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The biggest news from this past week is there are two potential buys for my house. One has already looked at it twice and my Realtor thinks is talking numbers with her Realtor. The other is looking at it for the second time this weekend. Eek! Squee! Please please please let them love it!

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I’m singing in the Stain

After delay after delay after delay because of rain, the staining has FINALLY begun on my house. My little brown cabin will still be a little brown cabin, so it won't appeal to someone looking for a Cape Cod or Ranch house. But my oh my, it will look sooooooooooooooo much better.

Newly Stained Section

Cross View of Stained & Unstained Sections

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House Update


Hello and Happy Saturday – or Caturday – to my wonderful Vox peeps.

Rather than write the same thing to each of the responses in my OMG post, I thought I'd just write one update.

The good news – my house is still a maybe.
The bad news – I need to be patient.

I found out through a series of conversations with my Realtor that the people who looked at my house on Tuesday are an elderly couple from Pennsylvania who are looking for a retirement home in my area. They are deciding between buying a small house (like mine) or a larger house. Their Realtor thinks they are leaning towards a smaller house and they  really liked mine. Unfortunately, they have already gone back to PA for now. Their Realtor says they will come back down again at some point but will want to look at more houses before they make up their minds. So… it's still in the "good news"column but not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination.

This process has been very stressful and emotionally draining for me at times. For one thing, I've never sold a house

before so I don't know what to expect. It's all a lot of wondering and worrying for me. Add to that the current housing market and the worry escalates tenfold. Add to that that my paychecks will officially end at the end of June and the worry goes through the roof, out of the atmosphere, and is orbiting around Jupiter. Sigh…

Some time last week I resolved that I may have to dig into retirement to pay the mortgage for a little while. Once I came to that conclusion I felt a little better. Thank God I actually have retirement to dig into – a big perk in working for the State. Without it I could easily be joining the ranks of the foreclosed.

So, that's my update. I am actively putting energy into sending out LOVE vibes to the couple from PA and everyone else who looks at the house. I'm still keeping it spotlessly clean every day in anticipation of the hordes of potential lookie-loos. And it is getting re-stained on the outside next week to give the curb appeal a bit of a boost. I'll post before

& after pics so you can weigh in on the results.

And now I am going to go get caught up on everyone else's lives. I will have more time after next week to get back into regular blogs and comments.

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Someone looked at my house this morning.

In an email from my Realtor:
"From today's showing……..
"The Showing went well; the home shows nicely. My folks are not quite ready to make a decision just yet. I will let you know if things change. Thanks!"

My response to him:
"Well, that sounds more promising than other showings. Should I be hopeful or stay realistic… Is that Realtor talk for "they're not really interested and I'm just being polite"?

His response back:
"Nope, not Realtor code. Sounds like a good prospect. I will be following up later in the week. "

My hopes are riiiiissssiiiinnnnggggggg……….
Please love my house!
Please dream about it tonight.
Please imagine your new deck furniture on the patio.
Please imagine sitting outside having coffee and watching deer.
Please think you can't live without it and must have it now.
Please oh please oh please love my house!

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Good News and Absentee Blogger…


I got into the PhD program at Penn State!

Yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy! Just found out yesterday. As with UConn, I'm on the short list for funding, so I just need to keep breathing and be patient. I'll go visit soon to get a feel for the people and culture at Penn State then I will be able to make a good decision.

UConn and PState are my top two… so I am happy happy happy!

Nittany Lion or Huskie?
Huskie or Nittany Lion?

Second… my house is being shown again on Sunday. Please send ocean's of positive energy to the person/people who are coming to see it. I'm thinking a communal chant like "Cabins in the woods are the best thing ever" or perhaps "You want to live on a street called Casper more than anything on earth" or just simply "Buy Stevie's house, buy Stevie's house". I'm ok with them all. You pick your favorite… 11:30 EST on Sunday.

I will try to be better a better blogger soon. I have been trying to keep up with reading everyone's news but haven't had the energy to respond, comment, or write my own posts. It'll get better soon, I promise!

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