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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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We Are Two Weeks In...

...and I'm curious as to how those New Year's resolutions are coming along.  Typically, resolutions are made and are usually broken by the middle of January.  Statistically speaking, the most popular "New Year's Resolution" is to get in shape or lose weight.  Believe me, I know it is difficult to keep this particular resolution.  I've made it many times in the past...and broken the resolution soon after the start of the New Year.


A few years ago, I decided to stop making resolutions and set goals for myself instead.  Yes, they are the same thing, but goal setting sounds much better than that nasty word "resolution".

For this coming year, I have set quite a few goals for myself and am currently on track to reach those goals.  Will I reach them all?  Nope.  Am I going to be disappointed?  Nope.  I believe that as long as I accomplish some of the things I've set out to do, then I will be successful.  I purposely made a long list of goals to challenge myself so that I would not just "settle" for something...or for anything.

One of the things I plan on continuing to achieve this year is to stay fit and healthy.



In November, I told you all about my weight loss adventure.  I've now reached my goal weight and I plan to stick to the eating and exercise habits I've started.

Another goal I've set for myself is to learn a foreign language.


Why?  I'm old and need the brain stimulation.  There is only so much I can learn from perusing Instagram and Pinterest all day.

Spiritual growth takes the top spot on my list.


Some days I feel that God is sitting right next to me and others, that He's as far away as the moon.  No one to blame but me.  Staying in the Word and lots of prayer keeps me close.  I just started a new Bible study and am thoroughly enjoying it!

I'm a type "A" personality with a little (okay, a lot of) OCD on the side....the hubster says that I'm a "triple type A" personality and often compares me to Adrian Monk.  I think that assessment is a little extreme, but....


In saying this, being focused, productive and staying on task are high on my priority list.  Now that I'm writing all of this, most of my goals rank high on the priority list...guess that's where the "type A" comes into play.  :-)

I cannot say enough about the goal of staying "unplugged" from technology for a little while every day.  I am inundated with all things "techno" and stepping away really puts life in perspective...helps me focus on relationships with people rather than things.


Remember those things called books...well, I plan to blow through quite a few of those this year...specifically the Pulitzer Prize Fiction list.  I've read some of them, now on to the rest....a challenge from one of my sisters.



What about you...how are you coming along with those resolutions, goals, plans, etc.?


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