June 3rd, 2005


Massive sigh of relief

My Grandmother's nursing home is sucking up about $3000 more a month than she recieves from Social Security and my Grandfather's pensions, and Medicare doesn't pay for long term care. Fortunately, my Grandfather had a significant amount of life insurance, so that is taking up the slack. Once that money is gone, however, she will be forced to sell the house, which I would like to buy. I grew up here, and this place has a lot of memories. It needs a lot of repair work, but the roof is intact, the structure is sound, it's in an excellent neighborhood, on a cul-de-sac, and the view is impressive.

I was under the impression that my Grandmother's finances were in a much worse state than they actually are and that she had nearly used up the life insurance money, so I was estimating that I would have to make a decision about buying the house within the next 3 months or so. I learned last night that she is only now having to dip into the life insurance money, and that, provided she doesn't get any worse, it should last for about 2 more years. That means I've got a LOT more time to go about improving my credit score and obtaining a loan.

Fun stuffs.

I went out pricing carpet for the master bedroom. The cheapest, crappiest carpet I could find will cost at least $300 to have installed. A nice carpet, similar to what is currently in the room, will run almost $600, just for one bedroom (18 square yards).

But before I can have new carpet put in, I'll need to paint the room. I'm hoping I can get started on that today, but I've still got stuff to rearainge in the living room, so I probably won't get started until tomorrow.

Earlier this week, my grandmother was moved from her old studio apartment in the "assisted living" area into the "Life's Neighborhood" area (for patients who require greater supervision. The new apartment is smaller, so there wasn't room for her sofa so I was originally going to borrow a truck from work to move it home, but they called me and told me they could deliver the soda for free. I should have picked it up myself, because it arrived in a landscaping trailer, the sides all scratched up and the underside completely torn out. This WAS a very expensive leather sofa, now it's all beat to hell. Thanks guys. It's still nicer than the Blue Behemoth that was in my living room.

I have SOOOO much stuff I need to get rid of. If there is anyone in the So. Cal. area who could use a large sectional sofa, a recliner that needs some repair work, a 30-year old portable dishwasher, a refridgerator/freezer with ice and water in the door, a very large wheeled storage cabinet or a treadmill, let me know.

Back to square one

After moving the huge blue sectional out into the garage, moving in the even heavier (but smaller) leather sofa and setting up the coffee table and end tables, I realized that this really wouldn't work. The leather sofa is softer, but it's shorter and narrower, and after sitting on it for an hour, my back was starting to hurt. Plus the leather would get awfully sticky, even though this wasn't a very hot day. And I really couldn't use my laptop while sitting there, it just wasn't very comfortable.

So I dragged the leather sofa back out the the garage, dragged the blue sectional back into the house, and worked on setting up my laptop. This is much better. Probably not as nice looking at the leather sofa, and not as comfortable as the (now broken) recliner. But hey, it works.

The biggest problem with this arrangement is the lack of end tables or places to put remotes and stuff.


I went on a bit of a shopping spree today. Between taxes, and worrying about saving up to buy a house, I've not really done any shopping quite a while. Now that I have at least a year before I have to worry about getting a loan, I decided to buy some of the stuff I've been wanting for a while.

Stuff I bought today:

A Logitech MX-1000 laser mouse
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century DVD
The Greatest American Hero Season 1 & 2 DVDs
Windows XP In A Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Windows 2003 In A Nutshell
Linux In A Nutshell, 4th Edition
Greenmantle by Charles de Lint
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
I'm Just Here For The Food by Alton Brown
I'm Just Here For More Food by Alton Brown