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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Challenge

I have accepted a challenge from a favorite person to blog daily for the new year. Well I won't be able to do it daily as I only have access to my computer 5 days a week at least for the next couple months, then after I get moved I should have daily access.

All is going well with the transition: At least I think so. We took possession of our new home yesterday. Sort of anti-climatic since were were sitting here in another state. Oh the wonders of the internet and over-nite mail.

Our good friend and Realtor in Co. did the walk thru for us.

I was having a horrible feeling about the gal who said she would manage my store for me. I think I mentioned that she had fallen from her sulky and fractured some ribs. But after she finally called to tell me that was why I hadn't heard from her and she would be in to see me that next week, she didn't come in for over 2 weeks and didn't return my phone calls.

So now she is coming in next Tue to start training with me. But we need to sit down and have a real heart to heart talk about what my expectations are and how she will be able to meet them.

Dang it this is my baby here and I am having a hard time turning it over to someone else. But I will take the risk as apposed to converting it to an apartment.

Well I best shut up or I won't have any info for those daily posts!!

Thought for the day: Life is too short to wake up with regrets

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


A slip of the foot you may soon recover,
But a slip of the tongue you may never get over---
Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Two Posts in one day?

Before I forget, which could happen at any moment.

Not sure if I had mentioned what I was planning to do with my book store. Well Brother and I had been making up plans for how to convert it into a studio apartment because I own the building and don't want to sell it. Would like to continue to get a little income from it while I am gone. ( I will return one day)

The week before Thanksgiving a gal came in ( she had talked to me last summer about this too).
She said she had heard that I was closing the store and she wanted to see if I would consider letting her run it. I assured her that I could not make it worth her while financially. We seems she is looking for a place to open a quilting guild. She just wants an area to set up her stuff and do her quilting here and teach classes and have other gals come in to quilt together!! Do you see a WIN-WIN situation here? She wants me to teach her how I do my book sales and trade ins. She wants no income, just the use of the space and wants to help pay the utilities too. I got really jazzed up about this.

We went to Co. and was gone a week, I got back and tried to call her and got no answer. I left messages for 2 weeks. I was beginning to panic because I had been sorting books, hauling culls off to auction or donating to a little local library. Even took down one whole wall of bookshelves.

She finally called me last Sat. Seems she was driving her horse ( she has a sulky ) The horse got spooked and threw her out and she fractured a couple ribs and has been laid up. She still wants to do this, and should be in soon to help me start making firm plans for her space and teaching her. She will be able to work part time in the store thru the winter and then full time by spring, so that should fit my schedule fine, as I will be coming back after we move to stay with my sister in law for a couple months at least. ( hope her house sells in that time)

So I am back to sorting books, getting rid of all the hardbacks and "junk" books. Want to have only the best Used books available for resale.

Gotta get busy with paper work now. Want to get taxes done early this year. Groooown..

Am I Sick?

Do you ever get Christmas Paralysis? I seem to catch it every year in December. At first it seems like Christmas is along way off, then all of a sudden its only 7 days, and you find you have done nothing. And this year I mean absolutely nothing, no cards, no gifts, nadda. I am really sick this year.

I could blame it on selling one house and buying another in the month of Dec. Plus arranging movers, utilities, packing, and the endless lists on my counter because I can't remember squat anymore without my lists! But I do love it when I cross things off the list as done. Guess that's one satisfaction.

So if no one hears from me this year, give me a break, maybe I won't get "sick" next year. But I don't guarantee it. I think it is something I have had since about 1980.

So I will say Merry Christmas.
Be kind to one another.
Kiss the kids, cause its really their time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We accidently sold our home!

This is no joke! How did this happen? We have been planning for some time to move back out west. Not as far as Nevada but to Colorado. We lived in Colorado for a year and loved it there. I am talking on the Western Slope, not up in the mountains.

We had talked with the Realtor that assisted with the closing on the sale of our little farm in Oct. With the housing market like it is, or at least what we are being told, we were going to be a little cautious. So we had her and her broker come to the house to help us decide on a fair market value. Of course they suggested much lower than we wanted. So we had been putting her off and thinking we would wait till after the first of Jan. Well she called us a couple weeks ago and said she had this couple that she had shown alot of houses to and she just wanted to "show" it to them if we would sign a consent and establish what we wanted. So we did and set the price higher than their high end. Dang if they didn't come back with an offer of cash just a little under our price and gave us 60 days to move, no rent! So we just felt it was meant to be and had to take it

We had already planned another trip to Co. to look at houses again and it worked out perfect. We left on Thanksgiving and ended up staying a whole week because we made an offer on a house and couldn't leave till we got an OK on it. Really had no other back up plan so were relieved when it was accepted. We ended up buying a new smaller home in a new area on the west side of the little town. We even have horses in a pasture across the street from us. The new home was the same price of the ones we were looking at that were a few years old of similar size. But they were already run down, back yards wrecked with dogs in most of them. One even had a bunch of pitbulls.

I have said I didn't want a new home. There is always so much to do and added cost, but we are working it out with the developer to have the landscaping done before we move in.

Details, details. So much to do with closing on one house and trying to make moving plans and closing on the new one. Have a huge stack of boxes in living room but no packing done yet. Took a bunch of furniture to an auction last week. Heck we're sick of moving already!

A funny,(well really not so funny), glitch with closing on the house we are in. We close tomorrow and on Mon. the folks did a walk thru to just ask questions about things, and he brought his tape measure and was measuring the lot. He couldn't make his measurements match the survey map info that we had done in Oct 07. Long story short, we ended up having to have the survey folks come back out and the buyers were right. The fence between us and hubby's sister was 25 ft over on her side. We had it surveyed last year and no one looked at it and the fence co. followed the old fence just like we told them, so it was no one's fault but our own. Just should not have done the survey!! So now sister in law has to deed that 25, actually 24ft over to our property. The fence stays with her property. She doesn't really care because her house is up for sale too and with it all fenced, that will work out fine. What a mystery, as to why that fence was where it was. Someone just didn't want to mow so much lawn, or just didn't know better.

Hope to have good news about my book store real soon. Got my fingers crossed.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Brrr, its cold outside!

Lots to talk about but no time just now. Just got back from another trip to Colorado. I feel like a snowball rolling down hill!