- My friendly neighborhood realtor came by yesterday. A bit of a reality check. You have to realize that the only other home I have sold was from afar, in Washington DC, in a sellers market. In otherwords, even though are tenants tore the house apart, the area was desirable enough that selling was almost instantaneious-we may not have made much of a profit but the house was sold! The market has dramatically improved in Texas, but I am not really in a position to make improvements (and certainly not to do foundation repair at this time). We made a list of what I need to do in the ten days in terms of landscaping and cleaing and staging-and getting estimates of costs for things I cannot upgrade. I'm prepared to make concessions, but want to keep some of that downpayment I made in 2007, if you know what I mean. We agreed that if I were to sell, it should be now, in August, while people are househuntning (folks come to my town specifically for the schools).
- Yesterday and today we've had our second downsizing sale, with some items added from a garage that my son cleaned out (mainly bins of little boy clothes). I'm making VERY sure that I dont downsize anything I may want to replace again other than fabric-in that case it can occasionally be out with the new and in with the more current.
- Except for Friday, I've exercised in the pool for an hour every day this week. On Wednesday I went and sewed with a few of my closest friends, and then we took ourselves out for lunch. This happens rarely, but eight dollars for soup, salad and bread sticks at the Olive Garden cannot be beat. I of course had to add a drink and dessert, but still! A full day of being constructive except for lunch.
- I've slowly been working on the yard. Stay or go, there are some things that simply have to be done. I need to put down a heavy layer of mulch (red in the front), soak around the house, and get some flowers planted.
- I think I've finally convinced my offspring that he may need to create his own job. After much talking, I've convinced him that while at the same time he needs to search for jobs, he needs to look at learning a new skill possibly and treating his amazon business like a real job, spending at least half his time buying and selling books. The boy has not even gotten calls back when he responds to ads for flyer distribution-talk about an ego crusher. Im willing to put some of my income (a small amount) into this area to get him off the ground.
- I've realized two things about my quilting business (better late than never). It takes TIME to make money when you start a small business, and you have to reinvest money (in my case into fabric and supplies) to make business a sucess. In other words, expecting my quilting business to make five hundred plus dollars monthly right now to change my life is not realistic. It's a long term committment, fortunately at something that I love.
- Finally, although its a cukoo week, I have found even more free things and cheap things to keep me busy-discount movies, my meet up group, many books, canning pie filling and sunday sauce, and just chillin with the family.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
It's been a busy few days around the old homestead