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Old 04-01-2013, 05:30 PM   #435
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Fingers are still crossed, here, Gene.

Hope your log house sells and you get settled smoothly into the new one.


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Old 04-01-2013, 06:44 PM   #436
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So far finger crossing hasn't worked, so please cross your toes.

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:16 PM   #437
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Well, now, you don't know finger crossing isn't working. Just not working as fast as you would like.

However, in the interest of more and better karma, I will cross toes as well.

Would somebody PLEASE buy Gene's log home?


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Old 05-01-2013, 02:04 PM   #438
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We had a showing on the house last week and another one for the adjacent lot plus someone is supposed to call to be shown the lot. A realtor tells me they are getting more calls. The selling season in Colorado starts late in the mountains, but has already started on the Front Range.

We close on the new (to us) house tomorrow and everything is in order. We've been packing the truck and 4Runner to the gills and I'm sneezing from dust. I've got about half my tools packed, so another quick run there in a few days may be in order. In a week we take more stuff in a rental truck with the help of some friends and a rent-a-boy. That young guy doesn't know what he is getting into. I can't wait 'til we push a love seat up the basement steps—narrow and with a 90˚ turn—it was interesting getting it down there. And then a king size mattress—at least they fold, sort of.

We're taking the bed to sleep in so we can spend a few nights there at a time. Then we can get into building stuff in the shop—a work bench in the shop is first and maybe some cheap upper cabinets. Move a sink in another room and put it in the shop and re-plumb it. Then a gazillion things to remodel, start the swamp cooler (never had one before, but I'm reading a book on it) and unpack kitchen stuff.

We went to Ouray and stayed at the Box Canyon motel—it has hot tubs filled from a spring up hill. Haven't been there in about 5 years and they've fixed the place up a lot. We soaked and had some good meals, relaxed and celebrated our silver anniversary. At the end of May we take the trailer to Ouray and relax for 3 days and we'll need it. Barb was in the trailer several days ago and said everything looked fine after a winter of ignoring it. I'll have to spend a day or two doing spring maintenance and flushing the water system. My in-laws are coming several days before we go to Ouray and since we'll be short one bed for them and Barb's aunt, we'll stay in the trailer.

Crazy time has begun and won't let up, probably for years. We thrive on that. Retirement is not easy.

If we got an offer now, my brain would probably explode, but I'd figure out how to fit that in too.

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:12 PM   #439
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Well, let's hope an offer is coming. It's time.

Move carefully and safely, and keep us all posted on the progress.


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Logged in this evening just to see if you'd posted lately. All sounds good given the level of difficulty. And maybe a second young man, if I may be so bold in suggesting it.
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The 2nd young man is a friend who is only 70. But he's very athletic. And if course, our trophy wives will do most of the work.

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It is still 2012, maybe I'll start a new one, or not.

Closing went smoothly with a gazillion papers to sign. Some of them are absurd and show how loony underwriters are. One was a statement that your name is your name as if they couldn't get you for using a false name anyway.

We've brought 2 pickup truck loads, 3 SUV's worth and a 17' rental truck. Packing more for tomorrow's trip. It is about 85 miles from home #1, a little less than 2 hours—the last 7 or 8 miles are a twisting, steep road up to the house. We're starting to prepare things and learn stuff.

New shades are coming in about 4 or 5 days. They are very expensive, but will double the R value of the windows and are pretty cool too. They go up or down and the bedroom ones have motors so when the sun comes up, we can close them from bed. This is necessary at 4:30 or so in summer when the sun comes to blow your eyeballs out when you wonder why someone is shining a carbon arc lamp through the window. We've taken the old ones out—cheap plastic and falling apart after 10 years—filled the screw holes and will paint the window framing to match the paneling colors (paneling comes later). All the sconces have arrived for the "great room" (how pretentious can you get?) and master bedroom and they will wait for paneling.

I put up a ceiling fan in the bedroom since we don't need a light in the middle of the ceiling. And we got the lumber to build a workbench in the shop. We're looking at paint chips and more paint chips. There are too many colors and the paint companies don't seem to have them in an order I can understand. After about 20 minutes of looking at slightly different colors I want to scream and run out the door. One ceiling will probably be a light sky blue to tone down all the white and match the blue stain in beetle kill pine paneling on the walls. The ceilings are so clean, I hate to repaint them, but I don't want to do it in 5 or 10 years after all the furniture is in and I'm even older. We are also looking at slightly darker blue for the hallways. That will be combined with wainscotting in one hallway.

We are looking at exterior colors too. Maybe something like terra cotta for trim and tan for the walls. The walls are board and batten (actually cement board) and we had thought of two slightly different tans—a little darker for the battens. But maybe same color, but flat for the board and satin for the battens. Looking for mild contrast to keep the eye interested, but avoid clashing. I am tired and lots of body parts hurt. I expect this to continue unabated for the rest of the teens. We all got through the big moving effort last week pretty much uninjured except for soreness. House #1 looks a bit less full of stuff, probably good for showings. The people that looked about 2 weeks ago wanted a mother-in-law apartment—none here. Haven't heard anything from people who were interested in the adjacent lot. This gets discouraging. Showings seem to come in clumps and and are waiting for the next ones. It has been snowing a lot in the central mountains and Front Range, so that keeps people from coming west of the Divide.

The seller will stop by toward the end of the month to show his new wife the house his deceased wife designed. I will be picking his brain about mysterious things I haven't figured out yet.

But the Airstream lives on. I started spring maintenance a couple of days ago and have got most of it done (excepting sanitizing the water system). No leaks over the winter and everything looks fine. I forgot to bring my tools and drill from house #2, so couldn't do some things. First trip will be to Ouray the weekend after Memorial Day. There are hot springs there—one public and one clothing optional private one (my preference). I look forward to a lazy couple of days. We'll have to start planning on some quick and close trips to the NF for the rest of the summer for mental health needs.

I've had to fix a leak in house #1's Jacuzzi. I had just enough tools for that. The jets are not installed with gaskets and eventually the silicone sealant fails. Fortunately it was one I could reach. I used silicone based caulk for the interior side and Form-a-gasket for the outside; I wanted to make sure it wouldn't leak for many years. For some jets you'd have to remove the tub or never use the tub (the jets do not have to run for a leak to happen) again. Lousy seals, just like Airstreams. We've hardly ever used the jets and now I know why Jacuzzi is so much cheaper than other brands.

Gotta go check out paints—has the primer solidified since I last used it? Is the drywall compound good anymore? Are the stains still good? Is the thinset still ok? Another mystery about to unfold.

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Old 05-30-2013, 02:07 PM   #443
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Finally, we get to go somewhere with the trailer. We slept in it last week when we needed an extra bed when Barb's parents and aunt visited, so we feel as if we have camped, sorta. I got all the maintenance done a week ago except a for a few items, so the last minute rush is not so bad. I changed a tire and forgot to move the hub cap to the spare, so I'll have to remove the tire and put on the hub cap some time in the future. I should get another hub cap for the spare since I have done this before.

Tomorrow, 3 nights in Ouray for a much needed rest. Ouray is about 85 miles, so an easy drive. Hot springs for the weary. Some good restaurants to celebrate something. Then back to the new house with much to do. We have been making steady progress, but it is never fast enough. I tried to install the fancy Hunter Douglas cellular shades, but they are much harder to install than another brand I have used in the past. The clips at the back of the headrail won't engage. I called the retailer and they offered to install them for free (I was told they are easy once you've done it a few times, but I can't see how), so I'll be able, I hope, to figure out what I was doing wrong. The retailer bends over backwards to satisfy customers and I'd recommend them if you need stuff in western Colorado—Colorado Interiors in Montrose, Colo. They sell shades, lighting and furniture. They give discounts too.

I'm working on installing cheap cabinets and building a work bench in the shop so I can do the remodeling. Slow progress with trying to install shades, put up hooks everywhere, doing all sort of the little things we need. B arb has been painting around the window insets so the color blends with the paneling I will be doing plus organizing the kitchen the way she wants it and so I can never find anything. The superinsulation we had done in the attic is keeping the house cool through much of the day, so that was a good investment. I haven't had to figure out how to start up the swamp cooler yet, but that should happen next week

The previous owner visited last week and showed me all sorts of stuff that was very helpful. He also showed us where the property boundaries were and we found the grotto. The topography is much like Utah—sandstone in yellows and reds with many rock benches. The house is built on one. At the back of the property is a bench hollowed out by an ancient river or sea in the yellow sandstone—that is the grotto. You see these grottos all over Utah, but we have our own! Just off the property line are some hoodoos with red cap rocks. Hoodoos are those rock towers you can see in abundance at Bryce Canyon. The views on the hill above the house have even better views of Grand Mesa, the West Elks and other mountains. A lot of the land was chained in the '60's, so most of the trees are young. A lot of juniper. Juniper is usually ancient and twisted—these trees can live hundreds and hundreds of years, but the young ones have straight trunks and nicely formed branches. I'm told the ranchers would cut off the lower branches for fence posts since they last generations before rotting, so the green part of the tree forms a round, slightly oval, shape—unusual for a desert tree.

We did get an offer of sorts on our "old" house, but it was 18% below our asking price, so I said no. The whole exchange of e-mails was kind of strange. The market is heating up in urban areas, but it is slow getting out here. I think we can do better once we get into June and July.

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Old 05-30-2013, 03:15 PM   #444
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Sounds like you and Barb are up to your eyebrows in new-place tasks. It's a good thing, really, getting everything just the way you want it.

We are amazed at people who can remodel this and that, put up paneling, etc., as we are so very not-handy. Put new knobs and handles on the bathroom cabinets last week, got them on straight and without undue interpersonal stress. Celebrated.

Good luck with it all. Sounds like a great place, and the housing market is on an upturn which is hopeful for the old one

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Old 05-30-2013, 03:32 PM   #445
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Maggie, you always see the best side of things and that is a very good thing.

Now that you've done the knobs and handles, you can move on to paneling. Getting them on straight is not easy—I know from learning how.

One of the ironies of all this is the movie question. We love going to the movies. The local theater is changing hands I don't know if it will ever show a movie again. The next closest theater has bad sound. So there are several multiplexes in Grand Junction and we talk about seeing a movie after a long day working at the new house, but are too tired to drive into town. We'd probably fall asleep in the middle of the movie. We did hook up a receiver and can listed to NPR and have a TV that can get the awful local stations, so we fall into a chair and get some entertainment falling asleep as we watch.

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Maggie, you always see the best side of things and that is a very good thing.

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Thank you. I do try.

Seriously, ya gotta take what life gives ya, make your moves carefully and just trust that it will all work out. That's what I believe.


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Old 06-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #447
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Three nights in Ouray eating, sleeping, napping, resting and soaking in the hot springs were a much needed diversion. Weather was good though nights close to freezing might be too much for some.

The Safari had no problems except for the stubborn screen door. It sags and I've had to put 3 and 4 washers under the striker plate so it more or less stays closed. But despite that, it was a good time.

The Ouray KOA is nice and was pretty quiet even a week after Memorial Day.

Now back to the grind.

I took one photo—as we were getting everything ready to leave.

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Work on the new house is progressing—about 600 sq. ft. of ceiling has been painted a sorta sky blue bringing color to the "great" room and master bedroom. It works well with the new shades—their high R value keeps the heat out and I'll get a tax credit from them. Barb will be painting the kitchen walls a deeper blue—sort of a federal period blue (architectural period after the Revolution) and I'm getting the workshop organized with cheap birch cabinets and a workbench I am building. Pretty soon converting another room next to the shop into an office/workout room will begin (or paneling master bedroom and adding lighting—not sure which to do first). This is lots of work, but the results make it worth it.

And we made reservations at Jumbo CG on Grand Mesa for 3 nights of laziness in late July (24-27 I think). We will need it. Anyone coming this way in late July? Jumbo is one of those CG's that have had electricity added and I guess taken over by concessionaires, so it is more expensive than FS CG's used to be. With a senior pass it is not too bad. Lots of tall conifers, cool nights (around 10,000') and not all that far from US 50 or I-70. Few sites are left last time I looked though.

We may take the trailer to Denver in August, but that is unsettled. Denver is not much of a vacation to me though.

Waiting for a buyer. If I get 5% more by waiting over the next year than I would have gotten otherwise, I am ahead. Costs on holding onto the "old" house are not that high nor is the mortgage on the new one.. I'd love to get it over with, but the time to remodel is good to have. Also gotta check on Verizon data plan to see it would work at both houses; then I can dump our present ISP and have internet everywhere there are cell towers. Tried to figure out costs from Verizon's website, but they won't tell you prices and lots of info is difficult to understand. They'd sell more stuff if they were clear and transparent. We'll go to a Verizon store to see if they can explain it.

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