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2017-07-20 09:09 pm

Rock Top is ours!!!

We finally signed the papers a couple of days ago and dropped off our first load of books. Plus we had to go to VA to buy some books on medieval cookery and heraaldry.

Spent most of trip down and back talking about our future plans....met a few neighbors. The older fella next door and and neighbor from across the street sauntered over to help him...erm check on the new folks.

Both of us are very anxious to be in our new house...but it will take us at least a couple of months or so to pack, clean etc. Then we need to put this house up for sale. Part of me will be sad, I do love this house. It has some great memories.
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2017-07-15 03:21 pm

Escaping

Sigh I am so not a social butterfly. Have come upstairs to decompress for a few minutes, lol. We are busily baking for Elias's Vigil. Made some coconut orange shortbread cookies so far - experiment, liked the recipe, next will be sugar cookies with a marashino cherry for the blood. Right now Amber is working on Gingerbread that we can use molds on. We will see whicvh is these recipes will go to the vigil and make more of whichever recipe we like the best. Maybe all of them! PLus there are a few others I would like to do that are tried and true.
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2017-07-14 09:39 am

Tuesday :)

Well, it looks like all our niggly bits are slowly getting in order for the purchase of the house. The last bit of info required by the mortgage company was submitted.

Tuesday is the day we will sign papers on 1215 Old Route 30, Cashtown (outside of Gettysburg). The shop when we get it approved by the Township will be called The Rock Top Bookshop and Bindery.

We are beyond ecstatic, will drop off our first load with the van and trailer then. We have to go down then to Virginia after the signing to pick up some books I am buying from someone - tis an hour away.

Have to finish packing for Pennsic both books and gear. Kendrick will drop me off and set up the Book Wagon and pavilion then go back to Mass. He wants to put in as many hours as he can before leaving the Green Dragon Bindery around the end of August. We will after I get back spend almost every weekend hauling stuff down. We really can't afford a mover and have put aside money for the gas for the moving.

We hope to have our house here ready to sell by end of September. Until it sells it will be thin times, will be pretty much living off of what I make at Pennsic and other shows and what he is able to make at his shows. We have literally used all the money we have set aside. Tis a big risk but we feel very good about it. We know what I can make at shows for the most part and we know what Kendrick is able to bring in. Hope to pick up more shows in VA, PA, Maryland, NC and WV between the both of us.
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2017-07-09 06:15 pm

Gods help me!

I volunteered this house for the Bakin Bitches cookie baking. We have to pack up the boxes in the living room - they are going to be moved anyways, so I can clean and make sleeping room for the sleepovers.

Captain Elias is getting his Pelican at OChoda Gather and cookies need to be made for it. So far we have decided on making ginger bread cookies, have to decide on other types of cookies this week. Anutie Arwen, Suhayma, Kathedral, Amber and myself will be the baking crew ...altho we will hang out and gossip on Friday evening. Then bake.

While I probably will see them again, alot of good-byes are being said to freinds and family today. We went to Kendrick's Aunt and Uncle's plus family friend Ma Ramstrom. They are feeling that we won't see them again after we move. I am uncertain altho Kendrick feels we will. But just checking in and letting them know what is up with us was a very good thing.

Will be doing much the same thing with Bake N Bitches. They won't be as far away as family but....I just want to check in and let em know I care for them no matter if I don't see them as often.

However, maybe the allure of guest bedrooms and a new area to explore will entice them to visit. I will check out the bus train situation for me but not hpolding my breath....didn't see alot for me to be able to use when last I looked.
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2017-06-26 05:48 am

Nervous

In the next few days we should hear officially whether we have the house or not. Yes, we have been pre-approved, the seller and rwaltor are ok with our offers and everything is signed, the place has been inspected. But we need the offical word the money will be released.

Plus, I will be going infor a Pet Scan Weds. There is a real chance my NHL in lymph node on my neck has become enlarged. If so, I will have to start taking Ritauxin either orally or in shot form...not sure which.

Plus my supplemental insurance will be going away at end of August. I have Medicare but have to shop for supplemental insurance that is good as the one I have in Penn.

Have been boxing, boxing and boxing more books, stuff.

Any reason why I am sleeping like shite last couple of weeks?
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2017-06-14 09:09 pm

Jittery

Had my appt with my oncologist today. The node that was somewhat enlarged on my neck is a bit larger. Will go in for another Pet Scan in a couple of weeks. She isn't too worried. There are no other spots. I am worried for both of us because at the end of August, the insurance I have will go bye bye. So any tests I have, have to have now. Will probably be able to keep her as my oncologist.

We are half way done with the house buying. Signing more paperwork with the mortgage company tonight and other paperwork. Next week Kendrick goes to Gettysburg for his show and will meet with the realtor after all the inspections are done. Soon we will be signing...sooon I hope.

Kendrick will not be online as a gunner that much if any this war. He will be coming down to set up and break down. He is trying to get more hours in plus do some packing. He will be leaving his job at the end of Aug.
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2017-05-25 06:05 am

Moving

Nothing much going on except the nightly hunting among the MLSes for houses. Most of the ones we have been interested in either are too expensive, in the wrong category for the mortgage lender or needs too much work.

Granted, we want 2500 and up square space within 15 min of Gettysburg for less than 185,000 - that is what we have been pre-approved for.

There is one Kendrick is routing for that I don't want. A spacious modern ranch. I am trying hard to find something positive about it other than it is spacious enough for the shop and in the Gettysburg borough. Sorta had my heart set on a brick or stone older house...but realize I can't limit myself that way, with our budget and limitations.

There are two houses we loved that we can't get - one was too high, other is too much of fixer upper for the mortgage compnay.

We put out offers on two of em including the ranch and the Rock Top Inn which only in our dreams we would be able to get.

I figure if we do get the ranch, down the way when we have more money and after we sell this place, will find a small stone or brick house for us to live in - the ranch could be the shop.

But only a frigging emotional rollar coaster most of the time these days.
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2017-05-09 09:45 am

Welp :)

Looks like we are ready to start house-hunting. Got a pre-approval of a sorts. They have to approve first whatever house we are interested in. That is ok with me. Packing this week for Aethelmearc War Practice. After we get back from the Cape from Mother's day will head on down to Gettysburg and start checking places out, then go to War Practice and then home. There are a number of houses we are kinterested in seeing and will be checking more before we leave, on-line.

Bothof us are jittery and worried. Tis a huge financial jump with no real safety net. But this is the time to do it. Kendrick is very worried. Wants to do this in the worst way but he is not one to jump. Whereas I am. Not pushing him, letting him go at his own pace. But I can tell he is terrified.

Think once we find a place and move stuff and especially after we sell this place, the stress will be less. But I can tell he is having a little bit of a hard time. Some days are better than others. He is a townboy who has never been out of the area to live, whereas I have, many times. He does want to do thids, and I feel secure that he is not doing this just for me. He is not used to doing stuff for himself, and think it makes him a bit uncomfortable.

Love to think after this first foray to Gettysburg, we find a place and can start bringing stuff down...and open our bookshops and bindery. Dearly love to have everything wrapped up before fall.
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2017-04-18 09:57 pm

Househunting blues

Good thing is, the house that was top of our list in Gettysburg is still top.

However #2 is in worse condition than pictured and foundation is crumbling. Plus don't think we can build onto it - zoning issues. # 2 is only 1400 sq ft. and the price was right so we thought we could build onto it.

#3's price will be far above what we are willing to pay - twasn't on the market yet - plus it has tenants. Weird thing is, they are doubling what the price for from last year when they tried selling it and weren't able to. No way do we want to be the landlord that evicts tenants. It has about 6 apts or so and two store fronts. While I don't mind being a landlord for a retail business, don't want to deal with renters of apts. Too many horror stories.

Got a realtor who will help us out. He was the one that told us about the warts of House #2. There might be some exclusive listings that we don't find in the MLSes.

Slowly packing by myself, Kendrick isn't doing much in that regard. While he is very excited about moving, have a feeling the reality of having to sell this house that we love is slowly sinking in.

We are planning on going down to Gettysburg before Aethelmearc War Practice to check out places.
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2017-04-11 12:04 pm

Switching over to Dreamwidth

Any folks that are here on LJ that are also on Dreawidth, please let me know you name over there so I can add you as a friend there.

Thanks!
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2017-04-11 11:41 am

welp

More friends are jumping ship to DW so I will be a lemming as well. How can I tell that some of my old listings make it over? Do I have to pay first?
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2017-04-09 03:30 pm

Interesrting times

We did the Fredericksburg show, did alright. Not fantastic but better than last year. Very happy to be home. Got a call from Mike. He didn't realize that we were wanting to move so soon and apologized. He will be talking with his wife, figure out what they want for the building if they decide to sell it. He knows how much we can afford. We should hear somewhat soon, alot of things on his end to figure out. We are thinking of him leaving his books behind and be sortof a cooperative. Kendrick and I will watch the shop most of the time, he hopefully will do it when we do SCA shows. He allowed as to he might be more interested in getting back into the business if there were other folks around. Right now, the one side of the duplex is his shop but it hasn't been open for years and the other side was a rental but the folks are gone, left 6 months ago or so.

Kendrick will talk with his boss tomorrow. Let him know he is leaving and come to an agreement as to the date. Then I will post online on FB and make it official after I have told my family.

If Mike wants too much or doesn't want to sell, Chris and I will go to Gettysburg to look at places. We have been scouting online a far bit. It is giving us an idea of what we want.

Going to start culling out my larping and SCA clothes, sell them at Balfars and what is left, give to gold key.

Tis real now...hard to believe.
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2017-04-03 08:26 pm

Jittery :)

We still haven't heard from Mike about the store. Like I said before, he is a wierd duck...may not want to sell the building yet for his own reasons. So we are going ahead and looking at other places. I will be gooing with Kendrick in June to Gettysburg to look at stores. He likes going alone so him breaking down is a good thing. It is killing me that we will be only 2 hrs away from Gettysburg when we go to the show in VA but he doesn't want to go past Mike's shop. Afraid he might jinx it. I am not holding much hope tho. Just happy I don't have to wait til October for the second Gettysburg show. Iseally we would like to start moving out to Gettysburg after this Pennsic. Just have to find a place and someone to buy this house. Simple, right?

Mike's place is 4000 sq ft. We figure that with our budget, the houses/storefronts that are half the size, while not optimal but usually range 150-200 or so, whereas Mike's will be 250-300 and we would have to do some kind of deal. He is a friend but even friends have their limits to how far he is willing to go. I know he wants to rent the place to us but we are afraid of paying a rent that will eat up all the money we have saved. Been there, done that will the shop on Cape Cod. Lesson learned.

Family still doesn't really know...knows I am moving, someday. So not talking yet about it on FB plus Kendrick's boss, who has been away since beginning of January, still doesn't know and his co workers have an inkling but again, don't know the time frame....except for the boss's daughter.

Chatting here...I know there are precious few folks that reaf LJ anymore in my circle of friends, but hard to contain my excitement and need to talk. Will be seeing Raimond and Jaelle. They kinda know, they will be over the moon. They wanted us to move to Clarksville, VA but unfortunately won't do for a business. And most of Kendrick's books relate to the Union. Happy thing is, we will be 4 hrs from Clarksville so will be able to visit and go to events there and Marinusian events :))) Which I am so happy about!!!
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2017-03-29 06:24 am

Auction :)

We went to our monthly book auction - our date night so to speak, lol. THis time it had a number of bookbinding equipment and tools as well as books. That is very rare to happen. A bookbinder usually dies or gets out of the business begfore you see tools come up. Hence, they can be expensive. New, the larger rollers are 100 dollars each and the small tools 75 dollars each new. There are also some patterns for tooling that you don't see anymore. So tools that are older is very desirable, especially since the antique dealers like it as well.

Kendrick was very tense, more tense than I have seen him before. He explained it as worried he would be outbid.

Welp, while he paid for it...he got all the tools plus a stamper (to put lettering on a spine) but decided against going for a cutter (we would have to rent a unit to put that in - too big and heavy and needed repair) and the dies to be used with the stamper. Those can easily be bought and 7000 dies unsorted was not something we wanted to deal with. They were in their original wooden cabinets - something very desirable to antique dealers. We did tell the auctioneer that if the person that bought them didn't want the dies, we would happily take them off his hands. Welp...there is still the matter of sorting through them.

He was still subdued after the auction. I tried to gentle him by telling him it was a needed expense yda yada. Then he told me the real reason he was in that peculiar mood. It was now a committment to moving forward, both literally and figuratively. It has now become "real" to him. And it is very scary, the costs that will be involved.

he will also be asked at the Bindery how he did at auction, as is their wont. He will tell them. Gravard will be very unhappy. Don't think he is quite believing that soon in the near future that Kendrick will be leaving.
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2017-03-26 05:56 pm

Good news and bad news :)

Good news is, if we can make arrangements with the friend of ours...we will plan buying his house/store and on moving this fall instead of next year. Just that anxious to get the show on the road. Kendrick will talk to him soon before he goes down to Gettysburg to make sure he is interested and given it more thought, talked it over with his wife and family, if not he will scout the area for other possibilities in JUne when he goes down. He doesn't want me to go down with him.....I think he is afrqaid I will jinx it. His friend is a quirky guy, nice but....and he would rather talk to him alone. Anything to get him to sell the building to us for a reasonable amount of money - it too is a fixer-upper.

Bad news is that our house probably isn't going to be sold for 250. It has lead paint. While we have dealt with the other issues - asbestos in the basement and asbestos shingling and started working on the downstairs, cosmetically it needs work on the inside and lead paint needs to be dealt with if a family wants to move in. I have enough for a downpayment but not to fix the house as well and really don't want to throw any more money into it since next owner will just probably redo it to their liking. I had a new asphalt driveway put in this fall because with the new work to the road, our driveway was now a hazard to the public.

So it will be sold as a fixer upper, with a fixer upper price. Might talk to the neighbor who is a carpenter and let up him know of our plans when we are ready. He bought his house, made massive renovations but it still isn't as nice as ours even tho valued more highly than ours is.

The house still has more value because of its location - corner lot and has a store front. But how much is in the eye of the beholder I guess. Handy folks might jump at it, not so handy won't.

Noone in the family knows and not alot of folks on FB either. Guess we don't want to jinx it but just so anxious!
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2017-02-17 10:11 pm

Moving

Not really wanting to jinx anything so not chatting about this on FB. If we are able to come to some sortof agreement with our friend in PA - Kendrick will be talking with him at length when he goes down to Gettysburg in June, we hope to be moving in the fall of 2018. So will be starting to cull and get rid of stuff over the next year. We have enough for a large downpayment already but selling the house will be a bonus. We hope to pay at least half of the house down and then within 2 years, pay off the mortgage. Thinking the house will be between 250-300 k. Our house is worth between 200-230k, There is a house in same neighborhood that doesn't have the storefront and is smaller but in better condition cosmetically selling for 230k. Luckily we took care of all the important stuff, just needs cosmetic touches now.

We are looking at other places in Gettysburg as well. The location is sweet, very sweet. The building itself isn't pretty but looks to be in good condition altho a tad neglected, but is 4000k sq feet at least, has 12 rooms and is a duplex, which we hope to convert to upstairs living area and downstairs.
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2017-02-12 05:30 pm

More interesting news :)

We have a friend in Gettysburg that has some properties he owns and occasioanlly tries to sell...mixture of inherited properties and investments.He is a bookseller but doesn't really try all that hard. One building he owns is next to the battlefield. Kendrick has been in it. It is a duplex, living quarters on one side. Other side is his bookshop or should I say, glorified warehouse since he really is never open any more. And it is right behind a Civil War museum. Pretty much he sells mostly online...tis an odd duck, doesn't want to be chained to an open shop. Which I totally understand.

Kendrick called him today and while he isn't interested in selling right away, he is interested. That is fine with us since it will take us a year or two to fx up this place, and then sell it. Scary thing is, his house/storefront is more expensive than this house. But we think we can do it anyways. He would probably rent it to us til our house sold..then we would put down the purchase price of this place and ask a bank for a mortgage for the rest....if we can get a mortgage to 700 a month, everything would be golden. And eventually pay it off...more sooner than later Both of us prefer not having a mortgage - this place we paid off the mortgage in two years. Figure we could do the same there.

The building is large, has 6 bedrooms and about 5000 sq ft for the shop...we figure on changing it from a duplex to the downstairs bering the shop and upstairs being living quarters. Kendrick will see him June before his Civil War show - I am not going with him. He needs to talk to this fellow alone...that is fine, I have a show I hopoe to do then anyways.

Sounds like it is time to start going through my stuff and get rid of alot of it. Luckily our stuff is garage sale special so alot won't go down with us...just 10000 or more of books.

Will miss the garden....no green space...a very small plot of land in back. But PA in famous for its farmer's markets. If we pick up more shows etc, won't have time anyways for gardening. So will still can...but probably not as much.
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2017-02-08 09:57 pm

Good news :)

Kendrick handed in his 2 year resignation from the Bindery today :)

We have nailed down the Gettysburg area and are looking at places. We also have a colleague that buys and sells properties in the area - we will check and see if he has anything of interest or in our price range and if he doesn't, will use him as a sounding board about other areass to look at. We will probably go down for a little extended Workation both the times we go down for shows there and poke about the area. Kendrick knows Gettysburg proper but not the areas outside.

I am very excited. Leaving this house will be hard, we love it so...will put it up for sale then.

But new adventures await us...a his and her bookshop and Bookbindery! Plus we will be nearer to our VA friends and do things at Silverleaf more often.
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2017-02-07 05:10 am

Sometimes I feel so alone....

We had John's service a couple of weeks ago. It was very well attended. The Police Force showed up in a goodly amount and spoke with individuals of their sorrow at his dying, the Fire dept did to...not nearly as many. Both spoke and gave wonderful tributes.

Roxanne had a small get together which most of the family attended. Others didn't for reasons of their own.

I have had to be the bad Meany and try to contct everyone and get a clearer idea of what happened so we are all on the same page instead of gossip flying about. Plus we need to be unified in what we tell Mom. So far, he died in his sleep according to our decision. Not happy with this because she has been asking questions.

One of the things that have come out is that John had been sleepless for a number of nights. We all suffer from insomia - or most of us -for a variety of reason. Plus he was having relationship issues, money issues and was possibly being bullied or harassed at work.
He evidently got a job that one of the old timers wanted for himself or a friend. And the guy was making his life miserable. In so much that John was terrifed of being fired. Some how he felt there was information out there that he felt could put him in jail. Which according to folks, was way overblown. We are still gathering information...possible there might be a wrongful death suit down the way. Apparently something similar had happened short while before to another person. Bullying. So the perefect storm happened and because of it John took his life.

I again had to be the bad Meany and start planning his memorial Service in May. Some members are upset at this...too soon. But Mom hasn't had one she could attend yet.

When Matt died, it was painful - he died of cancer. But we knew what the enemy was and how to deal with it. The family hasn't been able to deal with John's death. And won't for awhile. We have dealt with death....but not by a beloved family member's own hand.

IN addition Rox's Mom died a day before the first service, plus her daughter has a nervous breakdown and she had to take care of the grandkids, her daughter is nowhere to be found...

Politics on FB I could care less about...wish I could but so numb and all the malarkey that is happening seems so very unreal and I am still numb.

So yeah, escaping into SCA shows is a very happy thing for me right now.
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2017-01-22 10:19 am

Service tomorrow...

Very wierd time....noone knows what to do.

My nephew has scheduled the service and had his body cremated. I offered to help with the finances of this.

First two days, the sibs and Roxanne and nephews and nieces talked with each other. Dead silence for a week or so. Roxanne (the fiancee) asked me who was coming and I couldn't answer. I sent out a note to find out and got one respeonse and Mom saying she can't make it, too much of a journey and that was it from the sibs. Think Rox is probqably feeling along with everything else that folks are angry at her. She as much as said that to me in a private message. But I don't think it is real for most of our family. Plus going to the house where he shot himself is not something they may want to do.

I don't know....I know he will get a good send off from his friends that are local and his very immediate family. I want to support her as much as possible. Am not fond of the woman but she helped and was a good helpmate to him in most regards. I will be there early tomorrow to help her deal with the family if any show up beforehand and then go to the service in the evening.

His death cas put a large crack in the Meany Family. We lost our Dad around 20 years ago...that rocked us hard, then Beth - John's 1st wife. That tore his kids up bad, Then Matt, my youngest brother and now John. But his death was not expected and a suicide, we are all doing the "what could I have done" thing. Not sure our family can survive this, at least as a family dynamic. Alrready I am seeing folks cleave onto each other - by that the immediate loved ones and not reaching out to the others in the family. The pain is just too real and too hard.

I am the eldest...I have to at least try when all I want to do is get away from all this death and pain.

We have started putting up pictures, which helps a bit. Maybe tomorrow will help when we can be with each other...those who have decided to come.