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Moving: Part 9-Pack it Up! We’re Making an Offer Today!

Pothos Close upToday is the DAY! I can’t believe it! After ten days of back and forth with the loan officer- We are approved and he’s gonna float the note. Our realtor is finally drawing up the offer for the old 2 story.   {FHA 203K Loan}

…And Hubby says this morning, “Maybe that’s too much house.” 0.o

Don’t be flip-floppin’ on me now, ole man- I’m not gonna start looking all over again. We’ve seen half the house for twice as much money with no personality whatsoever. I can’t wait to post ‘before’ pictures. She’s got personality in spades! (An old octopus furnace lives in the basement even!)

I’ve been watching YouTube vids about doing AirBnB. It’s quite exciting to embrace this new side gig.  Looking forward to new goals and future plans.Flowers 12

Started packing the house in earnest, yesterday. I’d forgotten just how overwhelming that can get. At least we’re only going 30 minutes away, not cross country.

Life takes unexpected turns and one cannot force the reigns. Friends and Confidantes. It’s like riding a horse that knows the path to the barn better than you do.   From the beginning of our journey looking for land/tiny house/mobile home — to a reasonable mortgage with room for repairs on a house with rooms for guests. -Gma Auburn {Jen} Going where the Universe takes her.

#homebuying #Mortgage #smalltownlife #porchpothos #Indiana

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Moving part 5: Foresight and the Sandwich Generation

Do you worry what will happen when your parents can’t care for themselves? Are your grown kids one paycheck away from loosing their place?

Though I tend to fret more than most; I am house hunting with these ‘what ifs” at the back of my mind. I feel I need to have Plan B in place, just in case there’s a scenario…

If hubby gets hurt or sick, can I still swing the house payments and take care of him? {hence the freshly-hatched possibility of a pet friendly B&B in the previous post.}

Working smarter, not harder is beginning to take on new meaning, Friends and Confidants. Am I smart enough, energetic enough, and driven enough to pull this off for the next decade? I don’t know. – Gma Auburn {Jen} Just typing out loud…

#grownchildren #grandchildren #mortgages #sidegig

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So the Dog is Bi-Polar too

Vet visit: Nosey Rosey has issues. In fact, she referred us to a doggy psychiatric place for her fear behaviors. Yikes! 

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Tired Pup – 1.5 mile hike – DONE!

She’s not fearful of every dog, person or situation; but she goes from ‘collie stare’ to nip in a second   =0.0 =

6 pgs. of instructions, 7 meds, 1 supplement & 1  spray for 2 pets–>> and we have do it again in 3 weeks UGH!

Friends and Confidantes,  Even the cat turned demonic and now I have Pussycat Prozac for next time.

Pet Sitting/Day Care isn’t over till 9:30 tonight. Set the rooster for 6. Gma Auburn {Jen}

  • Next posts – Beginner’s Guide to Entertaining Your Puppy
  • Summer Snacks & Exercise: Keep your Puppy Cool and Safe on a budget
  • Why is my living room covered in stuffing? 

#bordercollie

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A Few Months of Change

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Nosey Rosey #bordercolliemix #halflab #rescuepet

There were several mid May trials that got the best of me. It took time to crumble. More time to rebuild.  In June, I gave myself permission to put the worries & stress on hold; just breathe.  Go be outdoors, plant flowers, play and walk with the pup. I got out of the office; out of the house. Soaked up consecutive days of sunshine… and rain.

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I binged watched true crime and inspiring documentaries. My wandering thoughts became a sporadic gratitude journal. Orchestrating both chaos and self care continue.

House hunting is tedious business: Meanwhile- in anticipation- I chased cobwebs, sorted boxes and added color to a couple rooms. Bought a new desk and office chair 🙂 Yay!

Be safe and have a Happy Independence Day!!! – It’s early ’cause I have a crazy busy week lined up with drs. and vet appointments; micro jobs and pet sitting…  and of course there will be plenty of meat and veggies on the grill  😉

Indiana CreekWhat are your plans {or summer recipes} for this week, Friends and Confidantes? – Gma Auburn {Jen}

#turned50 #weddinganniversary  #summerrecipes  #midwestlife #bordercollie #flowers #zoo

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Doggie Doodie

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Backyard Blossoms

This is one of those “Aw, Crap!” posts. First, I didn’t realize some blogs are ‘award free.’ Yikes! Color me embarrassed.  I haven’t finished the commenting portion for a couple Mystery Bloggers I nominated yesterday; finishing shortly, cautiously. Sorry!

New Pup News:  She already poops bigger than the last dog did! My stash of Dollar General bags is dwindling. Most of the toys/leashes we bought her are too small.  She thinks her water bowl is a swimming hole. I gave her a dog bed, she wrestles with it like WWF. She ate a whole bag of baby carrots in 2.5 days. AND she got me to run with her- kinda. That ain’t easy for an old broad! HA!

On a sober note… we’ve suspected some kind of abuse in her short past. Among other things: She’s growling, with fur up, at anyone who comes near us on walks O.0 More on this as we keep training and reassuring her.

On the home front: Hubby is home. Trucking is slow. He’s not up to par anyway. But the paycheck won’t be, either. Crap!  He’s walking the pup often, so that’s a big help.

Lilacs in sunshine 4 Grandma Auburn Designs 5-2019.jpgNext- I need to take my Dad some dinner; and to doctors’ appointments this week and next. I’m gettin’ a tad cagey about those. A couple weeks ago I screwed up and missed one of his appointments. He was upset and sorta freaked. I felt rotten about it. Almost 50, I’m still trying to be a good daughter.

Friends and Confidantes,  I’m overdue for a little get away. – Gma Auburn {Jen} – Knows where her marbles are… same place her coffee’s hidin’…