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Friday, July 03, 2015

up it goes!

Good morning.
It's been a busy week in the Salon.
And things look like they're heating up.....

 In las Vegas.
This is the graph from our smart meter in Vegas. As you can see, starting around the 13th of June, our electricity started to increase. We have the air set on 90. June 13th was the first day their temps hit 100. Since then, as the daytime temps continue to rise, and the evening temps don't drop as much, the electric usage has gone up considerably.
So either the air is working as expected, or we have a squatter living there.  :-)
We'll find out later this month.
In other news.......
I've gotten the bugs worked out of the new charge card terminal and it's preforming great.
We worked out the rest of the issues with the Realtor and signed the rest of the listing agreement.
So... over the next few weeks, I'll be posting more stuff for sale here, on Facebook and Craig's list.
Now time to get going.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

getting ready to move on

Good morning.
It was a fairly busy weekend.
We met with the Realtor, and signed most of the papers to list our house. We're waiting to a response our lawyer had about 2 items, before we sign the rest.
We spent a good part of the day on Monday looking at apartments. We found this layout we both really liked....

Instead of a tunnel effect that most apartments seem to have, this one feels more like a house. Unfortunately, as we've found with every apartment complex we looked at, there are very few available apartments. Seems that our side of town has become very popular for renters. And since we have no idea how long it will take to sell our house, we are going to need a plan B and C if this apartment is no longer available when we are ready to move.
In other news.....
I've been re-going through closets and cabinets and such and have taken another 4 bag of 'stuff' out to the garage for a final sale when we have the house sold. Now we're down to asking....will we need/want this in Vegas? Even after our big sale a few weeks ago, I'm still finding more 'stuff' we can do without. I guess 30 years adds a lot of 'stuff' to a house.  :-)
And one thing we've decided to let go is a set of China.....
We have an 8 piece set. Got the starter set many, many years ago as a Christmas present from the Salon staff. We added to it to make it an 8 piece. I think we've used it maybe lees that a dozen times over the years.  We don't entertain much and certainly not formally, so time for it to go.

We also added glasses, stemware, a salt and pepper shaker, and coasters that aren't part of the original set, but go nicely with it.
So if anyone is interested, let me know before I list it.
Now time to get to work. Looking to be a very busy week!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

a remarkable week

Good evening.
 Sorry for the lack of posts. I guess I've just been lazy.  :-)
I cleaned the Salon this morning. Craig and I went for our power walk, and back home, we mowed the yard and I weeded and deadheaded.
It's been quite the week nationally. First, I get to keep my health insurance thanks to the supreme court ruling all states can get a subsidy, and then the most unexpected supreme court ruling that says the 38 years Craig and I have been together means as much as any other relationship.
I've never said anything like this on my blog before, but Craig and I feel we're as much of a committed couple as anyone. And although I've seen on Facebook that a number of my 'friends' don't feel the same about these issues, maybe it's time to rethink who really are my 'friends'.
But enough of that.
At the Salon, we have been coerced into upgrading our charge card terminal.
Starting in October, we have to have a terminal that will accept the new charge cards with a computer chip.
Our current one.....

the Zon jrXL can only swipe the magnetic cards. Our new one....
The Djavoo X8s will do both of them.
We got it set up Wed. and I really like the ease and simplicity of it.
In other news....
We settled on a Realtor, and she is coming out tomorrow to discuss the listing. Also, we are going to start looking at apartments, to get an idea what's available, and what we might like.
But now, I'm getting tired, so time for bed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

my house isn't worth crap!

Good morning.
It was a busy weekend. Monday morning, the tech showed up from TDS and determined the wire coming from the box by the road to the house was bad. So he ran a temporary wire and someone is suppose to come out later to bury it. We'll see.
The realtor also showed up and gave us a really thorough presentation. I was impressed. So far we've had 2 presentations, and I'm expecting a third sometime this week. Unfortunately, it's appearing our house isn't worth near as much as I was thinking it might be. I look at the house and see all the really good things about it and ignoring the important  negative things, like it's a really small house. And it's in an industrial zone.
Sooo, reality is setting in on what we can actually get for the house. I'm one of the many home owners who think their house is worth more than it really is.   :-(
Oh well, it is what it is.
And with the reality of maybe moving in the near future to an apartment, we are again going through closets and cupboards, really taking a hard look at what we want to move. And here's a bunch more stuff for the next sale.....

And I had already gone through the kitchen. At least I thought I did.  :-)
Tuesday, Craig mowed the yard, and I did more weeding and deadheading. We received another nearly 3 inches of rain between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Fortunately, no bad storms or damage here.
Now, it's back to work.

Monday, June 22, 2015

a busy Sunday

Good morning.
It was a beautiful day yesterday, and we spent the biggest part outside.
We burned up a pile of branches and boxes and boxes of papers.
During the winter, when I went through every closet, drawer and cupboard, I neglected one area......Craig's closet.
Mainly because he stores all the papers from work in there and I don't mess with his stuff.  :-)
Well, he discovered he had a few things I could have put in our past sale, like his old 35mm camera and tripod and a slew of old papers he didn't need to keep any more. Like stuff from 1993!
Soooo, he went through a lot of it and  kept just the last 7 years. I had enough paper to fill a hundred shredders, so I hauled it all out to the burning hole and burned them up. Took a big part of the afternoon, but will save me weeks of shredding.  :-)
And the camera and stuff I'll add to the already growing pile for our final sale. I'm already running across more stuff we won't take to Vegas or an apartment.
This morning, I worked on the storage/compost area of the yard. Bagged up a bunch of old pots and stuff to haul into the dumpster at work this morning.
 Then we need to be back here for the realtor at 10am.
So time for me to go.