Tuesday, December 20, 2005

For Sale

Well, my house is on the market now. I signed listing papers on December 19th and the group of realtors came over during the day today to look the house over(Bet that didn't take very long, ha ha!) I'm curious how it all went but my son who was home and let them in is now at work until late tonight. So I'll just have to wait to hear the story. SLA called me at work today. She still doesn't have her cell connected or a regular phone in her new apartment, but was visiting her sister and called me from there. SLA also doesn't have a car! She has had such a run of bad luck this year, surely next year will be better.

Last night I made some chocolate Oreo Balls from a super-simple recipe I saw on PBS (appropriate, eh?) I have no counter space, a tiny little oven and not much room for baking supplies. Simple is good at my house! I ate three of the finished product, which was one or two too many, as they're very rich and taste like candy. My son ate quite a few of them and I had to make him stop so I had some left!

The remaining little candies I put on a new snowman plate and covered with that pretty colored saran-wrap to take over to the neighbors. They are, bless them, still plowing our driveway. I had found a matching Christmas card with snowmen on it and it was specific to "neighbors" so very nice and obviously picked out just for them.

This morning I raced over there on foot as soon as I saw their yard light go on and their truck come out of the garage. They usually have the truck warming up in front of the house for a little while before leaving for work. They leave almost the exact time that I do (very early!) and so we usually get to wave at each other on the road.

Mrs. Neighbor was pleased to get the plate of goodies and the card. She told me that the city is putting a sewer line in to our road this coming summer. I told her that I'm putting my house up for sale. She thought I might do well, because it's such pretty land, up on a hill with a nice view. Yes it is, sigh. But we both agreed that having city sewer will help with the sale.

I have tomorrow off from work. Had twelve hours of leave remaining that would have disappeared when this year ends. I applied for the time off, did not hear back from BZ before I left work tonight. I stopped and picked up a few groceries on the way home and then cooked dinner. Now I'm wondering if I should just stay home tomorrow and not worry about it? It's true that I applied for the time off pretty late, but BZ is usually quite good about things like that. Guess I'll risk getting into trouble again and use up my hours. I'd planned to pick up SLA at noon tomorrow too, and had hoped to visit the V-Man again but he's gone all day and working all night. He suggested that we exchange gifts on Thursday night.

Do you still have a busy rest-of-the-week ahead of you?

From my E-mail
Dealing with Chocolate
Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.

The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less.

Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.

The Problem of the Drum
There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various attempts were made to do something about the child.

One person told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so much noise, perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar.

A second person told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions.

The third person offered the neighbors plugs for their ears;

a fourth gave the boy a book;

a fifth gave the neighbors books that described a method of controlling anger through biofeedback;

a sixth person gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and docile. None of these attempts worked.

Eventually, a wise person came along with an effective motivation. He looked at the situation, handed the child a hammer and chisel, and asked, "I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?"

No more problem.


Blogger happyandblue2 said...

Good jokes.
Hope your house sells quickly..

9:19 PM  
Blogger dulciana said...

Do I still have lots to do before Christmas? You bet. I ran into the priest from my church in line at Wal-mart today, and we actually finished planning the Christmas eve service right there. Ack!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

MMMmmmmm, sounds delicous :)
I'd stay home and take the risk!
As i said, you have an exciting time ahead of you looking for a new home.
I still ave a busy rest of the week....although i'm pretending not to!

11:40 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I applaud you for putting your house on the market at this time of year. You really do like shoving that stress metre up further and further don't you? lol

Best of luck for a speedy sale.

I love the drummer boy joke. What a perfect ending to noise lol

11:47 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

I still have gobs of candy to make as gifts. So far I have only made almond joy bars...but I have my different nuts roasted and ready to go. I'm making homemade marshmallow for the first time. According to the recipe, it looks quite easy.

3:50 AM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

Oh what a busy time you are having. A very busy time. Your christmas goodies sound very yummy.
Loved the chocolate joke... I will tell my hubby that chocolate is a vegetable hahahaha
enjoy your 12 hours off

5:43 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Yep, I have LOTS AND LOTS of stuff to do before Christmas but I have Thursday and Friday off (Friday is my birthday!!!) so I'm hoping I can get it all done then!

Best of luck on the house sale...I'm sure it'll go quick! :)

7:02 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn said...


10:57 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

ok i have to have the oreo recipe, email me...

i will keep my fingers crossed that you house sells quickly...


11:53 AM  
Blogger katie said...

Umm, those oreo treats sound great! Here is to hoping that your house sells quickly, and for bundles of money!

1:38 PM  
Blogger deni said...

I have two more days of classes this week, I have to pick up two more gifts, get groceries, go to the bank, wrap presents, make pies, lets see...um, and clean the house and finish laundry.

Any volunteers?

Oh, I want some of those oreo things, mmmmm, I love oreos. :)

7:22 PM  
Blogger fugusashi said...

Sorry about your loss of nice property, but I know that the decrease in rent and the increase in personal space and personal interaction with family will make up for it!

About the drum story:

When my older brother was four of five, he was very noisy when he played outside. The neighbors complained to my mother about my brother making too much noise in the yard. A friend of my mother's handled the problem this way: she bought my brother a drum and told him to play it outside of the neighbor's window.

Oddly enough, the point was taken, and our neighbors never complained about my brother again.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I am really behind the times and just read through a month's worth of entries to get caught up. I am sorry to hear about the screw job at work. Yoga is wonderful, I have been doing it since high school and I love it!

I hope your house sells quickly. God Bless! Merry Christmas!

11:36 PM  
Blogger Dotty said...

I HAVE been getting my five recommended portions of veg' a day then. Good news. I feel significantly healthier knowing that my numerous bars of chocolate per day have been doing me good.

I hope you get some interested viewers for your house very soon. And I also hope you have a lovely evening tonight with V Man (it's Thursday, and like Rachel, I'm catching up. I think I just sussed why you call him the Vegetable Man too. Well, I think I do).

6:36 AM  

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