Sunday, October 24, 2010

If We Were Smart

We decided for sure that we are going camping today, but we're not sure exactly where.  We're heading east and will be staying near the Suwanee River, where we'll get in some kayaking.

There are two Passport America parks that have very reasonable rates, and are only about 100 miles away.  It's far enough to give the motor home a good running and there is a lot to do in that area.  We're looking forward to a few days of playing.

If we were smart, we would stay home and continue with our purging/downsizing.  Our Realtor said the Realtor for the potential buyers, said the "buyer"  was going to make an offer towards the middle of the week.  I'm not really sure what that means.  If you're going to make an offer, why not just do it now?  Is she still trying to decide between several homes?  Is she just playing us?  Is she working up the nerve to give us a low-ball offer?

 I spent a pretty sleepless night Friday night thinking about what we would do if the house sells and we have to be out  in a month or so.  Could we do it?  Where do we start?  How do we get rid of all this stuff in such a short period of time?  What do we do first?  We've done well at our weekly garage sales and have gotten rid of a lot of stuff, but we still have a LOT more.  I think the furniture will go pretty easily.  It's nothing special and I don't need top dollar for it.  No antiques or high end furniture.  It's the little stuff that will be the most difficult. I still haven't started scanning photographs.  I still need to go through paperwork and decide what is necessary to keep.   I just don't want to start selling furniture until we have a contract.

The smart thing to do would be to just stay home this week and continue purging....but we've never been known to do the smart thing,  so a camping we will go :)

Check out Ricks blog today about new technology.  It was quite interesting. How do you feel about all the new high tech gadgets?  I understand that it can be difficult for older people, like my mother, to operate many things today.    I don't consider myself among the "older people."  Those people are 10 years older than Al and I :)


  1. I hope you get a good offer - our first offer was a ridiculous low ball offer. No need to panic yet. There are people out there just trying to get something for nothing due to the poor economy. My worst fear was that we got a good offer, but it fell apart before it closed and we had to start over again - thankfully that didn't happen. I couldn't imagine rushing to sell everything and then still having the house.

    I'm planning to post today about our Canon. I just saw that Best Buy has it for $399. I'm taking the ad to Walmart to see if I can get some money back - if not, I'll return it and head to Best Buy.

  2. You are smart - so, just go camping!! If those folks are truly interested in buying your house, it won't matter if you're away for a day or two.

    Once you sell, the downsizing and purging will go pretty fast - desperation has its own way of making things happen!

  3. Enjoy your time away, sometimes you just have to get away from it all. I agree with Rick once you receive and accept an offer the purging will go fast.

    As far as updated technology, I'm all for it. Love my iPhone, iPod and new camera.

  4. Ditto, Rick! I learned last year when selling my home in California that the waiting and cleaning and purging will still happen, the fun that you will have on the Suwannee will help you recharge and you'll go back better for it. Besides, I can't wait to see photos of kayaking the Suwanee. I have always wanted to do that. A long winter in northern Florida is a BIG goal for me!

  5. If it sells, you may just have to have a little more storage for awhile than you planned on.

    I know most people talk about scanning their photos and putting their music on an electronic medium, but maybe you could store some of the photos and take a scanner along. Work on some on the road and when you come back to the area of your storage, exchange them for a new box to work on.

    I often wonder about that last month after an accepted offer as well. We are not on the market yet, but someday we will be.

    Learning from others and then we will do it our way!

  6. There is a campground called the Suwanee Music park near the intersection of I-10 and I-75 that is on the rover and has a launch area for canoes etc.

    It is different, but an interesting place.

  7. I’m a little behind on reading my blogs this past week. Being on the road makes it a little harder to try and keep up with them.

    Karen you yourself said, you both work better under pressure. So if the house goes, you know that one way or another things will get done and sold or given away, so try not to panic over it, it will all work out in the end. We found it a bit stressful at the time ourselves, but as I said it all got done.

    Think about what comes at the end of it all and it is worth it.

    Enjoy your little vacation.

    Kevin and Ruth


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