Friday, April 12, 2013
Whoohoo!! It's official!!
**happy dance** I'm finally feeling secure enough to reveal my long-awaited good news. We have sold our big horse trailer! Oh yeah!! That means a lot of different things for us. In fact, this whole deal has turned out to be one very unexpected and multi-faceted blessing that we couldn't have anticipated or even imagined. A true blessing!!
The guy that's buying our trailer has Fresians and Gypsy Vanner horses. Incredibly beautiful horses! In only my wildest dreams have I ever imagined having a Fresian. They are so beautiful in fact, that I can usually only watch them through tears, that's how much emotion they emit from my soul when I see them. Truly gorgeous and elegant movers. But before we go any further, yes he did offer a young Fresian to me as part of the deal, but I said no. Heaven knows we don't need any more horses! But, for a tiny amount of time, my heart did dare to dream about the possibility...if only for a moment and only in my mind, I galloped bareback, glossy mane flying, through a grassy meadow on the back of a jet-black phantom horse I called Gypsy. *sigh*
Hmmhuh, sorry. Back to reality. Yeah well, it was fun while it lasted. Anyway, we did eventually strike a deal that was pleasing to both parties involved. Juan is also a contractor. He owns a construction business and specializes in home remodeling. My eyes begin to twinkle...he asks me, "is your home everything you want it to be?". Are you kidding me? Our little house needs lots of work, there's plenty of room for improvement. We've just never got enough money, time, expertise, patience, energy...need I go on? Then there's the likely event of a murder taking place between my husband and me. We have differences in how we think things ought to be done. You understand, I'm sure. I invite Juan inside...
So we struck a deal for some cash and some work to be done in our house. Specifically, they're going to demo our floor in the laundry room, which has dry rot. Replace some needed joists and build a new sub-floor. They're going to re-enforce the floor in our kitchen nook (wood stove room) and rebuild the sub-floor there also; it sags a bit. They are replacing the flooring in the laundry room, the entryway (mudroom) and the pantry with new vinyl of my choice. They're also replacing the flooring in the kitchen and the wood stove room with new laminate (fake hardwood) of my choice, and replacing all the base trim and the adjacent bathroom door facing trim, and we're getting a new front door too!! Oh my gosh, I never would have expected such an immense amount of work to be completed; and by someone other than ourselves!! I'm still in shock. I haven't been sleeping well. I make flooring decisions in my dreams.
And, we're getting enough cash to pay off some bills, enabling us to refinance our home at no cost at all. That in itself will save us over $50,000 in interest over the life of our loan, cut our payments by over 5 years and cut our interest rate almost in half, while reducing our monthly payment by about $90.00 - can you believe it? I am completely humbled by our good fortune, and overwhelmed with gratitude. The overall value of our home will be increased, and it will be much closer to market-ready if and when we decide to sell and relocate. It's simply better than we ever could have hoped for.
I'm going to try to remember to take a few pictures of the before and then of the after. We're in the process of moving all our large appliances and furniture out to prepare for the work to begin next week. I'm horrified by how bad it really looks without everything in its' place. My husband found a mouse nest. Good grief.
I'm also mildly concerned about the prospect of showering without a hot water heater. And we may be eating cold sandwiches on paper plates for a while. But that's alright. We're thinking of this as one of life's little adventures. Building a memory and all that...counting our blessings.
It's all good...
Until next time, Lorie @ Cingspots