The house was "bought" in June. The closing was scheduled for late July. We went to work paring down forty years of "stuff" (George Carlin was right). One of the things to be packed up was the computers. We figured we could survive with smart phones and iPads for a short time. The late July closing became closer to a middle of August closing. Moving to the condo was interesting. We got there and no one had a key to get in. Not the realtor, nothing in the lockbox, nothing at the condo offices, nothing. A night in a hotel. The first day of the move was sort of like having a dump trunk pull up and unload its contents into the condo. Get things in. It almost didn't matter where.
The condo we bought is a fixer upper. We knew that going in. The same style unit is listed for about $150,000.00 more than we paid. We know we can match that one for far less than the difference in price. What we didn't know was that all the plumbing needed to be replaced. I guess it didn't occur to the designers/builders back in the 70's that you shouldn't put copper tubing directly in the dirt with no protection. It tends to corrode over time and this was the time. Luckily the condo association knew about the issue and took on the burden of replacing everything at no cost to us. The parquet floors on the other hand were "an upgrade" and only a credit for the cost of putting in original quality wall to wall carpeting would be covered. We'd been in the condo for all of a week at this point. It was suggested we put in a claim with our insurance company. Okay, we'd paid "home owner's" insurance for forty years, but had had the "condo owner's" insurance for a week. We figured "fat chance". Allstate Insurance came through and said it didn't matter if we had coverage for forty years or forty minutes. If we had the insurance we could put in a claim. So, add all new engineered hardwood floors to the timeline.
The plumbing work was a "three week" job. Jack hammering through the slab and redoing the work (properly) this time. We're into week six and the painter is finishing up today. For four weeks we were out of the house. One week at Santa Claus' place, one week on a vacation, one week in a hotel, another week at Santa's and finally one bathroom was serviceable. So, we've been living in a slight work zone rather than a major work zone for ten days.
Due to the dust created by the jack hammering, the desktop computers and most of the external hard drives are still wrapped in plastic wrap. I finally went out and bought a brand new laptop. Latest Intel processor and all.
Slowly things will get back to "normal". At least we can laugh about it. We aren't the type who go crazy over the little sh**. (And it's all little sh**.) The Kayview Gallery blog will go on and return to its three times a week postings shortly. There's a little matter of some upcoming surgery that may interrupt things for a bit. But that's a story for another day.