Good news and not so good

Our offer on the house has been accepted, but not with pre-possession so we won’t be able to move in until we close. But at least we’re one step closer to being homeowners.

This morning we moved into a new room. We’re in the same building so we can still have our kitties with us, but we’re on the 2nd floor now and it’s only a one bedroom. But at least there is a separate bedroom so Robbie can sleep and we can still do stuff, unlike a regular hotel room. Because we had to check out of the old room before 11, we didn’t get to go check out our new church, but there’s next week. In the afternoon while Robbie was napping we tried to watch the NASCAR race, but it was rained out and will be run tomorrow. Once Robbie got up and we had played for a while, we headed out and did some exploring. We drove north on Hwy. 81 and saw the bridge to Canada and went to a small town just north of there – it was about 1/2 hour away. Oh, did I say the town was SMALL?? It’s a tiny resort town and no restaurants, other than probably expensive resort-type restaurants. So we came back and went to a wonderful restaurant that had both Chinese & Korean food. Ryan had Chinese and I had Korean. Robbie had chicken nuggets. There was so much food in mine that I have lunch tomorrow as well! We stopped at Walmart on our way back to post.

Once we got home, we got Robbie to bed and I settled in with my stitching and made my weekly phone call home to Mom & Dad. It’s always nice talking to them.

Overnight low: 34
Today’s high: 72

Much better house-looking day

Out of the 4 we looked at this afternoon, 2 of them were wonderful and if only we could combine them into one. One (the green one with the star) has a HUGE backyard and the inside wasn’t bad. The kitchen didn’t impress me much. The paneling in the living room area was beautiful. The other one is HUGE on the inside, but NO yard. We’re going to make on offer on this one tomorrow – there’s a nice park fairly close by, and there’s so much floor space in the downstairs living area – and a nice front porch and a small front yard. Here’s the link for the one we’re going to make an offer on: Big House Another bonus is that this one is vacant (and all redone on the inside) so we might be able to move in before everything is finalized. The one with the huge yard, the people are still living there.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful – unloaded our U-haul trailer into a storage place today and turned the trailer in. And after we looked at all the houses, we went to KFC to eat and then to Michaels for some floss and a few other places just to look around. I’m about to go watch Survivor and CSI and do some stitching. Have a good evening!

Overnight low: 34
Today’s high: 50

So much for that one. . .

Well, we met our realtor to see the house we were looking at this morning. UGH!! It was a BIG understatement when they said “Needs some work”. . . We’re talking like probably $10,000 worth of work. I don’t think so! But I did give Diane our list of 5 other places I found online, and she said she’d get appointments for us to see them. I got an e-mail from her later in the day and only 2 of them were still available, but she also found 3 others for us.

After we got back from looking at “that” house, we went by the PX and Commissary and got a few things at both places. Then it was back to our room for Robbie’s nap – he fell asleep in the car on the way back. Ryan and I ate lunch, and I made up a route to go drive by all 5 houses. Four of them are in Carthage – closer to post and much smaller town – and the other is on the edge of Watertown, but not bad. From the outside drive-by look, we had a straight face, a questionable smiley face, 2 smiley faces, and a double smiley face. We will be meeting with our realtor at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon to go look at them, so we’ll see how that goes. While we were out, we stopped at the Post Office but no new mail for us, and then checked out Walmart. We ate supper at Bob Evans and then took a different way back to post. We discovered another Walmart closer to post!

We played for a while and then Robbie went to bed and Ryan and I sat down to relax and watch TV and I crocheted. Finishing up my computer stuff now, and then it’ll be off to bed for me.

Overnight low: 28
Today’s high: 54

Welcome to Ft. Drum, NY!!

Well, here we are. We’re staying at guest lodging on Ft. Drum until we find a house. It was a long drive today, and we had some rain but it wasn’t too bad. It sure is nice to be done driving for a while. The kitties are enjoying being out of their carriers and Robbie finally gets a chance to run around. Our room has 2 bedrooms, a sitting area, and a small kitchenette so Robbie gets his own room. That’s nice, and we can sit in the sitting room and watch TV, stitch, etc.

We drove by the house we’ve been looking at, and we’re not super impressed with the outside – it definitely “needs some work.” We’ll see the inside tomorrow at 9, so we’ll see. . . If we decide we can work with it (Ryan’s pretty handy, and it’ll give him stuff to do while I’m deployed, but there is the line. . .) we’ll start paperwork tomorrow. If we decide no way, then we retract our offer and spend tomorrow looking around for something else.

I’m off to bed now – it’s been a long day.

Made it safely to Cleveland. . .

After the BIG problems with our trailer this morning. . . Picked up the trailer and drove the 25 miles back to my brother’s house. Went to put the mattress in, and it DOESN’T FIT. The longer trailer (5’x10′) is also lower in ceiling height. So I call U-haul and complain BIG TIME, and manage to get the trailer swapped out with a 5×8 – from the place we turned the other one in, so local. The guy there was really nice and did it as a “broken-down trailer” swap and told me that when I get to Ft. Drum, I call a certain number and fill out a form and I should get the difference of the trailer cost back. So we get back to my brother’s and finally get the trailer – and the truck – and my van loaded. We met my brother for lunch and that was fun – good fun, and nice to see him once again. Then Ryan headed out and I went to the Post Office and the pet store – had to get a 2nd cat carrier as the laundry basket set-up I had used wouldn’t fit in my van.

So I finally get the cats in the van and Robbie and I head out. We got to the hotel about 45 minutes after Ryan did, and then we went to dinner. The cats were happy to be out of their carriers – especially Callie. I couldn’t find her sedative pills, so she wasn’t a happy camper traveling.

I’m off to bed now – last day of traveling tomorrow and it’s going to be about 8 hours on the road to Ft. Drum. I’ll check in when I can when we get there – hopefully I have internet in our room while we wait for our house. If nothing else, we’ll go hang out at Taco Bell for a while. . .

Oops – a few days

I’ve had a nice relaxing week. Wednesday Robbie and I raked some more, and I ironed more in the afternoon during his naptime. Thursday was more of the same – finished the ironing! Ryan and I went to town in the late afternoon and left Grampa home to babysit Robbie (he offered). We picked up my wedding ring from the jewelers (I had a small diamond chip go missing and they replaced it) and got a few things at Walmart. Then he dropped me off at Mom’s nail place and he went home for a guys night at home with Dad and Robbie. Mom and I both got our nails done – her just fingers, and me fingers and toes. It was nice and relaxing. On our way home we stopped to get donuts for Dad and then ate at Beef-a-Roo. Pretty good food.
Today we went to Grandma & Grandpa’s house and Robbie got to play there and of course Grandma & Grandpa enjoyed seeing him and us again. Robbie “drove” Grandpa’s OLD tractor (he sat on the seat and played with the steering wheel), “shoveled” dirt off their driveway, played with his ball, and drew pictures with sidewalk chalk. Of course, he got hungry so Grandma fed him (thanks!) and couldn’t believe how much he ate. He really likes grapes and Grandma had some. Then we came home for his naptime and I did laundry and got some stitching done. My cousin Amanda came about 4:20 to babysit for the evening, and we met Mom for dinner at Fazoli’s and then went to a concert by the Negaunee Male Chorus. It was a really good concert. When we got home, we watched my DVD from when I was at BNCOC – of our recital and the ceremony we did. It was ok, but I would have done a few things differently if I had recorded it.

I’m off to bed now before I fall asleep at my computer.

Overnight low: 43
Today’s high: 61

A Helpful Day

Ryan got up with Robbie this morning so I could sleep in a bit. I got up at 9 and ate some donuts for breakfast. Robbie had to have part of mine even though he had already eaten breakfast with Gramma. We played for a while and then Ryan left with Dad to do some clock house calls. After they left, I got 2 rakes out of the garage and Robbie and I went and raked under Mom’s clothesline. Ok, so I did most of the work, but Robbie had a good time dragging the rake around and “helping”. Then we came in and had more leftover pizza for lunch and played more before naptime. While he was napping, I worked more on Mom’s pile of ironing and then got some stitching done. Ryan and Dad were home before Robbie woke up, and the 4 of us played until Mom got home from work. Dad grilled hamburgers for supper and they were really good. Mom had gotten coleslaw and tater salad as well. After supper Robbie went to bed (after sitting and watching TV with Grampa for a bit) and Mom and I started working on her sewing room. I set up 3 paperbags – Keep, Toss, and Freecycle – and she went through a good bit of the piles of stuff up there. She filled 2 bags for Freecycle and one each of the others. It already looks lots better up there, but we’ll keep working a little each day. Way to go Mom!! Sauna was a nice relaxing way to end the day, and I also got some more stitching done.

Overnight low: 28
Today’s high: 64

People Envy Your Generosity

You’re a giving soul, and you’d do almost anything for those you love. And they’d do anything for you!
People may envy how giving you are, but more than anything, they envy those you open your heart to.

Happy Easter and then today. . .

Yesterday was a very good day. We all went to the sunrise service at 6:30, and the sun actually ROSE near the end of the service! That was really neat. There was a pancake breakfast after the service, and then it was home for a little while. Mom got the ham in the oven, and Robbie found the Easter eggs the Easter Bunny had hid for him. He did really well once we showed him what he was looking for – colored plastic eggs filled with fruit snacks and Goldfish crackers. The Easter Bunny also left him a basket with some more fruit snacks and Goldfish and also a new really cute outfit. Ryan and Robbie took a nap and the rest of us went back for the 10:30 service which was also good.

After church, we cleaned up the house a little, and got the tables and chairs ready for dinner. I mashed the potatoes and Ryan carved the ham. He sure loves using Mom’s electric knife! LOL There were 19 here for dinner – all of Mom’s family and Dad’s parents. There was lots of good food, and it was great seeing everyone again, knowing I won’t see them at Christmas this year since I’ll be deployed. After everyone had left, and we had gotten everything cleaned up and put away, it was time to relax. Robbie went to bed about 6 because he had gotten up so early and had an early nap. I got some stitching done, and we watched TV.

Today was another relaxing day. We went to the Post Office and the local drugstore to run a few errands. During Robbie’s nap I did some of Mom’s ironing – she has a HUGE pile of stuff that needs to be done, and I’m going to work on it while I’m here. I did 45 minutes today and made a good sized dent in the pile. I also got a little bit of stitching done, but then I ended up falling asleep on the couch so I got a little nap as well. After Robbie woke up, he went for a walk with Grampa to get the paper, and after leftovers for supper (Mom had Choral Society, so she wasn’t home), Robbie and Ryan and I went outside and played for about 1/2 hour. I bet he sleeps good tonight with all that fresh air today! After he was in bed, I chatted with a friend for a while and then went and stitched. After Mom got home we had chocolate pudding pie for dessert – I had made that earlier today.

You Are 80% Happy

You are a very happy person. Generally, you feel content and that all is right with the world.
Occasionally, you have a down day – but you have the ability to pick yourself right back up.

Home Sweet Mom & Dad’s!!

We arrived safe and sound at Mom & Dad’s house Friday evening after 3 long days of traveling. We stayed in Lexington, KY, Wednesday night, my brother’s house on Thursday night, and finally home. Mom and Dad were glad to see the three of us, and especially Robbie. Today I went to Marquette with Mom and we did some shopping and then went to her stitching group. That was a lot of fun and I got quite a bit done on Noah’s Alphabet. This evening Mom made pasty-pie for dinner – YUM!! And we had sauna this evening. That’s always nice. Robbie even got to go this time. And we got to see our friend Judy – she stopped over to visit for a while. That was nice, too, as I haven’t seen her in a while.

Off to bed now because church is at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

Overnight low: 34
Today’s high: 55

Done, I guess.

Well, I had my final out this morning – showed up right at 0730 when they opened and I was the first person in line. Then I went home and the three of us left in Ryan’s truck to go get the U-haul trailer and then back out to post to pick up my leave form and turn in my clearing papers to my unit. After a few more goodbyes, we headed to the museum to say goodbye to Bob. On our way home we stopped to get our empty weight for the truck/trailer combo. We dropped the truck and trailer off at home and took the van to Waffle House to finally get something to eat. We all had waffles and Ryan had some eggs and hashbrowns as well. And he and I had bacon and Robbie had sausage.

Then it was home to pack and load. And clean. Both bathrooms are done except for mopping, and the bedroom is done. Once everything is out in the morning, I’ll vacuum everywhere again really good, and mop the bathrooms and resweep and remop the kitchen and hallway. The trailer is full – Ryan did a really good job of getting everything in it. It’s like a big jigsaw puzzle. A few more things will be going in there in the morning, and then the rest in the back of my van and the back of Ryan’s truck.

We went to Nacho Mama’s for supper – we always seem to forget about that place since it’s downtown and we don’t see it everyday. But they sure do have good food! Ryan and I both had various forms of nachos and Robbie had a beef taco. After we got home, we said goodbye to our neighbors Wanda and Jim, and also to Ruth. Then Robbie went to bed and we got a few more things loaded in the trailer. Finally about 9 we called it a night and sat down to watch TV and relax. I stitched a little – almost done with a project!

Well, I’m off to bed – sleeping on the floor tonight in our sleeping bag. Have a good night!

Overnight low: 41
Today’s high: 79