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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby KMD » Wed 15 Oct, 2014 05:02 pm

We moved into a rented townhouse this weekend. Life is starting to return to some type of normalcy.
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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby SDR » Wed 15 Oct, 2014 05:59 pm

YAY FOR THIS!

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Thu 16 Oct, 2014 11:16 am

I am very glad to hear (read) that! I hope you enjoy living there until such time as you choose not to live there any more!

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Wed 29 Oct, 2014 10:48 am

KMD, how are things going with the move and the school and your son and stuff?

And Lisa, if you're still around, how are things with your son?

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Wed 05 Nov, 2014 10:30 am

I got me a whine! But the good news is the doctor doesn't think I'm a hypochondriac.

I had an MRI of my lower back a few weeks ago, and just saw the doctor yesterday to get the results. To put it in English, I have narrowing (moderate stenosis) of the spinal column and also of the nerve channels going to each side, which probably explains at least the pain and numbness in my right big toe, and possibly the pain in my right hip/thigh/bum. I also have bone spurs and a bulging disk.

Now I'm supposed to call a spine specialist, but the referral he gave me is for a pain management doctor. He told me they might start with injections, or might decide it needs surgery right away. So I guess I'll see what they say. I always thought of pain management clinics as the source for medical marijuana and abused oxycontin, neither of which interest me, but I guess I'll find out.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Thu 13 Nov, 2014 02:27 pm

Went to the spine doctor. He didn't even try to peddle drugs. He showed me all the stuff that's wrong in my spine, but said he doesn't think any of that is what's causing my major problems. He thinks I have bursitis in several joints, and he gave me three injections in my right hip. They were not fun. They were an anesthetic that should last four hours, and I'm supposed to call and tell them if it worked. If so, then it IS bursitis, and I go back next week and get steroid injections in the same place. If it doesn't help, which right now it doesn't feel like it is going to, then he's flummoxed. I guess then I'd get a hip MRI.

He also strongly recommended that I go back to a rheumatologist for my Wegener's Granulomatosis. I don't want to, because there are only two in the area (I didn't know about the second one) and the wait time is SO long. I didn't mind the wait so much, although when Rocky went with me it drove him crazy, but I would feel bad for all the people waiting, so I wouldn't want to take up her time with my problems. Silly, I know, but there it is.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Fri 14 Nov, 2014 01:04 pm

I couldn't sleep last night. I think I kind of dozed for a little for the first hour and a half that I was in bed, but then I was wide awake. I went downstairs at 1:30 or so to take a Midnite, and checked Facebook while I was up, and saw a lovely Greg Olson print on sale, of Santa Claus looking at a nativity scene. As you may know, I have several Kneeling Santa ornaments, and this will fit right in, and it won't even offend those who think Kneeling Santa is stupid, because it's just basic Santa in someone's living room, looking at their nativity scene. It could happen in real life.

Anyway, I was awake until 4:30. I kept thinking I might as well get up, but my eyes wouldn't stay open, even though my brain wouldn't sleep. I was definitely asleep when the alarm went off at 5:43, though. And I'm not sleepy (yet) today.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby KMD » Sun 21 Dec, 2014 12:45 pm

School is going very well for my son. He's doing very well in math, and is reading and spelling at a 5th grade level. He is in 3rd grade. He has 2 close friends, and is friendly with other kids in the class. At the Holiday sing, he actually got up with his class and sang. Last year he melted down into tears in the teacher's lap. We've had a few "outbursts" at school, but they talk with him and calm him down, and work through it. This is just the perfect school for him, and this year has been a full 180 over last year. So, I am very, very pleased. Still dreading February though, historically that month he is at his worst. His teacher thinks it might be Seasonal Affected Disorder, and we should get him some special lights. I think we will.

We are still looking for a house though. The townhouse is better than a hotel, but we had to leave half our stuff in our old home. We've seen multiple houses, bid on a few, but something has happened each time to keep us from getting it. The last house we bid on, the owners decided to rent it instead and turned our bid down. :x We have the distinct honor of having the largest, fattest folder our realtor has for a client, he has shown us more houses than anyone else. I really thought we'd be in a place before Christmas, but I guess not.
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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Sat 03 Jan, 2015 02:42 pm

I'm so glad your son is doing well, KMD! And I hope you find a house soon.

The other night an old friend came over at about 8:00. She used to be a very dear, close friend, a giver who would do anything for anyone. A few years ago she started using drugs, for some reason, and now is a total meth head. (She's much younger than I am, just in case you're having trouble picturing a 61yo meth head.) It had snowed the night before, which is a very rare thing around here, and I had been wondering if she was living on the streets or if she had a place to stay, but had no way to find out. So anyway, she came by to ask if she could borrow a sleeping bag, because she and her boyfriend had a fight and he might have punched her, so she had to get away from him. This has happened over and over again, not the punching but the need to get away from him, and she keeps going back.

I know she was hoping we would invite her to stay here, and that seems on the surface like a no-brainer. You don't send someone out into temperatures in the 30s when you have two spare bedrooms. But she has burned us several times before, so it wasn't a no-brainer at all. The thing that made our decision was the dog we were babysitting. She's a sweet, friendly boxer, and I have only heard her bark twice, both times when someone was at the door, and just one "woof" each time. But she kept growling and lunging at my friend. It was the weirdest thing. Rocky had to hold her the whole time. So we "loaned" her a sleeping bag, an expensive, Artic-rated sleeping bag, and sent her on her way with her promise that the next day she'd bring it back and use our phone to call her dad to have him help her get into a program. That's the last I've heard from her.

I don't have all that many friends, and it's really sad when I lose one.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby KMD » Sat 10 Jan, 2015 08:52 pm

Sorry Momma, it's so hard to see someone ruin the selves with drugs.

We put our house on the market last week, one person has seen it, and another is coming tomorrow. I wish we had things completely out of there, it would show better I'm sure. But our realtor/sis-in-law thinks it's a great house. She's been very optimistic, so let's hope she's right.

And we put a bid in on a house tonight. I absolutely love this house, and want it so bad. if yet another one falls through, oh how I will cry! But, they have it overpriced. They're asking $250K for it, when the identical house next door sold in May for $215K. so, we're bidding low and hoping to meet in the middle. Anyone reading ths, cross your fingers/pray to deity of your choice/sacrifice a chicken for us that we'll get this house!
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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby SDR » Sun 11 Jan, 2015 10:39 am

Good luck, and may the force be with you!

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Mon 12 Jan, 2015 11:48 am

I hope it works! Both the selling and the buying! It would be so nice for you to be finished with all that.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Tue 13 Jan, 2015 12:57 pm

I'm a-whining today. I have always been in charge of changing the laminating machine at work. We recently got a new one, and a combination of it being new, my tiny little hands, and arthritis in my fingers and wrists makes it impossible for me to do it. I can't pick up the rolls or push the endpieces in. It's not that I enjoy doing it, but I really hate not being able to do something that I used to do, just because my body is getting old.

But maybe I should put this on the Good News thread. Hey! I don't have to change the laminator anymore!

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby SDR » Wed 21 Jan, 2015 01:27 pm

"The Laminator" should be Arnold Schwarzenegger's next movie.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby KMD » Thu 22 Jan, 2015 06:03 pm

And... we aren't getting the house. they refused to come down on the price at all, and they have it overpriced by about $25K. And when we would make a bid, their responses were... arrogant? Jerkish? I don't know. The first bid, their resonse was "we feel we are too far apart on price, so we won't make a counter bid, we are just going to reject you." They actually said that. Then we bid again, this time for approx what the house is worth, and got "We do not wish to respond to this at this time, but however if you offer us more money, we might be willing to respond." So, we have responded by taking our money and walking away.
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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby SDR » Thu 22 Jan, 2015 07:19 pm

That's the way to "play" it. Back in 2008 our landlords put our house on the market. We'd been in it for about 18 months and really didn't want to move and liked the church we were attending, so we made an offer. I thought it was a reasonable opening offer. Maybe $5 to $10 low, but a number that could start the ball rolling. They did pretty much the same thing. $170K or we'll wait for a better offer. I wasn't willing to go up that much, so we wound up buying a house a little distance away. The landlord wound up selling it 9 to 12 months later for a price I'd have been willing to go up to. His loss getting to pay the mortgage for all those months out of pocket without a renter.

Mind you, having sold our previous house in late 2013, I can now appreciate the difficulty finding the wiggle room to accept a offer below the existing mortgage. It can be easier to eat the monthly loss for a while than coming up with a big loss all at once if the house is upside down or the equity won't cover the sales expenses.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Eric's Fat Brother » Thu 22 Jan, 2015 07:45 pm

When we bought our house five years ago, the people living here gave away WAY too much information when we were viewing the house (the wife was a realtor, so she should have known better). So by the time we left, we knew a) how much they still owed on the house, and b) that her husband was starting law school in California in three weeks so they were desperate to sell. So we gave them a major lowball offer, and they came back with a counter that was $30K below their asking price and about $45K below market value.
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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby KMD » Thu 22 Jan, 2015 08:26 pm

I want a deal like that! I need to find really clueless sellers!
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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby SDR » Thu 22 Jan, 2015 08:48 pm

Little did you realize at the time that she was a really *shrewd* realtor and just made it seem as though they were desperate for those reasons, when the real reasons had to do with the toxic waste dump and the slowly reanimating corpses from the desecrated Indian burial mound under the house.

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Re: A New Thread For Whining and General Gnashing of Teeth

Postby Momma Snider » Fri 23 Jan, 2015 10:15 am

It is so frustrating when you have to bounce back and forth and try to guess what the other party will do. If everyone could just tell the truth from the beginning, find their number and disclose it outright, it would be a lot easier all the way around. But when it can be a matter of tens of thousands of dollars, that's just idealistic on my part.

We sold my ancestral family home last year for $90k. That was net, no fees or anything, and at the time I was happy. I was even proud of myself, because they offered $75k and I said no, and got them to come up to 90. But then I started kicking myself for not holding out for $100k, since they gave in so easily to 90. And NOW the place has just sold for $180k. They did some work, and property values have definitely gone up in the past year, and we most certainly did not want to hang onto it for another day, having to worry about mowing weeds and stuff, so mostly I'm just glad it's out of our hands. I'm trying to just remember that I was happy with the deal when it happened, and it doesn't matter what happened after that.

I do hope you find something reasonable soon, KMD!


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