Thursday, June 17, 2010

Warp Speed Ahead!

Tuesday we found out that we'll be closing on the new house this Monday.  After expecting it to be closed at the end of the month this came as quite the shock!  Here we thought we had 7 weeks to get our house in shape to rent and to get everything packed up.  Now we have just over three weeks - gah!  So warp speed ahead!  I already had rarely used items and non-essential items all packed up over the last several weeks, but now I can start working on anything we won't need in the next three weeks.  We've also been selling all kinds of things on Craig's List, which is nice since we don't need it, we made some money and we don't have to move those items.  I think Jason ate soup for lunch for three straight weeks so we don't have to pack and move so many canned goods - LOL!

I had to cancel a camping trip for this weekend and a King's Island trip in order to make sure everything gets done on time, but that's ok, it will be worth it in the end.  So instead, on the agenda this weekend is filling in the Koi pond.  We sold all the fish ( on Craig's List ) and now have to remove the flower beds, fill in the crater in the back yard and sew grass seed.  Anyone like to throw dirt around?  Come on over!

I'm likely to be scarce in blogging over the next few weeks, but once we get moved in and settled look out!  I plan to keep the blind permanently setup in the wooded area of the back yard and hope to get some great wildlife shots!  And once we get settled I'll be posting house photos as well.

If anyone has any good moving tips for us please do tell - it's been a while since we've done this!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Behind the Camera Again! And a House Update

After a month long hiatus from taking any photos I'm back in the saddle again!  The monthly scavenger hunt I try to participate in is having a challenge right up my alley and I figured what better time to jump back in.  The challenge is to find various shapes in nature...and with it being spring with all the fresh blooms and critters out and about, it's a really fun challenge!

Some of the photos are below...but first, a house update!  I think we finally managed to get it after all that we've been through!  We were able to come to an agreement with the sellers that I believe is pretty fair for both parties.  So if all goes well from here out we'll have a closing date tomorrow and will be looking to physically move in 6 weeks.  Photos of the new digs can be seen here.

And here are some photos I've taken this weekend.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly


Cabbage White

Cabbage White on Lambs Ear

Matrix Lily Innards

Lily Innards

Finch Buffet

Finch Feed

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Roasting and Anxious (Video)

The title says it all.  As I sit here on break at work at 3:00 it is 85 degrees inside with no air movement at all.  The cooling tower fan motor failed at work thus no A/ all.  They have turned off all the first floor main lights in hopes of cooling it down, but it's not helping.  And it's really beginning to stink like B.O. in here.  *gurk*  And it will continue through tomorrow.  At least I leave at 4:30 today and tomorrow is only a half day plus they are allowing us to wear shorts - that should help a little.  It's still miserable though. *sweating*

What's even more miserable is our status on buying the new house.  The appraisal came back significantly lower than the asking price and we're not sure the sellers are willing to sell for the appraised amount.  We're back into negotiations now and I'm very anxiously awaiting the outcome.  I really, really hope they pull through and take our offer.  If not we'll have to let it go.  We just can't purchase it more than it appraises for - it just doesn't make sense.  If it doesn't work out there are others out there, I was just really hopeful for this one.  *sigh*  Guess we'll find out soon enough.

And on a happier note, I was playing with the video feature on the android and snagged a small segment of "Giant Dawg" Buddy Vs Lois "Pain" Lane duking it out on the back porch.  Silly pups!

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