Saturday, December 26, 2015

I love this. It made me think of my friend who lost her precious son this year. Anyone struggling with loss or doubt, this song is for you.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

As we remember this night so long ago when a tiny Babe was born to save us, let us thank God for sending us salvation.

Merry Christmas 
Pat and Mary Ellen

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Painting Done!

The sofa and chair were delivered this morning. The painting is finished. Everything looks so fresh. I can't wait until the carpet is cleaned tomorrow.  Stephanie is coming to clean out the cupboards,  wash the floors and the windows.

Bill and Karen and Pat worked very fast to get the painting done.

I went to the post office to get a key for our mailbox on the corner of the condo parking lot. Knew we had moved to a small town when they handed me the key, no questions asked.

And an added bonus... there was an eagle flying over our condo today! Oh yeah!

Monday, December 14, 2015


Oh my goodness. More drama....

But we are here. Painting and can't wait to move in Saturday.

Friday, December 11, 2015


So we had a "soft close" today. We met at the title company with the credit union lawyer, loan rep and our realtor.

We signed a gazillion papers. Handed over money. Now we wait until Monday for the sellers to close. Of course that means everything the three sisters sent snail mail is completed correctly!

Still can't wait.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Yes... Yet another glitch

Paperwork did not make it on the airplane in Alaska.

Soft close. Asking to be able to go in tomorrow anyway since we have insurance. Say a prayer they say ok.

Otherwise can't get in until Monday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Looking for a good day

Yesterday was worse than Monday. Seriously, this is our last move. Again our Friday closing was close to postponing.

We did have a good thing happen though. We have been with Arbury Insurance in Midland since we were married in 1972. First for rental and then for home owners.

A family friend of our sister-in-law,  Paula, was working there. Vi Schmeck was such a nice woman. I remember calling her as Pat and his Dad were cutting down a tree in our driveway when we lived on East Ashman.  I asked, "If the tree falls on my neighbors house (Yes Kay, your house!) is that covered?" She laughed and asked who was cutting the tree down. I told her and she answered, "Yes, we would cover that, but if it's Paul and Pat, don't worry then."

She was right, they knew what they were doing. She died several years ago, but I always think of her when it's time to renew our insurance.

So a few weeks ago, Kate from Arbury called. She said it looked as if our insurance cost had risen a lot and did we want her to research changing companies. I told her yes and that we would need to add the condo at closing. Yesterday we stopped to talk with her. It looks as if the new company has quoted the same amount as the old company. However it includes the condo! Good deal. Thank you Kate.

Monday, December 7, 2015


Buying a new home comes with a lot of drama. Crisis today, resolved... Time to open that bottle of wine....

Getting Closer

Just hired Two Men and a Truck. Move date is December 19th.

Now, if we could get a confirmation on the close date!

Sunday, December 6, 2015


I wish I knew two weeks ago, what I know today!!!!!

I'm telling you when I unpack we are sending half the stuff I packed two weeks ago to Goodwill, Bethesda, or Salvation Army!!!

We are now in the basement and my stomach is turning.  I can't believe what is down there.

Heaven help us to stay married through this......  Patrick hates this more than I do.......

I keep saying my mantra from when I was called into the Principal's office in high school......  "This will all be over in a month!"

Thursday, December 3, 2015


This is so different planning to decorate the condo. In the duplex we have our walls painted Tuscany yellow in the bedroom, Thousand Island dressing in the living room, Metallic green and blue in the kitchen. The condo, I decided all white walls.

The sofa and chair are the background color of the pillow on the left. And the material on the right will be the new covers for the dining room chairs. So beige, white and gray. Thank goodness Jan was home when I was buying material. She helped me figure out how much to buy.

Can't wait!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015