Thursday, October 16, 2014
I haven't been blogging much lately because it seems like there are not enough hours in the week to get everything done. So many things have happened.
I was helping some people buy the farm where JC is. It was sold at Sheriff's sale and I was working with the Asset Manager at the bank to get this property for my buyers. Before the sale was confirmed, the current owner filed Bankruptcy putting everything on hold. What a mess. This person has so many liens on the farm, my buyers can't buy it from her and get a clear title. In the meantime, she has no money for repairs or new footing. The ring is really bad. She didn't even buy bedding so my buyers got bags of bedding for the horses with them. This could go on for a month or 3 months. It has actually been going on for 11 years. How does someone avoid foreclosure and not pay anything for 11 years? It boggles the mind. The owner is one crafty person.
As far as the sale of my house, we are pretty much no where. I have done a couple of price drops, but I can't even get any showings. I do know we are in a really slow market. It should pick up once the weather stays bad. I am working with the agent on the house we wrote the offer to see if we can negotiate something with those sellers to still purchase that house. They took it off the market because no one would give them what they wanted. I'm hoping we can work something out as there is no other house we want.
I've been spending a lot of time putting out fires here and there. I wrote a few offers. My assistant has 3 accepted offers. Of course, he got those buyers from me. I am finding that he doesn't exactly have my work ethic. He doesn't believe in working weekends. I'm not sure how one can be successful in Real Estate and not work weekends. I only get weekends off when things are dead. It is not a good sign. But, after all these years, I am used to the ebbs and flows of the Real Estate world :)
I am managing to get to the barn 1 or 2 times a week. JC has been a very good boy. Our issue is finding somewhere to ride. The idiot that owns the place keeps watering and flooding the ring which makes it not safe and he trips a lot. There have been a few horses that have gone down because the footing is so bad. I have been letting the bank know what is going on. He said he can't do anything because of the Bankruptcy unless there is negligence to the horses. I firmly believe this is negligence. Not to mention there is no propane for heat. If we get several hard freezes, we are going to be in trouble.
I have exercised everyday of October so far. I plan to keep that up while I watch the online videos for the CE courses I have to complete. I will walk on the treadmill and listen to the lady.
We have been eating out just about every night. By the time we get done with showings, it is late and we end up going somewhere or we go just so I can get out of the house. We are hoping if we get the house we want, we will end up eating at home more because we will enjoy it more.
I do have to pay attention to what I order. I haven't been too careful about that. I know I need to really start watching it. My weight is higher than it has ever been and I have to go see my doctor on November 25.
Well, those are my updates. I really need to start blogging again regularly. It always makes me feel better when I do!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Nothing. A number is simply that. Today, I turned 50. I don't feel any different than I did yesterday at 49. It's cool that I can get AARP discounts.
My husband and I were laughing last night because he celebrated my 20th, 30th, 40th and now 50th birthdays with me. I don't feel older. I feel a lot smarter. Oh my, it so true that the older we get, the wiser we get. If I had known even 20 years ago, the things I know today. I would be in a completely different place.
I am also wise enough to know that I make my choices. I choose to have the Cosmo or the Chocolate Martini. I choose to eat the chicken or the macaroni and cheese. I choose whether to exercise or not.
I remember the years may have been late teens through 20's when everything that happened was everyone else's fault. Well, you know what, I still have people around me who cause things to happen differently than the way I want them to, but now I know it is up to me to turn it around and make it go the way I want it to.
Ten years ago, I was in a job I hated going to not because of the students, but because of the people running the district. I think the day I got beat up was probably the best day of my life. It was the best day because it turned my life around. It made me realize that I could do something else with my life.
I think the day when the neighbor girl slapped me was another good day. It was good because it made me realize that I no longer have to stay here. I can move and we can start remodeling another house. Brian can do what he loves. He loves to remodel. He is a carpenter at heart and always has been.
The day my brother showed up to my house was another turning point for me. It was that day I realized that I was nothing to my siblings and never would be. That was actually good for me because I could stop feeling guilty for not wanting to be around them. They didn't want to be around me either. I have learned that I don't need them. I have my husband and my children. The sad part is that they really never knew me. I always knew them. I saw what they were for a long time because I observed them and their greed and the bad way they treated others including my parents.
I realized last night that aside from my husband, my other best friend is my daughter. Like I used to spend time with my mother not because I had to, but because I wanted to, Sarah and I spend time together. My friends think it is wrong. They believe she should be out with her friends. I feel safe knowing Sarah is right here and not getting into any trouble. We have so much fun. We laugh together; we go shopping together; we walk together. I told her now that I'm 50, she has to help push me to get my exercise done or she will end up pushing me in a wheel chair.
I am old enough to have learned that so many things I thought were bad were actually good. I finally realize that I am one really lucky person! I am so grateful to my husband, my children and all my wonderful spark friends for just being you!
So what's in a number? Wisdom. That's all. Otherwise, it's just a number. Whether it is a number on a scale or the number of years you have been alive, it doesn't define who you are as a person. The only thing that defines you are the choices you make and how you choose to treat others :)
Friday, September 26, 2014
I feel like I lost my friends. Not my online friends, but my friends that have been with me through so much stuff. It is like, since I quit teaching, I only see them when bad stuff happens. I know that, no matter what, they will always be there for me, but I feel kind of sad that they never pick up the phone and just call to say hi. I call them.
I hear about them all going out together and I have said that we would love to join them, but the answer is usually, "well it's a teacher thing" or "we all got together for XXX holiday and you are Jewish." I don't know. It is weird.
Then I wonder if I have moved on too. I am always busy with work. I also just spend a lot of time with Brian. Lately, it has all been about fixing up the house. Yet, I did call one of my friends tonight and she picked up immediately and we talked for about an hour. I know she has a lot going on. I talk to her husband on Facebook quite a bit.
Maybe I just have so much changing in my life that I am noticing their absence more. Who knows.
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