Sunday, May 11, 2014

The post about a dank basement and a Happy Mother's Day

This is my dark and dank basement. That's a newer high efficiency furnace!
  • First, right off the top, my house has not been sold. There have been two return potential buyers that have come back with contractors to make a bid on the basement. Geez. People are acting like the house is inhabitable with the basement the way it is. It is damp and old. One hundred and twenty four years old to be exact. But it is not moldy and the foundation is not crumbling. I spoke to my real estate agent on Saturday and burst into tears because I am so stressed out right now. She was great in reassuring me that everything would be fine. She told me that she has sold homes with much worse basements than mine and that we will find a buyer for my house. My basement looks no different than the day I bought it. And even though we knew the basement was ugly, I fell in love with my house right away. We use the basement strictly for storage and my cat's toilet. It has never flooded. It is a cellar. And in my opinion, the pluses of my home far out weigh the negatives of the basement. This is a century home. They have dark, dank basements.
  • Yesterday my husband's Uncle John came by and started cleaning up the wiring in the basement. He put four additional lights in for me, started to remove the dead knob and tube wiring and installed an electrical outlet. The only outlet I had was attached to an old light fixture. The whole job cost me $22 (for electrical supplies). He won't take money from us. He's a saint that Uncle John. He'll be back in a couple of weeks to finish the job. And this has relieved a bit of my stress. Thank you Uncle John!
This is the second season that I can fit back into my maintenance spring/summer wardrobe.
  • The anxiety that I'm feeling right now has caused my eating and running to be off. I'm not eating well. And by not well, I mean not enough. I have gotten a few comments saying that I have lost some weight. That may be true, I haven't been on a scale in months. My pants are a touch looser. But I don't think there's a big change in the way I look. I'm not eating enough and drinking too much coffee. And my sleeping is completely effed up. I'm still going to bed by 10:30ish. Sometimes it's 11:30 before I get into bed. Either way, I still wake up between 3:30 and 4 am. That's when the coffee drinking happens and I wait around to run when the sun comes out. 
  • I've been running every other day. Not my strict 5 days per week like I do when I'm training. When I run, I think too much and thinking too much causes me anxiety. I just want to sell my house so I can get back to my regular routines. I feel like I'm in limbo right now. And my runs have been brutal. I was running much better before the Around the Bay 30K. I ran that at the end of March and even though it was much colder and snowy during training, I felt more confident then than I do now. I'm struggling and I'm sure it's due to anxiety. Hopefully things will get back to normal over the next couple of weeks and I can focus on training again.
  • I went to the chiropodist last week. They gave me temporary metatarsal pads for my orthotics. In theory, this is supposed to help with my crampy toes from the Morton's Neuroma. I ran in them on Saturday, and they came off! I'll have to go back this week and get them re-applied. I've had them on my orthotics before, but because they didn't immediately cure my issue, I gave up on them. They placed them in a spot they think will be most beneficial to me, but the jury's still out on whether or not they will help at all.

Mother's Day brunch a day early with my guy:-)

  • Let's change the direction of this post to a happier one shall we? Hoping all the mothers had a good day today. I celebrated Mother's Day over two days. It started on Saturday. We had to be out of our house for a 10am showing, so we went to have an early Mother's Day brunch. It wasn't crowded and we got to enjoy our meal without the chaos of crowds. It was a good decision. Eating out on Mother's Day is always a headache, and sometimes impossible to do because you just can't get a table.
  • Then today was celebration day number 2! We had to be gone by 11am for a showing. We went to my in-laws for the day. I got to spend the day with a bunch of special people. Although Mother's Day is a celebration of my relationship with my beautiful boy, it's also a day of reflection about the two women who have impacted my life the most. My adoptive mother and my birth mother. Both played pivotal roles in my life at different times. They have both passed on. And even though I miss them and think of them every single day, my memories keep them alive. They are always in my heart:-) xxx

Some snaps from today. A family pic, my sister-in-law, Julien's gift to me.


  1. Leigh I feel your stress! Good luck with the sale. Everything will work out at the end. Stay positive, try to get more sleep

  2. That basement IS scary! However, I live in FL land of the no basements unless you want an underhouse pool. Is it possible to slap up a coat of KILZ paint or something? The walls are where my eyes go. I can ignore a floor. If it is concrete though it can be painted easily. I have never know anyone to buy a new house THEN put their current house up for sale. Is that common up there or do I just live under a rock?

  3. Your basement doesn't look terrible to me. It would be nice to have a place like that for litter boxes!
    Glad you had a good mother's day.

  4. It will sell, but I get why it's stressful right now. Hang in there.

    That first set of pics with the spring wardrobe ... I'm loving that one on the right, you just look bold and confident! :)

  5. Aww how wonderful that you had two days of celebrating Mother's Day. I hope your basement is looking more appealing after your Uncle John is finished with it.

  6. Good luck with your house sale...glad you had a wonderful mother's day :)

  7. All the basements I,ve seen in century old homes (or older) have low low ceilings and earth floors. My friends are in the midst of digging theirs out, refinishing and making the dankness disappear, but they are in desperate need of extra living space.

    I'm sure there will be someone who'll look past the basement and see the house as it really is--a gem! Keep taking deeeeep breaths. I'm sure it'll sell soon.

  8. You will sell
    You will move
    You will create a brand new home

    Not good that it's taking a bit longer than you originally thought - but keep positive.

    Glad Mother's Day was a good couple of days.

    All the best Jan

  9. There must be something that could be done to make that basement look different? Cement floor, something to cover up those walls? I have to be honest, I wouldn't want to buy with it looking that way either.

  10. Not liking the basement at all; the lack of lighting doesn't bother me. How bout for your floor? Take pic to home improvement store and see what they recommend. Spend a few bucks to do minor upgrade; and, painting the wall wouldn't be costly either.

    On selling the house, patience. I don't know of any house that sells that quickly.

    All the best.

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