Interstellar Adventures

July 2, 2007

It’s Quiet…Too Quiet

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Interstellar Casa,It's Me, Lass,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 11:39 pm

Yesterday, being the 1st of July, means that it’s going to be rather quiet around here for a bit. Elle & Zed have gone to their dad’s for the month. I won’t see them for a week Thursday at the earliest. I made a schedule for the Ex with Zed’s timekeeper duties and Elle’s practices and games. I hope he manages to stick to it remember it. The kids are pretty smart though. They’ll remind him.

Nick and I both work tomorrow, then we’re off for the rest of the week. It’ll be a good five days to get things done around here. It’s actually a bit like deja vu. Last July we re-did both of the kids’ rooms while they were gone, and painted the front room. This July, we’ll paint bathrooms, Elle’s room (while we love it, we’re not sure buyers will like the sea-green and pink stripe), the living room, possibly the kitchen, install French Doors, and take down the ugly 70’s wood paneling and put up beadboard. And that’s the short list.

We’ve been looking at houses. There are quite a few that are potential candidates that would work for us. Only one is in our school zone where neither kid would have to switch schools. We’ve looked at a few areas outside of our city, but in the one area we looked this weekend, NONE of the houses had yards. What do builders have against grass? And there was one house in this really strange neighborhood. The street seemed normal, but then off the street there were five little mini-cul-de-sacs on each side of the street. On each of the mini-cul-de-sacs were six houses, crammed wall to wall and door to door. In my cross-over SUV, I felt like a giant driving down the streets of Safety Town. I’m not too keen on my next door neighbor being able to watch me eat breakfast from their own kitchen. There were a couple of homes that didn’t immediately get flushed, so we’ll see.

We had thought that Pop’s house would be sold by now. The neighbor was going to buy it. But, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished. We were going to sell waaay under-market and at a reduced realtor commission. But they held out and stalled and we couldn’t figure out why. Turns out the neighbor didn’t qualify, and he was stalling to a) get his brother to buy the house and b) to start work on the house before even buying it so as to not have a mortgage to pay and have the ability to turn it around more quickly on their own and resell it. Pop has been sending this neighbor money each month to compensate him for looking after the house and watering the lawn. Turns out he hasn’t been watering the lawn at all, and when the realtor went by to confiscate the neighbor’s key, the thermostat at Pop’s house was set on 50 and the AC was running full blast. Explains how his electric bill was so high last month – higher than when he ever lived there. So, now the house is listed for a fair market value and if the neighbor’s brother is still interested, he’ll have to pay the same price as the general public. A complete waste of three weeks worth of our time.

I hope you all have a great Fourth. I doubt we’ll have fireworks here, and if we do, they’ll be scattered and abbreviated. Rather like the thunderstorms forecast from now until next Tuesday. My yard is no longer draining. The ground is saturated. So far we haven’t been affected by any flooding. But a few more days of rain and a heavy deluge may just do us in. Nothing is able to dry out, and so our plans for Shakespeare in the Park aren’t sounding too appealing. Unless you like a wet butt and sinking your lawn chair into the muck. I think I’ll opt for a dry spot indoors somewhere.



  1. A month without the kids. WOW! I don’t know what i would do. Get a lot done and youhave quite a list.

    What a PIA that neighbor was…
    Glad you have not had any flooding. I was wondering.

    Comment by Nancy — July 3, 2007 @ 5:52 am |Reply

  2. Glad you’re flood-free. Enjoy your kid-free time!!! And good luck with the projects.

    Comment by Marie — July 3, 2007 @ 9:01 am |Reply

  3. Have a great 4th. Enjoy some kiddie quality time and paint fumes!

    Comment by Sparky Duck — July 3, 2007 @ 11:02 am |Reply

  4. whoops kiddie free quality time

    Comment by Sparky Duck — July 3, 2007 @ 11:02 am |Reply

  5. Enjoy your alone time and good luck getting your projects done!

    I can’t believe that trouble you’ve been through with Pop’s neighbor. What a jackass. Hope you get it sold quickly!

    Comment by Gypsy — July 3, 2007 @ 11:48 am |Reply

  6. Ohhh! I’m jealous, 5 days of child-free, husband-full time!! Have a super time off and a great holiday. Happy house hunting…there’s plenty of houses round here for sale!

    Comment by carnealian — July 3, 2007 @ 11:59 am |Reply

  7. Glad you’re getting some much-needed time off. How’d you manage that??

    Sounds like the newer houses out here. Big high-maintenance buildings with no yard. No thanks.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — July 3, 2007 @ 1:23 pm |Reply

  8. That idiot neighbor, what a pissant! A lot of the new subdivisions in Florida have back yards much like you described, virtually non-existent. In Miami, it’s almost all concrete block and big concrete block walls. yech.
    Good luck with all the work and painting. When you get done, come here and you can swim in our pool if you help us put it back together again, lol. The whole thing is falling apart!

    Hang in there, Lass. I know you and Nick have a lot on your plate these days. I’ll be thinking of you guys and hoping things ease up soon!

    Comment by Laura — July 4, 2007 @ 12:55 pm |Reply

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