Really for me it is still June.
June 18th to be exact.
For me, it was last night I made the post saying I wouldn’t be back until August, but I decided to do something different.
I decided that instead of waiting until August and trying to cram a bunch of stuff in or try to remember what all happened during my 6 week hiatus.
I would jump on when ever I had a minute of free time or whenever I had something I wanted to share, go ahead and post here, then save until August.
Right now… nothing exciting or different.
But it is kind of exciting to me, not knowing exactly how this post will end.
Will life be exactly the same??
Or will a there be big changes to share???
I don’t know. I guess will have to see…
Got preapproval from bank on a house loan, contingent on the sale of ours.
One hurdle down.
Thank you, God!
Finally finished my sewing room.
Yeah for me!! :)
Well, Yeah for hubby too! Hehee.
We originally were going to be putting in Allure, fake wood floor, down here.
But with the house going on the market, we couldn't see putting out the expense, especially since the new owner might want carpeting.
I decided to paint the floor in my sewing room to give it a finished and not so yucky appearance. ;)
I am pleased with the way it turned out.
Only one regret though….
I should've went with a lighter shade of brown.
The dark brown shows dust and dirt really easy.
I keep cleaning it but as soon as it is walked on, it is filthy again!
Here is a quick BEFORE shot to remind you of the YUCKY unpainted, bare, concrete.
Above you can see the icky glue, tack strip from the removed carpeting, and bare concrete. Yes, the glue was a pain in the bottom to get up!
Well, not so much a pain for me, Brett did that part!
Now a few more after’s…
One thing I know for certain….
I sure am going to miss this space when we move.
I have never had a room just for creating before.
I LOVE IT!!
It would be wonderful if the next family that lives here, keeps it as a studio of some sort.
A room to create anything in!
Yes, I would love that.
I recently sold one of our handmade sink boards.
The other day, I received an email from the buyer saying it arrived safe and sound and that she was pleased, thank goodness. I always worry.
She also told me that she didn't purchase it for her sink. She purchased it for the top of an old sewing machine stand.
What a great idea!
I asked if she would email a photo, that I would love to see.
Yesterday, she email the picture.
Once I saw it, I knew I had to show all of you!
So, I emailed her back and asked if it would be okay to share the photo on my blog.
She said, yes. *Thank you, Julie!~
So, you must see this!!
Look how wonderful this turned out…
Wasn’t that a Fabulous idea!
Thank you again, Julie, for your purchase and for sharing this awesome idea with us!
Well, the house I spoke about in a previous post fell through.
As I mentioned, it was part of an estate, and by that I meant, the owner had passed away suddenly.
I am not going to go into all the details of what went on while trying to get it, I will just say…
It was starting to become a big hassle.
*Which started the red flags flying for me.*
I believe that when something is right and is God’s will, it will come easily this time around.
Anything else, to me, is God telling me, “No-No Tam”.
So, I am not upset. Just moving on and wish the best for all involved.
Monday we have scheduled a couple more viewings.
It is a 1910 craftsman's style house and it is in wonderful condition.
Now, I must admit, this is way more “my style” of home than the one in my previous post.
I’m trying to just enjoy the journey, not get stressed about any of it.
Brett on the other hand. He is a basket case!
And yes, I’ll admit it, He is driving me Nuts!
I keep telling him, just calm down and enjoy the ride. When it is time to find the one, we will.
Well, needless to say, he isn't listening to me though.
I just don't see the good in getting upset over any of it.
It is what it is and whatever is meant to happen is going to happen.
So, one can spend the time in a bad mood, stressing over every little thing, but it isn't going to change outcome.
I really wish he would just let go of trying to control it and let life happen and see where we end up.
Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to understand what I mean by that.
I listed the house yesterday on FSBO, and had a call that evening requesting a showing.
You all knows what that means….
I've spent most of the day cleaning and will need to finish up tomorrow.
This is the worst part of selling a home…
Having to keep it cleaned up.
We went this morning and viewed the house I showed you all above.
It was nice. Actually the main level was really nice, definitely my style of house.
Wonderful front porch, Dining room which opened up into an adorable little sunroom, enclosed back porch, fenced in back yard, old wood work and wonderful old solid doors.
Downfall, the kids bedrooms would have to be upstairs.
The upstairs didn't have central heat or air, so that would have to be put it before we could use the space.
This is one of the things Brett wanted to avoid, double central units.
Double the units = Double the cost!
I guess it will all depend on whether or not we and the buyers can come to an agreement on price.
We haven't put in an offer yet, but we are definitely considering it.
Today’s showing of the house….
What a complete waste of time!!!
No seriously, this person was so obviously just a sightseer.
Shows up to view a $200,000+ house without her husband, saying he had to work.
Why would any serious buyer schedule a viewing without their partner??
Instead she brought friends. ???
I’m sorry but that is just Rude!!
Truth is truth.
What is wrong with some people.
My husband and I spent literally two days cleaning inside and out trying to make everything as perfect as possible for a potential buyer, not just for someone being nosey.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't expect everyone who comes to view the house to want it. There might be this or that about it that just isn't their taste or what they are looking for, and that is completely okay. These things are reasonable, everyone's tastes are different. But for someone to so obliviously waste our time on purpose is frustrating and makes me quite angry.
I’m trying to actually sell my home, not just give someone an outing for the day.
We had another call inquiring about the house today. Haven't set up an exact viewing time yet, but hopefully we will. Brett and I do know the person who called about it. Well, he is a Herrinite and we know who he is, so at least we know this person is an actual potential buyer.
How's Brett holding up??
Well, lets see…
We have had it listed less than 48 hours and have shown it to one sightseer and now he is convinced it isn't going to sell EVER.
I swear this man!!!
Calm down babe! It isn't going to sell overnight. I think we will be doing great if we can get it sold within 60 days. Who knows if that will happen, but I most certainly am not going to freak out when it has been less than 60 hours.
God give me strength and my man Patience!
Well, we lost another one!
As is the house above.
It just changed today to “Backups Wanted” in the listing, which pretty much means, it’s Sold.
Oh well, guess it wasn't meant to be.
I did really like it, the only downfall was that it wasn't in Herrin.
I thought I could handle it though.
Guess God knew better. :)
We never put in an offer on it.
We decided to wait until ours was sold, or at least had a “serious” buyer.
And so the search continues….
I keep waiting for that Perfect house.
Not perfect as in how it looks but perfect in how it feels, where it is located, and the price range.
So far the two houses we considered weren't “perfect”.
The 1st was a little more than we wanted to spend, so guess that is good it didn't go through.
The next, wasn't really in the location we are wanting, so guess its good that one fell through too.
I keep reminding myself of what I said awhile back…
I really don't want to find The Perfect House yet, because we aren't in the position to buy it.
So, I’ll just keep the faith, know God can see what’s ahead, and know what is meant to be will be, when the time is right, he will guide the way!
We put a For Sale By Owner sign up in the yard today.
Yes, I know I have it listed for sale all over the place online for awhile, but for some reason, I was having difficulty getting myself to put a sign up in front.
I’m not really sure why??
I guess some of the reason was, I really don’t want people knocking on the door wanting to see it, and yes there are some people that wouldn't think twice about doing it.
So, we wrote on the sign, By Appointment Only, hopefully that will detour it.
And I guess the second reason is, I don't want people seeing it and saying, “Brett and Tammy are selling their house??”
Yes, I know how crazy that sounds!!!
People need to know it is for sale in order for it to sell, but for some reason the idea of the sign….
Made it more real, I guess. ???
Hey, I admit it, I’m a little Nuts! I wont ever deny that! :)
Its standing out in the front yard now.
I made up little fliers that are hanging in a box on the sign, we’ll see if that picks up the interest any.
Brett and I laughed and said, We need to be interested in buying it, then it would get an offer. LOL!!
Meaning every time we find a house we are interested in, Poof, it gets an offer.
Like in the 1st one, it was For Sale for over a year and nothing. We put in an offer and within a few days they got 2 more.
Then the one above, it sits in a town of approx. 600 people.
We thought it would be for sale for ever, poof, it has an offer within a week of coming on the market.
*Just makes us laugh.
Yes, we need a Brett and Tammy to come along and think about buying ours. Heehee!
I just noticed that it has been a month and one day since I started this post.
WOW! Reading over this I realized something….
I have a BORING life!!!
Hectic, yet boring! ;)
I also noticed something else…
All I seem to talk about is my house.
Rather it is the one I want to sell or whatever one I am considering buying.
Let me apologize, but seriously that is all my life is right now.
I am completely consumed with it, actually to the point that it is driving me nuts!~
I keep telling myself, okay forget about it for awhile, just let it be.
Kelsey showed up while I was posting yesterday, then I got busy with things around here.
Now back to what I was saying…
I keep telling myself, okay, just forget about all of it for awhile, but then those thoughts seem to creep back in.
And once again, I find myself looking through realtor.com, or multiple other selling sites to see what has been listed in the last hour or so.
LOL!! Nope, nothing new!
We did show the house the other day and it is looking promising.
They both said they loved it and they are actual buyers, so that is a plus.
They called today and asked to set up another viewing for this weekend to bring the in-laws by.
Yep, sounding good, I think.
They are coming Sunday, I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.
I find myself flipping emotionally back and forth.
On one hand, I want it to sell.
If it has to be, I just want to rip that Band-Aid off and get it over with already. I want to start moving forward.
But then when it starts to look promising that it might actually sell, it starts sinking in.
And yes, when I start realizing that it may just happen, it makes me sad.
I do know it is for the best, but it is going to be hard to actually pack up and leave it all behind.
At least, I think it will be. Maybe I’ll surprise myself and it wont bother me at all, but I doubt it.
I thought I would share a little tweaking I have done around here.
Well, this mainly started because I wanted to open up the view when you walk in the front door.
Before when you walked in, the first thing you saw was the back of a winged chair and now that I have banisters, it was kind of tight.
Personally, I like it best this way, but with having the house up for sale, I decided to open it up.
I wanted to make it so the first view is an open living room and the focal point to be the fireplace.
So, now it looks like this…
It looks good from the front door, but I think it looks bare when you are standing in the dining room looking toward the front.
Above is now.
Below is Before.
Now that I moved the chair over to the side of the fireplace, I had to find a spot for the chair and table I had in the corner.
They ended up in my bedroom.
Here is the BEFORE:
I like the after much better.
I also did a small bit of tweaking in my breakfast nook.
The other day, Brett and I went to The Olde Time Pottery Shop.
I love that store!
I really didn't buy much, but I did pick up this.
They had the cutest cloth placemats and matching napkins, I picked up 2 for exactly this spot.
Well, of course, then I needed something to display on top.
I picked up two plates, bowls, and mugs all in coordinating shades of the place mats.
Unfortunately, they wouldn't fit on the small table except on the ends.
So, I attempted to make it work.
I know some might think it is too cutesy of a display, but I have decided …
I don't care. :)
The truth of the matter is, lately, I have been in the mood to Change Everything!
Since I’m trying to sell, I see no need right now, but whenever I do get moved, I’m going to be mixing things up some and I can’t wait!
I'm ready for a change.
Now it is actually August!
August 3rd to be exact.
I cant believe this post was started 6 weeks ago.
And what has changed in my life…
LOL!! Yes, I guess, I was hoping that something exciting would have occurred. I was hoping that the house situation would've moved forward some.
It would've been nice.
Oh well, everything happens for a reason.
Brett and I were able to get away for a bit.
In fact, I just walked in the door from our excursion to St. Louis.
I took some photos and did pick up a couple of goodies which I will share in my next post.
I think this one is long enough as is. :)
And well, if you still here after this LONG post, let me say, Thank you!
I truly do appreciate everyone for hanging in with me through this transitional part of my life.
Take Care and Talk Soon,