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A Sad Discovery in the Garden

I’m sad and ticked off over this today.

About 3 months ago the groundskeepers oversprayed weed killer after I planted the flowerbed. The front row has struggled to grow ever since.

Then last night I go out to water the gardens and find that they’ve sprayed next to my tomato and cucumber plants. We dare not eat anything else from them; just to be safe.  I really don’t want to run the risk of my granddaughter eating off the vine at this point, either.

Guess I need to pull and toss. Would you??    😦 Dammit. Grrrr –

In other news: we had a scare with my Dad, worrisome things with Grandkids. Hubby missed a workday due to a health issue {Yikes!} and we are still on the hunt for property.  **Thanks for stopping by today Friends and Confidantes!  Next posts up for discussion: {I’ll link them when they’re live} 1. my budding skills with The KonMari Method. AND 2. best and worst dog chews/toys and puzzles for Border Collies & teenage pups in general. – Gma Auburn {Jen}

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Gratuitous Hoarding Pics!

Subtitled: Work interrupted by chaos and phone calls.

My OFFICE situation begets my mindset. Scattered, mixed-up, white noise in material form. It’s the only room I’ve haven’t started packing yet.  Small room, big angst.

Just a peek! The totes are on top of a dresser. And that’s full too. There’s 2 more bookshelves, the floor-OMG! There’s even a circular saw… you get the idea. 0.o

Friends and Confidantes, {and LIZ!} What is the ONE ROOM that’s the thorn in your paw? –Grandma Auburn **Office packing WILL begin tonight, for sure. *||*Free Shipping is still available before Halloween in my stores:  >Grandma’s Holiday Store< CODE: FALLFORALL Thanks for looking! #halloween #hoodies #christmasdesigns

#moving #hoarding #packing #Indiana #bipolar #earlychristmasshopping

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Moving Part 12: Looking at a Doublewide

In part 11, we backed out of the huge house in the small town due to structural issues. Since then we’ve been beaten to the punch on 2 other properties.  Recently, we viewed a doublewide MH on an acre of woods. 3 bed/2 bath. New roof,, screened porch, patio doors and a wood stove- YAY! {Here we go again!}

{Gratuitous woods and porch pic… at the showing.}Porch pic doublewide

Looking for loans: UGH. They should consider this a house on a foundation, not a mobile home. But she’s older. So we’ve applied with a different mortgage company. Awaiting another pre-appoval letter is torture. As an aside: for anyone purchasing a MH new or used… there are USDA and FHA loans for MH and land/home packages, too.

Getting an inspection and putting in an offer this week – Crossing fingers. {It’s the first place Hubby and I haven’t had some kind of argument over- now that’s a sign 0.o }

Meanwhile snafus abound here at the TinyTrailer… A crack in the van windshield. The lawn mower croaked. Vet and medical bills are due. Rent looming. License plates [x2] are due. Nine prescriptions need re-upped… Can everything just be stasis for a few weeks, please?? It’s already going to be nip and tuck to cover a year’s worth of homeowner’s insurance on top of it all- Yikes!

Work at home and Housework- organizing… I’ve had really good days designing, setting goals and marketing. Later today I’m taking advice from my daughter and Konmari-ing every box/stack of papers hiding in this claustrophobic, mid-moving mess.

Friends and Confidantes, I wish you all a productive Monday- Gma Auburn {Jen}

#moving #midwestlife #organization #indiana #loantypes

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Moving: Part 11 – The Inspection Tells All

The Home Inspection revealed more than we bargained for.  Since y’all have been following our saga thus far- I won’t keep you in suspense… We are backing out of the deal with this particular property.  It was so sad for Hubby and I to come to this decision over the last few days.Lillies inthewindow

Now, if you’ve never went through this process; 9 out of 10 times you cannot back out at this junction in the game. UNLESS the inspection has pointed out grave issues with the structure.

For one, the water wasn’t turned on, so in that respect we couldn’t have the plumbing inspected (and because of that my Realtor will be asking for our money back from the seller.)  The report included: nail holes in the roof and subsequent water damage where some rafters had already been sister-studded, some knob and tube wiring (which may or may not be functional, but will negate a homeowner’s ins policy), and live hot wires not capped. But the worst of it was pylons continuing to sink in the basement with moisture all over. Plus the back half of the house has settled one direction and the front has settled another. Yikes!

Friends and Confidantes, when your inspection guy mentions the movie “The Money Pit” read between the lines.  “We got weak trees!” Tom Hanks  Gma Auburn {Jen}

#moving #homeinspection #midwestlife #indiana

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A Black Eye- But Not Entirely Frazzled

General updates…

New house salmon living room 1
Salmon-chanted living room #1

Yesterday, Nosey Rosey and I collided heads. She was running to jump on the couch. I was bending to pick up a dog toy. She smashed into my glasses. Thank Goddess they didn’t break. She’s alright. I’m sore and bruised.

The Loan Officer scolded me! One of those ‘manly men’ -he is. Asshole. Tuesday he talked fast and loud- verbally runnin’ me over. So I spent a sleepless night; then got up and called the other loan guy in the same office. I gave him an earful about the rude one. Unsurprisingly, he understood my angst. (I wasn’t the first he’s done that to) And answered my questions in a professional manner.

Today is the home inspection! I shopped around and saved $105. Score! Hopefully I’ll post a few more pre-renovation pics tomorrow. Maybe even a video.

It takes a village: In extended family news, my daughter has acquired a 3rd son for the school year.  But my granddaughter didn’t make the cut off for Kindergarten, so she’s gonna be home-schooled.  3 (step) boys and 1 girl in total. Yeesh!

On the work-at-home front nothing much has gotten done. We’re living on potatoes and chicken a hundred different ways. The cookbook, micro jobs and merch designing are at a standstill.  Carving out some serious hours this weekend to get back on track.

Well Friends and Confidantes I gotta hop in the shower. Hubby is coming home early. Not as frazzled as I was a few days ago. Attitude today: Anything can happen.

#moving #1900shouse midwestlife #prerenovation #hardwoodfloors