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Forcing myself to throw away and shred stuff I've held on to for far, far, too long! It's a good feeling, but also sometimes a little sad. But, Linda, do I really need my 4th grade report card? I'm 57!

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5/22/15 8:26 P

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Exciting way to spend the holiday weekend! lol No, you're fortunate to have a three day weekend so you can get everything done. I've found moving to be one of the best ways to declutter.

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Deciding what to pack, what to donate, and what to trash is how I'll spend a good bit of my weekend.

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5/22/15 5:05 P

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Congratulating you! Woo Hoo! Nothing better than a new grandchild and a new house. That's fantastic.

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5/22/15 9:34 A

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Beginning to reflect on what an amazing day yesterday was for me. My younger daughter gave birth to her third child. Baby Miles was 9 lbs 8 oz, 21 1/4 inches, born at home with a midwife -- approximately 5 hours labor. I also received the phone call from my mortgage broker telling me the loan came back from underwriting and he only needed two things from me. 1) a receipt from the home inspection and 2) an ink signature on a document I had already signed electronically.

Looks like May 27 is my move day. :D

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5/21/15 8:40 P

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Amazing how much time these things take! You would think they would be more efficient.

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Yearning for this to be done! Oh yes, I know I'm forgetting things. I do have a written list of what they said they would fix, so I can check.

The loan company say underwriting is 24-72 hours. It went on Monday, so now it is 48 hours. Why does it always take the maximum they list?

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Wondering if you're remembering everything in the house? Even with pictures there are things you forget.

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5/20/15 10:08 A

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Verifying the repairs the current owner agreed to complete are done this Friday morning. I'm excited to get back and walk through the house. (poor sentence construction...)

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5/19/15 3:28 P

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Using the computer at night isn't my favorite thing, especially for Sparking. Occasionally, time gets away from me or I forget to track my exercise, then I'm Sparking later. Sometimes I'm just checking to see if Eabl made it to the Spark cybercafe. (So, this is a cybercafe, what'll it be?)

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Taking my sparking to mornings, most days. Sometimes I do spark at night, but have found I do better focusing most of it early in the day.

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5/18/15 10:44 P

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Sitting here falling asleep. I'm going to finish my sparking and then go to bed!

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5/18/15 10:07 A

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Remodeling a kitchen is a very pricey adventure. My kitchen is acceptable. Not ideal, but pretty good and definitely workable!

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Quarreling with the people who designed my kitchen--okay, only in my mind. But, still, what were they thinking! It looks pretty. It's just not a practical design. It's going to stay just the way it is though. Can't afford to over improve my home. I can live with it.

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5/17/15 11:37 A

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Playing house in someone's kitchen can be great fun. Mostly, their logic of where to put things conflicts with mine.

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Opening all the boxes reminds me of Christmas. I like that part. We had one move with my sister-in-law helping and she decided she had to put my kitchen together. I ended up redoing the whole thing. At least it kept her busy and out of my more personal belongings.

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Nothing would convince me to let my friends OPEN the boxes they help me move! I want the opportunity to go through every single item and determine the best place for it.

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Moving with the help of friends makes things go so much faster. Unless they decide to organize your kitchen for you. That just makes me crazy! Ha!

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Listing agents often set the price above what it should be, though. They know people will offer lower and it gives them room to negotiate. I'm planning to move all the small stuff with the help of a couple friends. Only the large items will go with the movers.

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Keeping within your budget is difficult when buying a house. We've had realtors that would show us houses just outside our price range. Made me crazy. Then, of course, there are always extra expenses. Good thing you are moving locally.

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Justifying a higher price was not working for prior sellers. It doesn't matter how fair a price is for a house, if the price is too high for my budget. I'm very happy to have found a house that is affordable, in decent shape, and in a nice, quiet location relatively central to all my activities.

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Insisting on finding a house at the price you want has paid off! Woo Hoo! Wow, you could be living in your own house by June 1.

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Having a very good day, today. Two wonderful things happened: 1) The appraisal came back at my offer price; 2) Seller agreed to fix all but one thing and I accepted her agreement.

My mortgage broker sent everything to Underwriting, so as long as all the paperwork is in order, I should have a house in two weeks!

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Going crazy waiting to hear from you! Did she say yes or are you looking for a new house? That overwhelmed, surreal feeling is pretty much normal when buying a house and moving.

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Feeling excited, overwhelmed, and as if the whole thing is just totally surreal. STILL waiting to hear from Seller. I think her deadline is tomorrow.

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Eeking! May 26? That's TWO week away! Yikes! Are you ready for this? So much fun living out of boxes, I know, but still that's an amazing closing date. Hope the response to your list of repairs is positive and quick.

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Defining the closing date as May 26, though it is tentative. Waiting for seller's response to my list of repairs, which were entirely reasonable and not very costly.

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Closing set? Are you done negotiating?

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Betting you already knew the answer to your fence question. I couldn't buy a house without a fence!

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Attempting to get started this morning, although it's so much more fun to sit here drinking coffee and sparking than doing up the breakfast dishes and vacuuming. So Miss Poet, will your new house have a fenced in yard for the dogs?

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Yakking about packing! I'm a poet and didn't know it. :D

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Whittling away the excess detritus from our homes is great! Don't know about the legal stuff, though. I confess I saved the box my iPhone came in--if it needs service you have to send it to them in the box. At least it's a small box.

Sorry for your loss.

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Verifying important vs. unimportant. I sometimes save the box for a few weeks, in case I want to return an item. Then it goes into the recycling bin. I need to ask my son-in-law if I can throw away all my mom's old paperwork (will, insurance, etc). He's a trust & estates attorney and my mom passed away in 2011.

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Using the shredder is one of my grandson's chores. He loves it. I would love to shred some of the paperwork I have, but my husband wants to save everything. His sister saved all the boxes that her small appliances and computer stuff came in. Took up an entire room. (Made me laugh. Um, you don't do that, do you?)

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Taking my box labeling seriously! I'm also quite serious about reducing my possessions. Need to find out what paperwork I can shred instead of pack.

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Searching for something all all the boxes is never fun. Good labeling is a must! I also try to make sure each box gets to the right room on moving day. Not sure why the stereo system was put under the kitchen table. . .

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Reminding me of the work yet to come, are you? Unpacking, oh boy! I'm trying to label everything very clearly, so I can find the critical items early on in the unpacking phase.

The dogs are curious, though they still just lie around watching.

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Quivering at the thought! What must the dogs think? Here Mom, let me help? (Amazing how the mind works--you'll quickly forget all of that packing once you have to unpack it!)

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Packing, packing, packing. That's my main activity these days!

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Opening the weather app on my phone shows me a warm week ahead. The humidity has been very low--not like summer when the humidity reaches up to 60% and 70%. It went up to 79 degrees today and I was cold. We went to the Asian Market and I wished I had brought my sweatshirt. I'm going to have to put a sweatshirt or sweater in the car when I go shopping! I think our air conditioning is on for good until October/November. Very hot in Phoenix is often well over 100 degrees. Supposedly, we're only looking at 90 degrees.

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Noticing it has become very hot this week in Phoenix. How could I tell? Finally had to cave in and turn on the A/C.

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Moving right along! The joys of having a mortgage--who can forget.

I'm sitting outside on my deck. It was quiet a minute ago but now my neighbor is mowing his lawn. Time to head on in. Besides, it's getting cold. It's breezy and 64 degrees. The next week we'll see temps in the 80's.

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Looking through my estimated closing costs statement today. Those statements are confusing! I had to talk to the mortgage broker to understand some of the items. Works out to a number I am happy with. :D

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Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that the inspector says it's all good! Woo hoo!

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Joining the list of people who own instead of rent will be nice. The seller countered, I countered, and the seller accepted. I'm happy with the deal. Now we move on to the inspection. From the ground, the roof and a/c unit on this house look to be in very good shape - hoping the inspector finds only minor, easy to fix items!

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Interesting. While it's nice to have a lawn, it does give you choices and having more money to be able to do upgrades isn't bad at all! Sounds like a good buy.

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Having both a fun time and a very trying time. I'm comparing them all to the 3rd one I offered to buy! That house had it all for me. Oh well. There's another that I saw last week and thought was a good choice. The upgrades aren't as nice, the yard isn't done, yet it is significantly lower price. I sent an offer on it today and am crossing my fingers. Because of the lower price, I can afford to make the yard how I want it and I can do more upgrades over time.

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Going crazy, huh? My husband and I have bought five houses over the 41 years we've been married. The house we're in now was the third house we looked at. Oh, we looked at more, but found we were always comparing them to this one. But that wasn't always the case. When we moved to New Jersey, we looked at over 50 houses in three different counties. It isn't always easy, but hopefully it will work out in the end.

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Frustrating is how I'd describe this house-hunting experience. I am trying to be patient. The nice house I put an offer on? The seller decided to take it off the market. It's no longer for sale. So house #1 failed the inspection process, #2 is too highly priced or I'd have a deal and #3 is no longer for sale. If third time is the charm, I've missed the charm. Hoping it is going to be 4th try is the charm! I'm wearing my "Expect a Miracle" tee-shirt!

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Exciting time! I take it that you like the neighborhood? I'll cross my fingers for you, too. Hey, persistence pays off.

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Daring choice, putting in an offer significantly below the seller's asking price. He declined, which is okay. In the meantime, I found another house in the same neighborhood that I like better and which has a more reasonable price and nicer yard. Put in an offer on this one today and crossing fingers.

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Comparing prices is a good thing to do. Hope it works out.

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Betting on seeing more houses in the same neighborhood, and I did. Today's info confirmed my "it's priced too high" feeling. I made an offer significantly lower than the listing price. Waiting to see what happens next.

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Attempting to find the perfect house at the right price is so difficult! In my experience, real estate agents always want to show you houses that are at the top of your price range, too. We checked out houses on the internet, then got together with our agent. There are a lot of houses on the market in my neighborhood. Two of my neighbors just moved. I miss them. I haven't met the new neighbors yet.

A house down the street was for sale, went off the market for a couple of weeks and then back on the market at a higher price! Usually, people lower the price. Weird, because the house was on the market for over a year and was overpriced to begin with!

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Zipping from house to house. I decided to hold back on the offer. I like the house but want it for a significantly lower price. Planning to see what else becomes available in the next few days.

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Yielding a positive outcome from a morning of wandering--woo hoo! (Talk about awkward sentences, geesh.) I know finding the right home is a difficult process, but it's worth it. Good luck.

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Wandering through six houses this morning. Found one house worth me making an offer. Working on it with my real estate agent.

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Voicing my opinion here--oh, pooh, that sucks. On the bright side? I threw out all the Christmas cards! Ha! You have to wonder if they really want to sell that house. Well, it's back to house hunting for you. Hope you find something you love even more (at a really good price).

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Understanding the seller wouldn't fix the major items, I canceled the contract. House was gorgeous inside, but needed a new roof and some electrical fixes. Back to the drawing board.

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Telling yourself to be patient? So frustrating.

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Sticking to my guns. Kind of. Sent a list of needed repairs to the seller. Now he has five days to answer. If he'll fix them, I will go forward. Otherwise, I'll withdraw and start searching again.

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Realizing q and y can be difficult letters. When ideas desert you go on to the next letter. Are you still buying the house?

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Questioning everything is interesting. Hmmm, not really, but it was the first Q-ing word to come to mind. :D

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Pricing on those "fixes" does sound really high. They could come back to you by dropping the price of the house instead of making the repairs. I'm not sure that would be better.

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Overwhelming -- the inspector's report on my potential home seemed overwhelming to me. Fortunately, my realtor is very calm and level-headed and helped me sort through the issues in meaningful order. We submitted my list of disapproved items and required repairs to the seller today. We'll see what seller says -- love the house, but I can un-love it if it's going to cost me an extra 20-30k to get everything fixed.

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Nothing like moving to help unclutter your life! I confess to having the same difficulty. I managed to go through most of it on the last move, though. After seven years I've noticed that the collecton is growing again. I have a secret stash--I've saved every Christmas card we've received for 41 years. I have used some as gift cards, which is why I saved them. I need to just throw them out. Maybe . . .

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Making the decision to donate items to charity, so I have less to take. However, I do find it hard to let go of books, albums, and CDs.

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Loving that I've forgotten packing. Either it was very boring or very traumatic (or both).

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Keeping up with the packing is challenging! I've been spending my spare time filling boxes. Apparently, I own too many books. :D

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Jumping through all the hoops-whoopie. Then comes the heavy lifting. You've moved before though so that's no surprise.

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Inking my name on numerous documents lately!

(Actually, signing many electronically, but that didn't start with I)

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Hitting the housing market just right isn't easy! Magic indeed.

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Going into this so quickly is a little intimidating! I'm sure I want to do it and I'm sure it is the right house, it just all came together rather magically!

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Finding the perfect house is fantastic! I'm thrilled for you. One more month to go.

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