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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

offer accepted

Good morning.
 We finally had our offer accepted by the seller. It only took 2 weeks and several counter offers, but they finally accepted it and now it goes to their bank for processing, which our real estate agent says could take 45-60 days. Since it's a short sale, meaning the owners owe more on the house than it is currently worth, the bank has to agree with the price. And depending on how busy the dept that handles short sales is, our offer could sit in a pile for a while before it gets looked at. But at least, we're in the process, which also means the sellers can't entertain any other offers while ours is being considered.
And since our move is upwards of 2 years away, we've got the time.  :-)
The snow we got yesterday, slowly melted away with the the days sunshine even though it only got up to 36. Today is forecast to hit 46 with 50's retuning for the weekend.
On Monday morning, I scooped some of this out of our pond.....

I know it's a bad pic, but if you look closely, you'll see tiny long filaments of some type of plant that has invaded our pond. It grows in clumps all over the bottom getting about 6-8 inches tall. I bagged up this clump and took it to Hammond Farms hopping for an identification, and a solution for it's eradication.
They looked in a book, determined what it was, and sold me a large bottle of some type of granular vegetation killer. Once the water temps reach 60, I'll treat the pond. It will basically deplete the water of oxygen, staving the underwater plants and then they die.   >:-)
Now time to get ready for a very busy week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

more snow :-(

Good morning.
Here's a few more signs spring is on it's way.....

But this morning, they're covered with snow.   :-(
We received about an inch over night as a brief cold front went through. High today, only 36, but it should warm back up into the 50's again by this weekend.
I did manage to get a lot of yard work done Sunday. Raked out beds, and trimmed back shrubs.
Monday, it rained all day, so I was stuck indoors cleaning and making another batch of kale chips.
Today, it'll be to damn cold to do anything outside, so another day stuck indoors. And some of you wonder why we want to move to Vegas.
Anyway, one more day off before a very busy week ahead. And that's mainly because of Easter.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

signs of spring......finally

Good morning.
Spring has finally arrived as evident in the following pics....

It's been slow coming, but at last, it has arrived.   :-)
I've never seen crocus bloom so late before.
It's been a busy week at the Salon, and yesterday, I left for the Salon early, and Craig came in a little later. When he got to work, he said, "did you see the dead Raccoon laying on the side of the road near the end of the driveway". I said I did, but didn't have time to 'dispose' of it then and said when I got out of work, I'd take care of it. Later in the day, I noticed Craig was getting out of work about 1 1/2 hours before me so I said he could dispose of the raccoon. He looked at me with the expression of really? Me? I said "man up and just do it,"  I shouldn't have to do everything right?
Well when he was ready to leave, I told him if he really didn't want to do it I'd do it when I got home.
Well, when I did get home, the Raccoon was gone. I asked if he did it and he said he did. I thanked him. He also said when he took the shovels back to rinse them off, discovered a big pile of Raccoon do-do on the deck next to the patio door, so he cleaned that up to and said at that point  he didn't feel sorry for the Raccoon.
Craig always comes through when you give him the chance.  :-)
Now time for one more work day.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

we put an offer on another house

Good morning.
Spring has finally sprung here in mid Michigan.  :-)   The last remaining snow mounds in the yard are now gone.
We're forecast to be near 60 all week.
I was actually able to work in the yard all 3 days.
Monday I edged the driveway, using the removed sod to patch all the holes in the yard caused by falling branches from the Dec. ice storm. Tuesday trimmed back bushes and raked out a couple of flower beds. I also spread preen on the beds to help keep down early sprouting weeds.
I also managed to make another double batch of Kale chips.
On the house hunting front.....
As of Monday, no response to the first offer yet. Our realtor explained that since the house is empty, and the owner will get nothing from the sale, there is no motivation to be timely with a response. It's also possible the owner could be out of town and unreachable. Just a couple of the many reasons a short sale could take so long.
Anyway, in the meantime, I noticed another home in Aliante had just been reduced to the price of the other house we put the offer on. This home has the exact same floor plan and isn't a short sale. I asked our realtor about that one. She said we could put in an offer, and in the meantime, she would go and take some pics for us. We could then wait until an offer is accepted, and rescind the other one.
Soooo, we now have 2 offers pending. Apparently it's very common to put multiple offers. Real estate works a little different in Nevada compared to Michigan.  Obviously Craig is a bit of a wreck right now with all the goings on.The thought of buying a house sight unseen is a bit unnerving for him. But the realtor says it's in as good of condition as the other one we looked at. And that was one of the reasons for going out there to actually walk through some of these floor plans so we know how big the rooms and home is. I'm completely comfortable buying site unseen. What's the worst that could happen?
And you know, Craig could give me a list an arms length long to that question.
What happens happens.
Actually, Craig is doing real good with all that's going on. I think all the planning and prep for this whole house buying thing has helped him get prepared to deal with it all. I've been working on him for 2 years.  :-)
Now it's time to get ready for another work week.

Monday, April 07, 2014

I did it!

Good morning.
Well, it was a very productive day yesterday, and I'm all stiff and sore today.
I cleaned the Salon as usual, came home, woke up lazy bones, had our coffee and read the Sunday paper. Then, while Craig did laundry and paper work, I headed out side to tackle the mountain of branches in the back yard.

and after.
another view....before....during.....
and after.

The piles of branches I had hauled out back from the front yard. Before and after.
I was actually surprised I managed to get it all done.   :-)
Now I still need to get some out out here to take out 3 large branches that are broken, but still connected and hanging from the Sunburst Locust tree.
They are too high up for me to reach with a ladder, and to attached to pull off.
I tell you I did sleep good and long last night, not getting up until nearly 6 am.   :-)
But it was a nice day yesterday, sunny and mid 50's.
If we get back in time today from our usual Monday running around before expected rain starts, I hope to get some more spring yard work done.
Now time for me to get going.