Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Not a Flipper

view of kitchen with ponywall
So, I have been away from blogging for quite awhile; and I may continue to post infrequently.  But today I want to address an issue that's been bugging me.

If you've followed me for awhile you know that we have moved quite a few times within the last 5-6 years.  Once our children moved out of the home and we retired, we decided to downsize and try to move closer to our children.  In the course of selling our home and finding a new one, we moved into 2 fixer-uppers.  We moved into these homes, lived there for a few years and remodeled as we lived there.  And I've documented these extensive remodels on this blog along with another reno from a summer house we owned for 9 years back in the 90s....making a total of 3documented remodeling projects in 20 years.....20 years.

Somehow, though, some commenters out there think these renovations qualify me as a "Real Estate Flipper", as if that's a bad thing.  I'm here to testify, I am not a Flipper.  A "Flipper" is someone who buys a fixer-upper to renovate over the course of a few weeks or months, then sell it or rent it for profit.  By the way, there is no shame in this way to make a living!  However, we do not do this.  We have made all these houses our homes. Period.

I know I shouldn't let these negative comments bother me, but I think I need to clarify what we've been doing with these properties.  Also, I am offended that a Flipper is looked down upon by some. Mostly, though, it has caused me to wonder why I should continue to share my life just to be judged harshly by folks. I may start sharing again, but right now, I'm inclined to just live my life and not take my precious time to share it.

Please know we are now finished refurbishing our new home which we moved into about 2 years ago, and we're quite happy finally settled into our new hometown.  We are thrilled to be just a few minutes away from our daughter and two of our grand kids, and a few hours car ride away from our other children and grands.  We're traveling now, and I'm sewing a little again.  Our youngest daughter had a beautiful wedding over which her brother presided (just lovely), and we gained a fun new son-in-law.  Health-wise, I continue to get stronger, and I'm feeling well.  Our garden and yard are works in progress, but we're enjoying the ride.

So, on that note, I do wish you all well, and may God Bless you and keep you.    


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Watch Out! Learning Curve Ahead

 In the battle between Apple and PC, I landed on the PC side decades ago.  Now, I've used and owned both PCs and Apple Macs back in the 80s and 90s and it was tedious switching between the two.  So, when I received this Ipad for Christmas this year, I was a bit unsure how long it was going to take before it would actually become useful to me. Well, I'm not ready to throw out my little Dell, but today, I learned how to download the user guide from ibooks, so I'm zooming right along now.  Happily, I find the differences between Android and IOS (operating systems) aren't as great as the differences between the old MS and IOS used to be. Huzzah! The best thing is Facetim-ing with our daughter and son. That's the BEST and well worth the learning curve!!!

So, now I own 2 tablets, 2 laptops, and a really old desktop (for my embroidery module) my phone.  That's just my pile of lithium; I won't mention Lee's stash.  In my defense though, I've been thinking that this little Dell, on which I'm typing, soon will be going to Electronics Heaven (but it keeps chugging along like a champ....a wounded champ, but a champ nonetheless)  Regardless, I've been backing it up religiously and trying to download (upload) data to my 2nd laptop that my hubby refurbished for me a couple of months ago.  But now, with this new Apple-child/toy in my life, my switch-over efforts have come to a grinding halt.  Next week though.....I keep promising week I'll get back to it.  Yep, it'll happen.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that 2018 will bring you Joy and Prosperity!  God Bless and stay safe tonight....CHEERS!

-- Karen