As most of you are aware, I've had some major changes in my life recently. While I've been trying to deal with and put things into some sort of order, I've been a bit stressed and fairly quiet. There just wasn't much to motivate me to write so naturally the blog goes by. I couldn't even bring myself to get caught up on your blogs, which I think you know I love. For that I apologize but I was really freakin' miserable. I forgot to remind myself:
Some of the things I was having trouble dealing with was the fact that my rent was raised now that I'm living alone on a fixed income. It's going up $40 a month so I struggled with whether I should move or stay where I am. I spent countless hours scouring the internet looking at cheaper rents which ended up being in not so nice neighborhoods or perfect apartments but on 2nd or 3rd floors with no elevators. My knees and fibromyalgia won't even allow me to that scenario. So after pleading my case with my existing complex, they came down slightly (a hair is more appropriate but it's better than nothing).
The other dilemma was my house that I still own in Connecticut. My tenants of 6 years gave their notice as they are buying a beautiful home of their own. I put up ads in the local area, they showed the house to numerous people, and no one was interested. My house is a smaller cape, it's adorable and cozy but the right people weren't responding. A few people asked me why don't I just sell the house and if it was that simple I would. I refinanced it when the housing market was booming and now it's worth about $50K less than what it was appraised at back then. In other words, I owe more than it's worth. After much contemplating, I sat here literally feeling sick to my stomach as I came to terms with losing the house to the bank. I know there are thousands of people who have gone through this very thing but that doesn't make it any easier.
On Saturday, I'm pleased to report, I agreed to rent it out at the end of the month. I can't tell you how relieved I am, although, if anything major goes wrong with the home, I don't have the resources to fix it. I'm at the high end of the rental market too, so I can't increase the rent. For now, fingers crossed, it still belongs to me. Rich and I bought the home from the original owner who bought it in 1942 while it was being built. She told us about every nook, cranny and crack in that house. It has a lot of charm.
And with that my faithful followers, I feel like a weight has been lifted and I am coming to life again. Especially since the weather has warmed up. It makes a huge impact on me if it's damp and cold and that's exactly what it has been for days on end.
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