Last week was another busy week. Daddy went to Kansas City for the week, so that meant I had to help Mama. We had to clean windows, paint things and clean the entire house. It was exhausting. The porch people were finally able to fix our porch. They used a friend's machine and it worked. Every time they came, they made a huge mess. The first time they made the mess, Mama freaked out but by the fourth time, she took it in stride. The head guy even called her outside to see the porch being raised and while she was standing there the hose got away from him and it almost sprayed her with concrete! She screamed, but laughed about it. A man actually showed up and took the free file cabinet. Mama had quit believing people when they said they would take it, but this man actually picked it. We had three guys come and pick up the aquarium. Mama said they reminded her of the movie Deliverance and I did not like them at all. I was so glad when Mama and Scout were both safely inside with me and those men were gone. We hope we never see them again.
We listed the house on Monday. Daddy said that we have to pitch in and pick up our toys and keep our noses off the windows. He says we have to do our part. It's harder for us than it sounds. Mama cut her thumb pretty bad on Sunday so you would think she would understand how hard it is not to have thumbs, but she says we could still pick up our toys.
Last night, Mama made a big pot of spaghetti for dinner and was dressed in her comfy clothes. Scout and I were relaxing with a frosty treat. The phone rang and it was the realtor telling us that someone was coming to look at our house right then. He said the other agent didn't give us the two hour notice that we requested. Mama asked if we could have a half hour and he said he would do his best. Well, Mama yelled to us "THIS IS NOT A DRILL, THIS IS THE REAL THING". She started running through the house trying to hide things. She had to put the good quilt on the bed, pick up all of our beds, hide our food, hide our food dish. She was nuts! Scout and I ran with her from room to room. She threw her dinner away. She threw things in the dishwasher and hoped no one noticed how things were just tossed inside. It was crazy. I tried to help by pushing her along. She put all of our beds in the back of the Jeep. Finally she said "WE HAVE TO GO NOW!" and she had to help us in the Jeep because the beds were stacked so high. We didn't even have to stand up to look out the window. We took off down the road and there were the people. Mama was all sweaty. It was pretty funny. We just drove around waiting for them to leave. They stayed for about 45 minutes. Mama was concerned about what she might have left out. She thought maybe there were clothes or something on the floor since she had to put on jeans before she left. It turns out that she forgot to put up one bed, one water dish and she didn't put out the good bath rugs. She did really good for only having 20 minutes to get us out of the house. She said we have to downsize the number of dog beds that we have because it is just nuts. She also said the next time, we will just hide in the motor home and not drive around the whole time. This house selling is hard work.
Wouldn't it be something if we received an offer after our first showing? Daddy said that life would get really interesting really fast if that happened. Mama hopes it happens, but knows it will probably take a long time to sell. I bet we get really good at cleaning the house fast.
By the way, our Internet has not been working well for the past week. It finally started working at 11 a.m. yesterday and Mama is happy again. It's hard for her when it doesn't work because she works at home and her boss is not very understanding.
The Greyhound Whose House Is For Sale
Monday, April 12, 2010
We have been so busy getting our house ready to sell. It has been very frustrating for Mama.
I'll try to re-cap what has happened since our last update. We had a guy come out and stain our cedar siding. He was noisy. He had to power wash the house and that was scary. Scout really got scared one day when she woke up to see him looking at her through the window. He was here for 10 days. He always showed up between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and would stay until 9 p.m. Mama celebrated when he finally finished the job.
We have been trying to have our porch fixed for the past three weeks. It needs to be jacked up. The guys came out one day and they put holes in our porch. The noise was so loud. Then their equipment malfunctioned. Concrete went all over the landscaping and the porch. Mama called Daddy almost in tears. She was scared they were not going to clean it up good enough. She then found out that their machine was broke and they would have to come back. It was another week before they came back with a new machine. That machine did not work either. They then discovered that the materials they use have recently been changed and it does not work in their machine. They called their buddies and found out that they were having problems too. They said they would come back last Friday, but they didn't. They couldn't get the correct materials. As of today, our porch is still not fixed and they are still trying to find the correct materials. We cannot list the house if the porch is not fixed. Mama is trying not to think about it.
Mama's computer crashed. She said that Windows did an automatic update and the next day it wouldn't boot up. She couldn't find her recovery disk, but contacted Dell and they sent her a new one. It arrived by FedEx in just two days. She was able to fix it and it seemed to be okay although a few days ago it started doing strange things again. She has backed up all our photos and other important things and if it dies then it dies.
We had a huge yard sale a week ago Saturday. It turned out to be a huge success even though we live in the boonies. After the sale, Mama tried to give some things away on Craigslist, but found people said they would come to pick things up and they never showed up. As of today, we still have a fish tank and stand, large file cabinet, Total Gym and exercise bike that people said they wanted, but then stopped communicating with us. Mama is very frustrated with the human race right now.
Last Thursday, the carpet cleaners were supposed to come. Mama moved the furniture Wednesday night. She waited for the cleaners to show up, but they didn't. She called them to find out they were not coming until the next day. She was not happy. They did show up on Friday and it was scary for us. Mama sat with us on the couch while they cleaned our room and then we moved there when it was ready for us. We didn't like having the house re-arranged, but it is back to normal now.
This past Saturday, Mama cleaned out the basement. She was down there all day long. Daddy worked outside. Yesterday, Daddy went on a business trip. Mama spent part of the day cleaning and painting things.
Daddy says we are listing the house next Monday. I guess he is optimistic that the porch is going to be completed by then. We are keeping our paws crossed because we want our lives to return to normal. We haven't had a peaceful day in over a month now.
Oh, no! We just had another major error on our computer. It re-booted but the error said it was major. It took me an hour to get back here to try and publish my blog. Mama is ready to throw the computer and our Internet card out the window since it's being bad today too.
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