Sep 30, 2011

Back to School

I met one of my best friends 10 years ago when we were in College together.  No doubt, we were the worst students in the class - we were more interested in gossiping about our classmates and making fun of our annoying teachers.  We spent more time at the pub than we did doing homework, but needless to say, it was a blast and one of the most memorable times in my life. 

We were chatting on the phone this summer and she said "let's do it again"!!!!

So here we are today, in week 2 of our new class.  It's simply Floral Design, but there was no way the 2 of us, in the same class, would be successful at anything more complicated!!  It's a 10 week certificate course at Mohawk college in Hamilton, and it can lead to an actual diploma if we continue and complete another 5 certificates. 

I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Getting out of the house for a few hours every Tuesday night is much needed in my life right now and there are plenty of odd balls in my class to gossip about later. heehee.

Each week, we have to complete an arrangement, so I thought I'd share them on my blog. 
Here's my first one.  No laughing.  I got 20/25.... unfortunately, so did my BF - I was really hoping to kick her ass!!!!!!!!

Sep 4, 2011

Construction Begins...

Ohhhhhh, I am so excited.  Finally I am seeing progress on the new house.  I am certainly a little concerned with the November 30th deadline, but apparently he hasn't missed a deadline yet.... we'll see!
This is our street.  It's a court, so there won't be much traffic.  Can you see the pumpkin patch?!?!

Our lot.  It looks so dinky. That's our backyard for the next 2 years or so.  Then, they will start building some more houses behind us.  Luckily, the lot behind us is pie shaped, and majority of the houses are bungalows, so lack of privacy isn't as much of an issue as it was in our old hood in the 'burbs. 

This is a better view of the court.  There will be nothing built between the yellow hydrant and the pumpkin patch.  It's all green space.  Perfect, pure, beautiful country green space.

Our front view.  There will be another house directly in front of us, but again, noting to the left of the hydrant and beyond. 

Sep 3, 2011

"Rental" exterior

any cheap suggestions???

I'm thinking about just painting the front door, but what colour???

The Shit hole - wooops, I mean Rental!

(Some names in this post may be changed to protect their disgusting habits)
So, here we are in the "rental property".  I usually call it the "shit hole", but to remain optimistic, I'll refer to it as the "rental" for now. 

Here's the coles note version of how we came across this place.  The "Williams" decided to make an attractive offer on our farm, conditional on them selling their house in Jarvis.  We accepted, and found a beautiful home in Waterford to buy.  We wanted to rush our deal and get a closing date of August 30th, in order to get in the new house, just in time for school.  So, we decided to scoop up the "Williams" home in Jarvis in order to close our deal and also buy the home in Waterford.  The Jarvis home would be a great rental property and hopefully bring in some money.  So, the circle of deals was done...... until, the 48th hour when the house in Waterford fell through.

You see, the Waterford house already had a conditional offer - conditional on this other couple selling their crap farm house that had already been on the market for 2 years.  Sure enough, they went back on their word and forked up the dough to buy the Waterford house.  How they are floating 2 houses right now is beyond me, but whatever.  They are jerks.  They said they'd give us the house,and then they went back on their word, basically screwing us.

Slav, the owner of the Waterford house, just happened to be the owner/builder of Landstar Homes.  He felt so bad that our deal went sour, that he offered to built us a house in the new subdivision adjacent to the one his house was in.  But, it wouldn't be ready until November 30th.  We were forced to proceed with the deal with the "Williams" and here we are.  We switched homes.  I am sure the "Williams" are just delighted to move from this shit hole into my precious farm house, but me - not so happy.

This place needs some serious TLC.  Although this is a fair size and has huge potential, the "Williams" just didn't take care of it.  It's dirty and needs some serious love.

Did you follow that whole story???

I'm hoping to dump just $2000 into a cosmetic face lift and get this place either rented or sold once we move out.  Between my, my Mom and Mom-in-law's basement, I know I can dress it up nice.   But the DIY projects I have planned, are already proving to be more difficult and costly than I imagined.

We just tried to rip off the shower door - replace it with a fancy shower curtain, and half the tiles fell off because they were full of mold.  Eeeeeesh.  This is going to be quite the challenge house.

But I'M UP FOR IT!!!! stayed tuned!!!!