Sunday, July 31, 2011

Who's Sitting on the Fence?

So, we put flyer's and a cheesy For Sale By Owner sign in the front yard. I updated pictures on Zillow under a Make Me Move listing. It is also on Craig's List. We have had quite a few calls....ALL from Realtor's! They all want to list our home. One woman in particular had a very persuasive approach as to why we needed someone to represent us in selling our home. She sold us, we were going to list with her. Saturday Jerry and I went out for a drive to see if there were any open houses that appealed to us. We are looking for a single story in an area that has mostly two story homes. We came home a little disappointed in what is available. There are so many foreclosures and short sales flooding the market. We are a little worried that if we sell our home, will we be able to find our next home in a timely manor? What will we have to do to make it feel like home? Will it be trashed by the previous owner? So many uncertain! So, I called the Realtor and cancelled our meeting for tomorrow night. We are not quite ready to pay the commissions required for representing our sale, it's a big chunk of money! Yes...I am on the fence.....but it's my fence, and I feel so relieved to be staying put. I'm not sure how long we will stay, but today I'm totally fine with it!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Moving Right Along

Or at least we are going to take some baby steps to see if we can move. For years, usually in the winter when my yards look less than beautiful, I get the bug to move. Lately with both girls being out in the Inland Empire the urge is much stronger. I was mulling over a move last August, even went so far as to start the paper work to be pre-approved for a loan. That's when our friend Tom came to live with us. With his passing on July 1, I have everything tided up and made a huge step.....
Yes, I know it's only a sign, but I have such mixed feelings now that we can actually move. The cons are that with short sales and foreclosures being so prominent, standard sales might be hard to sell. Because it might be hard to get full price, we are going to give selling on our own a try. We bought this one from the last owners without an agent so we know the escrow company it the one that really does all the work. Another thing is this house has everything just the way I like it. I wonder with a new house how long it will take to make everything feel like "home".....and do I have that much energy?
 The pros are that we will be closer to the kids and all the little's! IF...and I say that with hope, we can get the price we want, we can get so much more for our money out in the IE. 
So, we figure we'll just put the sign out, hold a few open houses, list it on Craig's List and Zillow and see what happens!
If it's meant to will be.
It has been the perfect home for the last 24 years, but I would love to move on......
See what I mean, 



She looks pretty darn good for being 60 years old.
We shall see if anyone agrees enough to make her their new home!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sleepover With Nana

Finally settled down
Mackenzi sleeping with a baby with creepy eyes!
Kelsea sleeping too! These girls had too much fun. It was very hard for them to unwind and fall asleep. Such sweet little girls I have!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July to All

This is one of my all time favorite patriotic songs! 
Thank you Lee Greenwood!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Helping Out a Friend

As some of you know, last September my mom's long time boyfriend (and our friend) moved in with us. His cancer was back and this time there was no cure to be had. The cancer was in the end stages. He did a few rounds of chemo, however in December he decided to end that treatment. Being so sick wasn't worth it.  Things went smoothly for a while. He got to the point that he was feeling pretty good. Slowly he was getting weaker and weaker. More symptoms were appearing, and his pain was increasing. We had some awesome help from Citrus Valley Health Partners. The visiting nurses were great. In the first week of June if was obvious that it was time for Hospice. We moved from Citrus Home Health to Citrus Valley Hospice. The nurses and bath nurses were fantastic! All of the staff members were just awesome people. Sadly Tom was declining rapidly. We signed on to Hospice on June 6th. On June 14, one day after Tom's 80th birthday, he ate his last meal. Then, when his pain was not manageable, the decision was made to move him in house at Citrus Valley Hospice. Wednesday, June 29th he was moved. He was put on a Morphine drip and given shots as needed of Ativan for anxiety. In the early hours of July 1, forty some hours after arriving, Tom passed on. He will me missed by all of us. We have great memories that we will keep with us always. I have been very busy these last few months making sure Tom was as comfortable as possible. Needless to say, I'm a little tired! But life goes on, and I have a plan for the future! My next post will be about what this households future holds!