Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Death Bed

There is a man on his death bed at age 84.  He is dying of terminal lung cancer.  I'm surprised he lasted this long smoking three packs a day.... He was a mobster, gun runner, convicted murderer and my father.

He was in my life for brief moments at a time.. and then years would pass before I would hear from him or see him. He was always in a shirt, tie, slacks and dress shoes. He was charismatic and spoke seven languages. He once told me that I should learn all the languages I could so people wouldn't be smiling and talking in front of me while they planned my murder in their native tongue.
He was Zois Shuttie's nemesis and blamed him for the destruction of his entire family. He was my father.

I'm not sure how I feel about this news, or him... he's on his death bed in the mountains of Kosovo.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall day

Depsite that the weatherman predicting rain through the weekend, ending Monday or Tuesday, it was mostly sunny today with the best temperatures. It felt like a real fall day in the 60's with a high of 70.

I took advantage of this beautiful weather by turning off the AC and opening the windows. I also spent the afternoon outside playing ball with my dogs Bentley and Pebbles. Pebbles loves to play fetch, while Bentley wants me to chase him while he has the ball.

Between playing ball I also helped my husband put the shed together!

Pebbles jumping up for the ball in my hand

Bently's waiting for me to chase him

She looks happy!

Litle Kitty

partial view from my upstairs back window

Saturday, October 24, 2015

New City

Technically I moved to a new city when in reality I just moved on the other side of the highway. I always loved taking the kids to the Live Oak city park when they were little. We used to have picnics, go on bike rides, roller skate and just let them play on the playground. This morning I was looking on line for permit costs within the city and came up on the Live Oak City web page and thought I would share. I'm not sure what the population is in this city, but if you drive a couple of miles in a radious of any directions your in a different city, so Live Oak is very small.

Here is the city web page City of Live Oak. They even have their own art group, garden club and farmers market.

                                                        The lake at Live Oak city park

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Surprise on my doorstep

I came home from a busy day at work to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates at my front door. What a nice surprise from my loan officer and friend!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New beginning!

Good morning world!

After 19 years of being in the same single story house, I am finally getting used to waking up in my new home.  It's ironic that over the last 19 years my husband had me convinced that not having neighbors behind us was a great thing. I beg to differ. I felt isolated and lonely. Now, I look down from my upstairs window and see into all my surrounding neighbors yards, watching the two little dachshunds running and playing, in another neighbors yard three little dogs are playing while my two dogs are stretched out on the soft grass.  I see kids playing on swings and people working on their gardens! I don't see farmland and cows behind me anymore, and I don't see single story rooftops in front of me anymore.  I always complained about living in the isolation of the suburbs, but it doesn't seem to be this way in this neighborhood.  I have already met several of my neighbors, and already borrowed a can opener. There is a true sense of community here and I hope that I make some friends here.

Now, the one thing that I am going to miss tremendously is having my own art studio. The Kilns and glass are stored away.  I think I will just need to adjust and just work on painting, maybe I'll get better at it. I would like to continue with my daily painting with little quotes and drop them off in different places.

Monday, October 19, 2015

September to October

Since I have been missing in action for over a month, I think two blog posts in one day wouldn't  be too bad.

Lets' continue from September 10th where I signed a contract to sell our home without any plans of where we were going to live.... It was the most stressful week in out lives! both my husband and I couldn't sleep, eat or function normally. our stress levels were high, our blood pressure was high and i couldn't keep anything in my stomach.  What a way to loose a few pounds, not good!  We didn't realize how bad the rental market was until we started looking. Let me say this, the bones of our house were broken (foundation), but in no means was my home trashy. Well that is all that was out there in our price range, trashy houses! The kicker was that the landlords wouldn't even call us back when we said we have pets. Within 24 hours we decided to purchase a new home. Hired a Realtor, looked at 30 homes the first week and by the following Saturday (9/19) we were under contract......
Now we had to pack, rent a storage, and do a garage sale. I called my cousin in New York freaking out, so she flew down and cooked dinner every night, packed and she organized my very first garage sale. ( I normally donate during spring cleaning). She was a blessing!

Meanwhile the contract for the sale was closing on 10/14. the contract for the purchase was 10/29. I truly feel blessed that I am in the real estate field and know some very good people. My loan officer, and friend, pushed my loan through and we closed on 10/14 for both sale and purchase and I was moving in that same afternoon.  My cousin was still here so not only did she help me pack, but she helped unpack. I love her! After two weeks of hard work, she finally flew back home this past Friday.

Today was my first day at work since the October 9. I took a nice lunch break outside in the 80 degree weather, and things are finally feeling like normal.

Spontaneous whirlwind

My last post was on September 9, and it was about Henry the duck. On September 10, he was no where to be found.  I should have known that Henry was a sign when he appeared and then disappeared. I had taken that Thursday off with a line up of contractors for bids to fix up my house. Cabinets, painters, and floors.  Everything was going well with the the bids until the flooring guy showed up. He doesn't make it past my foyer when he announces "ma'am, in good conceince I can't install floors in your house until you fix the foundation" Mind you, I had already "fixed" foundation 9 years ago and had a 10 year warranty. That warranty was null and void since the company went under. So what did I do that afternoon..... I signed a contract and sold my house to an investor without having a plan of where we were going to go and live...... Sometimes I am spontaneous that way. But in the end it all works out. I will continue in my next post the adventure I had. Now off to work.