Sunday Afternoon 9/6/2015


The inside temperature this morning at 10:15 a.m. That's with fans going, windows open and a breeze blowing!
The inside temperature this morning at 10:15 a.m. That’s with fans going, windows open and a breeze blowing!

Well, we toured three condos yesterday, and . . . it’s The Prince by a landslide. The Pauper was in terrible condition, as was the third condo we looked at. Actually, the third was worse because it was in terrible condition, but priced as high as The Prince. We were supposed to look at a fourth unit, but our agent was unable to get the key, so we will go look at it later this week. It’s priced well, but we’re guessing it also needs a lot of work.

So, we will wait and hopefully get everything together next month, get pre-approved and make an offer on The Prince. Our agent felt that there was lots of wiggle room in the price, and also said she would be surprised if there is another offer made in the next month as the typical time on the market for condos is around eight months!

Our back-up plan, if we do lose out on The Prince, is to make an offer on The Pauper, and then take out a construction mortgage and do a full renovation before moving in. The total would still be less than the mortgage for the The Prince, and we could afford to stay here for another two to three months while work is being done on what could then become The Fresh Prince.

In the meantime I hope you’ll think positive thoughts for us, that we can get our paperwork gathered, get approved and can make a successful offer for The Prince next month!

We also learned yesterday that our son and family will be coming to Kaua’i for almost two weeks over Christmas!! With Meiling coming home as well, the whole family will be together for the first time in three years. Squeeeeee!!

Today I am:

  • Reading: I can’t really say I’m enjoying To Hell and Back: The Last Train From Hiroshima – the subject matter is too sad and gruesome. But, it is an engrossing read, and the bomb victim’s stories and experiences are worthy of attention and should be more well-known. Never again!!
  • Listening to: The hum of the fans again – it’s going to be hot and humid again today. WenYu is making noise in the kitchen as she fixes herself something to eat (it smells like ramen).
  • Watching: We’re still following the murders in Midsomer County and are into Season 7 of the series (out of 17). Brett and I also started Lewis, the “sequel,” as it were, to Inspector Morse. Kevin Whately has aged gracefully, and Laurence Fox (DS Hathaway) is great partner for him. We have to watch with close-captioning though because their accents are so thick and they tend to mumble at times. We’re still on the lookout for a series that’s not about crime and/or murder.
  • Cooking/baking: It was too hot and humid this week for the most part to even think about cooking or baking. The slow cooker has been getting a workout, and I did get up early one day and make hamburger rolls, but for the most part cooking has been the last thing I’ve wanted to do. Tonight we are grilling some chicken wings, and I’m going to make a cool cucumber salad to go with them.
  • Happy I accomplished this past week: It was too miserable to accomplish much of anything. The fact that I got up each day, managed to fix something for dinner, and kept the house somewhat clean felt like a huge accomplishment. Mostly I stayed on the sofa with the fan blowing on me, read my book and tried to stay cool.
  • Looking forward to next week: Hopefully Brett and I will be able to make it to the beach at least once. It’s been too long.
  • Grateful for: That my daughters feel they can come to me for advice and comfort when things aren’t going well. Meiling’s boyfriend broke up with her this past week, and while it is difficult to have her so far away and feeling so miserable, I was glad she called and wanted to talk and cry with me. Brett and I didn’t particularly care for her boyfriend for a variety of reasons, so I know it was hard for her to call and admit that it wasn’t the “great romance of the ages” after all (and I kept my mouth shut while we talked). After an hour on the phone, she was feeling better when we said good-bye, and messages from her since have been more positive, so hopefully things are going better.
  • Bonus question: What’s the most frightening thing you’ve ever done? When I was in navy boot camp, we were required to go through firefighter training. I dreaded it because I just could not imagine walking into a burning building (even one where the fire is controlled). Recruits were placed in groups of three: nozzle operator, a hose carrier that came right behind, and a person carrying an umbrella-like sprayer that kept everyone covered with water (an instructor also went into the building with the team to call out commands). Guess which position I was assigned to? Yep – nozzle operator, the person who enters the burning building first and is primarily responsible for putting out the fire. Let me just say that fire nozzles are very big and heavy, and the water pressure from a fire hose is stronger than anything you can probably imagine. Controlling that nozzle was an act of sheer will for me. We had trained briefly as a team before we had to put out a real fire, but actually going into the fire was terrifying – every inch of the interior other than the floor had flames leaping from it. Somehow I managed to follow the commands as they were bellowed at me: “Spray the top!” “Sweep!” “Lower the hose!” “Sweep!” I have no idea how I did it because I was operating through pure terror, but we got that fire out and were told we had done very well. It’s still something I hope to never have to experience again. Oh, and just to make that day a bit more interesting, we also were tear-gassed later in the afternoon. It was also an frightening experience, but I had listened to the instructions carefully, stayed calm when my gas mask had to be taken off, held my breath for a l-o-n-g time, and came out of the experience less badly than some others in my training group. I hope to never have to go through that awful experience again either.

Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon on this holiday weekend. I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the next!

10 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon 9/6/2015

  1. Sorry the pauper was in such bad shape, hopefully you will be able to get a good deal on the Prince.

    So happy that your family will be together for Christmas. It’s always wonderful when everyone can be there.


    1. There are now problems with The Prince as well. The condo complex is no longer on the VA’s approved list. Time to move to Plan B!


  2. Your comment about the Fresh Prince made me laugh! I’m surprised condos stay on the market for 8 months . I would think it would be much less on an island where there are limited condos available. Hope it all works out and you get The Prince.

    I also like your story about the firefighting drill in the navy. A good friend of mine retired from the navy in 2012 after 20 years and told me a similar story. It does sound frightening. I guess the takeaway from that experience and the tear gas drill are to remain calm in stressful situations. Not always easy to do. I wanted to join the navy years ago back when my friend joined, but was not able to due to a medical issue. It is one of my regrets, even though it was out of my control. I think you’ve said you weren’t in very long and did not enjoy it so that makes me feel better about not being able to do it, in an odd sort of way! My friend traveled all over the world and seemed to enjoy it for the most part. It took him a while to get used to being a civilian, but he’s doing well now and has a new career in real estate.


    1. More than anything else I learned in the navy was that I am capable of doing a lot more than I think I can, and that I finish what I start. It wasn’t always fun when we were in it, and sometimes it was downright miserable, but Brett and I both look back on our time in the navy with fondness now. Brett’s staying in for 20+ years turned out to be the best financial decision we’ve made.


  3. Congrats on the family holiday gathering! That will be great fun! Sounds like the condo project is well under way.
    I love comparing weather-in alaska it was cold and rainy the last few days so I have been wanting to make soup. Today is so, though, so it might wait until tomorrow.


    1. I am SO EXCITED about my son and family coming!! They just told my grandson he is coming to see us and my D-I-L says now he is so excited! We are going to give him a boogie board for an early Christmas present when he arrives!


    1. OMG – we LOVE that show!! I think I have seen every episode about three times – we never get tired of it. Maybe it’s time to watch it again?


  4. Another BBC show that is very entertaining: Doc Martin. Reruns usually play on pay tv (comcast or at&t) and available on netflix. Good luck on condo.


    1. I also loved Doc Marin and am eagerly awaiting the next season episodes. Have you seen Last Tango in Halifax? It’s another quirky show, like Doc Martin. Can’t wait for more episodes of it either!


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