First of all, Jazz---Is it your B'day? Well girl, just in case
Ha, I'm so tired I can't even click on more than one dancing emoji. If it is your B'day, happy, happy, happy, dear pal!
Sorry, but I'm going to take up my post for me tonight. I cannot express fully the last few days and the raw work involved. Silly me, I thought we HAD BEEN working on the house to our limit. Turns out our limit is and must be bigger than we thought.
Hubby's cousin and wife came up yesterday early morning, and we worked from sun up till sun down yesterday and today. They are both freaking saints. Hubby's cousin is a contractor and so talented in everything having to do with anything regarding homes or yards.
So. We took down our fence. It's a double lot, 38 panels. It was aging and we've already re- painted it 4 times in 30 years, and weren't about to do it again. Decided if they don't see a fence, they won't think they're owed a fence and try to chip down our price over it because it was in such crappy condition. Sliced off the posts but still have to figure out how to get them out of the ground. Need a guy with a jackhammer. Cousin and hubby cleared mountains of brush and fake trees.
We emptied our HUGE attic. Finally. Cousin power washed the house and the double garage. Cousin sawed apart huge porch cabinet that came from my old store and had seen better days. Into the dumpster it went.
We rented a large dumpster, and still have room for more stuff tomorrow.
This is just the main stuff. Tons more was done. All this, and it was hot and humid as hades here both days. I felt like the weak link because I just cannot cope with the sun and the heat. Been that way since I was a kid and parents would take me to a summer parade and I would just keel over in the heat. Saw stars more than once, and finally had to confine myself to indoor work.
Packed 12 boxes.
Then, thought we were going to avoid having to replace the roof, but no. We have a shake shingle, and were going to try to repair. No dice for many reasons, so next week we get a new roof, including separate 2 car garage. Can anyone say CHA CHING?!
To boot, the realtor told us today we really should redo our hard wood floors at least in the living room dining room and long hallway. I started to cry. Problem is, we've had large area rugs down for years, and underneath them floors look good, but pathways are more distressed so when you lift a rug, big difference.... Anywho, we're getting a bid.
Again, CHA CHING. And it's not even the money so much, although IT IS the money, it's the HUGE HASSLE involved, including not being able to live here for a couple of days, and having to move things around and out.
But it would be the ultimate wow factor. Everything else is re-painted, crisp and clean. We need to sell fast, and so we will probably go ahead with this. Oh, shiver me timbers, and holy cat's pajamas.
Haha, all this makes it sound like we were living in a dump, but really not. However, in these last years we have let some things go, it had gotten too much for us gradually, and we weren't seeing it happening.
Tomorrow we will work all day again with cousin and wife. Did I mention they're freaking saints?
Well gals, all I can say is by the time we get out of here, I might just be pretty dry eyed. All this has made me NEVER want so much stuff and so much responsibility EVER again. We have loved our 30 years here, and it wasn't our first choice to leave now---but doing this 5 years from now?!?!?! When we're 70?!?!? God's grace has its way.
I am exhausted to the bone, but feeling SO BLESSED to have such great family and friends, including you guys, who have supported me thru this whirlwind of change and loss and work, kept my chin up when it wanted to hit the ground.
Oh did someone say woe---pffffft, not even thinking about it in these last days Burned more cals than I have in years in last 2 days. Have eaten what I wanted to, but actually, not too bad at all, but no, not on plan.
This will not end for awhile---the endless work and appointments and bids and calculations---and it already seems we've done so much, but no rest for the weary. Not to mention the big business project. This is not the time for me to try to lasso my woe. It just is not. But I'm going to keep being here and taking in the vibes of those I love here, and know fight the battle with me.
And when the worst of this has past, the work is done, and the house is on the market, I will charge up again on the woe, and do as well as I can up till then.
I am one very very tired girl, but also, blessed in so many ways. (LOL, BRAVO to anyone who gets thru this whole post. But I am sitting out on my back porch relaxed for the first time in days, and typing and listening to the cicadas, and thinking about so much.
Oh...and we're back at it tomorrow with cousin and his wife. All day. Cousin will put in the refacing he made for our kitchen cabinets. His wife and I will keep emptying anything we can get out hands on into the dumpster. Then they will leave and we will take a day of rest.