As usual, time is flying by way too fast. I’m starting to feel like I’m never going to get the house purged and packed in time for our move next month – especially considering all the interruptions that happen All. The. Time.
I feel like I’m stalled in the dining room (which, by the way, is only the first room of seven, plus there’s the basement, summer house and shed to deal with). I had figured it would only take me a couple of days to sort through the piles that should have been in the basement but got relegated to the dining room after Hurricane Sandy. I was wrong.
The dining room tends to get really steamy, since it’s on the corner of the house that gets the full effect of the blazing afternoon sun. And since Mother Nature seems to think we needed a heat wave spurred with extra humidity, it’s like a sauna in both the kitchen and dining room.
Probably a good thing our bodies are made out of mostly water, since I’ve been sweating like there’s no tomorrow while trying to get things organized and packed.
It’s taking twice as long since there’s no room to maneuver, so I have to shift things to the kitchen to work effectively in the dining room, but when it comes time to make lunch, shift things back to make room for that. And then shift them back to continue working, and back again to make room to make dinner.
I’d forgotten how much easier it was to move when I was single – I never got interrupted in the packing process, and didn’t have to stop and fix meals for other people, just grab something and keep going when it was just me. Plus I’m not just packing my stuff, there are 4 of us now. I probably should have factored that into my time calculation.
It’ll get easier – and go much faster – once I get to the point where I can take the table legs off the table and start stacking all the boxes in the dining room to wait for moving day.
The hubby has been working like a maniac getting the outside stuff done to make sure things look appealing for the next owners of our character-driven house. He had to borrow some really tall ladders to finish painting the Summer House (which is still on the to-do list, because Mother Nature wasn’t very cooperative) and paint the barn (since both were still the original colors from when we bought the house, a blue-gray with black shutters and trim [that I liked to refer to as Psycho House colors]).
His best friend came over and did the high part, since the hubby can’t do heights of any kind. Between the two of them, they did a great job:
Now the colors match the house, and makes the barn look much better than its 196 years, don’t you think?
Our next house most definitely will have central air. It’s a must. I have a wish list of amenities I’d like our next house to have – here’s hoping our house will sell quickly and we are able to get our dream home sooner rather than later. If I had endless funds, I’d so want to buy this water-front house:
Isn’t it pretty? And the fact that it last sold for $1,599,999 but it’s currently for sale for a mere $376,200 right now. It was a foreclosure, but when you scroll through the pictures on Zillow, you have to cry a little for that house, because the previous owners stripped it bare on the inside.
They took out every last baseboard and door and window trim, completely removed the fireplaces, took out all the kitchen cupboards and counters, and even took every last light fixture, recessed or otherwise, leaving holes in the walls and ceilings. I can’t tell, but it’s possible they also ripped out the hardwood floors and carpeting, too. I’m also betting that the furnace and hot water heater are probably gone, too. The house is literally a shell.
I imagine it ended up in foreclosure because it was condemned due to a failed septic. And obviously the owners wanted to get some value out of it before the bank took over, hence the removal of anything that might have value. It’s sad to see people do that to such a nice house, though – but the perfect canvas for someone to make it whole again.
Since I’ve been blathering on practically about nothing, let’s finish this off with a funny cartoon that Vandy had on Facebook a few weeks ago about how dinosaurs were created:
Isn’t that hilarious? Princess Nagger thought so.
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