The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter. ~Paulo Coelho
Waiting and hoping is a hard thing to do when you’ve already been waiting and hoping for almost as long as you can bear it. ~Jenny Nimmo, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
Today was worthy of a two-quoter! I’m trying to be patient with my lack of patience. 🙂
Our house is officially on the market. We listed it on Monday, May 6! It hit the MLS later Monday evening and was up with all the photos by Tuesday evening on all the sites. It’s Thursday and we haven’t had a showing yet. “Patience, Grasshopper!” The flyers aren’t out by the sign yet. Those are supposed to be delivered sometime today. I’m not sure of the statistics of whether flyers help or not. And, since I haven’t seen what they look like, it is hard for me to judge. Our realtor emailed yesterday and said that he hopes we get traffic this weekend. However, he cautioned us by saying since Sunday is Mother’s Day, it may be a slow weekend. He also said not to start worrying unless we’ve been through two weekends without any interest.
Here is the listing description:
This Home Has All The Best Of Country Living! This Sprawling 2.43 Acre Property Has A Huge Pole Barn With Storage Area, 200 Amp Service, And Heated. Open Floor Plan, Recently Remodeled Kitchen, 3 Seasons Porch, Skylights, New Roof, Gutters, Windows And Front Door 2012, New Hvac 2010. Newer Hardwood Floors, Reverse Osmosis Water System, The List Goes On And On! Quiet Country Living Near Conveniences. You Must See This Home!
Here are some pics – most from the listing.
Today we are going to put down mulch around the trees. Other than that, we don’t have any other improvements to do – just maintenance. I’ve developed a quick house clean each morning and if I can keep it up, we shouldn’t be too stressed if and when we get a showing appointment.
Now, on to the news I promised I’d share about our new build.
A little back story first . . . Bill worked for a company years ago which was bought out by another company, which was bought out by another company, and so on and so on. Bill received paperwork every so often through the years from this company. About two years ago, Bill started to check to see if he was vested with this company. From everything he read, he thought you had to work 5 years to be vested. He called them and they sent him paperwork to say that he had worked 4 years, 11 months. So, Bill left it go . . . until about two months ago. He got to thinking that he had invested his own money through those 4 years, 11 months into a retirement plan there. So, he called again.
This time instead of asking how many years he had worked, he asked if he had money still there. The guy helping him said that not only did it look like he had some money there that he had invested, but it also appeared that he qualified for company retirement funds. Really? 😯 The guy couldn’t tell him how much he had, but said if Bill wanted to start receiving benefits, they would start the process and send him a packet in about two weeks. Honestly, Bill thought he might have a thousand dollars in there. And, with interests from the years it was there, it could be a little more. We were thrilled. Manna from heaven!
When the packet arrived in the mail, Bill opened it. The first page was a welcome to benefits page. Bill turned to page 2. It showed that he had invested $1,435.03 from 1979 to 4 years, 11 months after. Yay! Then, Bill turned to the next page and was totally shocked at what he saw. It turned out Bill qualified for Part A and Part B of a retirement fund. And, it was a nice substantial amount. OMG, OMG, OMG! Double and triple manna from heaven!
So, while we were down at Jill & Jim’s over Easter right after Bill retired, Bill hatched a great plan. He said since the manna from heaven was a gift from God, he would like to see if we could use that money outright to build our new pole barn now. It sounded like an answer to our prayers. If we could build the barn soon, it could solve a lot of problems for us. We could start moving stuff down there; we could have a place to store all our furniture and belongings while the house was being built; we could use part of the pole barn as an office for Bill while he is being General Contractor for our house construction; contractors could have a secure place to store their tools; Bill could continue to work on cabinets while the house was being built. And, we would not be financing the pole barn into our construction loan. And, that meant we would not have to take out as big a mortgage! 😀 Yes, it would solve a lot of things that were troubling us.
We got word last week that we got the permit to start building the pole barn!!!!
We notified Jim and he was going to re-draw the pole barn on our site plan and then remark the property where the pole barn and house will be located. And, he is supposed to be sending out bids for excavation. Hobgood Post Frames said they could begin constructing the barn two weeks after we have a pad. So, first will be surveying by Jim, followed by excavating bids. Then we break ground! We are also getting bids for heating, plumbing, and electric. Bill is going to use radiant heat cause he doesn’t like his feet getting cold while he’s working in his workshop.
Bill ordered the windows for the pole barn from Kight Lumber Center this week. We want the pole barn windows to match the exterior finish of the house windows – dark bronze. Kight had vinyl windows that were a perfect match. So, we are on our way. Another thing to check off our list!
There will be no stopping Bill from being down at the property while the pole barn is built. Whole process should take about 10 days. It will also be good for Bill to practice his General Contracting on our first project. Time will tell whether I’ll stay up here while that is happening or not. All depends on where we are in selling this place.
I’ll keep you posted!