June 28, 2021 – Reasonable Doubt

Boy, I’m not sure what’s going on with my husband but his enthusiasm to move seems to be waning rapidly. We were so gung ho at first, running around like maniacs, trying to complete a bunch of stalled projects from the past several years. And now that nearly everything is done, we are sitting in this weird ‘space’, questioning the point of it all. I still feel pretty confident about our decision but my husband appears to be plagued with doubt. “What if the house doesn’t sell?” he keeps asking me, “What then?” To which I respond, “Then we stay.” The thing is, our house has only been on the market for two days. Two days isn’t much. What is worrying is that there was so much hype about how ‘hot’ the market was and how houses were ‘selling like hotcakes’ and how everyone (we’ve spoken to) was certain that our house would sell in no time and more than likely get bid up way beyond the asking price. That all sounds great but that’s not the current reality.

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June 27, 2021 – Photo

Well, it appears it won’t be long before we’ll be leaving. We had our first showing today and another is scheduled for tomorrow. When I think about what I’ll miss the most once I’ve packed my last bag and loaded up the car, it is the abundance of nature and beauty here. No matter which direction I turn, there is beauty to be had. Of course, there is still the possibility that we won’t be leaving because even though the house had a showing, it doesn’t guarantee an offer. I guess if we don’t get any offers, we’ll be sticking around a little bit longer. If we have to stay longer than expected, I must admit that this isn’t such a bad place to get ‘stuck’.

June 26, 2021 – In the nick of time.

Someone must be looking out for me because the timing of everything taking place couldn’t be more perfect. For the last two weeks, my husband and I have been preparing our house to get it ready to go on the market, and it officially listed today. But it’s what happened yesterday that’s much more newsworthy and it involves a family member, my sister Cactus Annie, to be specific. Two separate times, she tried to reach me by phone yesterday. Neither time I answered because I was busily working on the house and didn’t have time to talk. When I finally got an opportunity to listen to her long-winded messages, she sounded very excited. She had ‘big news’ and wanted to share it with me. My friends, she had big news, indeed! But not the kind of news I wanted to hear! From her perspective it was ‘good’, and from my perspective it was ‘terrible’. Frightening, actually.

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June 25, 2021 – Photo

Alright, my friends, I’m pulling another photo out of the vault because I’ve had no time for much other than working on the house and getting it ready to put on the market. This photo I took in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My husband was driving while I was sat in the passenger seat and took photos. When I initially saw this ‘arch of antlers’, I was mortified. I thought they were removed from elk (like trophies) when they were hunted and killed. I was wrong, apparently. It’s a very normal thing for male elk to shed their antlers. In fact, according to ‘Google’, they do it every year during March or April (when their testosterone levels are at their lowest).

June 24, 2021 – All bark and no bite.

If you had told me that once we made the decision to move, that we would have our home listed in just over 2 weeks, I would have told you to get your head examined. Knowing what needed to be done in order to get it ready to put on the market, 6 months rather than 2 weeks seems like a much more reasonable timeline. “We can even wait until next spring,” my husband suggested, “That should give us sufficient time to complete all of our projects.” Ha! Six months?! Apparently, as much as I lament my slow speed these days, I do have the ability to get some serious work done in a timely manner when it counts. Now, that’s not to say that my physical well being isn’t negatively impacted from putting in so many long days. I’m basically a walking zombie. I’ve been staying up until four and five o’clock in the morning and waking up at eight or nine in order to ensure everything on my ‘to do’ list gets checked off. I’ve just kept moving and hoping that once the photographer arrived to take photos of our home, everything would be done.

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June 23, 2021 – Photo

I’m pulling something out of ‘the vault’ today because since we decided to sell our home, I haven’t had a chance to use my camera (other than to take pictures of junk I want to get rid of on Craigslist). Anyway, while attending photography class (ten years ago?), our instructor asked us to do a study of ovals and circles. This image was something I ‘dreamed up’ after I discovered taking pictures of eggs, pennies, and oranges wasn’t terribly stimulating.

June 22, 2021 – Assemble first, read instructions later.

First of all, I’d like to make an observation. What is it about wet paint that is so enticing to winged insects? Are they all on a suicide mission or what? Just once, I’d like to paint something outside and not have to pick a bunch of dead bugs off the surface afterward. Today, I painted nearly every door in my house and I am dog tired. I promised the realtor we signed with that I would and I don’t like going back on my promises. We had ‘doors of every color’ and needed some consistency. There were white doors and stained doors as well as cream, yellow, turquoise, and gray doors. If I only had to paint the cream, yellow, turquoise, and gray doors, it wouldn’t have been such an undertaking. But I had to do the white ones also because they looked terrible (the paint had been applied with a roller previously and most of the surfaces were rough and uneven). Cue the paint sprayer!

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June 21, 2021 – Original Artwork

This painting is called ‘Tulips in Acrylic’. I know, the title’s not very original but I couldn’t think of anything else to call it at the time. Truth be told, it’s a photo of my painting because it’s too big to fit in my scanner and I’m too cheap to pay the local art supply store to do it properly. I completed it sometime in the past seven years but I have no recollection of which year exactly. It definitely was a ‘labor of love’ because I labored over it for months before I finally felt comfortable signing it (which I edited out in order to remain anonymous). Anyway, enjoy!

June 20, 2021 – Motivating Factors

If you ask anyone what motivates them, the top two responses would most likely be love or money. Personally, I am chasing the almighty dollar at the moment. I cannot remember the last time I worked so hard in my life! But in the end, if we get the results we’re hoping for (a substantial offer on our home), it’ll all be worth it. At this very moment, I’m taking a break from applying primer to my interior doors. They actually look pretty terrible. We were going to spray them instead of rolling them because the results are much better, but I am trying to knock things out as quickly as possible and not waste one precious moment. And rolling the primer on the doors is possible during the wee hours of the morning (when I’m up and about) because it doesn’t disturb my husband (like running a paint sprayer would). My hope is that if I at least get the primer applied with a roller, when I spray them with the final coat of paint, maybe the finish will even out. Fingers crossed.

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June 19, 2021 – Photo

How I’m going to miss all of the birds that regularly visit our backyard! The other day, there were so many, it was like being at a bird sanctuary. Between the flickers and sparrows, the doves and pigeons, the quail and robins, the starlings and nuthatches, and the hummingbirds, it was quite the sight to behold! When we move, my greatest desire is to build a habitat for birds on our property so I’m able to continue to delight in their presence. I like this photograph because in the background are the birdhouses my husband built for some of our feathered friends.