Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The light at the end of the tunnel.....

My house is now hooked up to city sewer.  What a mess!  No wonder it was so dang was a lot of work and a lot of equipment being used.  This was the first day.....

They had to take my back chain link fence down and dig in the backyard.  I feel so bad about messing up the neighbor's yard but the city said it had a right-of-way and there was no other way.  Couldn't believe how deep they had to go.
They laid the pipes in yesterday and put the pump in the old septic.  Then the electrician came, hooked it up and put a big ole electrical box on the back of the house.  The city came and inspected it today and two  people came out tonight with backhoes to fill it in and smooth it out.....sort of!!!
The yard is a mess including the side yard where they made a thousand trips up and down.  I'll have to hire someone to come in to help.  Too big of a job to do myself.  What a headache this has been but I figure it's done now and I can, hopefully, get on with selling my house.
I've been able to get a few things ready for Leola's.  This lamp is so wonderful.  It's a vintage cowboy doll.  I had to rewire and do a little gluing but it is adorable.  Also made some lavender-filled bags for drawers or whatever.....I love mine in my heating pad at soothing!

I've decided to take some of my ironstone to sell.  I love it but just have too much.
My neighbor has made me these wonderful peg racks out of old wood.....
Today I am planning a day off.  I'm going with sister Judy and her granddaughter to Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.  It's the gallery that was built by one of the Walton's of Walmart fame and by all accounts is amazing.  I seriously need a day off.
Hope everyone is having a great week.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rain, rain go away.....

I know I shouldn't complain but I'm so tired of this.  Let's get on with summer.....

It's certainly making for some beautiful flowers.
And in case anyone is's the latest chapter of my saga.  I got an estimate for all the work that has to be done to get the house hooked up to city sewer.  YIKES!!!!  Not an inexpensive project!  Had to go yesterday and get the paperwork done at the city water department and pay the almost $1000 for that.  Next on the agenda is to get started on the actual work and with all the rain, they'll wait to start it next week.  Then they start digging up the back yard.
I'm trying to concentrate on getting things cleaned out and packed.  With all the rain, I'm constantly pulling weeds and trying to keep the yard looking good.  The garden is going crazy.
Hope everyone is making it through this crazy weather we're having.  Looks like if we can make it through the tropical storm this week then we'll be rewarded with lots of sun and warm temps for awhile.  It's about time!!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Current house news.....

Just wanted to post a short message today to keep those interested up-to-date on my selling and buying of homes.  Well, looks like my house deal is off.  Turns out when they did the inspection of my septic system, it was out of compliance with current rules and regulations so......  Anyway, I'm lucky for one reason, the city sewer runs right up to my property.  I'm going to take the house off the market and get the work done and then put it back on at a higher price.  If it doesn't sell right away, so be it.  I've got lots of time!  I'm telling myself that these things usually happen for a reason.

Guess we'll see what the next chapter is in this thing I call "my life"!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Went to a garden party......

Jean, Judy and I went to the little town where we lived for several years in our youth to see the beautiful home and garden of our long-time friend, Linda Heman.  You wouldn't believe how much time and effort has gone in to this....and love!  Linda, her cousin and her sister and husbands live in sort of a compound where they all share the same backyard.  They have a very large extended family so it sees lots of action.  LaRussell only has a population of about 100 (except when Linda has her garden party, they have the yearly September reunion, and the Thanksgiving eve festivities around the lighting of the pump that sits in the middle of the street).



This is their straw garden.  Think I'll give this a try next year....they already have tomatoes.  Wonder, too, if it would protect squash and cucumbers from beetles.  They also had green beans planted.

I don't want to say much about this until the deal is done but looks like I've bought a house.  Waiting for all inspections to be reported and then I'll share.  It's a wonderful small house and is in town.  Keep your fingers crossed and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

House hunting update....

Just wanted to update my house selling and buying adventures.  Found out that according to the contract, the sale should be finalized on July 17.  I've been looking like crazy but haven't found anything that I'm really interested in.  I'm beginning to get a little nervous.  My plan was to sell mine and find one that was smaller and more convenient but everything I find is too dated, too expensive, in wrong neighborhood, or in a really crummy neighborhood. 

Why can't I find something like one of these....

Love all of these from Pinterest.

I had to leave today while they did the inspection.  Haven't heard anything yet but already decided that after what I've seen out there, chances are pretty slim I'm fixing anything.  Guess we'll have to wait & see! 

Tomorrow is another day and hopefully, I'll find the perfect one.  I'll stay in touch....

picture from Country Living