Update on the Price of Jujubes in Jiayuguan

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I just wanted to give a little update on the status of things in our lives. As of a couple of days ago, we have another contract on our house! Since the new potential buyers were presented with the Inspection Report from the last potential buyer, the new buyers will not have to go through the process of hiring their own Inspector. They will, however, need to hire an Appraiser, and have the house appraised to make sure that the house is worth the price they are paying for it. This will be necessary for their loan to be approved. That might be our biggest hurdle. We’ll just have to see. Our Realtor continues to assure us that our house is priced ‘as is’, and is a very good price as such. With added repairs (a new roof and hardi plank siding), it would tack on another $20,000 to the price, according to the estimates to get them done, which is why we’ve opted to sell ‘as is’. It’s just too risky to sink that amount of money (which we don’t have, anyway) into the house, not knowing if it will sell at a price high enough to cover those repairs.

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The closing date is set for June 30. Regardless of whether the contract goes through, we will be out of this house sometime around the weekend of June 7th. We will be able to ‘close’ (should we make it that far) via mail. Bud’s last day of school is June 6th, and there is no reason to stick around here past that date. Any more past that, time spent here is just wasted time we could be using to work on the house up there.

We are still working on selling or giving away things that will not go to the new place with us. Thankfully, the showings are over. Keeping the place clean and being ready to ‘show’ at a moment’s notice has been really stressful. I would say that with close to half of the showings, I’ve gotten the notifications with only 45 minutes notice. The most stressful part has been staying out of the house for sometimes 3 hours at a time in the evening while it’s being shown, and having to eat out a lot. We both prefer to eat at home, and feel better when we do. The last thing Bud wants to do after a hard day at school is have to be out of the house, instead of taking his shoes off and finally relaxing at home. My brain and body start shutting down at around 3:00 p.m. (since I get up at 4:30 a.m. every morning) and it’s hard for me to get out in the evenings, too! I always worry about the chickens, too, while we are gone, with good reason (more on that later). Needless to say, I’m very grateful to put ‘showing’s behind us!

The last few weeks of school are usually a whirlwind for Bud. Though fun and memorable, the pace, having to be ‘on’ all the time, and lack of rest is quite stressful. He is always saying now, that his body doesn’t bounce back like it use to. There will be concerts he has to not only perform, but others he is required to attend. There will be retirement receptions, service awards banquets, orchestra banquets, (and other functions I can’t remember, or do not yet know about)…not to mention all of the loose ends that need to be tied up at school, and also the many here at home.

Since we have already made our major move, we have been living like this:

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That’s an air mattress. It’s really not that bad, except when Bud gets into bed and all of the ‘give’ in my side of the mattress turns into a rock due to the weight on the other side. LOL. I’ve gotten use to it, though, and it is what we will be sleeping on for a while at the new place, too, until we can get the floors and walls in shape. Then we will move our furniture from storage into the new place.It’s a little bit harder for Bud to deal with since it’s further to the ground for him, than it is for me, and also, he has bad knees and it’s painful to put pressure on them.

I’m really not complaining. Just stating how things are at the moment. HEY, we have lived at the other place in Arkansas for three weeks without shower or toilet, no A/C and an air mattress. This is a piece of cake! The main thing, is that this place just doesn’t feel like home anymore, and our hearts are already in Arkansas. It’s hard for me to believe that we have less than three weeks left before we can move and begin our new life together at our new place!

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2 thoughts on “Update on the Price of Jujubes in Jiayuguan

  1. Hi Kara, Praying for the completion of this chapter and great joy and strength and peace as you make your move. I know the area where you will be living. There is none more beautiful. Blessings, Karen Beer

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Thank you, Karen. I appreciate your prayers so much! I think that prayers are the only thing holding us up right now!



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