Saturday, 25 August 2007

My Birthday And My Best Present Yet!

Well the sun usually shines with a big smile on my birthday, but alas, not today... The weather's crap but still, I woke with a big smile on my face. I can say to everyone that my "other half" is buying me a boat... I mean buying us a boat of course - our shared dream...
Something like this takes a while to take in, and the reality of what's happening hasn't really hit us yet. We went out to our fav pub at night for a birthday meal and had a good natter about future plans. Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Nothing on paper yet...

Consequently the pressure has shifted from actually buying the boat, to how the hell do we finish off all the work on the house if we're at the boat every weekend?! Ah well, It's not such a big deal, we're in no rush to sell it now, good job too…

 
By the way, the 30 odd black bags of "stuff" I've thrown out, has now turned into 60 odd - at a rough count, I mean I don't go round writing numbers on them. They just get stacked up on the drive till the next local tip trip / charity shop visit. So it's easy to keep track, besides the more crap I get rid of the better it feels...

Friday, 24 August 2007

Offer Accepted!

It’s the day before my birthday today, we went to meet up with the owners of Takey Tezey to discuss our offer. (Getting down to business at last). We ended up staying at the boat for about 3 hours and our offer was accepted!!!

We'll pay the deposit next week and sort out whatever else needs doing, including securing a new mooring at the marina. Can't wait till it's all happening!!!

Just realised, I can carry on with this blog about us and Takey Tezey now, would've felt a right nerd if it hadn't worked out and I had to zap the darn thing...

It feels like all my birthdays have rolled into one, even if according to the calendar it’s tomorrow…!

Monday, 20 August 2007

Unanswered Questions

Bad day, got email from Chris and Alan at the boat, sounds like there's other folks interested...
It's forced us to make some decisions - and fast. Forget any more house evaluations. The whole point of that was so we could weigh up how much capitol we'd have left for when Dave retires. But we can't let everything rest on that anymore. We've gotta get moving now. So do we just go for it or not?After doing the old pros and cons thing, we decided to ponder on it for a couple of days, meanwhile this "not knowing where we stand" situation is unbearable! Will someone else beat us to it? 

It feels like what it boils down to is the difference between success and failure. 
So many questions without any real answers. Yet.
Now, now, calm down Heth, it's only the beginning of the rest of your life hanging by a thread. So no need to get melodramatic...!

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Messy Madness

Well we've been in a right old mess here this week, the new stairs are in, but the dining room landing are trashed big style. It's all open plan there so we were prepared! The joiner has done a beautiful job and a plasterer is coming in next week to sort out the walls and ceiling - which in comparison look like something you'd find in an old barn...

We also had a damp course put in - so we're down to bare brick across one wall, and the stuff used to fill it absolutely stinks! Consequently I've been confined to the living room watching daytime TV (Oh no!) How boring! I was just thinking wouldn't it be great to get Jeremy Kyle and Trishia together to do a psychological profile on each other - that would be fun - NOT... (I think I've just invented a new kind of reality TV show).

On a more constructive note I've been going through a systematic reduction of belongings and junk that we didn't even know we had recently. I mean we're either moving or buying a boat, (or both - or neither?????) So I feel like I've had to shed some stuff n’ junk. I must've thrown out about 34 black bagsful already.


Dave keeps taking it all to the tip in separate trips. (Saves getting a skip I suppose). I now have a couple of storage boxes under the stairs with stuff that's too nice to throw out. All ready and waiting to hand out to folks when they come round - a bit like a garage sale, only without making any profit! I've got past caring now though.


I've named the process "house cleansing," most appropriate. But sentimental stuff has to stay with us wherever we go…

So with Dave off work next week, we're going to be painting and decorating on the landing, while the plasterer plasters downstairs. After that the disaster zone will need wallpapering, and carpeting…


Our goal remains the same whatever happens - so if it takes a while to make our dream a reality then so be it!! At least we have a realistic "timeframe" we can follow, did I just say "realistic?" Hey if we're going to “get real” we're stuck here for a while...

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Multitasking Differences Between Men And Women

Fed up.

The new staircase arrived yesterday, but things just aren’t changing fast enough for me, there’s too much uncertainty about what we’re doing right now. And everything concerning house improvements ready for selling up is delayed. Also, when we start one job, 10 more appear anyway…

It doesn't seem to affect Dave, being a bloke he can't see past the next job on the list with the house. But for me, well, they all run in parallel with each other. So I have as much focus and attention on everything, as there is on job priority number one, complicated but true.

Anyway, I worked out this morning that men must work in "Serial mode," they can only focus on one job at once and can't see past it.

Women on the other hand must work in "parallel mode" multi-tasking everything ALL AT ONCE and when you ain't getting anywhere it's painful…

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Brass Tacks

Since our first meeting with "TT", we've spent time to do some research and realised that funding this venture is JUST about possible even if the house doesn't sell. At the moment we're finishing off the final touches before it goes on the market. We'd already decided to sell up anyway and that was long before the opportunity of buying a “nearly new” boat was even dreamt of...

We had the house valued yesterday (as is) but we weren't happy with the outcome which was far short of what we expected. It was only after this Estate Agent rep had gone (and left us both gobsmacked) we realised there was something not quite right about the evaluation, here's the "con:"

Firstly we were told that a friend of hers was renting a house in this area & was looking to buy, hmm... very unprofessional.
Secondly, our house was compared with those in the next avenue down from ours, when it's considerably bigger.
Thirdly, the extension with sloping roof right across the back of the house wasn't taken into account.
Fourthly, and most important of all - our energy efficient Solar heating system was likened to "storage radiators as far as your average prospective buyer is concerned," WHAT??? Everyone we know has commented on the fact that the Solar heating would be a huge selling point. Not to mention what it saves on fuel bills & carbon emissions. So what planet has this so-called "valuer" come from? One without global warming I guess…

Question1: Did she want to sell it to her friend at a bargain price?
Question2: Did she just want to sell it quickly at a bargain price and get loads of commission?
Conclusion: She must've thought we would fall for it, well HA! We didn't…

The dilemma for us now is to decide not if we're selling. but when we're selling. And does the outcome have any influence over whether we can buy the boat?????