Sunday, January 22, 2017

Another One Bites the Dust...

As you know, since returning to the Dallas area, we have been living in my in-laws home.  They have graciously let us live here while our home is getting built....or so we thought it was getting built.

Before we moved back, we had been working with a builder in a cute little subdivision to build us a house, but that didn't work out because of the price to build said house...$164 sq. ft.  Not acceptable.  After that fell through, we found another subdivision and another builder.  We signed on in September and planned to close/move in April.  Wellllllllll, we have been wondering why we still had nothing but an unleveled lot and no progress in the house building department.  I know they can build houses pretty quickly now, but here it is the middle of January and no ground has been broken.  That house is not going to be ready by April.  We did some calling, got the builder to do some calling and found out that the city would not permit the house to be built on the lot.  The city had been sitting on the plans for all these months.  Needless to say, we were beyond frustrated.

I was really looking forward to this house because we were able to pick out the exact colors for everything...we called it our "50 Shades of Gray with Some Exterior Beige and Brown" house.  You know, cuz you have to name your house...just like your car, right?  BTW, my car's name is Brad. :-)

We had chosen the bumped out hood...
...white shaker-style cabinets, gray and white countertops, gray carpet, dark wood floors, shades of gray tiles that were going to be arranged in this really cool pattern in the master shower and around the tub...


And we were going to have those little light gray shiny tiles woven through the big light gray tiles.  The fireplace was going to have that pretty white mantle with tumbled gray/white stone...*sigh*
Gone, all gone.  No turkey, no turkey sandwiches, no turkey salad, no turkey gravy, turkey hash, turkey a la king, or gallons of turkey soup...gone, all gone.  Just one big pile of mess right there in the floor!!  But I'm over it and it's okay...it obviously was not the right house for us.

Apparently, the right house for us was literally right around the corner...in the same neighborhood.  Once we received word that our house couldn't be built and that we would have to start all over and that it would be fall or later before we would have a home, we decided to go house hunting...again.  We are old pros at house hunting!

Because it would make this post so incredibly long and boring, I will share details of the house we chose on the next post.  Thankfully we didn't have to suck as many lemons this time around and we are hoping that this sale will go all the way through!!  I'm going to have to delete the "Our Home" page on my blog.  The pics on there are 4 houses ago and we move so much I can no longer keep up! ;-)


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  1. Oh, Girlfriend, you and "Brad" just crack me up. I love the furnishings you selected for your not-to-be house, and I'll cross my fingers and say a little prayer for you that this one will work out! You deserve it!
    Can't wait to read your next post. Big hugs coming your way :)

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    1. LOL...thank you! Thank you so much...we hope this one takes also. Otherwise, it is back to the house hunting board! Hopefully I can get the next post pulled together over the weekend. We have been out-of-town all week and won't be back until then. It's hard for me to write a post on my laptop while I'm away...weird, huh?! :-) Love and hugs!

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  2. Bless Your Heart! I guess it just wasn't meant to be the way you thought but I bet the new house will be the perfect home for you.

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    1. Thank you Stacey. And you are so right! When it's right, it will all fall into place. The last 2 houses have been nothing but one roadblock after another. Hope your house is coming along well! Love and hugs!

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  3. Oh dear, that's the stuff going postal is all about. I can't even imagine your level of frustration. Okay, big girl panties on, you managed to rise above it all. Can't wait to see the house.

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    1. LOL..Rita, you are so right!! It has been frustrating, but I’ve sucked it up and waded through it all..LOL. I’m looking forward to getting this next one closed and moving into our own space. :-) Love and hugs!

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  4. Oh Benita I am so sorry on the whole house thing. One of the biggest stressors any one can have in their life according to the experts is buying and selling homes. I bet you are totally frustrated. Glad you found a new place to call home hopefully soon. Can't wait to see it. By the way my car's name is Lexi. Love Lexi she just hit 200,000 miles and is my best friend. I have had her for 12 years and she and I have been through a lot together. Love that girl. So I get Brad in your life!!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris. It is disappointing and frustrating but I believe has worked out for the best. We are hoping to close soon and then get settled. I've already got lots of projects running through my head. The hubster just glares at me when I talk about them...LOL Every car has to have a name, right? Brad is a "new-to-me" car, I've only had him a few months. I kept my tried and true Kia Sorento though. Have had KJ for 11 years....she has about 232,000 miles and is still going strong! Love and hugs!!

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  5. Great News......can't wait to hear and see the details. xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much! We are looking forward to getting settled! Love and hugs!

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  6. So frustrating! It sounds like you have a ready made house now and hopefully you can just move in?

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    1. It is indeed. I do hope this one goes all the way through...and yes, ready-made, just waiting for furniture and a some projects! :-) Love and hugs!

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  7. I think you have a some kind of curse about houses placed on you. So sorry. My car is the Coffin Carrier because I once had a Victorian wicker viewing casket in the back for someone's funeral home display. And you loved Brad until one day you wrecked him.

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    1. That’s definitely what it feels like…LOL

      I love that, the Coffin Carrier…hilarious!!! Yes, that is exactly where Brad got his name…LOL

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  8. just don't go totally YOUR brad like in the commercial!
    buying a car OR finding a house or remodeling or building has become like a trip to the dentist.
    but with your humour and your energy... it'll be a "piece a cake!" as they say.
    xoxo♥

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    1. totally? have I been drinking egg nog?
      totally totaling it. say that three times fast. ♥

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    2. Like, totally totaled dude? LOL A tongue-twister for sure...LOL Oh, Miss T, you are so right. House hunting and remodeling are much like going to the dentist...always painful! Just ready to get the process completed and moved! Love you sweet lady!!

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  9. Benita,
    Aargh! Yep, need to take down that "Our Home" page UNTIL you get into your new home. Then back up it goes. Looking forward to seeing your new house reveal.

    Judith

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    1. Yes, I do need to take it down until we get in a new place and I have some pics to post...it's confusing to me, so I know it must be to everyone else...LOL Thanks so much Judith! Looking forward to lunch when you have a chance! Love and hugs!!

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  10. Are you sure you don't want to just buy a house that's already built? Seems like that would be the easiest thing. I know I wouldn't want a new house after I've seen some new ones and known people who've bought them. They don't seem to use quality materials anymore to cut corners. I'd want to see what I'm buying.
    Brenda

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    1. That’s what this next one is, one that is already built. All we have to do is move in. After trying to build the other two and both of them falling through, I’ve got the message…buy pre-built…LOL That is our concern with most of the new houses, that materials aren’t what they used to be. We are hoping this pre-built one closes and we can move! Love and hugs!!

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  11. Oh boy...well, that sounds completely frustrating. I can't wait for your next installment! I need details! xo

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    1. It has been so very frustrating, but I have learned a few things...which is what every experience is supposed to be about, right? Learning new things? LOL I am much more patient than I originally thought myself to be, so that's something I suppose! Hope to get the next post up over the weekend. We are traveling and I can never seem to get a blog post right on my laptop. Love and hugs!

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  12. I always think building a house would be wonderful, but I've learned from you it can be frustrating. We are thinking of staying put and doing upgrades to our relatively newer house. It just seems like such a waste to do things like replace a tub with a walk in shower instead of buying a house with one, but you have me scared! Looking forward to seeing what you picked and how you'll put your magic touch to it.

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    1. I have always heard horror stories about building. Fortunately, we never made it that far, so I have no idea how good or bad building a home can be. It seems we could never make it to the starting line...LOL. Probably a good sign for us to make the decision that we did to find something already built and make adjustments. Like you, I hate making those kinds of changes, but you know, it might be better in the long run. Thank you so much! Love and hugs!!

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  13. Golly Ms. Molly .... keep us posted! I know you will make it all look amazing in the long run.
    Carla

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    1. I’m just ready to be in a home and to start decorating and working on some projects. We’ve been very busy while we’ve been back, but there is definitely something to be said for being in your own place and making those little changes that make it “home”! :-) Thank you so much Carla! Love and hugs!!

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  14. Wow that sounds like a frustration! I know you will have everything looking amazing in no time. :)

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    1. Frustration to the 100th degree...LOL. Thank you so much! We are looking forward to getting settled and I'm ready to get back on some monthly projects! :-) How are you feeling? Love and hugs!!

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  15. WOw! Such bad luck! So sorry! Have a great weekend! Hopefully you find a better home!

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    1. Thank you so much! It has been crazy for sure!

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  16. Oh my goodness, frustrating isn't the word!!!

    Hope all works out well in the end - I'm sure it will

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks so much Jan! I'm hoping it all falls into place! Love and hugs!!

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