After only 30 days on the market, we had gotten a very good cash offer on our home by May 1. We set up a long term closing date to July 31 to the benefit of both the buyers and for us, the sellers. And yes, today the day has come!
In the middle of all this, the bothersome knee of Steve's that he had injured at work wayyy back in March has not gotten any better, so the MRI that workman's comp finally allowed him to have last week shows that he has a fracture! After a ridiculous amount of paperwork snafus and mis-communication, they are finally going ahead with getting Steve some medical help but we are made to use our own insurance... Workman's comp will decide if they should pay our insurance back or not later. Four months since the injury of course. Go figger! He has been working every day on a broken knee!!!! He will be seeing the arthroscopic surgeon on Thursday. Even the brace the doctor wanted for Steve to wear now immediately, he won't even get till Thursday because it needs to be ordered. arggghhhh So he keeps icing it up at night , and hobbling around on it during the day, working as hard as ever. Poor guy!
So the largest portion of the work on the house was done early in the year, now we just had to clear it all out and disperse the items among our kids and friends and family members. The last few days we cleaned and scrubbed and packed and hauled and bagged and loaded and worked our butts off!
On Saturday morning, we hauled all of these totes of weaving supplies and materials to our son's house for storage. Each tote's contents was photographed and then listed on the outside with a corresponding number. Then everything was shrink wrapped with pallet wrapping film.
Then my Treasure Chest of most valuable things was also wrapped up...
We hauled it all down to Green Bay and stowed it away at our son Dan's. Thank you soooo much Heather and Dan for letting me store these things, as they are all important supplies to get woven or knitted up over the next year and it's much easier to just pick up one tote at a time to use up it's contents.
Whew....... Sunday we had our grandson Jameson's fourth birthday party at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, so very little packing or cleaning got done on Sunday. I will do a blog post later about the party.
Yesterday (Monday) while Steve was at work, I finished up all the final cleaning and clearing out... It was horribly hot and humid and miserable. Not a lick of breeze. I sweated my way through it alland literally mopped my way out the door and locked it... DONE!
The main level area was all glowing and pristine... (I removed the excess stuff on the counter after this pic was taken)
We even left logs in the fireplace (and an ample supply of firewood down below on the rack) for them to make a fire in their new home.
None of our kids wanted the king-sized handcrafted headboard that Steve made... it has a pine tree cutout that matches the shutters on the house. So we left it for the buyers, and they were quite happy to accept it!
We also left them a bottle of cherry wine, made from the very cherries off the tree in their new yard!
My loom room looked SO STRANGE with all the looms and cones of yarn gone... it seemed HUGE! Hard to believe I had seven or eight looms at a time here and plenty of yarn and tools and completed inventory all around too.
Even our storage room was soooo empty!
But everything found a new home, and we were happy with what we had chosen to keep in the motorhome. I am still sorting and repacking and reevaluating a few items, but we are mostly set up with what we need. By Sunday night, we were both exhausted and done with making decisions.
On Monday, all Steve had to do was come home and hop in the motorhome to drive it to the nearby city campgrounds, as I followed in our extra car. We were only 2 blocks from where the closing would take place on Tuesday (today)
We showed up at 5 minutes to 1:00 to find the buyers anxiously waiting for the closing to occur. In 15 short minutes, we went from Homeowners with a mortgage and insurance and taxes and utilities and upkeep to Houseless Debt Free Full Time RVers!!!!!
Hugs all around as we finished our deals, and everything was a win-win for both the buyers and sellers. I just LOVED when that happened in all the real estate deals I had conducted back in my years as a broker. It's even better when it happens when to ourselves with our own properties!
A quick trip to the bank to deposit our proceeds... and then a fun filled evening with some of the kids and grandkids stopping by to celebrate.
And now it's time for bed...
in our motorhome
with visions of open roads before us,
dancing in our heads!