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October 17th, 2006
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Quick update!
I'm home sick today. Only once before have I ever taken off work because of cold sores (let me tell you - THAT episode was quite a story), but I'm glad I did. It's always roughest the first day: they hurt, your lips are swollen, and the itching is really hard to take. I did wake up with them being much worse this morning, but I *think* they've peaked. I hope so. I'm just going to stay in my office with the door closed at work for the rest of the week - *L*! Actually, it does take a bit out of you, since the body is rallying to fight them, so I do feel a bit sick overall. Taking it easy is helping.

On a different front, I did hear back about the house. I'd asked for money for repairs to the bathroom (water-damaged wall and tiles), and money for mold abatement in the attic - both of which are pretty standard costs - but the killer was that I had to ask for a lot of money for the garage to be replaced. It looked good at first - but the slab it's on is broken up, the sills are rotten (the driveway slopes down to it, so all the water drains into it), it leans, and the roof isn't correctly re-inforced. It would cost as much to fix it as it would to tear it down and build a new one, plus the driveway would have to be altered to correct the drainage problem.

So, the long and short of it is - they offered only enough to cover the bathroom and attic mold, and a little bit more. Which, thankfully, made it an easy decision to say "no". I was hoping for something clearly one way or the other, and this helped make the decision for me. I don't blame them, and I feel sorry that they probably didn't even realize the garage had such a problem. Hopefully they'll find a buyer who is so desperate to have an old house in that neighborhood (it's a beautiful one!) that they won't bother about the fact that they'll have to spend that extra money, but that's not me.

So! I'm going to go for one of the houses down on the lower end of my buying range, and settle for not a lot of space, and putting all my junk (LOTR collection, etc.) into a storage unit. I priced them yesterday, and a 10" by 10" unit in a temperature-controlled space is not that bad! Whew! I feel better now. *G* I was really stretching myself to get the house I'd bid on, and it's a sweet little house, but I wasn't "in love" with it, like I was my old one. I'll be happier with a homely little place, and I'll just put my energies into prettying up the yard, and keep what I have in the house to just a few nice things. Yay! Thanks to everyonefor all the helpful comments yesterday.

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From:aeb
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
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That does sound like luck with the house. It certainly sounds like a smaller one would be a more comfortable situation. {Smile}

Good luck with the cold sores. {cross fingers, Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:hobbitgrrl
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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That's too bad about the garage, but it's good to hear that you're going to be settling into a house soon. Yay!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 17th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
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We'll see... thanks!
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From:gayalithiel
Date:October 17th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
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All's well that ends well, and all that. Gee, I hope your cold sores go away forthwith! Are you taking any medicine for them?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 18th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
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Well, I didn't have a doctor here, but I went to one of those acute care places and got a prescription for denavir. It won't help with the healing, but it could help stop them next time! Thanks.
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From:quasievil_bunny
Date:October 17th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Good luck on everything!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 18th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much! *G*
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From:anonypooh
Date:October 17th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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yayness! lol your LOTR collection is junk now?
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From:arevanye
Date:October 18th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear it all worked out for the best. That garage sounds like it would have been a real headache!

Perhaps you can rotate parts your collection in and out of storage so you won't miss it? I think my LOTR stuff is still in boxes in the basement.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 18th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
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*G* That's exactly what I was thinking of doing! *L*! If I manage to get my act together, that is...!

p.s. Just make sure those boxes are off the ground. I really like the metal racks you can get at Bed, Bath and Beyond for about $60 or $70. You put them together yourself (but it's easy), and you can put wheels on them. Makes it so much easier to find things and greatly reduces the chance of things getting ruined if your washer overflows, sewer backs up, etc. I'm also addicted to the big plastic translucent storage bins at TARGET - gets your stuff out of paper boxes (which get old and smelly and can be good for bugs to live in) - and you can tell what's in them! Yes, yes... I have gotten a little "Monk"-like in my old age - *L*!
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From:quiet_moments
Date:October 18th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear everything worked out with the house. Good luck getting one you are truly happy with! (Although it sucks not having your LOTR collection with you.)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:October 18th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
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*L*! I know - but I'll put up a little "shrine"!
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