July 31, 2009

officially clean

The puddle got worse.

I won't go into any detail but let's just say that I would not wish this on anyone.

The guest bathroom was a mess and water also started to come up under the tiles in our master bath. We finally got a plumber to come out to the house. $232.50 later we found that our plumbing problems are due to tree roots (thanks to our smokey neighbor's tree) and a piece of cloth. We need to get some additional work done and have the pipes cleaned out at least once a month. I guess it is THAT bad. At least now we can use our own facilities. Just in time too since we have family coming to visit next week. Seven women and a no working toilet would have been a disaster.

The plumber came on Wednesday so I left work early to meet him. After he left I then had the wonderful job of cleaning up the mess. I don't think I have ever used so much soap. Maybe I used a bit too much but at least I know it is clean. Since we had not been using this bathroom I had not yet cleaned or put out any rugs etc. I guess it was a good thing that I had not unpacked or put out any of the bathroom stuff. That way I did not have to worry about cleaning any of it. One point for procrastination.

July 28, 2009

Procrastination strikes again

Originally uploaded by DreamsOfNyssa
...or is it just life?

This is the last month for my current Project 365. It ends in August and I just barely uploaded day #225. Only 140 more to go. I wonder if I can upload them before the end of the project? I will just have to keep it on my list of things to do. Yikes! The "to do" list is getting longer and longer by the minute. I guess the smart thing would be to actually start working on the 'to do" list but then that is so NOT me.

July 27, 2009


When I used to work technical support for a software company we were told never to ask the customer what the "problem" was. Problem was too negative. We were to ask our customers what the "issue" was. "Issue" was nicer, more positive, fixable.

Woke up on Sunday to a mysterious puddle of water covering the guest bathroom floor. Today it happened again but we were able to figure out where it was coming from. Yep. We need a plumber. Hopefully it won't cost us too much. Especially since we haven't even paid our first mortgage payment yet.

I didn't get much accomplished around the house this weekend. I have one of our neighbors to thank for that. We have discovered that our neighbors like to burn things. So there is smoke constantly coming from their yard. They are on the same side as our cooler (and bedroom window) so all the smoke gets pulled into our house. The house constantly smells like a campfire. The husband introduced himself to the guy today and found that they recently moved in themselves and they are renovating. I guess that is the cause of the smoke. I really don't know. It does not help to breathe in all this smoke on a daily basis. I have to say on Sunday it was pretty miserable here as they burned stuff four different times during the day.

Luckily I had some laundry to do and got to escape. I ended up at the most wonderful laundry mat. No coins are used (you buy a card). The attendant was so helpful and the place was clean. It was a bit overwhelming. LOL! I am so NOT used to that. Too bad I found a nice laundry mat now that I don't need one. Rumour has it that we will be getting our own washer and dryer a lot sooner than we thought. The in-laws purchased us a washer and dryer as a house warming gift. I can't wait!

Even with all the "issues" I really do like my new house. It already feels like home.

July 24, 2009

making progress

Today was the husband's day off. While I spent the day at work, he spent the day moving furniture, boxes and unpacking. He even put together the computer desk. That means I am one step closer to having my own crafty space.

I have spent the evening trying to make every crafty thing I own fit into the tiny room. It is slowly coming along. The only thing I really managed to accomplish was mess up the modem. All I did was unplug it and now I get a message that my computer has different settings than the modem. I will need to look into that further this weekend. Thank goodness for neighbors with unsecured wireless.

I hope to get the room pretty much finished this weekend. Then there is the laundry. The in-laws have promised us their washer/dryer as they are buying new ones. We were supposed to get them after we moved but now it may be awhile. I really am not looking forward to going to the laundry mat but I guess a person has to do what they have to do. I was told of a pretty nice one a little ways up the street. They don't even use quarters. I kind of want to check it out just because of that.

July 23, 2009

One week

Exactly one week ago we moved into our new house. I cannot believe that we have been here a week already. It may have had a rocky start but it is starting to feel like home.

Last week was probably the worst for moving. It was SO hot and humid. The day before signing we walked thru the house just to check it out one last time. We found that the cooler was broken. So the morning we went to sign, there was someone over here to fix the cooler. When we started to move in that night (Wednesday) the cooler still was not working. It was a good thing that we had planned to stay one more night at our old place. We really did enjoy having the A/C that last night. Last Thursday was our main move-in day and the cooler still was not working. It was terribly hot. I have to tell you....I really am not a pleasant person when I am hot. Luckily I have a hubby that is very handy. The husband bought a new vent for the bedroom so we had more air flow. He also installed a brand new cooler motor. It was just what we needed. The house is so much nicer when there is actually air blowing out of the cooler vents.

We are slowly getting settled. There are still boxes to unpack but it shouldn't take too long to get them all emptied. I am really looking forward to having a room of my own to set up with all the crafty things I like to pretend to work on. Maybe once it is all organized I will actually create something.

I am really looking forward to the weekend. If only I did not have to get past Friday in order to reach it.

July 8, 2009

Just one week left...maybe less

I cannot believe it is already Wednesday. Which surprises me since each day this week (at work) has just dragged on and on with nothing really being accomplished.

Not much happening here at home either, especially in the packing department. Last night I packed a large box with my winter clothes. Surprisingly I have a ton of winter clothes and it never gets cold enough to wear them. They are all boxed up now. Well most of them and I still need to tape up the box.

Today I was determined to accomplish more. I brought home some boxes but they are still in the car. There was a huge storm after I arrived home and we also got a couple of good movies from Netflix. So, tonight we watched the movie Knowing. It was a pretty interesting movie. Lots of destruction, which of course the husband enjoyed. But nothing really got accomplished except that I made dinner.

Maybe tomorrow something will get packed.

July 6, 2009

it's getting closer

Originally uploaded by DreamsOfNyssa
It looks like the 15th may be the day. That is still a guess-timate but hopefully a correct one. We had hoped that we would close on the house the weekend of the 10th, so our 4th of July holiday was spent packing and cleaning. It wasn't all work though. On the 4th, B made yummy BBQ ribs and there was some time spent on quality laziness.

I am glad that we have an extra few days to get ready for the move. I am already tired and we have not even really gotten started. I still have so much left that I need to do and I still feel overwhelmed but I am sure it will all work out in the end.

July 2, 2009

It feels like a Friday

This week started out as any other week. It did not even feel like a holiday week, well until today that is.

This year the 4th of July is on a weekend. Even though Saturday is the actual 4th of July holiday, Friday is the common day off from work. The department is closed (to the public) on Friday but everyone is still scheduled to work. No one talked about having to work and some people were not aware of it. The gal who sits at the desk across from mine wasn't too happy when she found out that she was supposed to work. She had made plans to be off and I think a few others had done so as well. So most of them were working longer hours during the week in order to leave early on Friday. I had planned to do the same but on Wednesday I sent an email to my manager asking if we were really scheduled to work on Friday. She responded that everyone else was required to work but that I was to take it off. I was pretty surprised (and happy) to hear that. No staying late for me! The only bad thing is....I am the only employee (other than management) that has the day off. I did not mention my day off to anyone today. I am sure they will figure it out when I don't show up tomorrow. Hopefully there won't be too many angry co-workers come Monday.

I have lofty goals of working on packing and cleaning during my 3-day weekend but the reality is that it probably won't get done. After all the stress that B and I have been thru the last month or so it is nice to have some time off together. Tonight has been wonderfully relaxing and I hope that it continues into the rest of the weekend.

I have pretty much spent my evening editing some photos and searching online for drivers for my Canon scanner. I have found yet another item that does not work with my Vista64 laptop. First my Canon camera and now the scanner. I don't even want to attempt to try the printer. I am not looking forward to having to buy new products just because Canon doesn't want to cooperate and update their drivers. So basically my new laptop is only good for going online. I cannot do anything with it as nothing works with it.

I have started to share pictures of our new house. These are the photos from the listing. I can't wait until it is ours!

July 1, 2009

holding pattern

Well it has almost been a month since my last post. We are still living in the same place and technically have not yet purchased the house. I guess you could say we are in a bit of a holding pattern here.

After the house inspection we were supposed to get the house assessed. Then we found out about a Federal law that prohibits the sale of an investment property (flipper house/foreclosure) until it has been owned for 90-days. It appears the listing agent was a bit excited about the house and listed it before it was legally able to be sold. So, instead of moving into our new place in June we ended up having to wait until the end of June for the house to be legally available to purchase. That day was last week. This week the house was again supposed to be assessed. We have not heard anything but have been told this could take a week (I am thinking maybe longer because of the holiday?). We hope we may get to close on the house sometime around the 10th-15th of this month. I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed about packing and moving. I really do hope that this move goes a lot smoother than the last time.

At least I finally found the time to upload my Project 365 photos for March. I must say that March sure did end up to be a pretty colorful month.

March 2009  [project 365]

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