Friday, August 24, 2012

The Master Plan, A Little Rant

Well, my husband and I had decided to give the master plan another try this year.  For one reason or another it hasn't even been possible but this year things were looking up.  We got approved for financing and started looking for a house.  This was six months ago.  At first it seemed as if it would be a little bit of a challenge but nothing major and we had high hopes of finding something in a timely manner.  We figured it may be a month or three but not only did we not expect it to take this long, but it has been ridiculously difficult.  Pretty much impossible. 

The only loan we qualify for is a USDA loan which covers 100% of the costs so that we don't have to have a down payment.  That seems great until you realize that they have gotten to a point where they nit-pick every damn detail to the point that nothing will pass their standards unless it is in perfect condition and move in ready.  It can't even need a coat of paint!!  Which would be fine except that 1. I will repaint anyways and we can fix small repairs fairly cheaply and 2. All of the properties that meet their standards, don't meet our needs and if it meets our needs, it doesn't seem to meet their standards.  *sigh*

It has gotten to be such a difficult prospect that we are verging on giving up.  I mean really!!  With our price range (which isn't much) we should still be able to get what we need out of a property.  But we can't seem to in this area!!  This place is not only a slum (very few people take care of their houses) but they have too high of an opinion of themselves and their properties!!!  At best it is sad and pathetic.  At worst it will make you go crazy. 

If you don't have the cash to buy straight up or for a sizable down payment for a conventional loan then no one cares.  You would think that if they really wanted to sell their house they would bother with making it presentable and fixing it up a little to make it available to more types of buyers.  Especially since we are not the only ones in the area who are in the same price range with the same type of loan.  But no, they don't and won't.

So in the end, something that should be a great experience and joy has turned into nothing but pain and misery.  And I have enough of that in my life already with my body.  It makes getting through my day rather difficult and it slows down my productivity.  Which upsets me enough as it is that when the house thing is added to it, I just really want to scream!!

Ok.  Sorry for the rant.  Hope y'all are having a better day and year.  Blessed be.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Not Good News But Not Bad News Either

So I just recently found out that I have two tumors in my neck.  One on each side, just under my jaw.  It is called a Bilateral Carotid Body Tumor.  Basically that means there is one on each side and they are located on the carotid artery where it splits as it comes up mu neck to my brain.  The most common form of treatment is surgery because this type of tumor tends to be very resistant to radiation.  We don't know if it is cancerous (but it is a very slim chance of it) but it really doesn't matter since it needs to come out no matter what.  The unfortunate part is that they are only going to remove one right now since it can be seen and we will keep an eye on the other to see if it gets bigger. 

Usually this happens spontaneously in people older than me (60's and 70's) but sometimes it is genetic, which os the case here.  My father also has this and they only removed one and will watch the others progress.  So although it means surgery, which is never much fun, there really isn't anything to worry about.  The doctor that will ne doing the surgery has lots of experience with this so it all should be fine.  I will be glad to have it gone though because it bothers me that it is there and makes me look funny.  Well, funnier.  LOL.

On a happier note, I am keeping myself busy making hats and cozies and various other projects.  I am enjoying myself and making progress.  Now if I could just get to a point to bring in money, and find a house, that would be amazing!

All shall be well and may we all be blessed

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Time Has a Habit of Getting Away from Me

I find it interesting how much time has passed since my last entry.  I never meant for so much time to go by before posting again.  Life has a mind of it's own sometimes.  Lol.  But I haven't been doing nothing.  I have been working on and learning how to make so new stuff.  Some of it has been easy, others have been a major pain in the butt, but I have emerged the victor!  Let's see what you think about them.  I know I am pleased.  :-D

The man with the hammer is my husband.  The scary close up is me. I made the hats and the coffee cozies.  I talked about where I got the pattern for the hats from in a previous post.  The cozies came from a web site called  I got several other hate patterns from that site as well that I can't wait to try.  I suggest checking them out.

Oh, and just an FYI for anyone interested, I just found out that I may have a rare tumor called a bilateral carotid body tumor.  I will find out more when I go see the specialist on Aug. 14th and let you all know what it will really mean for me and my life.

Thank you for visiting and may you all be blessed!!!