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.    



  1. Oh Karen, Let me just repeat what you said because sometimes I think the very same thing: "why I should continue to share my life just to be judged harshly by folks." My blog commenters have been positive (for which I am thankful), but people in other forms of communication sometimes are not and I'm not sure much of anything else gets me down in the dumps quite like negative comments. As my husband says, it only takes one bad comment to erase a lot of "atta boys". I sense you may feel the same way.

    But let me assure you I admire what you have done and most certainly don't think any the less of you for your inspiration, creativity, and energy to make those renovations and to accept change an your life. Hubby and I have moved twice in the last 5 years (one move over 1500 miles). My appreciation for surviving "change" has been renewed. It ain't easy!!!

    Also please know that your blog serves a wonderful purpose of 'clean reading' on the Internet. Sometimes when I wonder why in the world I splay out my life in front of others via my blog, I am reminded that at the very least, I am providing clean content for people to read and sometimes it's even inspiring!!!

    So please just know that you are appreciated and admired. Keep up the good work!

    1. Oh Barbara, your words mean so much to me. Thank you so much for your kindness and support. I'm encouraged to carry on. God bless your heart.

  2. Well, Barbara said pretty much exactly what I was thinking about putting into words myself. Of course, we have known each other a very long time, Karen. I am so sorry someone has posted negative comments on your blog. You and Lee have done beautiful work renovating your homes (and could have your own HGTV spot!). I can't imagine negative comments unless someone was just jealous of what you two have accomplished. I'm so glad to read that you are settled in, enjoying the grandkids being close, and that your health is so much better! Praise God. Please don't let a few negative people stop you from sharing with those of us who care about you and who understand. Hugs!!

    1. Thanks, Terri. I really don't get many negatives, and there was one that actually made me try to do better....but those 2 or 3 that are undeserved are the ones that keep haunting me. You'd think I'd be a little more thick-skinned with so much time under my belt :) Anyway, I didn't mean to make it sound so discourteous....but I did want to clarify that we aren't doing our reno's for fun and profit....just "fun" (yeah, that was tongue in cheek). Anyway, now that I've vented a bit, I feel renewed about blogging again. We'll see. Hugs, Girl.

  3. Who in their right mind would put down a flipper??? What a neat way to make a playing house for grown-ups, lol. The flipper shows are so popular! I know you don't flip, but I see nothing wrong with those who do. I love reading your DIY posts Karen, gives me ideas for my own house.
    Delete those negative comments immediately! Who needs 'em. So many people love you and love what you share, I for one would really miss you.

    1. Thanks, so much, Allie. I love you, and reading your steadfast supportive words. You've been a good friend and blessing. I know I shouldn't let a very very few negatives get to me, and I do feel so much better now that I got them out of my mind. I feel like I can move on, now.


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