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♥ Part Deux ♥ Hanging on to the very end ♥



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This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/23/2014

Dinner with “S” tonight. Pizza and wonderful wonderful conversation. Mr. HC and I got all the materials today to build the fence around the backyard at the trailhood. He set the posts tonight. He is working tomorrow, but Sunday we will build the fence. I walked around and made a plan for the backyard. Pretty awesome stuff!!!



Be BEARY, BEARY, Sad (read all 2 entries…)
I will be "BEARY BEARY Sad"

with my BBFL (Best Bear Friend for life) Snickerdoodle MacBear



Loose 23 pounds so that my weight on my Driver's License is actually my true weight and then get a new picture for my license (read all 27 entries…)
Nope

not yet :(



This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/22/2014

We closed on our new digs in the trailorhood. This was freakin’ easy!!!



schedule daily goals I can accomplish (read all 138 entries…)
05/23/2014

1) COSTCO
2) Fry’s
3) Post Office
4) Measure new Kitchen for blinds
5) Schedule Appraisal
6) Finish other assignment
7) Pizza with Sheila



This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/21/2014

After running around like a crazy woman yesterday taking care of all the paperwork required to move into the “trailorhood” I was exhausted. This morning I woke up refreshed and noted that in the night, while I was sleeping like a dead woman, one of my ebay aucions sold at the Buy it Now price. WOOT!!!!



This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/20/2014

I think I might have a new client!!!! This AMC that I applied to be on their panel (so long ago that I do not even remember) contacted , and asked for help on a “special assignment” from a new client. It just involves verification of info on previous appraisal and doesn’t pay alot, but it is a foot in the door for which I am grateful!!!



This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/19/2014

After talking to the person in the sales office at Palm Shadows and her telling me that she would not have an answer until Wednesday, she called back a couple hours later with good news.

Mr. HC and I are moving to the “Trailorhood” More information to come, but while many people may not get what we are doing, we are just tired of struggling and working to maintain a house that is just too big for us. This is going to be better in the long run. Will take some adjustments, but we have found a place thst we will still own, is 800sf smaller than the house we currently struggle to maintain and we can bring ALL the dogs.

More to come . . . I am emotionally, physically and mentally spent tonight



schedule daily goals I can accomplish (read all 138 entries…)
05/19/2014

1) Make meatballs for Mr. HC per his request
2) Call Palm Shadows Argh, They won’t have an answer for me until maybe Wednesday
3) Call Margie regarding the damned Lake Montezuma house ARG . . . no new offers
4) Call Ellen about the 2010 Tax return
5) Continue to list ebay auctions (my older pug stuff is receiving a bunch of bids yay!!!



Loose 23 pounds so that my weight on my Driver's License is actually my true weight and then get a new picture for my license (read all 27 entries…)
05/19/2014

Yesterday I was at -.4 Today I am at +.6. Just hovering right around “the number” I might have been -.4 the other day from a little dehydration and yesterday rehydrated myself. It was really hot on Saturday for the yard sale, but we need to do it.

I am thinking that I am “there” but will wait another day or so before I declare this “done” and head down to DMV.

Really feeling pretty excited and proud of myself though.



Stop holding on to the things that clutter my home and my life (read all 75 entries…)
I put some things on ebay this afternoon

3 of my 4 auctions already have bids!!!



Stop holding on to the things that clutter my home and my life (read all 75 entries…)
Yard Sale yesterday and today

took some stuff to Bookmans, gave Bike to daughter, yet we still have so much stuff!!!



Loose 23 pounds so that my weight on my Driver's License is actually my true weight and then get a new picture for my license (read all 27 entries…)
05/18/2014

As of this morning, I was at my goal, slightly below actually. I think I want to wait a day or two to make certain that I am “really” there. Mr. HC and I had a yard sale yesterday and it was seriously hot. I felt kind of dehydrated when we finished, even though I drank water all day.

I think I am at my goal, but just need to be certain.



This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/17/2014

Day 1 of yard sale . . . $170. I am runing out of good stuff to sell, but I have $170 more than I had when I woke up (and a heat stroke) Tomorrow is day 2. Mr. HC will be home and he is putting out his duplicate tools. That will get the numbers up!!! Yard sale proceeds going towards tax issue.



Allow the Universe to provide me with exactly what I need (read all 36 entries…)
We are seriously thinking about doing the short sale

on the house in Phoenix. This is very odd for us, but we have found a mobile home park not too far from us which sells handyman specials. I looked at one today which offers a very livable floorplan for Mr. HC and I. It even has a detached workshop where Mr. HC could put all of his tools which has been a huge consideration in moving anywhere. His tools are his work and this is a really decent workshop. As pre 76 doublewides, this one is not all that bad. It has some fairly decent upgrades already and with some MR. HC tweaks, we could do this.

We are thinking carefully . . .



The Tax Man isn't cometh . . . The Tax man is HERE (read all 9 entries…)
So when I called her, she said we could still meet.

The new stragtegy here was for me to pay her at this time only for the 2010 return which is the one that the IRS has their panties all in a bunch over. They filed a dubstitute return on my behalf (how helpful of them) and the results were that I owed $4500 in taxes, interest and late penalties.

When she worked out everything with all my deductions that I would have had, but they did not have, it appears right now that I might only owe around $600 for that year. As they have already taken $425 from me wih their levy, if I can come up with another $200 to give them when she files the ammended return, they may remove the levy and I can return to basic citizenship again.

I am hopeful. I love this woman and her non-judgemetal patience with me. Things are still tentative, but mayube better.

Dare I hope?



This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/15/2014

Was able to speak with the tax accountant this morning. She will continue to work with me on a very limited basis until I can get the money to pay her. I am pretty relieved.



Loose 23 pounds so that my weight on my Driver's License is actually my true weight and then get a new picture for my license (read all 27 entries…)
Headed back in the right direction

This morning 1.4 pounds to go.



This good thing happened today... (read all 253 entries…)
05/14/2014

I have been bitching all morning. Need to post something positive. Grapsing at straws but, this morning after I took my shower, I went to the closet to get a clean pair of jeans. I realized that with my recent weight loss, I can just pull on the clean jeans and snap and zip them without having to suck my gut in like I normally do on freshly laundered jeans.

That’s all I got, but at least it’s good.



Allow the Universe to provide me with exactly what I need (read all 36 entries…)
Maybe the Universe is telling me what to do and I am not listening

We have the house here in Phoenix which costs us a good chunk of change to live in. Right now we are having a love/hate relationship with it. We bought it after we had been together for a year and then after living together for a year we got married in this house (well, in the back yard) We have lived here for 9 years now. Mr. HC had remodeled it from top to bottom. There is no part of this house he has not “touched” It is also currently still upside down in the Phoenix market. If we were to sell it, it would be a short sale. We got married here, we have dogs buried in the back yard. Due to lack of steady income in the past year, we have a good amount of deferred maintenance going on right now. That kind of makes us hate the house.

We have the Lake Montezuma House which costs less than half of what it costs to live in the Phoenix house, however, Lake Montezuma is wonky in that it’s not readily accessible to employment and general support facilities. Closest grocery store is about 10 miles away in Camp Verde, but it is the only game in town and therefore really expensive. So you can go 20 miles to Cottonwood and have a better selection of shopping and employment, but again we are talking 20 – 25 miles away. Not sure what the actual employment situation is there; if we could get jobs that would support the gas etc.

We have 5 dogs. I know that some people mock me when I say that I will not abandon the dogs; but when we got those dogs, we made a lifetime committment to them. The pugs would probably be O.K. if we turned them over to pug rescue; although it would break my heart in a way that no one could imagine. The Danes would never survive. First they are very bonded to Mr. HC and I and secondly they are very bonded to each other. There is a Dane rescue here, but I don’t see anyone actually adopting two fully grown adult Danes. They weigh 200 (Gomez) and 165lbs (Morticia) To lose them would also break my heart and Mr. HC even more so. It would not be a problem to take the dogs to Lake Montezuma with us if we went there.

Which brings to why the cheapest solution is not a good solution at all. We could just go live on the boat in Morro Bay. The Boat is paid in full and the slip fee is next to nothing. There is nowever, no way the dogs could live on the boat with us. There is less than 300sq of living area there. Barely enough room for Mr. HC and I not to kill each other.

I know the Universe has a solution for me. I know there is relief. I am not hearing it however. I need to listen better. I need to open my eyes.



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