When I was at my mom's on Thursday I checked to see if her replacement credit card came. I asked her again on Friday. I just asked her yesterday afternoon and she said no, but she hadn't gone down to get her mail yet. Then she's going over some papers on her desk, asking me about them and says "and this one that says "your new contactless credit card". LOL. Ya...that's it! haha. So, I got all the info off of it and activated it online and updated her 2 monthly bills that get charged to it. I was really afraid she was going to think it was junk mail and toss it.
Neighbor texted me back around noon yesterday "we are really sorry. Son gave us some ideas to try". Well, if they worked, they'd probably have kept the dogs themselves, eh? Not to mention it'll now be "we're trying this"....and we put up with it another week or so...then "we're now trying this". Like I mentioned in a comment to someone on the last post - if a neighbor complained to us about something we'd take care of it the first complaint.
Then Mr. neighbor texted dh last night that their son told them to put their 2 dogs in crates downstairs in their basement when they are gone from home, as that is what they did with the 2 dogs when they would leave the house. If that doesn't work, he will come over and get the dogs. Well, it should work fine for us. We aren't going to hear the dogs barking inside their house all day. Mrs won't like keeping the dogs cooped up like that all day (let alone if it's too long for them to need to go pee), so we'll see how it works for them. Sad for the dogs, as this will be their life for 3-5 days a week, while they are at work. (Mr. works various p/t jobs).
Our property tax appraisal came. This state updates every 2 years, with semi annual payments in November of one year and May the next year. So, thru this past May's payment, we were only paying on our land value, assessed 2 years before, when nothing was built yet. So, in my last December's annual escrow reconciliation I got a refund back of almost $2600, rather then them adjusting my payment down. The new assessment report gives our estimated annual property taxes starting next November;s payment. Using my mortgage company's annual escrow disclosure statement and projected amounts from last year, I am trying to get an estimate of what the one next December will say. I still should get a large refund again, since May's disbursement to property tax was only $327. I'm estimating a refund check of about $1500 in December. Then things should start leveling out and actually our payment the next year should go up, as our actual property taxes look like they will be about $83/mo higher than what escrow has been estimating. Or maybe they apply the refund amount towards the higher then projected taxes for the next year and if so then I'd guess the refund to be $500. I've always been so confused by those annual escrows, how one year it will send you a refund and then the next seem to owe/higher payment.
We had quite the thunder and lightning storm around 4:30 this morning. And rain. We don't usually get rain with summer thunder and lightning.
Our county is a mess with our small sheriff's dept. Our undersheriff just retired and our head sheriff resigned this week, as well as 2 deputies and 2 dispatchers quit. I think we now have a few deputies left at this point. The pay they all get is totally pathetic. It's no wonder they can't keep anyone (though the sheriff is an elected position, this is the second one to resign in the past 3 years). Yet our county council people don't do much of anything and make like $40k a year to work one or two days a week. I was texting with my friend in town (she has lived here her whole life) and she confirmed it's the council that is worthless. They don't want to do the work or make decisions. She said she has been considering running. I told her she'd have our vote! She's not afraid to speak up or give her opinion, LOL. We haven't had our jail running for a year or two. Like DH said - if we have no jail and no sheriff dept, we should get our taxes lowered, LOL. I texted my friend "geez. they aren't supposed to defund themselves!".
DH called fence guy again....now he's saying next month. Good grief. DH is considering just putting the materials (sitting covered, on our property, already paid for) on marketplace/Craigslist and just scrapping the project. But, we already have the gate piers, so looks pretty dumb with piers and no gate or fence.
Our lawn is looking so good. After doing that fertilizing it has all turned the same color of green and the seeded (and then reseeded) parts are filling in thicker and starting to blend in where the sod edges end.
I have to run into town to mail a UPS letter package today. My side job is adding me to one of their checking accounts as a signer and the banker sent me the signature forms via UPS and included a UPS labeled envelope to mail back. I think I can drop off at our grocery store, they have a desk to mail packages. While in town I'm going to stop at the propane place. Received a postcard in the mail yesterday that they are having a drawing for 200 free gallons of propane and to drop the card in their office by 7/23. Might as well enter!