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Friday, July 31, 2015

an apartment, finally!

Good morning.
Finally! We have an apartment!
One of the complexes we looked at was Plumtree Apartments. At the time they had no openings. They had 2 units that were in the application process. It was possible that one of them wouldn't make it and I put my name on them to be called if that happened. I wasn't crazy about one of the units as it was a 'garden' apt. You know, it sits half in the ground and half out. You look out your windows at grass level. You see peoples shoes walking by.  But we were getting a bit desperate. We need to move 2 weeks from next Monday.
Well, we got lucky! I received a call yesterday morning from the leasing agent. She said they had just received a move out notice for this weekend. And it was a one bedroom balcony unit! It would be ready to occupy around the 14th.  We want to move on the 17th! How fricken perfect is that!

What we like about this complex, is it's close to work, the price is good, and it's one of only 2 complexes with addition storage space in the laundry area. Now we have a place to store our cars snow tires!
Yes, we gave up having a washer/dryer in the unit. But they have them in each building, and since we have Monday and Tuesday off, it shouldn't be a problem doing laundry there. Also, we figure we can take laundry to work on Saturdays. We are usually the only ones working then.
The building above isn't the one our unit is in, but all the buildings look similar. We'll be on the middle floor.
So with that piece of the puzzle in place, things are looking good.   :-)
Now it's off to work.
Oh, an interesting bit of trivia.......
We lived at Plumtree Apts. 30 years ago. That is where we moved from when we bought our house.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

no apartment yet

Good morning.
Well, it's Wed. so it's back to work.  :-(
it was a busy weekend with looking at apts. and working in the house and yard.
We had the appraisal yesterday, and our realtor said it would be a couple of days to get the results.
 We also looked at more apartments. We've now looked at everything on our side of town. The one I really like is really expensive, and the really cheap ones are really icky. So hopefully we'll find one in between.    :-)
We still have nearly 3 weeks. That's a lot of time isn't it?  :-/
But I've done a little more packing and thinning out. More weeding and deadheading, and everything looks like it's coming along well. Just need to find that special apartment.  :-)
And here's one of the last pics I'll probably be taking of our yard.....

After looking at apartments, I'm going to miss my house and yard. But life is a journey, and time to move on from this 30 year section of that journey. Our future is in Las Vegas, and this is just another part of the transition.
Now I'm off to work.

Monday, July 27, 2015

moving right along

Good morning.
It was a beautiful day yesterday, though a little humid.
I finished cleaning out the shed, did some deadheading and weeding, and emptied and cleaned out the little chest freezer we had in the laundry/pantry room.
We also went to Walmart to pick up a cheap bed frame to use in our apartment. And to make it even cheaper, I used $15 in eGift cards courtesy of My Coke Rewards.

The points add up and I've saved quite a bit of money over the last couple of years, just because I drink Coke.  :-)
The fancy bed frame we have isn't going to Vegas with us and the cheap one which is adjustable for any size bed will be much easier to get rid of.
This bed frame came in a 3 1/2 ft x 1 1/2 ft box. No tools to put it together. Unfold and snap the pieces together. Pretty neat!
I have another bed buyer coming over today. The first one never showed up or called.
Why do people answer ads on Craig's List and don't show up?
This has happened a few times now. Drives me nuts!
Anyway, today we look at more apartments. Wish us luck!
And thanks for all the suggestions. I don't want to rent a house because of the yard work and snow shoveling. Condos would be more expensive than apartments. I suggested to Craig we take the staff lounge and convert that to a studio, but he says he spends to much time at work already.   :-)
So we'll find an apartment, and it will be just fine.
I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Good evening.
It ended up being  a fairly busy week in the salon, and after work today, we headed over to Reno's for cocktails and to enjoy the beautiful weather.
The person who wanted the bookcase came over and picked that up and spotted the throw pillows on the couch. I really liked those as they were bought them in Chicago and they are very unique. But ended up selling her those too as we won't need them in Vegas. A person also called about the king bed frame and is coming over tomorrow to look at it.
I had a message on my answering machine when I got home from work on Thursday. It was from my charge card company. There were suspicious charges they wanted to know about and I should call them right away.
Come to find out that earlier in the day there were 3 charges made in the Detroit area, and I said I made none of those. They froze my card and are issuing me a new one. I suspect it was due to  an e-mail I got about a month ago from one of our beauty suppliers stating their payment system was hacked and my information may have been stolen. Apparently it was. Fortunately, the 3 charges were each less that $50. And I'm not liable for any of them.
Also, the house inspection went well, and now there's an appraisal being done next Tuesday. If that goes well, I suspect a closing date will follow.
And Monday, we're looking at more apartments. We still aren't happy with any of the ones we've seen. All to much money for what you're getting. I like my house much better than any of them. But, it is going to be semi temporary, so I suppose we can put up with any of them for a year or two. We just have to decide on what we'll put up with and for how much. We have exactly 3 weeks to decide and move.
And with that, I'm going to bed. I have a busy day tomorrow. Cleaning the Salon, and hopefully do a lot of yard work. I've neglected the yard this past month or so trying to get the house sale ready. I'd like the place to look good inside and out for the new owner.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back to work to relax.

Good morning.
The last two days were busy, as we looked for an apartment, mowed the yard, patched and painted and started packing.
On an apartment....
It doesn't look like it will be Runaway Bay. since we looked there 4 weeks ago, the rent has gone up more than $50 a month. Their pricing policy seems to be all about supply and demand. The fewer apts. they have available, up the rent goes. So it looks like we've come down to 2 places. Tammany on the Ponds, and Water's Edge. We're not thrilled with any of them. The kitchens are tiny, and very little storage. But it's been 30 years since our last apt.  After looking at so many apartments, I realize how nice our little house is.  Oh well, it's only for about a year hopefully. We'll make our final decision on Friday. Should have the house inspection report by then.
With all the furniture sold or spoken for, I'm now starting to pack things. Some boxes are label Vegas, as we won't need any thing in those boxes until we move to Vegas.
And we've been on a resorting binge. Going back through closets and cupboards and thinning out more stuff. We have too much stuff to fit in that tiny apt.
Now it's back to work. Looking like a fairly light week. That would be nice so I can relax a little.  :-)