Yesterday, Honey had his check up at the V.A.—last week we went for labs, this week followup with the doctor. It was perfect timing, this week so no Littles tagging along.
We stopped to look at property on the way home. There I said it. It’s not something I want to talk about—especially after the post the other day about this being my Home Town now; but it’s true. We are discussing a move. I’ve talked about it here on Corn before. But I wasn’t serious about it then.
There are so many things to consider when moving:
INCOME: We are retired. He’s says he’d go back to work. However, he is unable to work and has health issues that would hinder him working in the type of field he is qualified for; and lets face it—he’s not ‘door greeter’ material. No, I’m not retirement age- but I do have some health issues that keep me from working outside the home. Truth is—baby sitting our grandchildren helps supplement quite a bit. We lost a big chunk of pay when Weston started school and his momma quit her job due to risky pregnancy. I’m not sure how long that will last as she is planning to return to school after the baby. So many things to consider.
OUTGOING: we have a mortgage – not well planned when the Honey retired. Removing the mortgage is the first and most important step in making a move. Being able to get top dollar for our home is the biggest key to that. We would have to get enough to pay off the house with enough to pay cash for something small.
That brings me to my own reality. There are a few.
- First, if we’re serious about putting it on the market… I have to look at my home as a PRODUCT. No longer my home, but a house.
- Secondly—in order to do that. I have to make changes here. Less my tastes and decorating style; no more “what I’m willing to live with being less than perfect or inoperable”. I have to make sure the paint is fresh, the floors are pretty, the cabinet doors all close and are not to cluttered.
I found a place online. Friday we had time to drive by and see it. It wasn’t easy, as the house address wasn’t disclosed in the listing. I used my Super Sleuthing Skills and found the address. It was on the way back from the doctor’s office.
We pulled up and it’s a wooded lot on 3.5 acres. They’re asking under OUR Top dollar that we’re willing to pay. Now you’ve seen our place, we have a few trees LARGE OAKS, but mainly open pasture. I like that. Honey, on the other hand doesn’t like the mowing involved. So a wooded lot is right up his alley.
The thing is—It was POSTED: NO TRESPASSING VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW! all over the place. I backed out, and got the number off the sign and Honey called. She gave the go ahead to drive up and have a look around. What I saw gave me mixed feelings. A lot of them bad.
You see the house was small – just like what we’re wanting. We didn’t obviously see the inside since we didn’t call ahead. But I’ve seen pictures online and it is clean on the inside. Looks very suitable. The back yard—fenced, for Buster. Perfect. The woods—just creeped me out.
there were the SHEDS. Yes, 5 sheds listed with this property. I was totally thinking CRAFTING SPACE! in a sing song Jo Anne Worley voice! But there were a total of 6. All different in degree of usefulness or repairs needed. The first one, closest to the house…needed a new floor but could be made serviceable—quite easily. The second—was obviously a sewing craft room—it had vinyl flooring, sheet rocked walls, windows—and there was an office chair, a thread spool holder, and a yarn basket left behind. The third shed a TOOL shed—sort of grimy—needed cleaning out. But for the most part useable.
The last 3 sheds—Oh MY GOSH! FULL! full of STUFF! Craft stuff, Sewing Stuff, APPLIANCES… EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, … old furniture… a boot jack… CHRISTMAS DECOR,… FALL DECOR, boxes and crates of magazines… SOOOOO --- MMMMMUUUUUCCCCCHHHHH --- SSSSSTTTTUUUUUFFFFFF!!!!!!
That’s when it hit me. We can’t buy that house. It was too scary.
I have my own stuff to deal with. I AM THAT WOMAN. The woman who moved away and left all her stuff. Probably at her husbands INSISTANCE! She lived in a tiny house… and kept it so lovely…because she had THREE SHEDS TO PACK IT ALL AWAY INSIDE THERE; NEVER TO SEE IT AGAIN.
‘Til next time, Be Blessed!
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.~ Ephesians 5:15-17
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