Dear Diary…

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Dear Diary

Since it has been a few months since I last posted about my life, I decided why not post an update. The purpose of many of these posts on Ann’s Entitled Life is so I can look back in 5 or 10 years and see what was going on with our lives way back when.

The house hunting has stalled. Hubby is buying a bank property and as anyone who has ever dealt with a foreclosure purchase from a bank knows, it is a long, drawn out, not fun, process. The next time he wants a foreclosure, I hope he just outbids the bank by a dollar at the courthouse steps.

The property we came back early from Florida to sell had an open house, 9 offers, and went for well over list price. The city of Buffalo’s housing market is on fire, and it has moved to some of the ‘burbs. Not our suburb, unfortunately. We just keep seeing new-build after new-build go up in our suburb to compete with our old house (when it goes up for sale).

Oh goodie.

As the rest of country’s housing market slows down, I can’t help but wonder if we shouldn’t wait – and hope – it slows down here and pricing comes more in line with what I (Hubby is much more reasonable) am willing to pay for a house exactly where I want to move. The last housing crash left upstate New York as 4 of the top 10 markets in the country… when prices don’t go up crazily, they can’t crash much easier. This new turn of a hot housing market with tons of offers and crazy over asking prices in the local market concerns me.

Hubby needs to paint our kitchen cupboards before we can sell our house too. Instead of getting on that, hubby is finishing up one of the rentals to rent out. I hope it gets a great rental price because I am *this close* to hiring the job out, and since I know what it cost 10 years ago to have them painted, he doesn’t really want to go that route. (Use Cabinet Coat – awesome paint even thought it has changed hands in the last 10 years. We used it on our kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities in Florida too.)

This has been the longest spring I can recall. It basically started in March, and has not yet turned to summer. I suppose that isn’t horrible. One day 50°, the next 70°, the following day 60° is better than a 20°, 40°, 30° scenario. The problem is we can always plant by Mother’s Day here and not worry about a freeze at night. This year, I am afraid to plant just yet. We had a cold weekend, but since I only plan on planting earth boxes this year I guess I could just wheel them in the garage at night if I am worried about overnight low temperatures.

I currently have a behind the scenes blog-project going on to increase usability of the recipe page. This project is kicking my butt. I whined a bit about it last week’s newsletter email.

Hubby wanted to know why I didn’t just hire the project out to a VA (virtual assistant). I told him because it would cost thousands of dollars, and the blog doesn’t make enough to support that kind of outsourcing (the pitfalls of not being loaded down with ads). So, last week I spent the week redoing recipes, this week I will be redoing recipes, and probably next week too.

Makes me wanna cry.

On the other hand, when this project is finished facebook sharing will look great for all the recipe posts, and the recipe page will be easily searchable.

And on a final diary note… I have recently rediscovered the joys of smoothies. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are on sale every week at one of our local grocery stores, so my Blendtec! is getting quite the workout!

Well, that is all that is going on in my life right now. What’s new with you?

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  1. I know hubby loves to work on those kind of projects. From what I remember it drives you crazy, lol!

    • OMG, Didi… he’s finally done the patio spraying. That was supposed to be FINISHED last month… after 3 YEARS of “reminding” him.

      Total project time? 3 hours.

      And he wonders why I hire…


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