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Old 10-14-2014, 02:10 PM   #673
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I changed my address, but had to use Grand Junction because that is my mailing address though we live in Little Park. Just doesn't feel right.

Our trip to Pueblo then Grants, NM, then Pueblo and then back to Little Park went well. Barb and I shared the driving and except for tiring easily, no problems from my recent surgery (5 weeks yesterday). My leg is working better as the nerve heals. We went to the Acoma Pueblo (Sky City) and there was lots of walking on hard, uneven rocks, but I did it and it is the most I've asked for from my legs. Very interesting and well kept Pueblo. The museum/visitor center is beautiful. My 89-year-old in-laws did fine too. I hope I am in as good shape when I'm that old. The birthday party was good and it is heartwarming to see a family get along so well despite some people not being well liked. They avoid feuds and learn to accept one another unlike my family's weird ways of dealing with each other. Planning has begun for my in-laws' 90th birthdays next year. Barb's 94-year-old aunt is recovering nicely from hip surgery and they have her in rehab and she seems to be taking it well. Both sides of the family's roots are in ranching and it must have made them strong. Hard work and long hours may not be a lot of fun, but it seems to work.

Soon back to work on the house. The new front door gets installed later this week. And we are going to be packing more stuff in the old house, always a pain, but necessary.

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Good to see you are getting around again.

Sounds like the sale of the house is a done deal.


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Old 10-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #675
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Good to see you are getting around again.

Sounds like the sale of the house is a done deal.


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Thanks, Maggie. Having seen too many closings go bad, I will be nervous until then. Mortgage companies have in recent years pulled financing at the last moment (who is going to sue them?) or demanding idiotic changes. One realtor told me last year he had to deal for his client with a mortgage company underwriter who demanded 2 days before closing that a shed had to be painted the same color as the house. They painted it and the closing went through. Nov. 17 is scheduled for closing. I will be crazy 'til them and am waiting for the appraisal. Appraisers were once picked by the title co. or the mortgage co. and they always picked ones that appraised high so they could have the deal go through regardless of the real state of the property. Because that was a scandal, now they are picked at random and you may draw the one who appraises low. Time will tell.

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Old 10-15-2014, 08:46 AM   #676
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Reading Jon Thompson of High Country News today on NASA map of enormous hot spot (10/12 date) might' near where you live and breathe. Where will the jokes begin?


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Old 10-15-2014, 09:27 AM   #677
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http://www.hcn.org/articles/nasa-fin...r-four-corners

Might just be some old lawyer hitting his thumb with hammer too often.


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That hot spot is caused by a methane buildup. Perhaps Gene just needs to go on a milder diet. Southwestern food will cause excess methane output. I learned about that in college. Not in class, but by observing a fraternity brother who would burn his excess methane, just as they do in refineries. Perhaps if Gene does not wish to change his diet, he could just burn the excess methane in that same way. Maybe that would reverse global warming.

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Old 10-16-2014, 12:51 PM   #679
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The methane hot spot is around Farmington, NM, south of Durango, Colo. It could be coming from Mesa Verde or the Ute casino east of there. Or from the gazillion oil and gas wells in that area. I haven't been there in several years and the area where we have moved is not a hot spot at all.

We've had much more rain this summer and early fall than normal, most coming from hurricanes off the Mexican coast. Maybe the warming of the ocean is causing more storms and a more vigorous monsoon season which will make the area the garden spot of the nation. We can grow more beans. Phoenix is getting more rain and they can return some of the Colorado River water they have been taking for decades. I guess the humidity will rise in Phoenix and they can have 120˚ temps and high humidity. Sounds great.

Everything on the house sale is moving along and I talked to the buyer yesterday and he is very eager to get it all done. We're moving more stuff and my leg and back are getting stronger. I'm looking into getting a plow blade for the FJ Cruiser as a better and easier way to remove snow from our steep driveway. Cheap ones go for about $1,400 and better ones for much, much more. I don't need a commercial grade one, but the cheap aluminum one seems too flimsy to last. It may be that once you mount the plow, changing oil is really hard—have to remove the plow (200-450 lbs.) to get the skid plate off to get to the oil sump and filter. That doesn't sound like fun. But it may be more fun than using a snow blower. I know because I've done it. I have a cheap blade for the mower, but not sure that would make it back up even with chains and the mower is old by now. I thought of sending Barb out with an extension cord and hair dryer, but I don't think she would do it. Maybe the cat could lick the snow off.

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Old 10-16-2014, 08:46 PM   #680
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The hot spot looks like it's closer to Dove Creek, home of the Anazazi beans


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Old 11-09-2014, 05:25 PM   #681
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Waiting for the appraiser's report. She missed 2 deadlines and now the report is in a clearinghouse and we won't hear if the number is at or above the price or there are any conditions. If anything like that happens, we only have several days to clear it up.

We've got most things packed up and we'll go back later this week to pack up the last of it. I've got a truck and helpers lined up after the closing, so I hope we don't get delayed.

Working on the new house again. We put in a new front door last week and painted an exterior wall yesterday and today. It has been barely warm enough to paint outside and we have until about 1 pm tomorrow to finish up some trim. We decided to build a trash box for trash cans and some bags beside the garage to free up some space inside. So we have been building parts of the box in the workshop and will bring them next to the garage tomorrow. We bought some paint for the exterior this summer (terra cotta for trim and what we though was a bright tan for the rest). When I opened the field paint can, it looked more like peach, so I just used it to paint the trash box. We got more paint for the exterior—more like a cream with a slight bit of tan. Kind of boring, but I was tired of looking at paint chips. Painting a house is lot harder than I remember it was 30 years ago. We'll paint the rest next year, part by part so it will take a couple of months to do.

We've got several projects going at the same time. After the trash box, finish the bedroom. Then on to the basement hallway and the living/dining area.

And if there are no problems with the appraisal, 8 days until closing. I'm thinking about road trips and am eager to end this thread and move on to Road Trips 2015.

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Glad you have posted, Gene, as I was thinking about your house today for some reason and hoping you finally get it done.

Keep us posted. Fingers crossed.


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Good news a long time in coming. The hot spot must have been from the loud Praise Jesus variety of prayer the past few months.



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Old 11-17-2014, 12:06 PM   #684
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Closing was supposed to happen today. The appraiser missed 2 or 3 deadlines causing us to keep moving dates around. We are told she is the best appraiser around, but she seems to overbook. She finally got it done, but then the lender's underwriter didn't like the comps. It is hard to find log house comps in a rural area, but I guess it was ok the second time around. All this meant paperwork was delayed and so the closing is now Wednesday. The realtor keeps telling me everything is ok, but I no longer believe that since it hasn't always been ok despite her happy analysis.

We'll go pick up a rental truck this afternoon and take it to the Crawford house. Tomorrow morning we load up with the help of another couple (between us and them, average age about 68 [two retired lawyers and their trophy wives]) and two young rent-a-boys. There really isn't that much left, but I wanted to overdo in case of surprises. Day after closing, we go back one last time to clean up and say goodbye to the house.

We put a lot of work into it since the original owner never finished anything. We are getting more than we paid for it in 2000 and if we didn't have to pay a commission to the optimistic realtor, we'd break even (not counting price of our labor). But we bargained her down to 4%, so it isn't as bad as it could be. She really wanted the listing and worked hard to get it sold. Having such a hard time selling the house has lead me to hating it and Crawford. I guess I will mellow out on all that after closing.

The trash box is almost finished, but we ran out of time and good weather. It got much colder after a warm and dry fall. We had about 1/2" of snow Sunday night and that is it so far except for a trace weeks ago. So far it looks like the drought is back and every forecast for any kind of precipitation is wrong and we get less than predicted, or none. No snow for the move. Between our steep driveway and the 1/2 mile drop in elevation from here to the city with grades of up to 17%, would you like to drive a rental truck down? Last time I stayed in 1st or 2nd gear all the way. Bad tranny and steering, but the brakes were good.

I'm trying to find out the best snowplow for residential use—one that isn't flimsy, but doesn't cost too many thousands. I used the snowblower last year, but it is hard on my back and I need something easier. I found one by Meyer called My Home Plow, but it costs about $2,500. I have a shop in Grand Jct. trying to get a price. I could buy it from Amazon, Home Depot or others, but would like to work with this guy since he's local. Other manufacturers have similar ones for less, but I haven't had the time to check specs carefully. The Meyer one may be better quality and has a hydraulic pump to lift and lower it from inside the truck. Cheaper ones don't have that or have an electric lift system which operates slower. It is mounted on retractable wheels so you can just drive up to it and don't have to left 300 lbs. Skids are extra and I have to think about whether I can make my own—Meyer's are something like $250 extra. And I have to get a front hitch for the FJ ($121 on Amazon). My guy in town can't match that. Now we are getting close to $3,000. Yeoowww.

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I, who have never met you, want this to be over for you.


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Hi, Gene; After our house was finally sold and the dollars showed in our bank account, we felt a big relief. It was just too much to own two houses, especially at a long distance between them. I hope you and Barb feel the same relief that we felt.
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