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Preparing to sell – DAY 1

We need to sell our Brisbane home so we can buy a new one on the Sunshine Coast… buttt…. it’s a HUGE job.

Thankfully we have some friends who came along and helped us out today!

DAY 1

Having slept here last night, on a barely existent foam mattress thing (next weekend, we are DEFFINITELY bringing a second mattress!), we were able to start nice and early.

First off, it was a trip to the store to buy ice and drinks for the day. Also to buy breakfast pies. How Aussies that!

When Dee and Eck arrived we were ready to get into it!

Dee and I spent the day preparing the rooms, putting the first coat on ceilings and doing the trims.

You see, our renters “painted” the house when they lived here so all the trims are a dark grey colour and very BADLY painted.


So we need to undercoat ALL the trims in the entire house.

Meanwhile, outside, Hubby and Eck were whipper snipping and pulling off all the rotten and broken deck timber.

Later Ay arrived. He pulled down the old/rotten garden bedding and pulled the random timber pieces off the fence.

The backyard is a bit of a mess!


I haven’t had lunch, it’s now 6pm dinner time on a Saturday.

I need to go get food and finishing taping down the drop sheet in the last room ready for tomorrow!

Life Update – August 2017

I thought it was time for an update on where my life is at right now.

I’m not sure if this happens to anyone else, but I make plans, have goals I want to achieve and then when I start putting plans into action and working towards those goals, the universe throws life in the way and that halts or significantly changes all my plans! Surely others experience this?

I hope I’m not the only one.


So what have been my life hopes, plans and aspirations this year so far? Let’s review…


Become a mum.

That’s my aspiration every year. Every year since I was 19 that’s been my goal. Now that I’m 30 and still don’t have a child… well it’s not a nice feeling. IVF has previously been out of our financial scope. You can’t build a business, funnel everything into that dream AND have loads of spare cash floating around. That’s not how life works.

However, I found a Fertility Clinic that, if you were earning a low wage, you could qualify for heavily discounted IVF! WELL!!! How excited was I? Potentially going from $2,ooo per cycle to $300 per cycle! I mean, we were going to go make a baby!

Then they advised me that my husband could not be present for the egg extraction or the implantation… I left the office in tears I can assure you and I cried all afternoon. I realize many women would be happy and comfortable going ahead without someone present, but the extraction means sedation etc. and I refuse to undergo a procedure where I am unable to advocate on my own behalf AND the service won’t allow someone I trust to be present.

That service has refused. So I am still without a baby/child. But life goes on.


Finally become a Foster Carer

I wrote about this in another post titled Road to Caring.
We both went and did the training weekend and it was great. I completed my homework, had all the personal reflections done (it takes HOURS to get through the homework). I was prepared to take in up to 2 children of primary school age, etc.

Unfortunately, my husband didn’t get in and do his homework and reflections. Not because he didn’t want to, he did, but it takes hours upon hours to complete the homework and the personal reflection (about your family, your history, etc) take even longer. With him busily running a company, growing and expanding into a new region… well he just simply didn’t have the time.

In the end I took it as a sign. If he doesn’t have the time/capacity to complete the homework/reflections, will he be able to commit to 2 children in need of therapeutic care? Probably not. I handed back the work we had completed and advised we wouldn’t be able to progress at this time.

Another plan/goal crushed for the year.


Moving house, selling a house, buying a house

So, not that long ago I was so excited to be moving house! If you remember, we had been approved for a great new house to rent, paid the bond and first several weeks of rent, etc. We had packed up the house and were ready to get a truck and move.

WELL! The DAY BEFORE we were due to move, the home owners CHANGED THEIR MINDS! Instead they wanted family members to move in. They refused to provide us keys. Refused to let us move in.

We were nearly homeless. I don’t care if I have to be homeless… but we have the dogs?! For a terrifying 24 hours I 100% thought I was going to have to put my dogs to sleep.

Thankfully the house we were living in had not yet rented to someone else and we were able to stay here another 6 months.

Only now they want to sell it… *sigh* and we can’t afford to buy it. We have to try and sell our other property (at a loss) so we might be able to buy something.


Working in the company

It’s sad, but I am simply not enjoying working in the company. It’s not my passion. Service desk and customer service calls… I’d rather be working with children, in the human services industry or something.

So I have recently made the decision to find a job outside the family business. That’s a bit daunting, but I’m not happy which in turn means I’m not being productive, which is bad for business.


Learning to Do Islam

So many changes and upheavals have had another sad impact. I don’t have Friday’s free.

I just can’t get away from work consistently. It has been WEEKS since I’ve been able to attend Friday prayers.

I know people say you need to make time for the things that are important, but when 100 things are important… something somewhere has to give. And while I really want to learn more, I have to prioritize living, earning and paying the rent over learning more about Islam.


Not all doom and gloom

It’s not all bad though.

I have a lovely home to live in at the moment, with a beautiful outdoor space.

I have a phone interview this afternoon for a potential job and there are several jobs popping up every other day that I can apply for.

Things are tough, but one day they will get better.

 

New house ~ No news

Still no news from the real estate about the new rental. 😦 *sigh*

I called them yesterday from the work phone, and funnily enough they were calling my mobile at the same time, I found it funny.

Apparently they haven’t been able to reach the homeowners to speak to them about my application. Apparently they haven’t been able to reach the owners for about 2 weeks… sooo… I’m sitting here in *slight* disappointment mode thinking the worst.

Maybe they don’t want us

Maybe they don’t want to rent anymore

Maybe they’ve decided to change the move in dates

Maybe they want more money!

Agh! I don’t do ‘waiting’ very well. In some ways I am so incredibly patient (6 hours at the hairdressers, anyone?), yet in others I’m like a small child… I want it nowwwwwwwwww..

I’m (mostly) sure that it will all work out…

Our pets ~ Their happiness is paramount

Our pets are happy enough, but they were happier when we lived in Brisbane.

The irony is that we have more space now than we did when we lived in Brisbane.

Brisbane Vs Now

The dogs spent all day outside and no neighbours ever complained VS the dogs can’t be left outside alone otherwise the neighbours complain. The dogs are now regularly locked in the bedroom (which we now call ‘The Den’) whenever we have to leave the house.

The cats used to have run of the house all the time VS the cats are regularly locked away in the big empty sunroom because the dogs can’t be left outside

The cats never complained about being locked in a room (they had the whole house) VS the cats regularly meow and winge, clawing at the door and banging it in order to be let out. It seems non-stop some days

The cats were never punished for being cats VS regularly (daily) being sprayed with water

The dogs would always eat their food VS some mornings the dogs just don’t bother

The snake used to have pride of place in the house VS the snake is tucked away in an easily forgotten space. It’s like we don’t even have one

The dogs were free to do the odd bark, 2 or 3 barks was all they would do VS even one bark and we’re rushing outside to tell them to be quiet. Total silence is the only acceptable practice lest the neighbours complain again.

Never needed an anti-bark collar VS out of desperation I purchased citronella collars


9 months on, and it’s taking it’s toll on the animals.

The dogs seem sadder and have less energy.

The cats are becoming cranky and moody.

The snake probably doesn’t care! 🙂


This is why we need a new place.

The dogs deserved 8 hectares where there are no neighbours.
The cats deserve the run of the house again.
The snake deserves to be looked at.

I deserve peace of mind without feeling the need to jump up every time a dog barks once.

Fingers crossed for the new place.

Moving House – a brief inventory

Since we are moving shortly, I’ve been giving some thought to what we need to take with us, what we pack up, etc.

And it has occurred to me, our next house is going to be very, very empty.

My husband and I don’t have a lot of big items that you normally find in a house. We’ve put so much time, effort and money into the business, that we haven’t been able to justify buying certain things, like couches.

When we moved from the Brisbane house, a few of the things we did own, we got rid of or left behind, such as our TV and dinning table. This was easy to do as the house we moved to already had a wall mounted TV and a media room with a projector.
It had a full couch suite left here as well as a futon/lounge thing. They also left their massive 8 seater dinning table and chairs. So this house hasn’t been empty because it came with some furniture!

So briefly, the following are the large items we own that will go to the next house:

  • queen size bed
  • single bed
  • large IKEA shelves
  • 2 x office/study desks
  • 1 kitchen caddy (recently acquired for free from business partners)
  • garage shelving (also recently acquired from business partners)
  • and the snakes cage with stand

That’s it. That is all the furniture we own. And to be honest, it is all we have needed since this house had the extra furniture. I have to admit, in our previous house I was ashamed to have people visit because it was a terrible house and we had so little. Can you image, please come over for a cup of tea.. but here you have to stand here in the kitchen or sit at the office desk.. oh and we only have 2 tea cups, so anymore than2 people and you’ll have to wait your turn.. And forget dinner parties. 🙂

When we move we will have zero spare dollars to buy furniture, so we will make do with what we have and I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out on gum tree for anything I can get for free until times improve.

This is what I find the hardest in our life right now. People see that we own a company and the company is growing and doing exciting things. But that doesn’t mean that we are getting money from it. We take enough to get by and that is all.

Don’t get me wrong, we are not poor. The business is able to pay most of our rent, we have a work vehicle that is only 4 years old, the company covers our fuel, our phone and internet is also covered. The only true expenses we have are our food, our health, our pets and clothes. But in those personal areas we go without so the business can move forward.

Anyway, slightly off track.

We have plenty of non-furniture stuff. We have so much stock, tools and equipment in this house that I can’t find my own belongings from within them!

img_3922aFor example, you can see in the picture:
1 ~ Stargate (love it!)
2 ~ Business records from a previous venture
3 ~ Wedding box
4 ~ Pet things (leashes, record of registration, etc)
5 ~ Sewing things (I actually can’t sew, but want to)
6 ~ Books
7 ~ dumping ground for things
8 ~ Coke (has to live somewhere)
9 ~ shoes

Every other space is work related. Tools, spare pieces, etc.

Thankfully the new property we are (hopefully) moving to has a proper storage room and shed space for a good amount of this stuff.

So, when we move house, I’ll show you all the empty space!

 

Our Home Away from Home

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About 9 months ago, my husband and I moved to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane. It really wasn’t exactly planned either, everything just fell into place at the right time.

You see, at the time, my husband’s company was expanding to the Sunshine Coast and he was working there everyday. I hated it. It’d take1.5 to 2 hours in the morning for him to get to the coast, and another 1.5 to 2 hours to get home. He’d leave at 6:30am, and return at 7:30/8 pm. An hour together and then ZZZzzzZZZzzz.

So one day, we realised that our friends were looking for a new pet friendly place to rent. We realised this was a golden opportunity. We could leave our home in the safe hands of people we knew well and go rent on the Sunshine Coast. Within 30 minutes of searching RealEstate.com, we knew there were houses and places we could rent!

ANWAY, long story short, within 7 days we had moved to the Coast. From realising we could actually move and getting the keys, it took 7 days. Don’t get me wrong, it was busy, crazy, insane, stressful, WHAT ARE WE DOING! but it was genuinely the best decision we could make.

Now, 9 months on, we are looking at the next place we will rent. In a perfect world, we’d love to stay where we are, but the animals are not happy and it really shows. The neighbourhood is not a dog friendly one and every little tiny sound the dogs make, we have to be on top of them to be silent. Not quiet, not ‘just bark a little bit at appropriate things’, but silent. It’s like taking a toddler to church and trying to make him sit still, be silent, only 24/7!

Other than that, this house has been beautiful.
We’ve even had the good fortune of opening the home up to someone who, while we didn’t know too well in the start, has become like a family member and great friend.
We had a thanksgiving dinner here! The guests were so kind, complimenting the decorations and politely saying the evening was ‘like a fancy barbecue’. (probably because we have a fancy house, a fancy table, fancy chairs… and then paper plates and plastic cups!).

Oh I will miss this house a little.
We have a house we are hoping to move into, we’ve put the application in and just have to wait and see. I won’t tell you where it is yet, don’t want to jinx it!

Wish us luck!


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I will NOT miss the spiders!!