Thursday, July 14, 2016

House Update

Oh my goodness!  I don’t even know where to begin!

May and June were absolutely crazy!  So much has happened since I last posted.

We ended up flying to OKC for two weeks in May so that we could empty the house of everything that our youngest daughter did not take. She took pretty much everything we owned of value except our lawn mower, our china and our baseball memorabilia. 

So what we had to do was empty the attic, house and garage of the stuff that she did not want or was not of any value, such as decorations, pictures, toys etc.  There was a ton to deal with!  Then we had to clean the house from top to bottom, including the carpets as well as deal with the yard, as nothing was cleaned when they left. 

It ended up being unseasonably hot with high humidity while we were there.  Tex ended up getting heat exhaustion and had to go to the hospital twice for fluids.  He was extremely sick with heat exhaustion and was down in the bed for about 5 days. (I say bed, what I mean was air mattress!  We had no furniture in the house during our stay.)  He was also in great pain due to his lower back problems.  The hospital gave him morphine during his two visits due to his extreme pain. 

During this horrible ordeal, I was left to deal with the roof contractor, the mortgage company regarding the roof, our insurance company as well as finish getting rid of stuff and I also had to clean our whole house by myself.  Our oldest daughter was amazing and took very good care of us while we were there, making us dinner, bringing us drinks, and helping to sort through our stuff.  She was 7 months pregnant, has a 2-year-old toddler and is taking 3 master classes online and still found the time to help us out tremendously.  We are forever grateful for her help!

We were also very blessed with our wonderful friends Michael and April.  They let us borrow a truck for our two-week stay.  It was such a lifesaver!  I don’t know what we would have done without that truck.  We made daily trips to the dump and it would not have been possible without their help!  Thanks Michael and April!

While we were in OKC, we had to get a new roof put on the house as it had hail damage.  This was found as part of the house inspection for the sale of the home.  That went smoothly and it looks great!

We also had to rent a small storage unit for the items that we did not have time to deal with, such as the totes and totes of family pictures, family china and the baseball memorabilia.  Since our oldest daughter was moving to Alaska, she couldn’t take it and our youngest daughter didn’t want to store it for us, so we have to pay for storage until we can get back next summer when we have more time to go through the stuff. 

The big problem was the closing on the house.  Our buyers were not the issue. It was the buyer’s for their house in Tulsa.  Long story, but the gist of the story is that it was delayed for several weeks but we finally closed on it and it is over!  That was 4 months of absolute, over the top stress, which some of it didn’t need to happen.  When we sold our first house in Topeka years ago, it was very easy but this one was trouble from day one for so many reasons!

Shortly after getting back from OKC, Megan and her family came through Seattle on their way to Dillingham, Alaska, where they will be living.  We spent 5 days with them and shopped for hours every day! They had to ship their car by barge to Dillingham because the village is only accessible by boat or plane.

Since they were shipping their car, we filled it to the top with non-perishable food and supplies. This will save them a ton of money on shipping those items.  They will have to buy all of their furniture online and have it shipped there once they arrive.  Because Megan is 8 months pregnant, they have to stay in Anchorage until the baby is born because there is no hospital in the village.  This means that they won’t actually get to Dillingham until the end of August.

So now that Megan and family have left, we are just now beginning to slow back down.  It has been one horrible year so far but hopefully things are looking up!

We have a trip planned with some friends beginning July 23rd.  We are going to Port Angeles, WA for a week to explore the Olympic peninsula.  We are so excited!  We will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary while we are there so we can’t wait! 

So that is what has been happening for the last two months.  It was horrible but we are really hoping all the bad luck is behind us and only good things ahead!

Will post again soon!

~Until next time!







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