2018 so far

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Whew. So I do a whole Happy 2018, I’ll be blogging most consistently post and then I disappear. Again. But I do have a good excuse!

I closed on this fixer upper in October.

I don’t know how it is where you guys live but the home buying process was kinda crazy. I made 6 offers on 6 different properties over several months. I made most of these offers within a day of the property being listed and wound up being outbid 6 times.

This is lucky number 7.

I had a few ‘must have’ items on my list to make living with RA easier. I wanted a ranch style, one level house. I wanted a garage or a carport. I wanted a house that was structurally sound and was ok with paying for updates.

I got…most of those things.

I used a realtor who was recommended by multiple friends and when we first met, I found out she had RA too! We even go to the same practice! That wasn’t a must have but she absolutely, 150% was invaluable at pointing at things that may affect my disease. IE I fell in love with a condo that had a fully finished basement with bedrooms on the second floor and she was quick to ask ‘you want to be responsible for lugging a vacuum around 3 levels?’ Of course not. She didn’t hold me back but she had a unique understanding of my health and no fear of reminding me what was/was not a good idea.

It is a fixer upper so I’ve been spending a lot of time doing just that. Some things I hired out, other things I’ve done on my own. The challenge is that I continually have to remind myself that I don’t need to do everything at once. That is especially important to my budget and to things I’m doing myself from a health perspective.

Exhibit A: this was my project last weekend. I dug up all the monkey grass on one side because I have an irrational, overwhelming hate for monkey grass. I planted shrubs and mulched. I was so pleased with the result and wanted to do the other side…but I had to remind myself that I was already going to be sore, my hands were already swelling some, and that waiting a week or two is also ok.

Before (I forgot to get a pic of the grass I dug up but you can see it in the first pic

After:

What I want to dig up next:

I also had the kitchen cabinets painted white:

The hardwoods refinished:

And much more.

So that’s where I’ve been! I’ve definitely been more active lately because of it and definitely been more flarey because of the activity. This gal is not accustomed to manual labor.

But even with the flaring and fatigue, or actually because of it, every little project I complete feels like an accomplishment.

And I definitely need these little wins. But going forward, I will try much harder to share them more consistently.

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5 responses »

  1. So smart to buy a rancher. I had been in remission for a while before I bought mine and bought a 2 story. Some days I pay for my short sightedness. Congratulations on your new home. The work you’ve done looks great

  2. congratulations on the new house. It looks like a wonderful house. I know right after I was diagnosed Sheryl and I built a mostly single story condominium and we could not be happier.

  3. Congratulations Amanda – that’s great news! I’m so pleased for you! Looks like your garden (yard/patch?) is going to be great, and the house too. I guess this means you’re also pretty settled in a job too, which mus be a stress-reliever!

  4. What a wonderful house, Amanda! I’m happy for you! And that’s some serious manual labor you’re at, girl. Smart to do a section at a time with rest in between.
    Congratulations!

  5. Congratulations! And what luck to find a realtor who could empathize and offer you solid recommendations. The work you’ve done is beautiful, especially the kitchen. Wishing you the best in your new home.

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