Photos of the new place

I promised I would get some pictures taken of the new place and share them with all of you. I finally got those pictures taken over the weekend. Things are really busy around here, and will be for at least the next month or so. Our goal is to be moved by June 1st.

Kitchen

I’ll start with the kitchen because that’s my favorite room. I can already picture myself cooking and baking in this beautiful kitchen.

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Though technically in the dining room, this is the area of the kitchen that I am most excited about. I can see my small appliances up on those shelves, my mixing bowls down in the cabinets, and measuring spoons and cups and cookie cutters in those drawers. I can see my crock pot or bread machine sitting on that counter working away.

 

 

 

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This is a shot of the whole kitchen from the living room.

 

 

 

 

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This is that spacious cabinet that I was telling you about. That shelf in the back isn’t built in, so my husband says that he can build me any kind of shelving I want for in this cabinet. I’m thinking pots, pans, bakeware, and lids.

 

 

 

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This is a shot of the kitchen from the dining area. Where the blue bin is, is where the gas hookup for the stove is. Where the lid is was already perfectly cut for a dishwasher. Husband says he just needs to cut a hole in the side of the cabinet and run the hoses. Until then, we’ll stash the garbage there to keep Bear B from digging.

 

Pantry

You saw the hot pink door beside the refrigerator? This awesome pantry is hiding behind that door.

The access panel to the water heater is hidden inside the pantry. There are three shelves to the right, three shelves to the left, and a long shelf up above the ones to the left and the water heater access. I’ve never had a pantry, let alone one so large. I’m excited.

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This closet is in the hallway near the laundry room. With all those shelves, I imagine we will store our linens here and possibly board games, too.

Living Room

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This is the shot of the front door from the living room. The door on the left is the front door, the one on the right is the coat closet.

 

 

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This is the living room from the front door.

 

 

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This is the living room from the front bedroom.

 

 

 

 

Main Bathroom

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The vanity in the main bathroom features these awesome corner cabinets hidden behind mirrors.IMG_2168
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This is the shower head contraption that I am curious to try, but the husband isn’t certain that it will actually work. Ultimately, I’m sure that we will be replacing it completely.

 

 

 

Daughter’s Bedroom

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The french doors to her bathroom need to be replaced. They cut the closet in half, leaving a nice alcove for her dresser to fit in and still plenty of closet to hang her clothes.

Our Bedroom

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This will be our bedroom. This closet is much larger.

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This beautiful picture light was left hanging on the wall. There appears to be a short somewhere in the wiring, but the husband says he thinks he can fix it.

 

 

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This paneling covers one wall in our bedroom. I think it looks pretty, so we will probably leave it alone for the time being.

 

 

 

The good news is that, today, my husband managed to find a plumbing place that carries the size he needs. It took a lot of searching. We tried the usual suspects first, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ace Hardware. None of them carried the size he needed. This past weekend, the guy at Ace suggested a specialty plumbing store nearby. They didn’t have it either. They recommended another place up the road. They had everything my husband needed and everything he could need as he is fixing the plumbing.

As you can see, it needs some work, but it is really a beautiful place. I will try to remember to take pictures and share them as we go along. I probably won’t make it here to post very often during the next month as we complete our move. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for all the latest updates.

This post says move a lot…

We didn’t make it to the trailer over the weekend, so I don’t have any pictures to share with you. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you have probably seen that I have been working on a few new recipes.

I have started to amass quite the collection of recipes, actually. I am still tweaking and working on many of them. We are working on our plans to get our move moved along. We are fairly certain that we can be moved within the next month.

You’re probably asking yourself, what do moving and my collection of recipes have in common? For one thing, there is that kitchen. I was telling you about it in Moving on the other day. I can imagine how prep work, cooking and baking are all going to flow in that kitchen. It’s important for a chef to be comfortable in their kitchen and have a work space that flows seamlessly from prep to cook to serve. Being able to move around your kitchen and never miss a beat can mean the difference between delicious and ruined.

The other important thing for any good chef is to have utensils, cookware, and appliances they know and love. Your tools are an extension of you in the kitchen. All of my tools have been in storage these last couple of years. When we moved in to Granny’s house, almost everything we own went into storage.

When we are finally moved into our own space again, we will have everything out of storage. I will finally have all of my kitchenware. I will have everything I need to finally start putting together the cookbook. If I’m lucky, I may be able to release it in time for Christmas. How awesome would that be?

Moving on

Recently, we’ve been faced with a few hard choices to make. My husband won in court, proving that he was the rightful heir to his grandmother’s house and belongings. At the same time, the estate let the house fall into foreclosure. It sold in a sheriff’s sale around the same time as the judge made his final ruling.

We had to decide if we wanted to fight for the house, redeem the house, or relinquish the house to the gentleman who won it at auction. While we were debating which was our best option, we received a call from our back up plan. They have a trailer, it’s totally free with a $250 security deposit for the lot. The catch; it needs a bit of work.

Knowing we need to keep our options open, we decided to go and check it out. It was a mess. There was trash from one end of the trailer to the other. There was food left in the fridge and on the floors. Ultimately, it took almost a dozen trash bags when my husband headed over there to clean it out. Bless his heart that he went alone and not once has he complained.

Looking past the garbage, there was a collection of unfinished home improvement projects. They had started to lay Pergo flooring in the kitchen. It’s beautiful. They didn’t know what they were doing. There are gaps and skipped sections and loose boards allover.

The carpet in the front bedroom looks fairly new. It’s tacked down, but it’s not tucked. This carpet may be salvageable. The little half bath needs new tile and it needed a new faucet. The toilet leans a little to the left. There is a nice cabinet hung above the toilet. The french doors hang a little crooked and one falls off whenever you open it towards the bathroom. In the bedroom, a mini wall has been erected to divide the closet in half, leaving an alcove perfect for a dresser on one side and a nice sized closet on the other. The doors are gone but the tracks remained. I removed the tracks and we will be leaving it as an open alcove style closet for now. We always have the option to change our minds. There is a beautiful window composed of square foot blocks of glass. This will be a perfect room for our daughter.

Leaving her room, you enter the living room. It’s a decently sized square room. There is a window looking out over the porch and the front door. A little coat closet sits adjacent to the front door. The carpet is beat up and doesn’t cover the entire room. The little entry way features missing and broken tiles. There is another window directly across from the front entrance. It almost covers the entire wall.

From there, you enter the kitchen and dining area. Picture the kitchen as the tall part of an L and the dining area as the short horizontal piece. This is where my dreams start to come true. I can start to imagine working in this room. The dining room features this beautiful alcove with cabinets on the bottom, a counter, and then open shelves above. There is a wall socket above the counter. I can picture storing all of my wonderful kitchen appliances in this alcove. The counter is a perfect place to set up my slow cooker or my bread machine. With a good tub, I could even set my ice cream maker up over there.

The kitchen is long and efficient. On the right hand side, just around the corner from that beautiful alcove, is a decent sized counter with a large open cabinet below. A small shelf has been placed inside, but it’s not connected to anything. This space will be perfect for all my pots and pans, large and small. Above is regular cabinets with shelving. There is an electrical outlet.

To the left, walking into the kitchen with the dining room to your right, is the stove alcove. There is a hood with working fan and light and small cabinets above it. There is a counter with open space beneath. We assume they were considering putting in a dishwasher or perhaps stored a connect to the sink portable dishwasher in the space. It will be used to keep Bear B out of the trash until we do install a dishwasher. There are standard kitchen cabinets above the counter. There is a double sink after that. There is a window above the sink and florescent lighting hidden behind the paneling. There is an outlet on either side of the sink. There’s more counter space after that with cabinets above and below. The fridge is nestled between that counter and the wall. The fridge is a dream, featuring a right side fridge and a left side double freezer. There are tubs and baskets and storage spaces galore in there. Adjacent to the fridge at the very top of the L is a walk in pantry with shelving galore. The panel to the like new water heater is in this pantry.

From the kitchen, you go around the corner to the hallway. Just before you turn into the hallway, there is a closet with floor to ceiling shelving. Perfect for a linen closet and perhaps the copious amount of board games that we own. As you turn down the hall, the furnace closet is to the left. Beside that is the washer hook-up followed by the dryer hook-up. Unfortunately, I will need a new dryer because it is electric hook-up and mine is gas. Above that is standard laundry room cabinetry. Across from the laundry area is a nice sized window.

To the right is a second door to outside. The backdoor, so to speak. This will probably be Bear B’s door. To the left is the bathroom and straight ahead is a bedroom. When you walk into the bathroom, the toilet is to the left and the shower against the far wall after that. Directly across from the doorway is the sink. It has decent counter space. The selling point is the corner cabinets with lots of shelving inside and mirrored doors. The floor is covered in mismatched tiles and a few of them are missing. The shower has two shower heads, and I look forward to giving it a try.

Lastly, we come to the back bedroom. This will be my husband’s and mine. Currently, the carpet covers about 3/4ths of the room. They were attempting to build some strange platform in the closet. I’m not really sure what that’s about, but the building materials for it are good, and they never actually nailed it into place, so my husband will be able to repurpose a lot of it.

When they turned the water on, plumbing started to blow from the pressure. We will need to replace most if not all of it. The ceiling is soft in places and there have definitely been some leaks. My husband is just going to replace all of the ceiling. Taking it down will allow him to check for mold and leaks from the inside. Almost all of the windows and frames need to be replaced.

You have to be able to see the dream. As you can tell by my colorful description, the kitchen is where I live my dream in a home. Everyone has that one spot that makes a home theirs. This kitchen is absolutely perfect to me, or so I’m imagining. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done before we move in. The plumbing needs to be fixed, the ceilings need to be removed so we can be certain there is no mold, and the place needs to be scrubbed from top to bottom. Everything else can be done after we move in.

I am blessed to have a husband who knows what he’s doing. He’s worked on many crews over the years learning many different bits of the trade. Those jobs may not have been the perfect fit for him, but they prepared him for this next project.

It’s sad to be walking away from his grandmother’s home. It’s hard to decide to let it go. I know that it must be incredibly painful and difficult for him. Our daughter is going to have a hard time leaving behind the place that holds all her memories with her great-grandmother. This is all especially hard having spent the last year of her life living here and caring for her.

But we know that we have to move on. It’s time to leave that part of our lives behind us. It’s time to get on with rebuilding our lives and starting over. Does our new place have its downfalls? Sure. There is a lot of work that needs to go into it. There is only two bedrooms, leaving our son to crash in the living room for the time being. It’s  a fresh start. It’s a new beginning. It’s what we need.

I will try to remember to take some pictures this weekend when we head out there to (hopefully) get some more work done. Keep an eye on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates on our progress.

 

Overtired and Stretched Thin

With everything that has been going on around here, I haven’t been getting much sleep. Even when we get to bed at a decent hour, I lay there for what feels like forever. I stare out into the blackness, my mind thinking on a zillion different things.

Last night, we stayed up extremely late. We stayed up until the sun was coming up. We have a bit to get done this weekend, but we decided to just sleep in and see what happens. Of course, crawling into bed past five am means that we overslept today.

Woke up today after what was allegedly a full night’s sleep feeling more drained and exhausted than when I went to bed. I know I didn’t lay there as I usually do. I know that I was so exhausted that I couldn’t hear the thoughts fighting for my attention as I drifted off.

I’m overwhelmed by everything I need to get done. I need to manage my time so much differently than I have been. I need to put my nose to the grindstone and find us a new place to live, work on three different book ideas that I’ve been tossing around, homeschool my daughter, show the house we’ve been staying in to potential buyers whenever they may show up, keep up with my household and familial duties, plan a move and figure out how we are going to finance that move. This includes trying to bring in extra income through freelancing and my eBay sales. I’ve also been trying to increase sales for the books. Whatever it takes, right?

Monday, I will begin doing what I do best, writing things down. I’d call it making a list, but that would be the biggest lie I tell you. It starts off as a list. Then, I move on to the next list. It starts off similar to what I learned in school for organizing a research paper. (topic 1, subtopic 1, supporting points, topic 2, etc…) Then, something I write in one of those later topics triggers a thought for an earlier topic, it gets noted to the side, and I ultimately end up with a list overrun with notes. That’s just my writing process.

I’ve been feeling stretched a little thin these days, feeling overtired and overwhelmed. Feeling a need to figure out a better way, but a little unsure of where to start. I know I need to plan my time and get into a routine so that things will run a whole lot smoother.

We’re spending the weekend knocking off some important things from the things to do list that are one and done, cross them off of my list. Maybe Monday I’ll put in my earbuds, put on some iTunes, and tune out the world around me for a bit. I’ll get myself organized and feel a little more centered.

What do you do to get organized and recenter yourself?

 

Something has got to go right, right?

There are so many things going on at once around here. We’ve got things going wrong left and right. We are in the process of trying to find a new place. 

Our needs aren’t out of reach. We need a place that is affordable, preferably with 3 bedrooms. We need a place near enough to my husband’s work so that he’s not spending copious amounts of his check filling his gas tank. And, we need someplace that will allow Bear B. He’s only 65 pounds of mostly fluff. He’s a border collie/chow chow hybrid. Neither of those breeds is on any banned list (although I don’t believe ANY breed should be on any banned list, because, like children, puppies are innocent until someone teaches them to be otherwise). Most people think he is much larger. The average person guesses he’s between 90 and 95 pounds. It’s all the fur that comes from his chow chow mother. 

So, like I said, our needs aren’t much. We are currently applying for residency nearby. It fits our needs perfectly. We are awaiting to be approved. Neither of us have the greatest of credit. Mostly, it’s those stupid student loans we took out to get degrees in fields that seem to either not exist or not have the need for people that was claimed when we signed up. Student loans we may NEVER be able to afford to pay back with the job market being what it is and wages barely covering the cost of living for most Americans. 

I’m not much for praying, but I am praying now. Praying that we hear back quickly and that the words we hear are you’re approved. I’m praying that we will find the money we need to finance this move. We’ve needed to move for some time. We’ve need to get a place of our own. We’ve been playing caretaker to my husband’s grandmother’s estate since she passed away last year. Before that, I was her primary live in caregiver while she was sick. We’ve put our lives on hold for almost two years, now. 

Truth is, I feel like it’s gotta be our turn. I feel like we have given and given, receiving nothing in return. I’m ready to cash in on all the good I’ve done. Is that a thing? Does anyone know where the good deed bank is? I need to make a withdrawal. 

I wish I knew a thing or two about using GoFundMe (or something like that) to obtain needed funds… However, I’m not above collecting prayers. If you happen to be having a conversation with God, could you ask Him to look out for my family and help us move on to the next chapter in our lives?