Catching Up

September 24, 2006 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

It has been awhile since I’ve written. The end of August and beginning of September tends to be a busy time for me.

7954.jpgMy husband and I finished fixing up my house in South Portland, ME at the end of August (see previous entry). We had hoped to sell it ourselves, but decided that we had had enough and hired a realtor at about the same time. I think I signed the contract with the realtor in the first week of September, he held an open house the following Sunday, and we received an offer the next week or so. After doing the “real estate dance” of going back and forth on the price right up until this past week, we’ve finally settled and are closing next Friday, September 29th.

How could we sell so quickly in this buyer’s market? First, the house is immaculate! We spent all summer fixing it up. It is also a very cute house, with a huge yard, in a great location. We also agreed on a price that is lower than we had hoped, even in this market. I think a higher price could have been had, but I didn’t want to spend any more time going back and forth between realtors, potential buyers, and all that goes on with selling a home. We’re getting an OK price in this buyer’s market. Not the best but not bad either so I’m happy with that. AND…no more running back and forth between two homes and paying two mortgages. Bye little house. I’ll miss you.

School has started out very well this year. Getting ready for our students started the second week of August with a week long session at King Middle School to begin the planning of our expeditions. Along with a two day retreat at Camp Pondicherry on August 29th and 30th, we felt ready to begin. Of course, there are always many things needing to get done that don’t appear until the students show up. Just part of the job.

This is my second year at King (17th year teaching) and I feel much more ready this year than last. Our kids are great, our team seems much more cohesive, and we have a lot of great things planned for this upcoming year.

7946.jpgWith all good, there always seem to come some bad. Our Alaskan Malamute, suffering from some type of virus or allergies was x-rayed to try and pinpoint the problem. Unfortunately, along with some kind of more common infection the x-ray also indentified what could be lung cancer. After exploratory surgery last week our fears were confirmed, our poor pup does have cancer. We’ll know more after his vet appointment this coming week. However, his virus (or whatever) has cleared, his voracious appetite and charming personality has returned, and he seems to be feeling much better for now. Wish us all luck.

The first weekend in September is the annual Busses by the Bouy camp out where a large collection of Volkswagon van owners gather to share van stories and repair strategies. This year it was held at a camp ground in Cape Neddick, Maine. This charming town is home to the Nubble Lighthouse and many scenic vistas. Although we didn’t camp by the ocean we were close by and made sure to tour the area.

The flu/cold set me back this past week. Starting last Sunday and still continuing today, this thing has set in and I’m looking forward to it being gone. Unfortunately this little set-back caused us to cancel a weekend camping trip to the back roads of Eustis, ME. This weekend would have been perfect, despite constant rain, as moose hunting season begins in that area next week and I don’t want to be wandering around the wilderness with hunters looking for game.

Fall in Maine is absolutely beautiful and I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors. Less housework, more fun, and healthy living are my goals from now until it snows!

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