- August 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm #321099
I have to admit, my life has felt like I have been in the pits of hell the last couple months.
We found out that the slumlord was selling the duplex we had been renting for the last five years — whatever — it was a crap hole that needed a lot (and i mean a lot) of electrical, plumbing, furnace, and structural work…so began the hunt for a new home.
it is a whole other world when looking for real estate and being on a crunch time frame — and then there’s the deepest pits of hell when you find a house you can afford and it’s on the foreclosure list. why must you sign every page of what seems like a 1400 page novel??? Seriously — all our technology, and it’s still a long, drawn out process. ugh!!
Sign, sign here, re-sign, resubmit, blah, blah, blah.
In the end, 2 months later, we have a new house — all our own, that went through a $40,000 total house renovation (that they lost in foreclosure) — and so no renovation we need to do.
We now live between 4 different yacht clubs (why don’t we own a boat? oh yeah, we are poor) — so we have great views, great breezes (soon to be great snows? 🙁 ), and wonderful elderly peaceful neighbors…
everything took a backseat when the threat of being forced out of your old house came to the forefront — i’ve neglected everything … thankfully, school was already done for the semester, and i was smart in not taking summer courses!
also, since we moved from michigan to ohio — someone got smart a long time ago and created a reciprocity agreement between ohio and michigan — thus keeping our tuition costs the same as in-state residents, though we are a state further south.
our drive time to eastern michigan university increased by 9 miles — but that’s nothing on the big scheme of things…
I am glad to be done moving — now to unpack … yay… not.
That’s almost as bad as packing —
Changing everything is a major pain … telephone, utilities, internet/tv, blah, blah, blah.
We bought our foreclosed, 2 bedroom/1 bath completed renovated house on 1 acre of land for a scant $17,000 … do you know how hard it is to get a mortgage for that low amount? LOL good grief!!!
The summer/winter taxes are $580 twice a year (not bad for the location!!)
and we finally told tmobile to shove it up their wazoo … we were paying $300 a month for 3 phone lines — crazy!! — instead we went with tracfone and no contract …
since we have a regular landline, if someone wants to call us, pick up the phone!
technology isn’t always a good thing… in the end, it almost seems like you are working to pay the big guy… time to get back to basics.
on the flip side, my husband and i were accepted into emu starting fall 2013 (daughter is still at Washtenaw Community in Ann Arbor)… and school starts in less than a month.
I need a vacation from my vacation — or somewhere life needs to slow down… before the start of the new semester.
Anywho — I neglected every website on the planet — including this one. :/
- August 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm #441004
Welcome Back! Sounds like life has been hectic, but, now it is time to take a deep breath and count your blessings. Good luck with school and all.
- August 8, 2013 at 12:20 am #441511
wow, you have really been through a lot over the last few months. I remember when we bought our first house, I was in 7th heaven. I understand what you are talking about with the phones.
we have a landline and I carry a tracfone. we pay for a years contract, and get double of minutes for life of the phone. I never run out of minutes.
I don’t like cell phones, I think people spend entirely to much time on them. I really hate it when you are talking to someone and they pull the phone out of their pocket and start texting. I think the cell phones have made America ruder by the minute.
- August 8, 2013 at 11:38 am #441596
Hey lady, welcome back! So glad to hear that you’re getting settled in again and things are slowing down for you finally. I hate Slumlords! Congratulations on the new house, sounds like you got a great deal on it. Really glad to hear that they have a reciprocity agreement too! What a difference that makes!! Transferring credits is a nightmare, we’re going through that with our oldest son who graduates this year.
Congratulations again on the New House!
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