Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Clock is Ticking

 
 
Things are moving right along on the sale of the farm.  The hardest part is the cleanup.  There is junk and more junk that has sat here for over 60 years.  That junk needs to be hauled away, and looks like the chore is mine, all mine.
As far as packing up my own things, I've done quite well.  I am saying good bye to all the stuff I have not used in a year, or that is Country related.  The Farmgirl has left the building, and the only memorabilia I am taking with me is the farm sign, which I will hang on my back porch, and the show banner I used at all of the Alpaca Events we attended.
At this rate, it looks like it will all fit into a U-Haul truck, and my boys and the neighbors will all help with that job.  I'm aiming for December 8th.
 
I also found about 5 quilt tops I had made back in the quilting days prior to Alan's death.  I haven't had time for any of that since then.  I knew I would not finish them, so I gave them to my church.  Two times a year, the ladies get together and make small quilts for the children who go to the local women's shelter with their moms.  Most of them have been abused and are in crises.   As they arrive, they are each given a quilt.  These quilts are all worked on by many women.  Some buy the fabric, some cut.  Others sew the pieces together, others iron the seams.  More do the quilting, and then finally the binding.  The quilts were dedicated last Sunday, and I am proud and honored to say that 4 of mine are now in the hands of some children who need a bright place in their lives.
 
I will be homeless for awhile and living in my brother's basement.  I have put an offer on a cute little condo in Seattle, at the base of Magnolia, and right across the ship canal from my kids and Cadel!  Wonderful walking zone.  I am going to become the Walking Queen.
The condo is a short sale, and is in quite a state.  The former owners seemed to be "Big Ship" afficianados, and attempted to decorate their living room to resemble the Captains Quarters on the Bounty.  They put in a false ceiling that is sagging and about to fall, resurfaced the houseing of the fireplace, and put in these god awful moldings all over.  These things will have to be dealt with immediately after I take possession, IF I actually get it.
 
Funny how a SHORT sale talks so long.  It's called a short sale because the sellers are short funds to pay off their bank.  The bank takes offers and decides which one they will lose the least amount of money on.  Well, I don't think they will have to think on this one too long.  I am paying cash, I'm the only offer they have had, and they are accruing costs evey day they keep this on their inventory.
 
One of the best things about this condo is that it has a HUGE back deck, as big as one of the bedrooms.  It only gets morning light, but I can have a nice shade garden out there with plenty of fushias and begonias.  But, I wont have to mow a lawn!!!
 
I've also got an application in to work at my favorite funky clothing store on a part time, flexible schedule.
 
Then, my big goal is to be in the Weekly Freemont Street Fair.  I've been told by several vendors there that my yarns will do really well.  No one has anything like it there.  I'm really looking forward to that.
 
As for Thanksgiving, I'm heading down on Monday to spend another week with my brother.  My allergies to mold just begin to subside as I am ready to return here, but I just can't stay here long, since I get so sick.  My boys and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday at a Natural, Vegetarian Restaurant.  I'm really looking forward to some great quality time with all my boys and Adrienne.

11 comments:

quiltmom said...

It sounds like you have found your way to a new place. I am a new reader to your blog- it is hard to find a different way. I am struck by your forthright ways and positive attitude. From your early pieces, I can see that it has been one that has been challenging and at times painful.
It is wonderful to read that you are feeling better and that you have so many exciting things to look forward to with your loved ones.
I expect it was easy for your friends to support you as you have supported them in loving ways over the years.
Wishing a wonderful new set of adventures as you open this new door on life.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Gene Black said...

Your plans sound good. I am so happy you are making plans and moving on. I want to see you as happy as you can be!

Cathy K said...

Hi Linda, I do hope you get your condo. What wonderful plans you have, and it sounds as though you've thought everything through (about a thousand times, right?). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! Hugs, Cathy

luv2quilt2 said...

It sounds like you've really taken plenty of time to make your plans, and it will certainly be a big positive change in your life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your boys.

Phoeb said...

On the short sale...don't forget it's the end of the year and the banks will want to reduce inventory. That's what happened to us when we bought this place. It was a foreclosure, not a short sale, but we had the acceptance the same day.

You're doing wonderfully. I am so proud of you. I wish I could help with your move. Even if I could be there, that's the day I'm having my 2nd surgery.

Stay in touch, K?

Phoeb said...

On the short sale...don't forget it's the end of the year and the banks will want to reduce inventory. That's what happened to us when we bought this place. It was a foreclosure, not a short sale, but we had the acceptance the same day.

You're doing wonderfully. I am so proud of you. I wish I could help with your move. Even if I could be there, that's the day I'm having my 2nd surgery.

Stay in touch, K?

Cathy said...

This is my first visit to your blog. It`s a nice read. Wishing you a stress free move and a happy Thanksgiving Day.

Jean(ie) said...

I was just thinking of you today, wondering how it was going.

When I let go of a lot of my stuff, I felt so "light" and "free." I hope this gives you the same feeling.

Be sure to have the new place inspected for mold. It sounds perfect with the big porch. We're down that way often having fish by the locks, and chowder at Ray's. Granted it's on the other side of the bridge, but it's close nonetheless.

Big hugs!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I appreciate your kind comment and for visiting my blog.

Gene Black said...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Linda B said...

I'm just trying to see if my comment goes to my e-mail.