Saturday, March 31, 2018


The house has sold! It took 5 months of work on weekends and holidays and days off, but it is finally over.  After paying back the money I borrowed from my mother for the installation of air conditioning, and the money I raided from my nephew's college fund, I net $50k. $30 will get invested and $20 will go somewhere, maybe some projects and a trip to Europe? 

I haven't decided yet because things around here haven't slowed down. My nephew informed me on Monday that he was leaving school. His grandfather, with whom he was living during the past summer, had a stroke and is not in a position to invite him back. Unfortunately, the kid hasn't ingraciated himself with his other Minnesota relatives, so he will be returning to AZ in two days. Since I have moved in with my mother, there isn't a place for him here, or, let me be more specific, I will not be buying food for, providing meals for, cleaning up after, providing transportation for or otherwise mothering my nephew. We will be exploring housing and job options next week which will include the old mobile home which we lived in during his junior year of high school and possibly a studio apartment. But anyway, that is a future project. Let's get back to my house.

 The view from across the street. Typical 70's slump block home in Tucson, AZ.
 The 70's rock wall in the entryway. The colored glass is an interesting touch. I wonder if it is original to the house.
 Rock fireplace in the sunken living room. I used this room for storage since there is no garage.
 Looks nice with all my junk in it. LoL.
 The dining area off of the living room. I used this as the computer area.
 The family room. This is where I had my TV since it is connected to the kitchen. Make food and watch Hawaii 5-0!
 Another angle.
 The new kitchen. It didn't turn out exactly as planned. I bought cabinets from and I should have bought a sample door but I was in a hurry and when they arrived, I hated them. I had to change my plan a bit and add more lights to make them look less dreary and green.  They were supposed to be antique white. I have since learned that antique white is more like white that has sat for 100 years in a house with a wood cooking stove so that it now looks dingy and drab. I still don't like them but it doesn't matter because someone did like them and bought the house. At least they are good quality plywood cabinets instead of the particle board and plastic cabinets I had before. (except for the doors which are MDF medium density fiber board.)
 The bedroom was never this clean with all of my dogs in it. It cleaned up well though.
 This bathroom had already been remodeled by the previous owners so I didn't do anything.
 This bathroom got a new vanity cabinet, shelf, mirror, shower doors, toilet and towel bars.
The yard got cleaned up. It looks much nicer than this when the trees have leafed out. This was taken at the end of January.

So, that finishes that house. I finally don't have to go work on any urgent projects this weekend. I get to stay home and do my taxes. LoL.

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