Thursday, September 14, 2017

And Vacation Is Almost Over............

Okay--so it's time to admit that I'm NOT going to have all the boxes unpacked before going back to work, but that's okay.  I've made progress, though, and some of the time we can even find stuff.  It's worth it, though.  About 2 weeks ago there was a wreck at the intersection leading into our old subdivision because of the crazy school traffic, and the only surprise is that it didn't happen sooner.  And that's before the new subdivision of overcrowded homes has gone in.  Even if the F35s are sent elsewhere, it's great to be out of there. 

I took yesterday off to sew AND get some pictures of my sewing progress.  I'm very proud of this:
I have no idea what I intended to do with this fabric--especially since there wasn't enough of it to do most patterns--so since there was no emotional stake here, I convinced myself to embroider the bottom edges of the sleeves. 
With embroidering, there's always a chance it won't work, and I didn't have enough fabric to cut out new sleeves if it went badly, so I did the sleeves first, so I wasn't throwing away a half-finished shirt.  It's a bit stiff in the picture because I used tearaway stabilizer, which is a bit stiff, but will soften up and come out. I'm thrilled with how it looks and excited for cooler weather.  I also finished the microsuede pants, and
have embroidered the pocket of the next shirt!  I don't have all the pieces for this shirt cut out yet, partly because
 
the kittens have discovered sewing.  Also house plants, ankle biting, bubble wrap, and the joys of sitting on keyboards.  Theo is doing better with them--sometimes  even playing with them, which is fun.  Sometimes he walks off muttering under his breathe about those pesky kids, but we think he likes the company--at least when Milo isn't pouncing on him.  We're very careful to give Theo time without them, because they are exhausting and he's 11. All 3 of them in the sewing room can be challenging, but I did manage to sort out some fabric to donate:
It's only 2 1/8 yards, but admitting that I'm never going to do anything with these was very freeing.  Let them find a better home, while I move on to fabrics I really want to play with, like these:
I watched a video making tumbling blocks look fun and relatively easy, but partway through I decided it was a bit monotonous with just three colors.  Luckily a humongous fabric stash has its perks, like providing lots of options if you can find them, so I added a few lavender blocks scattered throughout the quilt:
Because I have space now, I was able to add a design wall, which has been SO helpful with this project!  I love it.  I played with the layout a lot, and now I'm sewing everything together into strips and it's keeping them straight for me.  I'm not sure what I'll do to quilt it yet, but I'm thinking either a variegated blue/purple thread or purple thread.  The darker blue print has shades of purple in it, so I think it will be a nice accent and a bit of a creative stretch for me.  I can get a bit hung up on whether or not something will work, but having just moved my fabric stash, I keep reminding myself that I have an INCREDIBLE amount of fabric, and if I mess up a project, I can just start another one from stash and it won't really matter.  Maybe I should paint that on the wall in the sewing room.......I have a lot of fabric still to get through.....:)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

There Has Been Sewing!

And a LOT of unpacking.  We've made progress, and I've already emptied one more box this morning, but there are so MANY!!!  The sewing room is especially hard because I left behind all my wonderful shelving, so there is literally nowhere to put things as I unpack them.  I did run across my rope stash, so the first project in the new house was a large storage basket,
and I could use a bunch more.  I'd saved a bunch of Andy's old jeans to make hanging storage for his old closet, and since I found that box, I've been cutting the denim into strips and I'm trying a new idea:
twisting the denim strips into rope AS I sew.  The beginning was a bit rough and the bottom is puckering a bit, but as it's just for storage I don't really care.  I could be wrapping the denim around rope, but I was worried about how heavy that might be, and if this works, it's a great way to use up denim.  Besides, the rope stash has been commandeered:

I also found my Easter fabrics, so Theo and I have been working on a Christmas present

with a new layout
and I have to admit, this one was much more difficult to keep straight.  I'm pleased with how it turned out, and didn't even sew anything the wrong way round.  I saved that for the small runner for us with the leftover triangles,
and a layout I've used before and should have been able to do without incident.  Should.  Ahem.........

It was while free-motion quilting the runners that I discovered that the lowering mechanism of the sewing table doesn't really work for me.  I wasn't positive it would, and I was really just interested in it for the side drawers, to be honest, so
I don't know what this board is actually from, but it's doing a nice job holding up my sewing machine.  We're running into lots of mystery objects as we unpack.  We tried to be really good during the moving process to get rid of such things, but once you get toward the end of packing, those last just-dump-the-drawer-into-anything-open boxes are always challenging.  It's my suspicion that this is REALLY how Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.  Some mobster was moving, and just got down to those last few boxes that are never really labeled and that one never gets around to unpacking......

You might think that with EVERYTHING that we've done this year, I'd have given up on my 100-projects for the year goal, but it's only September and I only need just over 60 projects to go, and I have an embroidery machine.....

and I was able to locate both fabric AND pattern for a new microsuede shirt,
as well as a microsuede shirt/pants set, which is Theo's favorite:
When these are done, about 8 yards of fabric will be out of the stash, and I'll have some new clothes for my new job!  Funnily enough, for all the applications I've filled out and resumes I've sent, I got an email from one of my favorite clients from when I sold phone systems saying that if I were ever looking again, they had a place for me.  We've met a couple times, I already know several of the people there, and the NEWEST salesperson they have has been there 3 years.  The one I know has been there 18 years.  So, I join them on September 18!  Over the years I've sent them referrals, so I know they treat customers well, treat employees well, and I already like the people there.  I was going to wait and start the first of October, but I'm ready to go to work and REALLY ready to do something besides unpack.  :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thanks Everyone

Thanks for your kind thoughts everyone.  Callisto wasn't always the nicest cat, but I had her for 13 years and when she wanted to be, she was funny and charming and used to hide in my closet and the only way I would know she was in there was when the closet started purring when I walked in.  Theo has taken to sitting on my feet, so I think we're both missing her.

We knew she wasn't going to last much longer, and after watching Theo searching the house for her, we decided to find him some friends.  Meet the latest additions:
Venus and Milo are settling in well, and so far Theo mostly isn't interested.  We're introducing them slowly as recommended, but Theo wasn't showing the least bit of interest in them through a closed door, so we've let him get a few glimpses of them here and there. It's been a pretty eventful time for him, but luckily he likes the new sewing room,
including the view, and sometimes I find him up there without me.  There hasn't been any actual sewing yet, but at least it sort of LOOKS like a sewing room.
Although with all the liquor boxes everywhere, maybe the sewing room of an alcoholic.  The temporary desk Andy build for me years ago survived the move better than we anticipated, especially since we never had any intention of taking it apart and moving when he built it.  Funny to realize we weren't even THINKING about moving at this time last year.

Unpacking feels like it's going slowly.  Last week I didn't break down any of the boxes as I unpacked them just so I could see some progress,
but when we stopped being able to get through the house, we had to haul them to recycling.  There's another truckload almost ready to go again, so I must be making progress--whether or not it feels like it. 

My plan for unpacking in the sewing room is to examine everything as I unpack it to make sure I really want it.  These
didn't make the cut.  I don't even know what I intended to do with it, but 405 yards out of the stash is what I AM doing with it.  A few books and magazines have followed.  We got rid of a lot before the move, but a second look can't hurt. And maybe a third and fourth......... 
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Callisto

Last night we had to have Callisto put to sleep.  She had been declining but she LOVED the new backyard so we had given her as much time out there as possible, but Friday night we couldn't find her, had one glimpse of her Saturday, and then nothing.  We were worried that she had crawled off somewhere to die, but last night she came staggering onto the patio and was in such sad shape that Andy whisked her off to the emergency vet to put an end to her suffering.  I wish we could have taken her sooner, but all her life, when she wanted to hide from me I have NEVER found her, and I'm sort of proud of her for maintaining that to the end.
Theo is wandering around the house looking for her, in spite of the fact that she was never really nice to him.  There may be a trip to the shelter to find a friend for him, but for right now, there are extra cuddles for all of us.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Well, It's Over

I'd like to say everything went smoothly, but the moving company managed to be a HUGE nightmare--making mistakes, scratching up a lot of our furniture, breaking things, leaving our things in a hot truck in a hot parking lot leaving us forced to rent a Uhaul truck for everything we DIDN'T want baked into oblivion, and charging us almost double the written estimate--but again, Idaho doesn't license moving companies either.  I almost admire the consistency with which the nightmare movers worked.  If you see a large stack of boxes, the bottom one is guaranteed to be marked fragile, and if we carefully marked "this side up," they had a 100% rate of putting it any OTHER way than the way we marked.  If you're reading this and you're in Idaho, if you are ever foolish enough to consider hiring Peasley's Transfer and Storage, have a reliable friend lock you up until such a foolish impulse passes.

The pod has been delivered, emptied in extreme heat, and returned.  This means everything we own is with us, but now we can't park in the garage.  Oops.

However,
the new backyard is quite fabulous.  We still have some traffic noise, as it turns out there isn't any place one can get away from that, but it's at a distance so more of a "white noise" than at the old house.  We've been out there almost every night since we moved in.
I've even gotten in some knitting time!  And the walk through the neighborhood this morning was like walking through a park. There's a bike lane, lots of shade, and unlike our old neighborhood, the people out walking their dogs were all picking up after them.  We met our first neighbors when we locked ourselves out of the house (maybe our 5th night here), and have met several since--all quite lovely.

Of course, the interior of the house remains a complete box-filled disaster.  I do have one machine set up in the sewing room
on a sewing table I found on Craigslist for $50.  I had hoped to fire up the embroidery machine, but we couldn't find the dongle for my embroidery software.  Yikes--I started having nightmares about trying to find a replacement, but luckily I found it this morning and might even find some embroidery time tonight. Hope!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Whatever

As it turns out, the buyer's inspector is so awful that he doesn't come back for the walkthrough unless he is PAID to do so, so we were spared his nonsense today.  (Really, one wonders why on earth these fools think he's so great) We guess the closing went okay, but it's not recorded yet and we ran into a bit of a snag with what to do with the proceeds for 3 days that won't cost us some sort of fee.  How weird is THAT?  Then there was a problem with our new purchase because our home owner's insurance agent was slow to get his stuff to the lender and almost cost us the closing date.  AND our movers--whom I had used before because I knew the family that started I but have unfortunately gone SERIOUSLY downhill as most family businesses do when family members who shouldn't be hired or promoted ARE, so they are the reason we are moving on Wednesday instead of Thursday and NOW I can't get a response to how they will be storing our things on Thursday which is supposed to be 100 degrees or hotter, so I have contacted another moving company on the off-chance they can bail us out.  AARRRGGGHHH! 

Oh, and Ness-the-crooks started today.  Two little guys showed up at 9:30, put down visqueen, said there's no water actually IN the crawlspace, set up a blower, didn't bother to plug the blower in, and left by 11:30.  Oh my goodness--our buyers certainly deserve whatever these incompetent clowns do to the crawl space.  What a total scam this Ness Restoration company is--I wouldn't hire them to rake leaves.  I guess at least this scam isn't running up our power bill while the utilities are still in our name.  :)

Aside from all that, not much else is happening.  Because in those 4 hours we're sleeping..... :)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Down to the Final Week

A week from today we move into our new house!!!!!!!  We are so ready to be done.  And we're HOPING to never, ever have any dealings with our buyers after Monday, because we're certainly not meeting them.  They're doing their walk through on the day of closing, and I've asked our realtor to be there for it.  Usually that isn't necessary, but their home inspector lied about several things, so we don't trust him and what the inspection is for is to inspect the requests they made--NOT all the stuff he missed the first time.  And of course the buyers wanted to make US drive 15+ miles away for the closing because--as we know--they are the centers of the known universe and no one else matters, but by this point our realtor's assistant is ready for them at every turn as we all now know to just expect problems.  We're almost done....we're almost done....we're almost done....

Work has been a bit surreal this week.  The first of the new people, who had bored us all silly with all her talk about how great she was and how much she loved cold calling, quit Wednesday and the other, whom we all really like, is giving notice today.  For those keeping track, in a team of 8 salespeople when I started 6 weeks ago, that's SIX quitting or being let go.  But it has nothing at all to do with how the company is run.  Of course. 

Callisto continues to be happy, but has declined again, so it probably isn't the coolant.  She's eating a little bit more without vomiting, and this morning surprised us with a mouse.  She's 13, and a delightful little boy from across the street knocked on the door last night to ask us if the black and white cat was ours.  My first horrified thought was that she has died and this poor little boy had found her.  Thankfully, she was just in his yard and he wanted to know all about her, and when Andy picked her up, she was even nice enough to let the little boy pet her without going ninja on either of them.  I'll board the cats for 2 nights while we're in transition, and our vet is really great--they might board her within the vet clinic instead of the kennel.   She's enjoying time in the backyard and so far doesn't seem uncomfortable or unhappy. 

Even though we are leaving, we still laughed with the entire neighborhood over a neighbor who listed their house even before ours.  We'd met them, and they seemed nice enough, but shortly after they listed their house for sale--maybe a year after moving in--they started redoing a vehicle on the front lawn. While the house was LISTED.  We were still prepping ours to sell, so we kept hoping either their realtor would step in and explain "curb appeal" or the house would sell before we listed ours.  The association president did go over to talk to them because that kind of thing is definitely an eyesore and is against the rules we all agreed to when moving in, but the neighbors were total jerks about it and said they didn't care.  So you can imagine the delight of the entire neighborhood when they got an offer which ultimately fell through because the appraisal came in too far under the selling price.   Guess white-trashing the place doesn't sit well with appraisers, either.  Of course, by this time they had moved and are now stuck with two mortgages or house payments.  Sometimes it's nice to see karma come around and slap someone.  :)  We're glad to be moving, but we have some very nice neighbors and we'd like this to remain a nice neighborhood for their sake. 

I think packing is going well.  It certainly seems like we've packed most of our stuff--at least everytime we need something and discover it has been packed.  I didn't think it would even be possible, but the entire sewing room has been packed up.  All the fabric, yarn, books, tools, rulers, machines--it's all ready to go.  We have another HUGE pile of things to be donated--that gets easier the longer one packs:  Was it nice to have?  Maybe.  Is it worth packing?  No.  The new house is actually slightly bigger than this one, so we're not really downsizing, but it's nice to get rid of things if we don't need them.  It will be SO nice to live in a one-story house.  Because we're above the city, it made sense for the bedrooms to all be upstairs for the view, but with temperatures hovering around 100 for weeks now with no end in sight and SO much traffic noise that one can't sleep with the windows open, it's miserable in the summer.  The sewing room is the only thing upstairs and we'll be changing out the existing shade for an insulating one, and the window is much smaller than the ones here.  I have loved all the windows and the natural light, but the reality is that the blinds have to be closed 6 months of the year because of the cold or the extreme heat, so we're okay with fewer windows in the name of comfort.  And the big news for the sewing room:  I have ordered a recliner to go in it!  I got the idea by browsing sewing room images on the internet (and now, interestingly enough, feel a bit better about the amount of stuff I have).  Because of my hip issues, I really shouldn't sit at my sewing chair if I'm ripping out seams or something like that but I forget.  I've never liked the look of recliners, but a big squishy chair in the sewing room is a different story, and the sewing room will have enough room for it.  And my dressmaker's dummy.  And maybe even the ironing board, although one shouldn't overlook the exercise benefits of trotting up and down the stairs to have to iron seams.  Think of the leg muscles! 

Our plants go to foster care this weekend as does much of the canning, then Wednesday the movers come and we check into a hotel for 2 nights.  Then a week from today we take possession of our new home!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

200

Today marks 200 days since I last bought fabric, which is frankly becoming my bigger weakness.  As fabric is also much heavier than yarn, I hope that moving the whole fabric stash is going to keep me straight until I've made it at least two years without buying fabric.  It feels like I could do 10, but we'll see where we are with 2.  :)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I Made it!!!!!!

As of yesterday, it has been two years since I last bought yarn!  And as long as I remember the fun of having to move the entire stash, I think I can make it another 2 years....

Please, Just Let Us Get Away From These People..........

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH.  Who would have thought that packing would be the FUN part of our lives right now?

Our house sale closes on the 24th.  There have been addendums back and forth for several weeks addressing the date and that we are paying for the unnecessary sump pump thing.  All of a sudden on MONDAY evening the buyers notified our realtor that they want the sump pump garbage DONE by the 24th--now less than 2 weeks away.  The contractor even specified in his proposal that he was booked 2 weeks out, but our buyers actually thought everyone would just drop everything because they decided at the last minute that this had to happen, and he couldn't do it.  We offered to move the closing to accommodate this new demand, knowing full well that they would lose their rate lock and rates have now gone up, but when you're dealing with people who live in the Fantasy Land, it isn't at all clear to them that just wanting something isn't going to make it happen, so our buyers had to decide which demand they were giving up--something I don't think they've had to do very often.  It took several DAYS, but the contractor can start on the 24th (totally inconvenient for US, of course, since it's the week we're moving, but WE don't get to be a factor in this), but won't finish until the 31st, and our buyers have had to take this as the best they were going to get.  Why would you want to have the previous owners supervising work that is supposed to benefit YOU, not them?  Honestly, after we submitted two cheaper and more ethical bids but they are gouging us for the most expensive and ridiculous option, why on earth would they want US supervising the work?  I was going to leave notes on where everything is and how to works stuff, but our buyers don't deserve that kind of consideration after this last stunt.  We just want to be free of them and never, ever hear from them or about them again. UGH.

Meanwhile, the people WE are buying the house from have been great, and have even hired house cleaners to come in after they move out.  A transaction between adults!!!!!!!!!!!!   And we needed someone to be nice to us right about now.

Inbetween all of THIS and packing, I'm still looking for a new job.  I had two interviews this week, and am hoping to hear back on a second interview with one of them this coming week.  None of the salespeople at my current job have been there more than a year, and if it weren't for a big commission check coming later this month, the top salesperson would have quit on Friday.  It's that bad.  So all things considered, packing has truly been the highlight of my week........

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Less Than 3 Weeks to Go!

We've now had 3 REPUTABLE companies look at the water in our crawl space and every single one of them has said there isn't really a problem because it's just because of the winter we had and that we don't need to do anything, that a sump pump is both overkill and pretty unethical, and 2 gave us much lower bids to do ACTUAL cleanup--but only when pressed because none of THEM are crooks.  But our buyers' home inspector specifically told them his buddy had to be the one to fix it, and unfortunately they believe him.  So crooked inspector will get his obvious kick-back, the crooked "water expert" will get to install yet another unnecessary sump pump, and we get to pay for it.  Being Idaho, neither restoration nor home inspection is licensed or anything, so the crooks can do anything and get away with it because somehow that's better, but our realtor is paying half of the rip off, and I keep telling myself that the inspector is also screwing over his own clients who think he walks on water because he missed the things we left to be included IN a legitimate inspection, and sump pumps aren't without issues anyway.  I never realized how dangerous a new home buyer with a new realtor could be, but this mess has certainly proved experience matters.  We submitted the recommendations from the legitimate companies and also the industry guidelines they used (which the crooked guy doesn't use), but the buyers honestly believe their inspector and think there's a water table issue on a HILL outside of Boise, so we're stuck.  (Funnily enough, I keep waiting for this new water table to help out our trees in the 100+ temperatures right now, but shockingly it hasn't happened yet--we have to keep giving them extra water)  THEN our realtor actually had to explain to their realtor why it's in their best interest for us to just give them the money at closing and let THEM hire whatever completely unnecessary work they want.  He had to leave out the part about us considering them complete crooks and not wanting them in the house, but the crook with the sump pump is including a 7-year warranty (yeah--because that was a 100-year winter, so that level of water WON'T happen again), and they do NOT want to have to contact US if they have problems with their stupid sump pump and drains in the future.  But the buyers have been nice about moving the occupancy date, we are moving to a beautiful new house in a quieter and COOLER part of town, and at this point it's worth $2000 just to get all of this done.  So, the crooks have won, but we kind of knew they would. 

I'm going to be packing today.  We close on the 28th, so in 3 weeks we'll be waking up in our new home!  We hired a legitimate home inspector to look at our new house, and it went really well--he found upgrades and extras we didn't even expect.  It's all one level except for the sewing room, which is a bonus room above the garage, and frankly, if it meant getting to the yarn and fabric, I could climb up those stairs even at 95.  :)

We also found the problem with Callisto (which didn't have anything to do with any of the expensive tests the emergency vet ran).  My car was leaking coolant!  I have this lovely mechanic, and when he called to tell me what was wrong and what was needed, he was actually apologetic that he had to order the part and that it would be $175.  Dollars--parts and labor.  Honestly, I would have hugged him if I'd been there in person.  And being Mike, the bill was actually $172.  I'm taking that man a Christmas present.  After everything that has been happening on the house and all the fees with the house ($30 to FAX the loan payoff information?), it was positively refreshing to be charged a low amount for a necessary service.  Shocking actually.  Wish Mike had gotten the $1500 in vet bills rather than the pet ER, but they probably did save Callisto's life by keeping her on IVs overnight, so while they ripped us off, they did save my kitty's life.

At my new job, we started last week with 8 people on the local sales team.  THIS week we began the week with 4.  And no one has been there a year.  Yep--not a good place.  I really struggled to get through this week even though it was a short week.  My boss will tell me to do something one day, then the next day say I shouldn't be doing that.  Over and over and over.  Yesterday I went with another salesperson on his appointment just to get a break from him.  The whole sales department is run as if someone took all the worst sales practices from the 80s and 90s and used them as a model, and all but one office have more than 100% turnover in sales every year.  The one office that doesn't use this model is, shockingly, the top-performing office with low turnover.  But the national sales manager is an offensive man with a huge ego, so there's no way he'd ever draw any lessons from that.  They ride the sales team so hard at times that reps start inventing calls and meetings in the database and lie outright about details, but no one blames them because it is an impossible situation.  Even the top salesperson is looking to leave.  And this explains why it took them a full month to get business cards printed for me.  Lots of people leave in horror during the first WEEK.  So, the job search continues......

ASIDE FROM ALL OF THAT, things are going pretty well.  At least I still have yarn!  :)  


Saturday, June 24, 2017

And Where Did We Leave Off?

So............where we last left off, we had countered a ridiculous offer on the house and I had accepted a new job.  We spent that weekend doing counter- and counter-counter- offers on the house, and while we were waiting Saturday to hear from our realtor, my cell phone died COMPLETELY, so we got to spend Saturday night at Costco, but Sunday we finally agreed to a deal on our home, and two things were down.

Our realtor was heading out of town the following weekend, and with a pending offer we didn't have any showings, but weren't going to pack until after the inspection in case that killed the deal, so we had a weekend off!  Right until we had to take Callisto to the kitty emergency room.

She's 13 or 14, and was throwing up and not eating and just not looking good, and they, of course, ran very expensive tests, asked to run even MORE expensive tests that weren't really going to tell us anything definite but would probably have made a nice boat payment for one of the vets, told us it was probably kitty lymphoma or inflammatory bowel, sent her home with meds she wouldn't take, and we pretty much thought we'd have to put her down.  I do think we would have lost her had she not spent the night in the ER on fluids, but whatever was wrong, they totally misdiagnosed it.  She regained her appetite, I got a partial dose of the steroids down her, she got sick and lethargic again, and we had prepared ourselves for THE trip to the vet the next day, but she had perked up by morning and has mostly been okay since--without the meds.  We still don't know what was wrong, but she's happy, eating, and mostly her old self, so we're leaving her be.

And the new job?  Kind of disappointing, to be honest.  I like most of the other salespeople, but I'd say only one isn't looking to leave and no one has been there longer than a year, and if it weren't for the local manager having a different philosophy than the rest of the company, no one would have lasted a week.  I don't hate it, and it's nice to have a second income again, but I am going to keep looking.

Meanwhile, the home inspection turned up water in the crawl space, which isn't surprising after the winter we have had, but it a horrible thing to happen in an inspection.  We're in a 15-year-old house on a HILL in a desert state and have rationed irrigation water, but NOW because this particular inspector has a big reputation as the "mold guy" and brought in his buddy (whom we've heard pays referral fees to inspectors for this) has proposed this huge drainage project including a sump pump, and because our buyers are first-timers, they don't really get how much overkill that is.  So I've been tracking down other companies to get bids on this, but we're probably going to get stuck paying a stupid amount for something the house doesn't need, but according to the general manager of a reputable disaster company, we're actually getting less screwed by this "flood expert" than most because right now his going rate for scaring people into things they don't really need after our 100-year winter is $7000 or more.  Interestingly, this home inspector totally missed a cracked window pane that we had left to be found in the inspection so a warranty for replacement would go with the house, and said the dishwasher leaked without actually running the thing because there is some discoloration on the floor from a leak several years ago that we already fixed.  We won't be hiring him to inspect the house we're buying.

THEN with our realtor back in town, we spent Wednesday night, ALL weekend, and Monday looking at houses.  We found two we really liked, and I wanted to want the second one because we're taking a loss on this house and I wanted to "get a deal" on the next house, but there were just too many strikes against it, including just as much or more traffic noise than we already have.  We have been negotiating on the other house, and just signed the deal last night and are in high packing mode!

SO, that's the last few weeks HERE.  I have to say, almost losing my cat--jerk that she often is--was the most traumatic part of this, and our buyers have been really nice about moving the closing date for us, so we let them bring her parents in to see the house, which is a bit unusual, but I'm sure we'll all be glad when this is over.  Meanwhile, trying to deal with the traffic in and out of our subdivision every morning has reinforced my desire to move and the new house has a FABULOUS kitchen and more hobby space for each of us--plus everything but the sewing room is on the main level.  YAY!  And it's quiet.  And in a nicer part of town surrounded by MUCH nicer houses, so pretty much everything we'd hoped to find.  We hope the way it will work is that we'll move out of this house the day of or before closing, close on both houses, then move to the new one the next day.  I'll board the cats, find foster care for our plants, and we'll spend a night in a hotel.  Not bad.

And, since there was that one Saturday before Callisto had to be taken to the kitty ER, Theo and I did a couple more watermelon bunting slices,
and I embroidered two more towels,
and:
I finished the jacket!  This was deep stash--probably from 2006 or 2007, and a real struggle to work with because of the stretchiness of the fabric, but I'm pleased with the result and the fabric is SO soft that I'm sorry I didn't buy enough of it to make the shirt for Andy that was its original intended purpose.  Oh well.  I get a soft jacket and
I had some fun buttons in stash.  Of course, they're predicting 98 this week which is very early for screaming hot temperatures, so I might not be wearing this until November.  Did I mention the new house will have shade?

There has been some work on the socks, but not much as some nights we just haven't had a spare minute,
but I wound a hank of an older lace yarn to start a car project now that I'm back in outside sales and have already been stuck in traffic a few times.   It is nice to be working again and being able to leave to run errands for lunch and that sort of thing, and the service we're selling really is good, so I can stay if I need to.  I really like my boss and the commute won't be bad.  I'd like to do something else, but this will give me a chance to make some money, reconnect with old business contacts, and I think I can enjoy it while I'm there.  And I have a completely unnecessary sump pump to pay for....................
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Friday, June 2, 2017

One Down!

I accepted a job yesterday and start Monday!!!!!!!!!!! 

In all of the interviews I've done, this was the first one for sales that was really done by someone who knew the job and knew outside sales, so THIS time it was as much about recruiting me as interviewing me, it's back in the IT field, which is basically where my sales experience has been, and I really like the people, so I'm excited.  It's amazing how much easier things are WITHOUT recruiters.  No boards, no fund-raising events and NO travel!!!!!!!!!!!!  And you guys will understand when I tell you that the thought, "I'll have somewhere to wear all my me-mades!" went through my mind last night.  If a job isn't just so one can afford yarn, then it's certainly a place to show off the yarny things one has made, right? 

We have another showing today, so I'm tidying this morning.  Our realtor came by last night with an offer he'd received on the house that was so outlandish that he had brought a counter-offer form ready to go.  I know everyone tries to get the best deal they can, but when an offer is so low that it's guaranteed to be rejected by anyone NOT facing bankruptcy, what is the point?  A little time is actually a good thing now, though I'm really relieved we moved the open house from this weekend, I AM all for next weekend.  With a new job to learn, I'm okay if it takes a while to sell the house.  It gives me time to be able to save more money for a new house.  And furnish it..........

So, not much crafting, though I'm hoping for some later today after the showing.  The jacket is getting much closer to being done and now, of course, I want to cast on 50 new scarves for my new job as it's been a nippy 90+ degrees here this week.  Realism is not for knitters.  :)


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Glad That Weekend Is Over

So we've not heard back from the realtor with the "serious and motivated" buyer with a barbecue emergency yesterday, but after deciding to spend the day exploring a new bike path, we were on the way home when we got a call from another realtor who wanted to show the house at 3:00 and actually DID.  So our tidying wasn't wasted.  Seriously people--don't make me make the beds for nothing.  I wish I was 100% kidding about that...

Anyway, OUR realtor will be following up with these people and will know whether the Sunday showing even happened, but for the first time EVER, we are kind of relieved that a holiday weekend is over.  If we're still going through this by the 4th of July weekend, we're taking the cats and fleeing the house entirely.

Monday, May 29, 2017

And With Less Than An Hour To Go....

Less than an hour before the realtor who SWORE his client was serious and motivated was due to show our house on a federal holiday, he TEXTED to cancel because that's so professional when you've interrupted someone's three-day weekend. Guess there was an emergency barbecue or something.  And the best part?  Same real estate company that we don't think actually showed the house on Sunday.  

I Think The Crafting Gods Handle Real Estate As Well

While I was painting the back door, Andy replaced the vinyl fence panels that had managed to melt under the "crushing" heat of the eastern sun off our tiny living room windows, and then I helped him hang some trellis panels,

to hopefully stop it from happening again. It looks much nicer than I thought it would and hopefully is a permanent fix.  I know we're selling the house, but we have loved this house, and I have a built-in fondness for the people who will see it and also love it, so we're trying to fix things as WE would want them fixed. 

Yesterday we got up and spent a couple hours cleaning the house (again) to be ready for the showing, then went out for lunch and to a little park I hadn't yet been to,
 perhaps for good reason.  This wasn't even the worst of it:
Did I mention it's a little wetland/wildlife area?  Lots of people don't know about it, but geese with intestinal issues certainly do.  Occasionally we stopped for a while to watch nature,
but it was definitely not a park for a scenic stroll unless "scenic" somehow entails watching the ground for every step to avoid goose poop.

We came back to find there wasn't a card, so again, we're not even sure the showing happened and in this case would be seriously irritated if it didn't, but we were free the rest of the weekend, so Andy went out to the garage to play with the scroll saw he hasn't touched in months, and I fired up Jeeves for a couple more watermelons for the bunting and worked on the corduroy jacket.  We decided to barbecue (again) for dinner, and we were feeling so relieved at having a break from showings that I left everything out in the sewing room:
 Yep!  We stopped for a nice evening on the patio and I didn't even scurry to put everything away!  It felt SO nice and pretty rebellious, and we were just laughing about having a full-fledged day off in the morning when,

We got a call for a showing this morning.

Before agreeing, I made sure it wasn't the realtor from yesterday rescheduling or something because I frankly would have said no.  I know we want to sell the house and everything, but if someone had set up an appointment on a holiday weekend, not shown up or bothered to call, then called to wreck a SECOND day of the holiday weekend, that's completely out of line.  But this seems to be a different realtor and he swears his clients are serious, and I'm sure this is just because we were so excited to have NOT put things and the Real Estate Gods, who behave an awful lot like the crafting gods, decided to mess with us.  Why else would anyone call on a Sunday night of a holiday weekend?  We were hanging out on the patio with margaritas waiting for dinner
when the phone rang, so the realtor isn't having much of a holiday weekend, either.  At least the house is still quite tidy, but I did go back to the sewing room after dinner, get a bit more done on the jacket, then sadly put everything away again.  

Who knew holiday weekends were for house shopping? 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

We USED To Be Interesting People

It's a three-day weekend, and lots of people are camping or having barbecues or out playing in the park, but after crawling around in our backyard digging more obnoxious little dandelions up by their nasty little roots, I
painted our back door while Andy mowed the lawn because we're prepping for a showing tomorrow and an open house next weekend.  We have at least been barbecuing, but to be honest, it's just so we don't make a mess in the house.  Showings are almost like little house-cleaning interventions for us--we HAVE to leave the house and there aren't exactly any chores to take with us.  Or any that I've discovered yet.  For tomorrow, I'm taking my sock.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Crafting Friday!!!!





We have a showing Sunday, but nothing today so I am embroidering!  Okay--first I did the daily "tidy," although as I assume people don't really look at houses on Friday night, maybe not my most thorough tidy, then I planted some plants I picked up yesterday and then I fixed lunch, but I am mostly crafting today.  This is a new design I bought this week,
which required a trip to Joann's yesterday to find thread as amazingly they found a color I don't actually have.  This is a free-standing lace watermelon bunting that my favorite site had on sale for $1.39 this week.  Whenever and wherever the new house is, I bet this will look quite festive.

I'm also taking a break from the job-hunt today, but I did want to share an auto-reply I got yesterday after applying for a sales job:

Hi Toni,
Thank you for pressing “submit"! We just wanted to confirm that we have received your application.

We know there are a lot of great companies out there, but we think we are pretty awesome and we are glad you do too. We know that you put time and effort into applying, so our recruiting team will do our best to give your application the attention it deserves.

Please note, we shoot to be in touch within 5-7 business days if your qualifications match our needs for this role. If you are not selected for this position, keep an eye on our careers page - we are growing rapidly and adding openings all the time.

Meanwhile, here are some links to information about TriTech Software Systems & Zuercher Technologies so you can check us out and learn more about our company, if you haven't already:



Cheers!

The TriTech & Zuercher Talent Acquisition Team


Know how much effort that cost them?  Maybe 10-15 minutes to write initially, but nothing to send as it's an auto-reply.  Know how much more interested in this company--even in general--I am in this company now?  Extremely.  It would be a long-shot for me to even get an interview with them because I don't have quite the background they would prefer, but just because of the courtesy of an auto-reply email, I'll think really highly of this company even if I never hear from them again.  What a little thing to make SUCH a difference.  


This weekend we're replacing the vinyl fence that has melted because of the reflected heat off the windows (BTW, vinyl melts at REALLY low temperatures and replacing windows won't matter because it just melts too easily) and putting up a vinyl lattice barrier that will look a tad weird, but not half as stupid as a melted fence.  I might also repaint the back door while I have the dark green trim paint.  It's not really faded, but fresh paint looks so nice and painting is way more fun that applying for jobs.  Then again, so is a visit to the dentist............

I'm going to really miss having a garden this year, but I have Romaine lettuce in the big planter beside the house, and the pots with petunias now have peppers in the center and there's another pot with basil here in front
 and we still have the side garden bed where the oregano, sage, chives, and garlic live, and I've planted sweet peas, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, spinach, and radishes in it, so we might have some garden.  It doesn't get enough sun for tomatoes, unfortunately, although we're hoping we will have sold before we'd get any tomatoes anyway.  If not, maybe some of our gardening friends will take pity on us and share........
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