Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
So today we started to pack some stuff into a box. We will be eating off Tupperware plates and drinking out of plastic cups. I packed my pottery and glasses. This should not be a problem.
Friday, June 22, 2007
To put it simply, the buyers were being a bit of a pain in our book. So we have decided to apply our house-buying dollars elsewhere. It fels so liberating! We are scheduled to look at another 4 houses this afternoon.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Excepts from CNN
'Drivers' Ten Commandments'
The "Drivers' Ten Commandments," as listed by the document, are:
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others.
And it suggested prayer might come in handy -- performing the sign of the cross before starting off and saying the Rosary along the way. The Rosary was particularly well suited to recitation by all in the car since its "rhythm and gentle repetition does not distract the driver's attention."
Wow! I may be a bit ahead of things. The post describes my attempt to combat road rage and those self-defeating negative thoughts by praying the Rosary.
Is the world becoming a bit sad the the Vatican feels the need to develop this list?
Monday, June 18, 2007
So it was a busy weekend. We signed a contract to sell our house Thursday night and went house hunting Saturday and Sunday. We had done enough looking that we were able to zero in on our First choice neighborhood. So we found a house we really liked that meets our budget. The 12YO went to stay with Grandma and Grandpa for the next three weeks.
Mon - Baseball game - A will eat his pizza leftover from last night's dinner out
Tues- Most likely be out since we plan to take one last tour of a house we are going to submit a bid on. See this post for the story.
Wed - 6:00 Baseball - Turkey Sandwiches.
Thursday - Meatloaf
Friday - Some sort of Chicken breasts.
For more great menus, check out Laura's blog.
So we plan to submit an offer on the well-priced two story.
We had visited 5 houses Saturday and found the Budget-buster. It was within the range Hubby had expanded our search to, but the A/C was not working. Mr. HVAC wanted to tour the house with it working right. But then a funny thing happened. He started getting cold feet about spending that much on a house. Mr. We-can-afford-that-payment.... We looked at two others on Sunday. The 7 YO was with us (not happily). He liked the Home with the screened-in porch. It was in a different school district than the other two and thus had higher taxes. It was a bit smaller. Especially the Kitchen. (Our kids will be attedning a Parochial school). A drawback on our chosen house it storage space for DH's tools. There are no outbuilding allowed re: Home Owner's association - but a big pool. So everthing will have to go in the basement. But it has the almost light carpet throughout. So we may have to alter the basement a bit.
Friday, June 15, 2007
So now the house hunt begins in earnest. We have been in contact with an agent. She sent a list of 44 houses that meet our criteria. I put 22 of them in the NO pile becasue we had seen them and did not like them or they did not have Gas heat. There are 22 left. I picked out 5 and requests showing of them tomorrow. They are all in the same subdivision. I will have Hubby go through the rest of them for possible showings Sunday or even next week.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
But now that my boys are out of school, I am taking the 7yo to Daycamp at a YMCA about half way for me. Yesterdy morning we are about 25 minutes into the drive and he asks "When are we going to get there? I am tired of riding." I guess he thinks if he's going to be int eh car for more that 20 minutes he'd better be going someplace exciting, like Grandma and grandpa's (That's about a 9 Hour drive) or to Chicago to see the other Grandpa (5 hours) or even to Uncle Bill's (about 50 miles). I just can't belive him. But he's also the boy who walks into the kitchen where there are 2 analog clocks and three digital and demand to know what time it is.
My 12 YO is riding all the way with me. He is attending Baseball camp in the morning and hanging out in my office in the evening. Last night on the way home, he observed: " Only 4 more days of this"
Me: "Of what, hanging out in my office?"
12YO: "No, riding in the car this long."
Sigh. I could at least hope for some empathy or appreciation of what I have been going through for the past year.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Anyways here is the meal plan:
Monday - Salisbury Steak
Tuesday - Chicken pot pie
Wednesday - (Baseball game at 6:00) - Probably drive through
Thursday - Steaks on the grill
Friday - Pizza with my cousin from out of town.
For more menu ideas, Check out Org junkie
Monday, June 04, 2007
I missed last week's post. Still showing the house. I'm ready to move after school is out this week.
Mon - Ground beef night - Dad's Choice
Tues- Chicken - Chicken Potpie from leftover chicken from Saturday's beer can chicken
Wed - (Late Baseball game) - Turkey Cutlets
Thurs - Chicken Kabobs
Friday - Homemade Pizza
For more Menu's visit Laura's Blog
Friday, June 01, 2007
We have 3 and 1/2 more days of school after today. The 12YO has a full-blown case of Summer-itis. His teacher said that this is not uncommon for kids who will be going to a different school next year. He just flat out does not want to complete his homework.
The last 11 weeks have been difficult first with Dad changing job and his start time so that the morning routine was turned upside down. Then the house went on the Market and we made plans to move him away from the school he has been in since Kindergarten, the only house and neighborhood he has known, the friends... Keeing his room presentable has been a mighty challenge for him, but he has rose admirably to it. Before last night it had been a full 10 days since I last asked "How many times do we have to tell you the house hunters look in closets to see how much room they have? You cannot hide stuff in the closet." The week after school is out he will be going to Baseball camp in the morning and hanging out in Mom's office in the afternoon. Then he is going to stay with Grandma and Grandpa at their lake house for three weeks. He did express a concern that we might move while he is gone, but I told him once and I need to tell him again, that moving takes time and we are willing to fly him home if it comes down to it.
Meanwhile, this week has been a little slow. We did have someone come view it on Wednesday. Of course I forgot to open the blinds in the bedroom.
Have a great weekend!