June 19, 2019
We were on vacation a few weeks ago when I realized it has been 18 months since I posted an update. I decided you can't call it a blog if you don't actually blog. Anyway, we've had a lot of changes in the last 18 months. The most notable is that we've been living in the house for 21 months...coming up on 2 years is hard to believe. We are still loving it.
We bought the log next door to ours, so now we have a double lot & no change that someone will build right next to us on the east. We have a neighbor directly to the west & we decided that was too close. It's nice to look out & see open space, but with more space comes more WEEDS! It's a constant battle, but we manage the best we can.
We continue to improve the camp trailer. Matt installed the new (to us) fridge/freezer & we were able to make full use of it on our 1st camping trip of the season in March. Right now it only works on shore power, but eventually, it will get hooked up to be able to run on propane. We also have a few small (maybe 12"x12"),fixed pane windows that will be installed. We just need to find the time.
We bought a flip house with our friends, Rob & Gina Shaw. Be bought it in February & are hoping to be done with it by the end of July/first part of August. Rob is a remodel contractor, so we're learning a lot from him. Matt & Gina & not quite as into remodeling as Rob & I, but all of us are working hard. It makes for long days after working our day jobs & then heading to the flip in the evening & trying to get home with enough time to get some rest & then do it again the next day. There are some days we are just exhausted! The house is in Boise near Broadway Ave. & Boise Ave. on Euclid Ave. It's a 3 bedroom 2 bath house on a large, newly fenced lot. It would be a great family home or rental given the close proximity to BSU. We have only run into one issue...there was no insulation in the entire house...so as far as issues go, we are thankful for that. Of course, we aren't done yet, so hopefully I'm not jinxing us! Since we had to insulate, that meant new sheetrock. It's finally going up this week & we are ROCKIN' (pun intended). We were going to hire it out, but then we go the estimates & are now hanging it ourselves. Not ideal as there are lots of other things that need attention, but it has to be done...we want to do it right!
I got my Realtor license a few months ago to save money on the sale of the flip. I also think I'm pretty close to be laid off, so I need all the tools in the toolbox I can if/when that happens. I'm not actively looking at Realtor'ing full time, but that could change. I'm happy to help you out for a reduced fee (if I am the agent on selling your current house & buying a new one), so if you are looking to buy/sell or know any one looking to buy/sell, get in contact with me & let's help each other out. I might have lots of time on my hands soon!
Matt got laid off last month & so he's back with the State of Idaho Juvenile Corrections. We are very grateful he was able to go back to his old job. He was looking to get out of insurance anyway, so it worked out. However, it was a little stressful for a bit. With my impending lay-off, it could be stressful for a bit longer...hahah!
We went to Guyana & Puerto Rico at the end of May. We spent a week in Guyana & then Mom & Dennis met us in Puerto Rico for a recovery week. We had a great time in Guyana. This was my 3rd time down & Matt's 4th & the 1st trip that wasn't related to doing something for Missions. Since our church quit supporting the church down there (they became self-sufficient), they don't need us anymore, which is a good thing. But, Matt & I built so many wonderful relationships that it was hard for us to just walk away. We had a great time visiting with people instead of doing things. We had plenty of free time. We had great visits with our good friend , Jackie & her kids. They have a new house that we had the privilege of staying at for a few days. We were then able to stay a few days with our friend, Zandra & her family. We were fell fed & well taken care of. These are just 2 great families & we are blessed to have come to know them & call them friends. Even with the great distance between us, God's love keeps us in each others' hearts & modern technology allows us to communicate regularly. It was just a really special visit. We left Guyana for Puerto Rico & met Mom & Dennis there. We got an Airbnb, rented a car & had a blast. We drove around most of the island, visited historical places, ate some great food & just had a great time. The language barrier was a little frustrating at times, but we managed to get by. Unlike Guyana's cash only system, PR is credit card friendly!
I'll post some pictures of the house projects (they are on-going & will be for a while) & vacation. Will try to post more than every 18 months. We'd love to hear from you, so go to the contact page & drop us a line.
December 3, 2017
So we've unofficially been in the house 3 months now! I say unofficially because after we got out Occupancy Permit on 9/1/17, but we were red tagged by the city 7 days later. Apparently there was some issue with the contractor that started the job not being the same contractor that finished the job. It was essentially just a way for the city to get another electrical permit fee from the builder. After much discussion between the contractor & the city we stayed in the house & finally got the official Occupancy Permit towards the end of the month. I will say the City of Kuna has been pretty good to work with.
There's only a few things we would do different with the house after living here for 3 months...we're sure more things will pop up, but for now: (1) we would have made sure the contractor actually went by the elevation plans that showed only 2 steps up to the front door...we have 7 steps; not really sure whose fault that is...ours for not clarifying that we wanted it to look like the picture (we assumed that was understood) or the excavation contractor for being lazy & not digging the foundation down far enough when they put the forms for the foundation walls up; (2) Roz would have moved the front door to the other side of the porch. This is so that when you look in through the front door, you would be looking through the living room & into the kitchen, not through the living room into the bathroom; it's really not a huge deal, unless you forget to close the bathroom door & someone comes to the front door at the same time...what are the chances!!! Otherwise, we are still good with the size, overall layout, etc.
Matt enacted our 1st official "undate" night. He decided we were together too much...since we work together, we are pretty much together 24/7. So, last Wednesday, after work, Matt went to a movie & Roz went to a few thrift stores. We'll have to figure out how to spend less time together than normal, since normal is a lot. It's weird, because after 11 years of marriage, we are trying to spend less time together. That sounds weird, but let me assure you there is nothing odd going on, we are just together A LOT.
Our next big project is a fence. The dogs, Lacey & Lilly, need to be fenced in when we let them outside. As it is now, we let them out & either stand out there with them or let them run loose, which is not ideal. When the snow comes, we probably won't be standing outside with them too much! Since we bought the lot next to us, we want to make it 1 lot, so that really just means the fence will cost us more money since fencing 2 lots is more expensive than 1 lot. Bids to come, but probably nothing will be done until Spring.
The property is really just 1 big mud bog. There's nothing we can do about it now since we are not in a position, financially or time-permitting to landscape. We'll deal with the mud & muck as the weather gets more wet. Matt's put down sand & carpet in the well-traveled areas. He's put a great boot scraper at the bottom of the steps so hopefully we won't be tracking quite as much mud in a before.
Roz baked banana bread in the convection oven today & it turned out great. So far we are not missing having an actual oven since the micro does everything an oven would.
We found some more plug fuses on Craigslist so we were able to switch out some duplicate colors for orange ones, which are apparently scarce. We are still looking for the really old glass fuses that are starting to change colors as those are our favorites, but they are really scarce...we only have 2. We have lots of glass ones, just clear glass though, not the ones that are changing colors.
That's it for now. We'll add more when we have something worthy of adding! Don't get too excited since what we think is worth of adding may not be worthy in your eyes...fortunately, it's our website, not yours!