Saturday, June 24, 2017

And Where Did We Leave Off?

So............where we last left off, we had countered a ridiculous offer on the house and I had accepted a new job.  We spent that weekend doing counter- and counter-counter- offers on the house, and while we were waiting Saturday to hear from our realtor, my cell phone died COMPLETELY, so we got to spend Saturday night at Costco, but Sunday we finally agreed to a deal on our home, and two things were down. 

Our realtor was heading out of town the following weekend, and with a pending offer we didn't have any showings, but weren't going to pack until after the inspection in case that killed the deal, so we had a weekend off!  Right until we had to take Callisto to the kitty emergency room.

She's 13 or 14, and was throwing up and not eating and just not looking good, and they, of course, ran very expensive tests, asked to run even MORE expensive tests that weren't really going to tell us anything definite but would probably have made a nice boat payment for one of the vets, told us it was probably kitty lymphoma or inflammatory bowel, sent her home with meds she wouldn't take, and we pretty much thought we'd have to put her down.  I do think we would have lost her had she not spent the night in the ER on fluids, but whatever was wrong, they totally misdiagnosed it.  She regained her appetite, I got a partial dose of the steroids down her, she got sick and lethargic again, and we had prepared ourselves for THE trip to the vet the next day, but she had perked up by morning and has mostly been okay since.  We still don't know what was wrong, but she's happy, eating, and mostly her old self, so we're leaving her be.

And the new job?  Kind of disappointing, to be honest.  I like most of the other salespeople, but I'd say only one isn't looking to leave and no one has been there longer than a year, and if it weren't for the local manager having a different philosophy than the rest of the company, no one would have lasted a week.  I don't hate it, and it's nice to have a second income again, but I am going to keep looking. 

Meanwhile, the home inspection turned up water in the crawl space, which isn't surprising after the winter we have had, but it a horrible thing to happen in an inspection.  We're in a 15-year-old house on a HILL in a desert state and have rationed irrigation water, but NOW because this particular inspector has a big reputation as the "mold guy" and brought in his buddy (whom we've heard pays referral fees to inspectors for this) has proposed this huge drainage project including a sump pump, and because our buyers are first-timers, they don't really get how much overkill that is.  So I've been tracking down other companies to get bids on this, but we're probably going to get stuck paying a stupid amount for something the house doesn't need, but according to the general manager of a reputable disaster company, we're actually getting less screwed by this "flood expert" than most because right now his going rate for scaring people into things they don't really need after our 100-year winter is $7000 or more.  Interestingly, this home inspector totally missed a cracked window pane that we had left to be found in the inspection so a warranty for replacement would go with the house, and said the dishwasher leaked without actually running the thing because there is some discoloration on the floor from a leak several years ago that we already fixed.  We won't be hiring him to inspect the house we're buying.  

THEN with our realtor back in town, we spent Wednesday night, ALL weekend, and Monday looking at houses.  We found two we really liked, and I wanted to want the second one because we're taking a loss on this house and I wanted to "get a deal" on the next house, but there were just too many strikes against it, including just as much or more traffic noise than we already have.  We have been negotiating on the other house, and just signed the deal last night and are in high packing mode! 

SO, that's the last few weeks HERE.  I have to say, almost losing my cat--jerk that she often is--was the most traumatic part of this, and our buyers have been really nice about moving the closing date for us, so we let them bring her parents in to see the house, which is a bit unusual, but I'm sure we'll all be glad when this is over.  Meanwhile, trying to deal with the traffic in and out of our subdivision every morning has reinforced my desire to move and the new house has a FABULOUS kitchen and more hobby space for each of us--plus everything but the sewing room is on the main level.  YAY!  And it's quiet.  And in a nicer part of town surrounded by MUCH nicer houses, so pretty much everything we'd hoped to find.  We hope the way it will work is that we'll move out of this house the day of or before closing, close on both houses, then move to the new one the next day.  I'll board the cats, find foster care for our plants, and we'll spend a night in a hotel.  Not bad.

And, since there was that one Saturday before Callisto had to be taken to the kitty ER, Theo and I did a couple more watermelon bunting slices,
and I embroidered two more towels,
I finished the jacket!  This was deep stash--probably from 2006 or 2007, and a real struggle to work with because of the stretchiness of the fabric, but I'm pleased with the result and the fabric is SO soft that I'm sorry I didn't buy enough of it to make the shirt for Andy that was its original intended purpose.  Oh well.  I get a soft jacket and
I had some fun buttons in stash.  Of course, they're predicting 98 this week which is very early for screaming hot temperatures, so I might not be wearing this until November.  Did I mention the new house will have shade?

There has been some work on the socks, but not much as some nights we just haven't had a spare minute,
but I wound a hank of an older lace yarn to start a car project now that I'm back in outside sales and have already been stuck in traffic a few times.   It is nice to be working again and being able to leave to run errands for lunch and that sort of thing, and the service we're selling really is good, so I can stay if I need to.  I really like my boss and the commute won't be bad.  I'd like to do something else, but this will give me a chance to make some money, reconnect with old business contacts, and I think I can enjoy it while I'm there.  And I have a completely unnecessary sump pump to pay for....................

Friday, June 2, 2017

One Down!

I accepted a job yesterday and start Monday!!!!!!!!!!! 

In all of the interviews I've done, this was the first one for sales that was really done by someone who knew the job and knew outside sales, so THIS time it was as much about recruiting me as interviewing me, it's back in the IT field, which is basically where my sales experience has been, and I really like the people, so I'm excited.  It's amazing how much easier things are WITHOUT recruiters.  No boards, no fund-raising events and NO travel!!!!!!!!!!!!  And you guys will understand when I tell you that the thought, "I'll have somewhere to wear all my me-mades!" went through my mind last night.  If a job isn't just so one can afford yarn, then it's certainly a place to show off the yarny things one has made, right? 

We have another showing today, so I'm tidying this morning.  Our realtor came by last night with an offer he'd received on the house that was so outlandish that he had brought a counter-offer form ready to go.  I know everyone tries to get the best deal they can, but when an offer is so low that it's guaranteed to be rejected by anyone NOT facing bankruptcy, what is the point?  A little time is actually a good thing now, though I'm really relieved we moved the open house from this weekend, I AM all for next weekend.  With a new job to learn, I'm okay if it takes a while to sell the house.  It gives me time to be able to save more money for a new house.  And furnish it..........

So, not much crafting, though I'm hoping for some later today after the showing.  The jacket is getting much closer to being done and now, of course, I want to cast on 50 new scarves for my new job as it's been a nippy 90+ degrees here this week.  Realism is not for knitters.  :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Glad That Weekend Is Over

So we've not heard back from the realtor with the "serious and motivated" buyer with a barbecue emergency yesterday, but after deciding to spend the day exploring a new bike path, we were on the way home when we got a call from another realtor who wanted to show the house at 3:00 and actually DID.  So our tidying wasn't wasted.  Seriously people--don't make me make the beds for nothing.  I wish I was 100% kidding about that...

Anyway, OUR realtor will be following up with these people and will know whether the Sunday showing even happened, but for the first time EVER, we are kind of relieved that a holiday weekend is over.  If we're still going through this by the 4th of July weekend, we're taking the cats and fleeing the house entirely.

Monday, May 29, 2017

And With Less Than An Hour To Go....

Less than an hour before the realtor who SWORE his client was serious and motivated was due to show our house on a federal holiday, he TEXTED to cancel because that's so professional when you've interrupted someone's three-day weekend. Guess there was an emergency barbecue or something.  And the best part?  Same real estate company that we don't think actually showed the house on Sunday.  

I Think The Crafting Gods Handle Real Estate As Well

While I was painting the back door, Andy replaced the vinyl fence panels that had managed to melt under the "crushing" heat of the eastern sun off our tiny living room windows, and then I helped him hang some trellis panels,

to hopefully stop it from happening again. It looks much nicer than I thought it would and hopefully is a permanent fix.  I know we're selling the house, but we have loved this house, and I have a built-in fondness for the people who will see it and also love it, so we're trying to fix things as WE would want them fixed. 

Yesterday we got up and spent a couple hours cleaning the house (again) to be ready for the showing, then went out for lunch and to a little park I hadn't yet been to,
 perhaps for good reason.  This wasn't even the worst of it:
Did I mention it's a little wetland/wildlife area?  Lots of people don't know about it, but geese with intestinal issues certainly do.  Occasionally we stopped for a while to watch nature,
but it was definitely not a park for a scenic stroll unless "scenic" somehow entails watching the ground for every step to avoid goose poop.

We came back to find there wasn't a card, so again, we're not even sure the showing happened and in this case would be seriously irritated if it didn't, but we were free the rest of the weekend, so Andy went out to the garage to play with the scroll saw he hasn't touched in months, and I fired up Jeeves for a couple more watermelons for the bunting and worked on the corduroy jacket.  We decided to barbecue (again) for dinner, and we were feeling so relieved at having a break from showings that I left everything out in the sewing room:
 Yep!  We stopped for a nice evening on the patio and I didn't even scurry to put everything away!  It felt SO nice and pretty rebellious, and we were just laughing about having a full-fledged day off in the morning when,

We got a call for a showing this morning.

Before agreeing, I made sure it wasn't the realtor from yesterday rescheduling or something because I frankly would have said no.  I know we want to sell the house and everything, but if someone had set up an appointment on a holiday weekend, not shown up or bothered to call, then called to wreck a SECOND day of the holiday weekend, that's completely out of line.  But this seems to be a different realtor and he swears his clients are serious, and I'm sure this is just because we were so excited to have NOT put things and the Real Estate Gods, who behave an awful lot like the crafting gods, decided to mess with us.  Why else would anyone call on a Sunday night of a holiday weekend?  We were hanging out on the patio with margaritas waiting for dinner
when the phone rang, so the realtor isn't having much of a holiday weekend, either.  At least the house is still quite tidy, but I did go back to the sewing room after dinner, get a bit more done on the jacket, then sadly put everything away again.  

Who knew holiday weekends were for house shopping? 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

We USED To Be Interesting People

It's a three-day weekend, and lots of people are camping or having barbecues or out playing in the park, but after crawling around in our backyard digging more obnoxious little dandelions up by their nasty little roots, I
painted our back door while Andy mowed the lawn because we're prepping for a showing tomorrow and an open house next weekend.  We have at least been barbecuing, but to be honest, it's just so we don't make a mess in the house.  Showings are almost like little house-cleaning interventions for us--we HAVE to leave the house and there aren't exactly any chores to take with us.  Or any that I've discovered yet.  For tomorrow, I'm taking my sock.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Crafting Friday!!!!

We have a showing Sunday, but nothing today so I am embroidering!  Okay--first I did the daily "tidy," although as I assume people don't really look at houses on Friday night, maybe not my most thorough tidy, then I planted some plants I picked up yesterday and then I fixed lunch, but I am mostly crafting today.  This is a new design I bought this week,
which required a trip to Joann's yesterday to find thread as amazingly they found a color I don't actually have.  This is a free-standing lace watermelon bunting that my favorite site had on sale for $1.39 this week.  Whenever and wherever the new house is, I bet this will look quite festive.

I'm also taking a break from the job-hunt today, but I did want to share an auto-reply I got yesterday after applying for a sales job:

Hi Toni,
Thank you for pressing “submit"! We just wanted to confirm that we have received your application.

We know there are a lot of great companies out there, but we think we are pretty awesome and we are glad you do too. We know that you put time and effort into applying, so our recruiting team will do our best to give your application the attention it deserves.

Please note, we shoot to be in touch within 5-7 business days if your qualifications match our needs for this role. If you are not selected for this position, keep an eye on our careers page - we are growing rapidly and adding openings all the time.

Meanwhile, here are some links to information about TriTech Software Systems & Zuercher Technologies so you can check us out and learn more about our company, if you haven't already:


The TriTech & Zuercher Talent Acquisition Team

Know how much effort that cost them?  Maybe 10-15 minutes to write initially, but nothing to send as it's an auto-reply.  Know how much more interested in this company--even in general--I am in this company now?  Extremely.  It would be a long-shot for me to even get an interview with them because I don't have quite the background they would prefer, but just because of the courtesy of an auto-reply email, I'll think really highly of this company even if I never hear from them again.  What a little thing to make SUCH a difference.  

This weekend we're replacing the vinyl fence that has melted because of the reflected heat off the windows (BTW, vinyl melts at REALLY low temperatures and replacing windows won't matter because it just melts too easily) and putting up a vinyl lattice barrier that will look a tad weird, but not half as stupid as a melted fence.  I might also repaint the back door while I have the dark green trim paint.  It's not really faded, but fresh paint looks so nice and painting is way more fun that applying for jobs.  Then again, so is a visit to the dentist............

I'm going to really miss having a garden this year, but I have Romaine lettuce in the big planter beside the house, and the pots with petunias now have peppers in the center and there's another pot with basil here in front
 and we still have the side garden bed where the oregano, sage, chives, and garlic live, and I've planted sweet peas, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, spinach, and radishes in it, so we might have some garden.  It doesn't get enough sun for tomatoes, unfortunately, although we're hoping we will have sold before we'd get any tomatoes anyway.  If not, maybe some of our gardening friends will take pity on us and share........