primsong: (percy lud love me)
Well, my grown son adapted to mostly having to buy his own food so far by mostly just eating what he still has access to - in this case, he is essentially living off scrambled eggs and rice and strangely content doing so. Still no job, little signs of actively looking for one. He had one lined up and muffed it by missing the deadlines for their background check info - I am ready to stick a 4th of July rocket in his rear and send him out the door that way at this point.

On a better note, today I get to teach myself to cut tiles so I can finally fix the surround on my fireplace that has had two blank spots where cut tiles fell off over the years. I did also let my son know that this house might be on the market as early as next year and he will not get to move with us wherever we go. :-p
primsong: (fivey silly)
I have a new dream job:  I want to be the person who gets to name all the carpet colors for some carpet company out there.  Seriously, there are like fifty-gazillion shades of brown and the exact same one will have a different name at every store I find it in.  It's a veritable endless gushing fountain of quasi-poetic labels.

Biscuit, briar, sandswept, oatmeal, latte, fawn, cashmere, spice-is-nice, birch, quiet-afternoon, chai, antique lace...

Sometimes they get on a roll and don't know when to get off - I found one entire set of carpet colors that started off with vaguely 'retro' names and just kept going until there were random blends of berber being called "Fonz," "Love Bug" and "Kotter"... another where it was all kinds of candy with seemingly no association with the shades at all.

I want to do a series for boys rooms with names like "old socks" and 'boogers" just for the fun of it - I bet it would sell!
primsong: (headless news)
Hubby's new job down in San Diego is going well and he managed to get his car registered, set up a PO Box and find his way around the fancy-schmancy coffee machine at this work ("It even grinds the beans! I love this thing!").  Now we get to the super-expensive part of this and that means housing.  He's now shopping for a small condo that we can re-sell later on to try to get some of our money back out after this southern adventure - and YOIKS housing is predictably expensive no matter what you do.

We have one likely one he's going to try for tomorrow, a one-bedroom in a reasonable neighborhood with the bonus of a small garage that can be closed and locked instead of only a carport, I really, really, really, really hate going into debt with another mortgage but it is still way cheaper than trying to rent.  Bleah!  On the good side, he's content with a classic Guy place - he doesn't care what color the carpet is, is happy with whatever window coverings it comes with and needs only minimal furniture which he plans to get cheap or free where he can.

Now we have to learn how the government views it taxwise - is this a "vacation home" or a "second home" or what? It's not a "rental" I should think unless we are renting to ourselves?   How large of a bite will they be taking from it so we can make sure we can afford the taxes?  Time to research the taxation labyrinth.  :-p 
primsong: (squirrel)
We're off to a slam-bang starter for this year as hubby is on the road to his new job down south in a car full of clothing and whatnot and I'm trying to find my way out of all the holiday things to put away/throw out/use up.  Daughter moved into a rented room on the coast at the same time so she is no longer hotel hopping. 

I was crazy-busy overseeing our church Watch Night while they were scrambling and launching from home, managed to get through our annual overnight prayer & worship event complete with breakfast at sunrise and staggered home to a house now only inhabited by Son, cat and parakeets. 

Ran out of time to find a new car before he had to go, so he's going to just look for one down there and drive it up when he finds it rather than risk a mechanical lemon as he's the one who knows what he's looking at under the hood.  Pbbbblt!
primsong: (jetpack)
Can't believe how the time is whipping along - hubby leaves this next weekend for San Diego and we're scrambling to resolve what to do with our fleet of aging vehicles when he is no longer here to play whack-a-mole with automotive whatnot as the in-house mechanic.   Spent today dredging out personal stuff and cleaning up the interiors of two of them, we got pics of one and it goes up for sale tomorrow with the other right behind it.  A third has so little value it hardly seems worth selling, but it does run so we may offer it for dirt-cheap so see if some tinkering college student might want it.  He's prepping a fourth to be his driving car for down south, and trying to finish fixing my big '78 wagon in the garage so it can be sold later on too.

In the midst of all this, I get to go car shopping for a newer car that will be taken care of by a 'real' mechanic instead!  All of my cars are old enough to both vote and drink, so looking at a 2007 Subaru tomorrow feels like a visit to the land of the Jetsons!  I hope it works out, it would be nice to have one reliable car instead of hopping back and forth between three of them depending on which one is running this week.
primsong: (bessie)
Well, my hubby finally got a job!  Woo! This is the good part.  On the other side of things, it's down in San Diego - and we're not relocating.  This means he heads down there for however long he needs to until we can find something up here in the Northwest again and I hold the fort here - he has an airbnb place lined up for three months and by then maybe we can figure where he will stay and whether to go the condo route or what.  He figures he can get furnishings off craigslist or at thrift shops rather than dragging things down and back up,

Crazy times! 
primsong: (pumpkin)
We had a storm blow through recently that apparently flattened a lot of corn mazes - I am quite sorry for all those little family farms that rely on the income from maze-goers each autumn to help make ends meet.  Going to one of the local ones today (what a glorious fall day it is!) to buy some sugar pumpkins and little gourds to help out in my small way.   I've gotten to where I only buy sugar pumpkins as then I can keep them around after October is past to and then have the option of eating them - those carving pumpkins could barely be considered food but a good sugar pumpkin is a lovely thing.

On the jobs front, my hubby didn't get the job in San Diego, so that's off the menu - but now there's people in Vermont considering him!  This could be an interesting year.
primsong: (dalek tipping)
Still unemployed over here. :-p

Hubby was flown to CA yesterday for interviews, came back exhausted in the wee hours saying he'd been grilled by seven people and had the char marks to prove it.  Thought it went well, though, so we are hopeful.  If he gets this one it would mean his being down thataway for some time with me holding the fort up here until he could find something closer to home - yet another Great Adventure in Life.  We're pretty determined not to leave the Pacific NW if at all possible, this is home.  It's currently being overrun with people from all over the place and a surprising number of New Yorkers among them, but it's still home underneath all that.
primsong: (ship)
Back from the cruise to Alaska - what a crazy subculture there is among the cruising people and their world.  It was good fun but holy cow, I've never seen SO many jewelry stores in my life!  We had to look for anything that wasn't a jewelry store on the main drag of all three towns that we docked at.  A local in a tiny bookstore we found said the stores open when the cruises start and close when they stop, it's really weird.

Mendenhall Glacier was nice, glad I took the bus over there because it got me outside the Tourist Bubble where I could see the actual town and the valley around it, and I loved the Mt. Roberts Tram.  Best things on the ship were the private karaoke rooms and the brine swimming pool when at sea as it would slosh just like waves and I could body-surf from one end to the other when it really got going.  Enjoyed exploring the ship, there's so much on there, but a week was about right.

Also relating to oceans, my eldest went to the coast and got TWO jobs in one day, she's now commuting 2 hours one way just to get to work until she can get that first round of paychecks so she can look for an apartment.  I love Lincoln City, so I'm totally good with her being over there as it means I get to visit! ;-)

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