Our 1st House Showing-Behind the Scenes

 

Let me just say, that for weeks, we have been preparing for this first house showing.  We actually listed our house days ago, took photos and had the realtor visit last Thursday, but today is the first day we were called for an official showing to a prospective buyer, with only a 2 hour notice!

Now, for some people a two hour notice before a house showing might be plenty of time, but for a woman who spends her time between a wheelchair, walker and recliner and two girls who struggle with their own physical challenges, two hours is a VERY short window.  Factor in the fact, we just sold 20 items on Ebay and had the boxes and packing supplies sitting in the main rooms waiting to be packed and shipped and that two hour window seemed even smaller.  They had to be transported down a ramp and into the garage to make the main rooms look clean and of course, “clutter free”.   It seemed almost impossible.  But, instead of saying “no” and losing the chance at a buyer, this crazy mama asked the realtor to push the showing back 30 minutes to allow us enough time to prep the house, remove the extra Ebay boxes and catch our six cats, before they arrived.

I have to say, We did it!  We got it prepped!  It was clean, decluttered, pet free and looked amazing for such short notice and our first house showing, but it wasn’t easy and it wasn’t fun.

Let me share just a few highlights of the “fun times” we encountered.

*I lost my mind.  I screamed.  I yelled.  I threw things (from one room to another).  I mumbled incoherently.  I ignored text messages, phone calls, emails and even my kids chatter.  I also said things in a way I regretted just a few short minutes later.  All because I chose to say “Yes” to the realtor.  In hindsight, the entire day would have been much less stressful if I had gotten a handle on ME before I agreed to prep the house and involve my girls.  Instead, everything and every conversation was 100x more stressful.

*During prep, all communications between me and my daughters seemed to be intercepted and funneled through a scrambler before being received by their ears.  For example:

My words:  “Grab the plain, brown square box that used to be in my room and is now by the garage door.  It has the craft room curtains in it.”  I repeated this at least 3 times since it required someone to walk up and down the stairs.  What my daughter heard:  “Grab the empty rectangular wooden box at the top of the stairs”.  Ummmmmm.  Not exactly helpful since it holds no curtains.

My words:  “Wipe each paw print in a tight circle to keep it from smearing”   Their interpretation:  “Smear each paw print so that they create a solid line from the front door to your bedroom window.”

Then it was time to load the car and leave.  The girls had caught the cats and put them in their respective cages in the garage while I put the finishing touches on the kitchen and bath areas.  I, in turn, locked the remaining loose kitty in there as well, so that she would be in a confined space, could be quickly caught and would not be dirtying our house again.  Guess what?  That interceptor intruded again and my youngest daughter decided the carriers needed brought to the front door and Kitty needed to be let into the house.  REALLY?  That is not what we had discussed, as we put boxes and carriers in the garage.  Thankfully, the runaway kitty was caught quickly and placed into the tiny laundry room while we finished a final walk through, loaded the dog and cat carriers and finished gathering supplies for being gone.  Then…..  Guess what?  My oldest let her out of the laundry room and the chase was on AGAIN!  Thankfully, my frustration raised my adrenaline enough to outweigh my pain, and I was able to participate in the “great cat chase” yet, again.  I grabbed her, passed her to her accomplice and threatened the life of anyone who let her loose from ANY room again.

At last, we were loaded in the van.  The van bursting with one dog on a leash, 2 teenagers, one kitty roaming free and a kitty choir of 3 in their cages singing the songs of their ancestors (completely out of sync, off key and as loud as they can).  MEOW, MEOW, Meow, MEE-OOOOWWWW!  And then, I realize that my key is NOT in my pocket.

In my haste to round up the runaway kitty, I forgot the van key in the now closed up house.

By this time, it is just minutes from when we are supposed to be gone, and I can’t find the key.  I frantically search my hanging jackets, winter coats and every drawer I can think of, because they are NOT in the place they belong.  Suddenly my daughter comes in and tells me my other daughter has been holding it in the car this ENTIRE time.  Lord, puh-lease give me patience and hold my tongue.  Puh-lease!

It’s EXACTLY 1:30 (time for the house showing), when I pull out of the drive and the guest realtor pulls in.  By now the cat choir has reached a crescendo, Kitten is hyperventilating and the dog smell is making me sick, I am allergic.  All I could do was pray we would be far enough away he wouldn’t hear the circus I had crammed into my van.  Instead, the girls and I voted to “phone a friend”.  A friend who has a spare carrier and loves my doggie.  A friend whose yard we could hang out in for the hour or so the realtor had asked to have the house.  But, our friend didn’t answer.  Did I give up?  Nope.  Instead, I drove by her house and both her cars were home.  What did we do?  We pulled into her drive, cracked the windows and tried again.  During this little window of time, Miss Kitty and Miss Doggie decided they no longer should exist in the same space and should provide back-up sounds for our never ending 3 cat choir, “Snarl-Hiss-Snarl-Hiss-Snarl-Hiss” with a never-ending “meow, meow, meow,” is NOT the sounds you want to hear while sitting in an enclosed vehicle.  So, we voted again and decided a trip to the park was our best bet.  The girls could take turns walking the dog, no one but us would have to listen to the cat choir, and Miss Kitty could quit hyperventilating because we wouldn’t be in motion.

The park was a great idea!!!  The dog walking went well until Miss Doggie decided she should be assigned the job of “Professional poop taster”.  Nope.  Yuck.  Not happening!!!  No more walk in the park for crazy Miss Doggie.  Instead, I held her retractable leash from the driver’s seat and listened to the cat choir sing the song of their ancestors; now featuring solos, trios and intermittent whines.  Thankfully, we have a very large park and no one else had to suffer their alternating lamenting, arguing and torture.  It was just perfect, until a fellow dog walker showed up and we had to load Miss Doggie quickly into the van.  Don’t get me wrong, “Miss Doggie” is a sweet dog who loves the mailman, Fedex guy, my family and most people, but she HATES other dogs and small children, so when the “other dog” arrived on our side of the park, it was time to “load ’em up and move em out” again.

Thankfully, just about then our realtor texts and let me know the guest realtor was done with the house and the buyer wasn’t interested because the house is too big.  Well, yeah.  It is over 2400 sq. ft. with the finished basement.  What did they expect?

Anyway, time to go home and celebrate a successful house showing, right?  Nope.  That is when the real fun began.

We are home.  The cats are unload and released.  The dog is in her space and we can finally eat some lunch and pack our 20 sold Ebay items.  Then, I take a breath and completely regret it!

“Who let one?”

Not me.  Not me.  Not me.

“See if one of the cats got even for our trip and decided to use the floor as a bathroom.”

“No, mom one of the cats went in their carrier.”  said with a completely exhausted and exasperated tone.

“Really?  Well, &()&()!  Check the cage, match the cat and see if they are clean, then take the carrier out and hose it down.”

Arguing and procrastinating ensues, but it does end up leaving the room.

FINALLY, the awful aroma is gone, the cat is checked and the carrier is clean, and I look up to see I missed the stack of DVDs on the living room TV, just as the girls rush in to tell me that my youngest daughter’s dirty, wadded up, vibrant orange socks were on top of the freezer the entire time we had visitors.  Why?  Because she handed them to her sister while she used the step stool that morning and her sister put them there.

So much for celebrating a perfect showing.  LOL.  I am so tired that I consider it a win, that at least it wasn’t someone’s bra.  I, am telling you I lost it.  Crazy came to stay when the cat choir reached it’s first crescendo.

As I mentioned earlier, we had 20 sold Ebay items that we carried back to the garage this morning and needed to bring back in along with the packing supplies and other tools.  If I was in good health, had two good legs and hadn’t used up all of my adrenaline two hours ago, the moving the boxes back and forth would have been easy-peasy.  Instead, it reminded me WHY we are selling our home and looking for an accessible one level.  I should not have to push myself so hard just to function each day to live in my own home.  I shouldn’t need to hold one leg in place, walk like a snail or devise plan to limit my movement in order to keep my hips and femur in place.  So, I pushed through with the girls’ help and got everything in, set up the packing station, print the labels and invoices and start packing, to make it to the post office in an hour.

Yeah, right?

Who did I think I was fooling?

Instead of a smooth process, we ran out of everything.  Not just packing tape, but scotch tape, masking tape and definitely patience.  My daughter suffered a mini-episode and new sudden injury that made her go from smirking at her mama’s frustration to a horror movie face in .2 seconds because of the pain in her ear, throat and neck.  Then, she slurred words and had constant pain for another 30 minutes.  Yep, we NEVER have a dull moment.  EVER.  Thankfully, with a little rest, meds and some manipulation, she improved enough that an ER visit wasn’t necessary.

This is where I confess, that I did not have the strength or stamina to walk to the van, go into the store, back to the van and back into the house, so Ebay waited until hubby got home and could get them for me.  It will simply have to ship tomorrow instead.  He also cooked dinner with my oldest and cracked crazy mom/wife jokes while I finished packing the boxes, bags and envelopes with the Ebay stuff and kept an eye on my youngest.

To end the day, we watched our current “family” movie series, ate pudding and pumpkin bread and then went our separate ways; him to his computer, me to my recliner and the littles to their resting spots.

I figured not too much should go wrong if we were all sitting still.  Right?  Have you met my family?  We give new meaning to “normal”.


Why did I share this post?   One so different from my usual?

Because I miss blogging, and I am not quite ready to resume a series, but I want to share that my life truly is far from perfect.  I am far from perfect and my house is certainly far from perfect.  When I asked the moms’ in my business group if I should blog about our house showing, hunting, listing and moving, several recommended keeping it real and sharing the ups and downs.  Moving into a new home isn’t all fun and excitement, but it is so worth it in the end.  I just need to keep my eye on the prize.  A level home with handicap accessibility, a space for each of my kids, a work space on the main level and another in the basement for my hubby.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post.   Did it inspire you?   Disappoint you?   Make you laugh or make you disgusted?

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Featured Friday WAHM #1 Pam H.

Week 1 Featured Friday Work at Home Mom Pam Howard

Featured Friday WAHM #1

Pam H.

Name

Pam Howard

Business (es)

Young LivingEssential Oils

Tell us a bit about yourself, your family and your business.

As a busy work at home mom of two little ones (ages 12 and 9), I know how crazy life can get – and with seventeen years of corporate America under my belt I also know how important it is to keep all the aspects of our life in balance. That’s my goal for you – to live a healthy, full and happy life!!! I work with other busy professional working moms to help them balance their health (all aspects of health), their career, their families and their lives. I want them to enjoy and LIVE each day, not just try to “get through it.”

What inspired you to work from home?

I want to be the one to make my kids breakfast, take them to school, be there after school and not have to stress if they are sick, have a field trip, etc.

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Why did you choose the company/method(s)/business, etc… that you use?

I am passionate about health and nutrition and I strongly believe that we should all be enjoying life every day – not just on vacations or other “special” times – after all, we only live once, so why not enjoy the journey. As for why I work with Young Living – the oils feed right into my passion for healthy living and there are so many amazing uses for them – I have oils in every room in my house and use multiple ones each and every day!

What do you feel makes or helps you be successful?

My passion for what I do and my desire to see other moms happy and healthy.

What do you struggle with?

Wanting to do it all!

What 5 tips would you offer someone contemplating your business adventure(s)?

  • Make sure you love what you are doing.
  • Never stop learning – educate yourself and experiment.
  • Be realistic about how much time you have to invest.
  •  Enjoy the process – live what you teach.
  • Be willing to change things up when needed – be flexible.

Featured Friday WAHM #1 Pam Howard

What 3 books/websites/bloggers have you found to be the most helpful with being a WAHM and making ends meet?

Please share a breakdown of your work week or day.

Every day is a little bit different depending upon what I have going on – what projects, how many one on one clients and what the kid’s schedule is like.
Since I have a full time professional job, I spend most of my work hours handling that.
I fit in my coaching and blogging either early in the morning, during lunch time, or while the kids are at their sports practices – it’s amazing how much work I can accomplish during a hour and a half swim or soccer practice!
When I work with clients, I fit it into their schedule and then might work a little extra in the evening after the kids have gone to bed to “make up” that time.
I very rarely work on the weekends – that is sacred family time.

Share any additional tips or info you feel would inspire others. This can include ways you save, plan, products you use, quotes, memes and more.

The most important thing I can share is to remember your values – don’t get so caught up in making money that you forget the reason you are doing this – for me it’s to spend quality time with my kids while they are young and to have a flexible schedule doing things I enjoy – I don’t want to be “working now to have fun tomorrow.” I want to enjoy today!
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25 Ways We Supplemented Our Income in 2016

25 Ways We Supplemented Our Income in 2016

25 Ways We Supplemented Our Income in 2016 and You Can too!

After reviewing our 2016 financial challenges and our 2017 goals, I realized that the only way we came out ahead in 2016 was by saving every way we could and supplementing our income by earning extra money, points and gift cards on the side.  These projects totaled over $3,000 total and inspired me to share a comprehensive list of how we supplemented our income in 2016 and maybe encourage you to supplement your income in 2017.

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Our 5 Big Goals For 2017- We are planning to make it amazing!!!

Our 5 Big Goals for 2017 and How We Plan To make it AMAZING!!!

Yep, folks we made it!

It is officially 2017, and I cannot wait to share the amazing things we have planned for 2017!!!

I have heard so many people say they couldn’t be happier that 2016 is over, and I can’t say I am not one of them.  2016 was full of ups and downs for those of us at Treasured Tidbits, not only financially but physically and emotionally as well.  But… we persevered and we are ready to CRUSH 2017 in both our businesses and personal life.

I have been looking forward to today for months. 

Today is the first day of a New Year, new chances and new business adventures.  Business adventures we have been planning, cultivating and diligently building for months.  I can’t wait to share them with you, but before we begin a 2017 overload, I want to share our main goals for 2017.  Notice, I don’t call them resolutions because to me resolutions are easily broken, but goals are something to be attained, something to aim for and can be put aside in a time of trouble to be restarted when that trial passes.  Our top five goals for 2017 are:

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When Your Savings Goals Hit a Roadblock & Leave You on Empty

When Your Savings Goals Hit a Roadblock & Leave You On Empty

Our 2016 Savings Goals Update

2016 has certainly been another year full of ups and downs, twists and turns, both in our home and businesses, but I am excited to say we survived!

For the first time ever, I decided to set some goals (not resolutions) for 2016, and I even left my comfort zone and shared them with you here.

I must confess that we fell short on many of those goals, especially our savings goals,  but I have yet to beat myself up for it because they are GOALS not requirements, not deadlines and not commitments.  Sometimes GOALS have to change or undergo some alterations due to physical, financial or emotional challenges, as Benjamin Mays says, “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having NO goals to reach.”

Tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. Benjamin Mays

Heaven knows our goals have made some enormous U-turns in the past year.  The biggest and most obvious being the original goal of saving $5,000-$10,000 by the end of 2016.

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Sharing Saturday Link Up #52

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It’s been another crazy week here at Treasured Tidbits.   I still haven’t regained proper use of my hips, back and legs BUT I have been able to keep up with our 30 Day Organizing Challenge and work towards putting together our anticipated 2017 blog year!!!   Not being able to walk doesn’t mean I can’t tackle the digital work that needs done.    How do handle being down and out in your life?  Do you just lay around and pout about your issues or find something productive to do until you are healed?   I will admit I had times I couldn’t focus past the physical pain BUT I tried my best to overcome those moments and keep planning, typing, pinning and more.It helped to have a GOAL.   A goal to finish the organizing challenge series AND to have an AMAZING 2017 blog year.

Want to join us and be part of our AMAZING 2017?   Begin linking up regularly here on TT Sharing Saturday and be chosen to be one of our Featured Friday Work at Home Mom’s where we shar YOUR story, YOUR site and YOUR successes with our readers and fellow WAHM’s.  Details to come.   Remember start linking up NOW to be on the top of the invite list.

Now, LET”S SHARE OUR BUSINESSES!!!


Before we begin, here are just a few guidelines for those of you linking up for the very first time or just returning.

Sharing Saturday is a place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

For more great ideas, recipes, money saving tips and tricks follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to receive weekly emails.

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Sharing Saturday Link Up #51

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Before we begin, here are just a few guidelines for those of you linking up for the very first time or just returning.

Sharing Saturday is a place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

For more great ideas, recipes, money saving tips and tricks follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to receive weekly emails.

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Before we begin, here are just a few guidelines for those of you linking up for the very first time or just returning.

Sharing Saturday is a place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

For more great ideas, recipes, money saving tips and tricks follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to receive weekly emails.

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Before we begin, here are just a few guidelines for those of you linking up for the very first time or just returning.

Sharing Saturday is a place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

For more great ideas, recipes, money saving tips and tricks follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to receive weekly emails.

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How One Little Planner Has Changed My Life & Businesses

Do you feel out of control? I know I used to. This one litte planner changed by life and my businesses.

IF you know much about me, or follow this blog, you know I hate to spend money on ANYTHING.  I coupon, blog, take surveys, use apps and even borrow tools and things, so that I don’t have to spend my hubby’s hard-earned money.  I also like to be super organized and on top of things, but with our hectic life it was a constant struggle day in and day out, no matter what I tried. But once I began using this amazing little planner I began feeling empowered, organized, put together and on top of things, even though, in reality, my life is even busier than it was before.

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