Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Open Concept" ? Bah! Humbug!

Since we plan to buy a modestly priced house that will be, in all likelihood, a *fixer-upper*, I have been watching quite a few remodeling and fix up type shows. Some are pretty good (Rehab Addict), some ...not so much( Flipping Boston) and some are downright funny (Flipping Vegas.Scott should just give up and let Amy have her way. It would save him a lot of stress!).
The ONE thing that annoys the crap outta me is absolutely EVERYONE extolling the virtues of the "open concept" main floor. They go into a perfectly nice Victorian house and immediately start ripping out walls so you can see everywhere on the main floor from the kitchen and vice versa. (ESPECIALLY on Flipping Boston)
Why in the world would you want that? Kitchens were enclosed from the rest of the house for a reason!
Ever boiled cabbage? Or fried fish? Do you seriously want guests to your home to be greeted with those smells when they walk in your front door?
Also, the heat produced by the kitchen, while providing welcome warmth in the winter, can make the rest of the house unbearable in the summer!
Remember Dutch Doors?
These were used for several purposes...they kept little ones in while Mom was cooking and kept dogs and other animals out AND opening the top would let cooking odors out, plus cool the kitchen.
Great idea, huh? Rarely used anymore....although I plan to have one in my kitchen!
Both my grandmothers had kitchens that had doors that shut. And doors to the outside so cooking smells and heat would not be trapped in the house. No dutch doors, sadly.But they had screen doors, so the dogs couldn't run in (and I couldn't run out!).Also, it always seemed a bit magical to me as a child, when, at holiday dinners or other special occasions, the kitchen door would swing open and out would come the turkey or ham or birthday cake in all it's splendor!

So, I am looking for a house that is decidedly NOT "Open Concept", or, if is, some place where I can put some walls back up!

Friday, April 11, 2014


Well, I did it.
I started our LLC.
I registered our LLC in New Hampshire...for a couple of reasons. #1, New Hampshire, like Texas, has no state income tax. #2, New Hampshire doesn't share LLC info (members of the LLC, etc) with the federal government.
And it doesn't hurt that we will be moving there!

Now, I could have filed in several different ways...I could have printed down the forms by myself, filled them out and sent them on their merry way to New Hampshire along with certified checks or money orders to pay the various fees....OR...I could have gone through one of a about a half dozen legal help sites (they advertise a lot on t.v.)....OR I could have gone through a lawyer in New Hampshire.

After mulling over my choices and doing hour upon hour of research online, I chose to contact one of the legal help sites.
I got down to a choice between LegalZoom and BizFilings.
First order of business, check out complaints against both businesses at the Better Business Bureau web site.
LegalZoom.....LOTS of complaints.
BizFilings...very few complaints.
Then cost...both were about the same.
Then I called both...LegalZoom did not pick up their phone....until my 6th call. BizFilings picked on the first ring, first call. I asked questions of both services. The LegalZoom rep that I finally got to talk to seemed uninterested and gave me minimal information. The BizFilings rep, Nikki, was informative, enthusiastic and very helpful.
I then checked out both web sites very carefully...reading all the fine print.
I was able to chat online with yet another BizFilings rep, Ryan, and he was as amazing as Nikki!
So, I made my decision and went with BizFilings.
I filled out the online form, paid by debit card was done. Two days later I had the paperwork to sign via FedEx, I signed it and BizFilings paid to return the paperwork to them via FedEx!
My LLC will be legal and up and running within 10 business days!
Onward and Upward!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Getting Stronger...Because I HAVE To!

My recovery is going well. I tire out MUCH faster, but I am pushing myself as hard as I can because there is way too much to get done!

The Darlin' Man left on the 23rd and I miss him so much. We stay in touch by email and phone, but it's not the same. Our new motto is *Onward and Upward*....both of us have things we have to do to get to our goals and we are both determined to get everything we need accomplished.

I have been down-sizing.
We are now down to:
4 chickens and 1 rooster
3 ducks
5 goats (Lilac, Champagne, Clarabelle, Charlie, Nip and Nora) Nikki has been sold (deposit on her with the rest to be paid when they pick up)
4 alapacas
That's it. I hope to sell Nip this week.
Our feed costs have gone way down. I had to buy hay this week and after a gazillion calls, I finally found someone that would sell me 10 bales. It will be around the middle of April before hay is available again at a decent price.

Packing starts this week. I plan on going room by room, packing up all non-essentials. Also, I am going to toss out all the accumulated *stuff* that no one has any need of. The trash man is gonna hate me!
Also...doing LOTS of laundry. I want to wash everything before packing it. Do you have any idea how many uniforms a guy can manage to store up in 23+ years of military service? ACCK!

Well, back to it, I guess...Onward and Upward!