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April 23rd, 2007
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Long time, no post! Ros's house enters the 20th century...
Yes, my 1947 house is finally getting central air conditioning and *crosses fingers* an electrical connection for the "world's most expensive garbage disposal" that the plumber put in about 4 months ago!

So my house is full of plaster dust, because they have to put the ducts in the ceiling; my house is on a slab. Have I put a pic up yet? Probably not. It's not the "wow, I can't believe I live here" house I lived in before (which HAD central A/C and a garbage disposal as well as Arts and Crafts details... *sigh*). It's just a nice little house.

I still have flashbacks to Indianapolis and the old house, and I'm scared to call my old real estate agent, for fear that I'll find the house is being torn down because they can't sell it in this market. It's hard enough not worrying about how it's holding up. It's been almost a year since I lived in it. I moved out about May 5. Poor house. I love(d) it so much. I hope that somebody buys it and takes care of it the way it should be taken care of.

Okay, enough obsessing about the old house. I'm still trying to get this new one in shape. This weekend was the first time I did anything outside. The good news is that this house has some great landscaping, but still has room for creativity. There are hostas and coneflowers and other plants all pushing up in the landscaped areas and the bushes are flowering. All I really need to do is mow the lawn, do the fertilizing and weedkilling, weed the landscaped areas, and renew the mulch. I've been working on the first three, and will mulch once I've killed off the weeds in the beds.

I've taken today off, and may take off tomorrow. As to whatneeds to be done in the house, still, it's mostly the doors - all the interior and exterior ones. And then it's a matter of putting up pictures (when I get brave enough to do so...!), and possibly repainting some sections... and putting up the LOTR room!

Oh, and this PSA: DON'T FORGET - HEROES STARTS AGAIN TONIGHT!!!

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From:quasievil_bunny
Date:April 23rd, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the house update. Heroes! Woot!!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
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WHOOOT! *G*
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From:arevanye
Date:April 23rd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear, your old house is still on the market? It was so adorable! I find it hard to believe, but these are slow times in real estate.

Yes! Pictures!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
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I know! *sigh* I assume it is; I've been too scared to call the real estate agent, and I just got a bunch of forwarded post cards from other agents saying "so we see your MLS listing has just expired... want to hire us?"
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From:arevanye
Date:April 24th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
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You should consider switching agents. When we were selling our house, we went for months with no luck. When the listing ran out, we switched to an agent who had a different approach to marketing, and also a much stronger internet presence, and it sold in three weeks. None of my business, but price is also the thing to look at. Our new realtor said that if a house hasn't generated offers within a month of listing, then the price should come down by 5%. Another month, and drop it another 5%. It sounded painful, but he was right--we had to be the best house in our price range to be the one that sold next.

Sorry for unsolicited advice. It's just that we went through such a time in Ft. Wayne, I feel your pain.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
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No, that's fine. But it's really not my problem anymore. When I moved here, the company provided me with a re-location service, and they "bought" the house from me in January, when it wasn't selling. So, it's really up to them. Like I said, I should really let this go - *G*.
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From:arevanye
Date:April 24th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
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Okay, now I get it! I didn't realize you had a buyout--lucky you! But I can understand your reluctance to let go. I've always hoped the buyers of our old houses have looked after and loved the places as much as I did. It's difficult to walk away without a certain amount of looking back over your shoulder.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
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EEEK! A dandelion!!! *stomps it, sprays it, digs it up*

Ooops! Umm... sorry about that - just instinctive I guess. *G* We're getting that first big bloom right now.

And, yes, it is... but not all the time. My condo? Well, it was just a condo, which is just one step up from an apartment, and it was built in the '80's, so - it's kind of like "disposable" housing (isn't that a horrible thing to say?!). But the house I'm in now, and the one I had before are both brick beauties, so, yes, I hope they get well taken care of. Thanks - *S*.
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From:grace_poppy
Date:April 23rd, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Aww, I love Arts and Crafts houses. I live in one now, but it's just an upstairs apartment, and I only rent it. Aww, your poor little housie! I hope someone will buy it too, and treasure it.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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Thanks... *pouts*. Cool that you live in one!
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From:singeaddams
Date:April 23rd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
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All I really need to do is mow the lawn, do the fertilizing and weedkilling, weed the landscaped areas, and renew the mulch.

Oh, is that ALL?! Sheesh! Sounds like a great place, though!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
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*LOL*!

Beats all the planting I did back at the old place. Wonder if any of it survived... *G*
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From:lavendertook
Date:April 24th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
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That all just sounds so overwhelming to take care of in addition to a full time job! I'm extended far enough tryng to settle into this apartment and work. I don't think I could take care of an outdoor garden in addition to my indoor plants and kitties. I hope it starts feeling more you once the dust settles and they've finished with the a/c. Best of luck wih the settling in.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Many thanks!

Well, in the old place, which was my first actual "house", I did the outside work and had somebody come in every other week to clean up. With this smaller place, though, it really needs cleaning more often... and since I moved in in the winter, I've been doing it (poorly) myself, figuring that smaller means less work. I'm beginning to re-think that... *L*!
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From:msilverstar
Date:April 24th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
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Oh argh, we have paster dust everywhere too. *hpes for the best*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
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*L*! I know... what a pain to clean up!

The garbage disposal is done, though... (yay!), and they say I can go ahead and clean up, now that all the vents are in place. Whew!
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From:aeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
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Those do sound like good improvements to your house. {BIG SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 24th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
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*G* There seems to be a rule that most big improvements are made the first year... or the year you sell your house. Obviously, the first one is preferable, so you actually get to ENJOY the improvements. So I'm trying to get what I can done in the first year.
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From:aeb
Date:April 26th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
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Yes, doing the improvements when you get to enjoy them sounds much better than doing them when someone else gets to enjoy them. {SMILE}

I like the idea of getting them out of the way early. {SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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