Thursday, August 5, 2010

While you were out . . .

Dear Hubby,

Sorry that we could not talk tonight. Here is the scoop on the last two days.

The “For Sale” sign is in the yard.

The car is ready to be picked up—$400+.

I have called Chad twice about the doorbell. He may come Friday night or Monday night to fix it but must okay those times with his wife. I talked to him on his cell phone at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday evening because he had not called me back and he was still at work. He is very, very busy this week—some project he was working was flooded.

The carpet was cleaned but they only did the family room and the hallway. At least none of the other rooms were damp. The floors all look clean though—no problem. I love our wood floors in the kitchen.

The desk is in the family room. Sorry for the inconvenience but it looks good.

The rug from the living room desk is in the family room by the patio door. The rug from the door is in the living room. I borrowed one of Lois’s rugs for the family room for pictures because it really looked great but I gave it back to her because it was from her front room. She loves it and uses it there every day. I was sad to give it back. I looked in seven stores for a cheap one that would work there but they were too expensive or in the wrong size or I just couldn’t find any. I am okay with the rugs not matching now. It was just that hers looked so good.

The coffee table is in the basement with little chairs around it for a child’s play area.

I moved the laundry room table to the basement. I miss it but it looks cleaner—more crisp.

The books are totally disorganized. Organizing them is on my “To Do” list. Some random books are on the bookshelves in the family room. The covers from some of those books are in the new study bookshelf cupboards out of sight. Should I keep the covers?

The tall palms from many years ago are at Amanda’s house. She replanted them all into one container. They look nice and I told her to keep them. Many of the other plants were given to her as well. I replanted two plants in new containers and put one on the bookshelves and one in the corner of the family room.
The plant holder from the corner of the living room is in the corner of the family room. I trimmed the tall plant in the corner of the living room way down and moved it to the opposite corner—diagonally. Some plants were tossed. Boo hoo. I offered them to Jeremy and Susan and Lois but no one wanted them.

The wooden cheese boxes are on a shelf in the basement storeroom. The corner wooden boxes are in the basement with a stuffed animal in each. They look kind of cute like cages but we will need to decide if we should keep those or not. The dolls, tea sets, marble machine, kids’ rockers and stuffed animals are in the basement. The commode chest is in the basement. The tall wooden rocker with pillows is in the basement. The basement looks nice and homey and not too crowded with stuff.

Four extra pillows are on basement sofas. Two from the family room are in the blanket chest. The basement pillows are in the blanket chest but I think I should give them to Repeat Boutique. I gave a large blanket to Repeat Boutique because the blanket chest was too full.

When we know someone is coming to look at the house, we are supposed to put the throws in the family room out of sight. I don’t get that but will do it. I left a couple out for you and I to use.

Aunt Vera, Lou, Donna and I took the two flower arrangement saddles to the Pettisville cemetery and put one on Dad and Mom’s stone and one on Uncle Bus’s. They look really nice. I was sad thinking about Dad. I miss him.

I sent the box with Susan’s new wand to her house today with Mookie. She emailed me that she received it.

The round table is in Susan’s basement. Two of the game table chairs are in the basement bedroom by the desk. The other two game table chairs are by the basement TV sitting area. The desk is in the family room. The girls had me raise the bird picture in the family room a bit so it looked better with the desk.
With the new family room arrangement, your recliner does not face the TV. Sad, sad face. It is comfy though to watch TV from the sofa. I think you will like it okay for a bit?

The laundry basket is moved to the laundry room closet. The recycling bag is also now in the laundry room closet.

The photos are labeled and are in the end crawl space cupboard. The extra knickknacks from around the house are labeled and on a store room shelf.

I took a basement ceiling tile to Home Depot and a man helped me match as close as possible some ceiling tiles. I bought a box of 12 costing around $70. I took the tiles from the TV area of the basement and replaced all of the yukky tiles. The extra old tiles from that area are above the kids toys in the storage area. I put some new aluminum pans up on the ceiling under the tiles because honey was still dripping in two areas. The new tiles are in the TV area of the basement ceiling. The old yukky tiles from the basement are bagged ready for the garbage.

The hot tub works. The hot tub man’s truck left oil spots on the driveway. The spots mostly came out or faded with lots of rain. The supplies for the hot tub are in the cupboard under the sink.

Krystyna is coming Friday to check if anything else needs cleaning—windows, chandeliers, wash our sheets, and vacuum the basement from my ceiling project.

Do you think we could get Kevin and some boys sometime to take our old ping pong table to Andy’s dumpster in Geneva before the business is sold?

I am babysitting for Amanda on Saturday.

The picnic with the Joneses is on Sunday.

Someone is coming to look at the house on Saturday between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.

The Realtor’s photos make our house look great. It was rainy on Wednesday when she took the photos so she added a sunny sky. How about that?

There is a message on the answering machine from a moving company that wants to give us an estimate. That came at 8:05 this am before the sign was in the yard?

I love you very much and will be so glad to have you home. I am praying about your convention pressures and your cold. I was sad to hear your plane was delayed. Do you get a free ticket for the hassle?

See you tomorrow. We have no plans for tomorrow night. Yay!

Hugs and kisses,


Donna's Book Nook said...

I'm SO sorry Bob didn't make it home! The pics of your home look beautiful.

Hope it's not too much of a shock for Bob. Love ya. Donna

Rachel said...

Wow, Aunt Brenda! You've been busy! I can tell you've worked hard because your house looks spotless. I'm hoping that your house sells quickly!

Andy Rowell said...

Ho hum. A normal day.

Woke up this morning thinking of you.


Brenda said...

Rachel, it is always spotless. (fingers crossed)

The biggest change was the family room--totally rearranged and next was the basement rec room.

The pictures make it look large.

Wanda..... said...

I are moving, Brenda. Having no clue, I was a bit confused, at first I thought there had been a flooding problem, but glad there wasn't. Your home looks beautiful, anyone would want to buy it! Best wishes for a stressless move, Brenda!

Brenda said...


My husband is thinking about retirement--as he has been for seven or eight years but I think he is closer. We have been thinking of downsizing for the same time period. We have more house than we need at this point in our lives.

We finally put some action to our talk and met with a realtor. Bob was somewhat offended that we were told to depersonalize the house before listing. I found it a challenge.

My hubby travels nearly every week from Tuesday to Thursday so as soon as he left, I got busy--taking down grandkids pictures, rearranging furniture, etc. Then I could not talk to him on the phone on Wednesday evening so I started writing things that I needed to tell him. I decided to post it after writing.

Hubby is home now and thinks the house looks great. He was glad that he did not have to help move furniture or be around while I was deciding what to do. He understands "staging" a bit more and chuckled at my letter.

If the house sells, we will downsize. If not, we will put things back and enjoy living here.

Diana said...

Hi Brenda,
I remember when Jake and I first looked at our house. We looked at and through it several times before making an offer.
The whole house was painted white and hardly had any furniture, no pictures hanging on the walls, nothing.
I think that the realtors think that people can picture more of what they can do with a place when it looks like a blank canvas.
I know that the first thing we did was to paint colors on the walls! Good luck with your new endeavor. I hope that it all goes smoothly for you! Love Di ♥

Dee said...

I love your letter to hubby. Down sizing for retirement is the thing to do. It will free you up to do things you really want to do besides the house up keep. I hope all goes well.

Rebecca said...

I read your explanation to Wanda. I, too, was most confused.

Personally, I dread the process that you have just gone through!

However, with your resourcefulness (and resources) you've made it sound do-able!

My sister and brother-in-law recently sold their condo in Gurnee, have found a new place and hope to be settled in sometime in September...

Mummy McTavish said...

So... it's been a quiet week? hehehe ;-) It looks great. I'd buy it.

We had an article in the paper last week about Aussies snapping up properties over there because the prices are so great compared to ours. I think the plan is you buy there, rent it out and fund the house you want to buy here. All too complicated for me.