Sunday, March 21, 2010

Finally, decision made!

Well, it was hard to decide but it finally came together just like a lot of you said. I took my family to look at the townhouse I was thinking about and they all liked it but I still wasn't sure. So, I went to talk to the mortgage man and had him work up the new house and a refinance for my present home.
I was astounded at the fact that with the refinance I could reduce my house payment by $200.00
a month. That is a lot when you will have a somewhat limited income. I will continue to work but only for fill in at the clinic. Plus I would get an ample refund from my current escrow. It was just too good to pass up. This will make the garage conversion a reality.

This week I was off Thursday instead of Monday and I went out and worked in the garage to pull out a lot of the Rubbermaid containers I have stored there. Saturday we had a garage sale.
Unfortunately about 6:30 am we had a thunderstorm....that put a little bit of a damper on the sale. Luckily it only last about an hour and then cleared off. It was still cool and windy but the sale went on regardless. I had already put the ad in the newspaper so I didn't want to waste my money. We did just OK . I made about $50.00 which isn't too much but I got rid of some stuff. Tomorrow I'm going to go through and weed out stuff to take to Goodwill.

I talked to my carpenter last week ,also, and it will be about 4-5 weeks before he can get over here so I have a little time to work out my plan. I went to Home Depot to get some flowers today and strolled through the window and door aisle and got a couple of magazine with ideas for additions and storage organization. Really saw some good ideas. My sister and her husband are moving in a few weeks and they will have an extra sofa I can have and I some other pieces of furniture in storage so it is starting to come together. Still have a lot of planning and sorting to do but I will try to chronicle it all for you. So if I'm not posting for awhile you'll know I'm up to my eyeballs.

May 5 is the date I've set for my retirement, it seems way too far away but all this planning for the room will help keep my mind busy so it doesn't drag too much. So stay tuned!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

What to do....I just don't know!

Sorry that I've been gone so long, I've been in quite a turmoil personally.
First of all, I've set the date for my retirement and then I've been trying to decide whether to sell this house and move to another one. Yes, that's right move!!!

Here's the reason why. Even though I love this house, it only has 2 bedrooms, which is really all that we need. There are just the two of us, but when I retire I want to start doing a lot of sewing and crafts and I don't have a place for all of the "stuff". I've got a huge stash of fabric that I have squirreled away in various places in the house but I'd love to have it all in one area so I can see what I have and use it effectively. I also have a huge supply of scrapbook and card making supplies that again are stashed in different places. Enough said.

I need a place to put all this stuff together and where I can leave out my machine, etc. without my whole house looking a mess. I've been looking at some different houses that give me a place to have my studio. I've put my house on the market, then taken it off.....It's down to either taking a part of my garage and building a room or get a different house with an extra crafting space. I have to make up my mind soon so I can get the show on the road before I retire... so if you don't hear from me for awhile it's because I'm still in limbo until I get this situation settled. Thanks for your patience. I'll be back.