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I'm sorry you've had to eat the cost on the apartment painting, but that said, I think you did the smart thing.  Obviously, it would not be worth the extra money to stress yourselves out to paint the apartment and to waste your time on it, particularly when you're so tired.  Cutting your losses on that really is the right thing to do.  There are issues where you have to pick your battles, and you chose this one wisely.  Kiss  The important thing is that you rest up now, regroup, tie up the loose ends on your new home, and relax and enjoy.  Kiss

How do the house auctions generally the prices tend to go up because it's an auction, or do they stay very, very low?  Are foreclosures common there?

Our market here was a bit strange.  We had a bunch of foreclosures, but since a lot of us were all looking at the same time, those foreclosures didn't last long, so by the time we were able to get into the market, the house we got was literally the only one left in our price range.  It wasn't our first choice...but it was our only choice.  Other people were lucky enough to have better choices.

That's really interesting about how what's "in" changes there!  Do you find the popularity of homes by the sea can change depending on climate for any given year?  I, for instance, would love a seaside home in theory...but in reality, I'd be very, very afraid of weather that could wipe out the house.  (Some of that is due to memories of flooding.)

I can understand the popularity of houses in the city.  Many cities become extremely expensive, of course.  If we had unlimited funds, I'd love to live in Manhattan.  But not full time, mostly because it gets very, very hot there in the summer and can snow a lot in the winter.  LOL, dare to dream, huh?!  Wink

That sounds like a fantastic deal on your house Kiss, and that's not far out of the city center at all!  Even better that the city is growing and you have good chances of profiting from that should you decide to sell your house later!  Kiss

I hear you about needing room for your yarn!  Kiss  Do tell about the nail you paint custom designs on your nails or something?  Kiss

Well, the work here is seemingly endless and ongoing, sigh.  And everything is on hold at the moment because of a stupid dead tree that keeps dropping branches.  The tree is very, very old and should have lasted for many years, but because carpenter ants found it and have been tunneling in it, it's weakened the branches and now the tree must go.  We had one very large branch fall, thankfully where it did little damage, but now we worry every time it rains or we have a lot of wind, because we can hear (thankfully smaller) branches hitting the roof a lot of times.  We were originally scheduled to have the stupid thing removed, but then the guy who had agreed to the job (the only one who will handle a tree of this size) is off doing something else, so we wait and wait.  We went from having a specific date for when this would happen to having no clue as to when it will.  Frown

In the meantime, the other work that has to be done ranges from immediate needs to things that shouldn't - but can and must - wait.  Every door needs to be replaced, for instance.  The reason is because two owners ago, the guy was an alcoholic, and in a fit of pique, probably because of his anger at the mortgage company, he threw out all of the antique interior doors.  Our neighbor garbage picked them and gave them to someone who was remodeling (this was over 10 years ago), but in the meantime, after this place went to the next owners, they went out and bought apparently very cheap interior doors, and they're all in bad shape.  The doors are kicked in, broken, don't close right, etc.

A lot of people get angry and mess things up when foreclosure is imminent...but what many of them don't realize is the big bad bank with whom they're attempting to get even doesn't really give a crap about it...more money, less's all the same to them, as a few thousand price difference one way or another is nothing for them.  The people who are really affected by stuff like that are the ones who, like us, end up buying the house next.  So because the previous people were foreclosed on, they didn't leave a single curtain rod or air conditioning unit, forcing us to start from scratch.  Frown

Due to the lack of air conditioning units left for us, we need to install central air, as the hotter days are getting quite miserable with only two small window units for two of the rooms, which we purchased as it began getting hot.  When the temperatures go up very high, we have to take our meals upstairs into one of the two rooms, because it's too miserable in the kitchen.  But where do we start?  If we buy air conditioning units for every room in the house, it will be nice and cool...but then that's money better spent on central air conditioning, so it doesn't pay to keep throwing away money on temporary solutions...except it then gets sooooooooo hot in much of the house.  Cry

Many of the windows are old and need to be replaced, but in the meantime, they have to stay as they are.  There also isn't a single working window screen, so we can't even open windows for fresh air!  (The kitty would sneak out.)  Most of the window screens are nonexistent, and the few that remain are slashed.

This house has really been terribly abused.  We plan to restore it, but it's going to take a looooooong time, and not a little bit of money.  Frown

It's better than where we were, so it's not that we're complaining...but it's hard at times to live in a place that needs so much work.

Awww, enjoy the wine and have a drink for me!  Kiss  Better still, have several, so I can live vicariously through you.  Wink


I can't imagine...I would be so bereft without our kitty.  Cry  I'm glad you can keep your dog, though.

It's good that you found your cat a lovely home.  I once gave away the sweetest kitty...she was a stray...we didn't have the room and couldn't keep her.  I asked for a promise of visitation rights, and was told it was okay...but then I received no further info and nobody ever returned my calls, so I knew I'd never see her again.  Cry  It broke my heart.  I wouldn't change a thing I did back then, but I loved that sweet little girl.  Cry

It's hard to let go of someone you love so much, but when their life completely lacks quality, of course, it's something no one would wish on them to keep going in pain.  The selfish part says, "I want them here!" and the unselfish part realizes it's not the best thing for them.  And the worst part is the whole thing completely sucks.  Cry  Selfish, unselfish, it's the worst.  Cry

Sending good thoughts about your exams.  Kiss  I'm sure you'll do're so smart!  Kiss  Also, does it help you to calm down if you think about the move and your wedding?

I keep meaning to mention that some friends of ours got a dog...a gorgeous boy...a husky.  I feel I have to tell them the reason they're having a lot of trouble with him is because he probably doesn't feel challenged!  I have a feeling they didn't know what they were in for when they chose a husky.  Cry

Hi, I'm Trish from Maryland! I have a question about graphing crochet: I'm assuming that the patterns for regular crochet are based on the single crochet stitch as the unit. Is that correct? Please advise.

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I posted one FREE quilting book for Kindle for today...grab it before it's gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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