actually calls in to run a check on DH's license. OMG!  All this for mowing down a few feet of weeds in an alleyway? Mowing weeds in an alley is such an offense, that apparently it calls for the HEAD sheriff and the under sheriff to both come out.

So then the sheriff is telling DH she's an older lady, her husband died, and she just got freaked out that someone was on her property (in the alley). DH says "sure, understandable. It won't happen again, I was just trying to keep the weeds down a bit". Then he says "what's up with the truck?" and DH is like what truck? (his pick up is still being stored at our friends shop 30 miles away). "oh, I mean this trailer" the sheriff says. It's a little small cargo trailer. DH says, it belongs to a friend of mine, he let me borrow it so move some of my belongings here. We just bought this house a couple of weeks ago.

Then the sheriff says something about her son (I missed that part of the conversation). Now we had already been told by the previous owner that that lady's son was in charge of the town schools, but he's a lazy POS (previous owner's words) who doesn't help her out. The sheriff is saying something about her son and says "he's a big guy - you don't want to mess with him".  Did you just seriously say that? LOL. Like, that a warning? a threat? aren't you the law? the one's who are supposed to protect people from "big guys you don't want to mess with"? The whole time we're just kinda standing there going like "ooookaayyy, no problem".

So, my guess is lady did not call the sheriff. She complained about it to her son. He took a drive down the alley and then got a hold of his sheriff buddy (apparently they are good friends) and had him come over and make sure we weren't going to mow any more weeds down! Otherwise, she probably would have called that day, not 2 days later.

We had already heard a bit about this sheriff.......from the guy who lives in the (super nice expensive) house next door to the property on the river we just bought. He told us one of our visits last spring that he was friends with the sheriff (goes hunting with him) when we were telling him what our neighborhood/city drug problem is like and dealing with the sheriff and deputies there. So, DH kinda just throws in there "ya, we just moved here. We also bought a piece of property down on such and such door to Mr. So and So" (knowing full well they are friends)".  You could kind of see his surprised expression. Then he says "well you seem like a decent guy and you have a pretty wife (again, seriously? LOL)., we just wanted to make sure there will be no problems".

You gotta just laugh about it.  Apparently a "hey, thanks for mowing those overgrown weeds down" isn't what happens around here LOL.

DH didn't mow the whole alley - just the part that our property borders. Here's a picture of what the section looks like that DH mowed (oh the horror!) just up to the fencing on other side of alley. Makes that tree look so much prettier, I think. and it's not to that fence farther back near the trailer. there is a wire fence that runs right along alley, right behind that tree.

 Here's the weed  along the alley, next to where DH mowed above, that border our neighbors property, that DH didn't mow.

What an awful neighbor DH is.......shaking my head..........

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Well, we already managed to make one of our neighbors mad.  Behind our little lot is an alley (gravel and dirt).  Both sides had lots of tall weeds. the first weekend we pulled all the weeds on our side (behind shop). Sunday DH took the mower and mowed the weeds down on the empty lot to one side of us (they just mostly seem to grow along the alley) and then did it on the other side of alley, just along the length of our property line. Just a couple of feet deep and however wide our little lot is, up to the wire fence that runs along the alley from the other 2 properties behind us. One of the properties is the ambulance station (which didn't have weeds). The other lot is a house (where most of the weeds ran along the alley).

So, it looks a bunch better. As soon as DH got all done with it the older lady (around 70) gets in her car and drives down the alley and stops and says to DH "can I help you?" DH says "oh, I just mowed the weeds down a bit" and she says "well, I pay to have someone do that". DH says "oh, well, I didn't mind doing it. If you ever need help with it let me know". And just rude as can be she says "you have dogs" - like it's an accusation (the dogs have been in the house this whole time, mind you). DH says "yep. I have 2 dogs".  WTH?!  Not to mention if our dogs are outside they are either in the fenced front (which she can't see) or if they aren't in the fenced area it's because DH is right there with them....on our property!

How about just a "thank you" LOL.  Now she doesn't have to pay someone to cut the weeds down (which she obviously hasn't paid to have anyone do in a very long time, haha) for that section of the alley. Ok, lady. We won't touch your weeds again.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A new door

DH and his friend got the new door put in the shop yesterday. Much better!

This will be much nicer when DH needs to go inside for something he needs to grab and go, rather than having to go to the other side and roll up a big door each time. The friend even went and bought all the supplies to do it after he got off work Friday afternoon, so we didn't have to go do it or figure out what was needed.  We reimbursed him for it, of course, along with some extra :)

Not really loving this "rock garden" area in back. There is a walkway of smaller rocks through it, but eh....we might end up taking it all out and putting in lawn. If we leave it, we're going to put some shrubs here and there in the rocks, at least.

Not sure what we are doing today. Supposed to rain most of the day. DH really needs to rest some (after being on his legs all day yesterday) but he gets too bored just sitting around.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Here are a couple more pictures - of dining room and kitchen

Today DH and his friend are putting in a walk thru door out in the shop. It only has 2 big roll up doors and not very convenient to access when you just want to pop inside and get something.  It will be much nicer with the regular door in it.

The previous owners came back this morning and have made two trips out of still getting rid of their stuff in the shop and outside around the shop. I think they have one more trip to come back and then they are finally done. He did leave DH some nice ladders that he said he could have.

I got some house cleaning done this morning and 3 bins of "office" stuff unpacked and put away. I think that is all the bins for inside the house stuff! Yay!

My half sister's daughter just had her first baby (and sister's first grandchild) this morning. So happy for them. He was born a few weeks early - sweet little 5lb 11oz boy :)

Friday, October 14, 2016

New home buyers

DD and her BF (of almost 2 years now) have been trying to decide if they want to rent or buy a house. They are still living in her small one bedroom apartment in the college town and it's over an hours drive each way to their jobs (they are able to carpool though).  Her year lease is up now and time to find something closer to work.

She decided to look into what they qualify for buying a home and how much down payment they will need. I told her to contact a mortgage broker and recommended that guy that really helped me a few months ago. I think I mentioned him back in June....when the lender/bank I thought I had set up that construction loan with bailed on me and then when I started trying to get approved with another lender, no one would approve me - saying I had to wait 7 years past BK because our home was included in the bankruptcy, even though we kept our home. The attorney I had used to get rid of that lien (that was included in our BK) recommended this broker to help me.  He couldn't do a loan for me in this state, but he was SUPER helpful in helping me figure out what was causing me to get kicked out of the conventional loan approval system.

DD emailed him last evening and sure enough, he got her right on the phone - -  at 7pm! She loved him. I warned her he was a talker, and she texted me "he is so cool". She told him I referred her and he said he remembered me: I was one determined lady. LOL. Based on their incomes and credit scores he pre-qualified them for $325k.  The houses they have been looking at online are in the $225-250k range, so all good there.

It's still a very hot real estate market where they are, so they will have an experience trying to find something, I'm sure. Houses are still going quick. Now they just need to find an agent and I guess the broker was able to recommend someone in their area.  The best thing that came out of that lender that bailed on me was she actually recommended this agent we used here in our new state. He was awesome and I just love him. He texted me the other evening to let me know our land purchase had got recorded and was all completed/congrats.  I told him to be sure to let the ladies that we bought the property from that we really appreciated their patience through all our delays. He texted back that he just did let them know and said you guys are so nice. I wish all  my clients were as easy to work with as you guys were.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Crossing off the to-do list items

Today we got transferring our driver's licenses and vehicle titles/registrations crossed off our list. And we transferred our voter registration. I was almost hoping it was too late and I wouldn't even have to vote on this election - LOL!  All this done in the same county building (right in our small town), so pretty easy and not much wait time at all. Though It did cost me $600 for 2 driver's licenses and 2 car titles/registrations. DH's truck (being over 11 years old) we were able to permanently license for like $300 - or it was like $81 a year, so we went with permanent. My car cost $192 for the year - that's about double what I paid before, but gas is also about .30 cents a gallon cheaper here

I also called our phone company because I just realized we don't have voicemail. I didn't even know if it comes with the phone service or if I'd have to go the old fashioned route and buy an answering machine. It has voicemail and I have that set up now.

Then I called Dish. When I ordered online last week the package I ordered said it came with 3 months free HBO and Showtime. I had those channels for a few days and now they are gone. The cs rep tried to tell me that it was just a "free preview weekend", which is why I was able to access. Then she looked up some more and found the "new customer" 3 free months offer.  I also asked about "on demand" which it is also supposed to have, but that sounds like a total pain to figure out how to do. I have to somehow hook up to internet, attach an external hard drive, then activate it with them for a one time $40 set up fee. Hmm.....not exactly easy and I have no idea how to even connect the receiver box to our internet.  I didn't get the dvr type of box, because I assumed I'd have on demand. Now, I'm wishing I had gotten that type. I used to watch most of my shows on Demand when I had cable because I'd forget when they were on or DH would be watching something else at the time. Kinda bummed.

My husband sent my boss flowers today! I didn't even know he did it. He wanted to thank her for letting me work remotely and keep my wonderful job with our out of state move. Very sweet of him.

Here's a weird thing - it's an hour later time zone than we used to be in. Before, every time we'd call someone over here in the evening half the time it would be like 8:30 here and they'd be in bed already.  I used to go to bed around 9:30 (sometimes 9, sometimes 10). By 7:30 or 8, here, I am ready for bed! DH usually stays up until 11 or midnight and he's been going to bed way earlier too. What's in the air over here? LOL. I get up at my usual 7-ish time, but am ready to go to bed so much earlier.

I made my first Amazon order since moving. I was told by the post office to enter my ship to address as my physical address followed by #(po box number), all on same line. Amazon didn't like that as my new shipping address. Tried just the street address and that didn't work either.  Than I just tried PO Box# on first line, and then physical address on 2nd line and that got accepted. Hopefully I get my order ;)  just a couple of 2' LEB bulbs that we can't find at home improvement stores.

Tomorrow is my half day Friday work day. I'm heading back to the city to do another big load of shopping. I really need to get my grocery shopping figured out. I've tried the steak and chicken breasts sold at the small grocery store here in town and not impressed. The hamburger meat was fine (and good price too). I used to buy my steaks and chicken at Walmart, so plan to just bring a cooler with me and get my cold/frozen stuff home that way. Plus I need to plan ahead and stock up and I'm not used to doing that yet. I'm used to weekly shopping. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it at some point.