Buy or Sell your house

Looking to buy or sell a house, contact Jackie Treat with CryeLeike at (901) 754-0800.

She did a great job in helping me find the home I needed. Give her a call as she will take the time to work with you and find a home that meets your needs. She will also help you sell your home to get an upgrade.

When or if you contact Jackie, tell her I sent you.

Alarm System

Looking for an alarm system contact James Bordages with Instalert at 901-335-3441. They do a great job and take the time to listen to you and your home security needs. They will also work around your schedule to find the best time.

Give them a call and tell him I sent you.

Change Over

As you may have read, I purchased my first home recently and have started making some minor changes. Last week I started changing my mailing address with every company I have an account with that is mailed to my current address.

It was all very simply. All my miles and points programs were very easy to change. All my credit cards and other accounts were easy to change with a minor confirmation. Even easier was changing the address to my drivers licence online at Tennessee Drivers Services with a renewal fee. Of course, you know they could not all be easy. I had one difficult one and am still waiting on that one.

Yes, you guessed it. Time Warner which was bad before now replaced by Comcast. They took about 5 very long phone calls before someone was even able to get me set up in the system. You would not believe how many times I had to repeat the same information. Even after the 5 calls I will not even be able to be hooked up until May 12th. All in all it will have taken me over 4 weeks to get hooked up.

Kitchen

This week I was planning on going to http://www.lowes.com to purchase my stove and over head microwave. Bad news, after they came to measure the hole for the stove they found that the hole was to big to accommodate any other stove. My only option is to get new counter tops that can be cut to fit the stove I want. I am also adding a sink to the equation since they will be custom cutting the counters. It is cheaper that way in the long run.

Of course as listed on other post, photos will be posted once they install everything. It would have really been great to video tape the entire process.

Painting

This weekend was spent painting the kitchen and the laundry room. There is still some minor trim work to be done, but I would say it is almost complete. 1 paint can down, and one to go. Picture to be posted as soon as the kitchen and laundry room is complete.

Dead Fox

This morning on the way back from a meeting I past by the Fox Crossing I mentioned on the previous post and saw on of the Foxes dead on the side of the road. It looked like the mom fox from what I could tell. Not sure how the pups will do. Hopefully, someone was able to save them and take them somewhere they could be taken care of and released into the wild again.

Car repair.

Had to put the old Jeep in the shop the other day. It was making a nasty knocking sound. I got lucky and my new neighbors suggest a place down the street. He said they are very good, but a little higher that the average place. Good part, they only fix what you ask them to fix. So, you do not get any extra charges.

Got my Jeep back last night and the knocking sound is gone. The cost was $220. Labor in that number was only $70. My front link Pins and and my stabilizer link pins were cracked.

They are great people, so give them a try.

Brasfield Auto Repair on the corner of Quince and Ridgeway at 6110 Quince Road. They can be reached at 767-5890

Gas Prices

Gas prices over $2.79 and working it way up, but I have not heard near the same amount of complaints I heard in 2006.

Have we all gotten accustomed to the prices or just figured it was a no win battle? I haven’t even heard Zack Perry complain about gas prices.

Will gas prices soon hit $3? Will the usual summer increase happen? Why are gas prices going up now, especially since barrel prices have decreased?

You thoughts and answers.

When to quit?

How long should someone not update their blog before they should just take it down? 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, etc.

Lately, I have seen more and more blogs that have been dormat for over 4 months. Is this a growing trend?

What are your thoughts?

Florida Rentals

Summer time is near. Tired of the same old vacation spots. Go to Perdido Key, Florida and stay Seapray Condominiums. It is a nice family spot about 5 miles from Gulf Shores, AL. Not only that, but you are only a few miles away from the Florabama.

The above photo shows the 3 Seapray Condominiums. Be sure stay at the one on the beach on the right hand side. All 3 are currently closed, but will be open soon. They are all being remodeled after Katrina hit a few years ago.

Nico Napping

About 2 weeks ago, while I was helping babysit Nico I took him for a walk in his stroller. When I got back, I realized that he had fallen asleep. Below is a shot of him taking a nap. That is him pictured below with his little hat to block the sun from his eyes. It must have done a good job, because it put him to sleep.

Fox Hole

On the way to my new house I normally see a sign that says “Fox Crossing”. I never really realized why it was there, until the other day. I actually saw 3 foxes on the side of the road. One was a mom with its 2 baby foxes. They have a burrow that is about 10-20 feet long just 10 feet from the main road.

The crossing is located on Massey by some apartments. More photos can be found at Flickr.

Time for the Harvest.

I started working on the kitchen and laundry room to the new house this past week. So far I have changed half of the hinges and all the handles to the kitchen and laundry room cabinets. I have also removed the stove and range and the cabinet right above it. Based on the photo below, you will understand why. A new one will be installed hopefully in the next week or so.

The one pictured below is a nice popular Harvest Gold from the 70’s. I would have held off on replacing it, but it was cover in grease on the inside. The Venta Hood also looked like the filter was not changed in a long time.

I meant to take picture of the space after I removed it, but forgot. I will be sure to post that later this week.


Home Owner

Well, it is official. I am now a home owner. I signed my paperwork and paid my closing cost yesterday and will be able to walk in the front door tomorrow at 8 am.

If you need my address, feel free to email me and I will be glad to give you my address as long as I know who you are.

Walk through

Well, today is the day. Today is the day I actually do the Walk Through my future house. This will give me a chance to make sure they fixed everything I needed fixed and also a chance to measure what I need to be ready for my first day as a home owner on April 18th.

I am actually taking off April 18th, 19th, and 20th to do anything small that needs to be done. I will be sure to keep everyone posted on my actions. My fridge is already on order and should hopefully arrive soon.

I know I need to pace myself, but it is hard when you want everything to look nice. I just need to make sure I don’t over spend right off the bat and budget a certain amount each month to upgrading and fixing certain things.

Wish me luck.

My Garage

Here are some things I am looking to add to my garage once I am done drywalling the garage. Not that the garage needs it, but I just don’t like the brown beaver board. I would like to add some Coleman Tuff Duty cabinets and drawers.

The plan is to start with the below.

4 EZ Mount Wall cabinets (Item #409180)
2 3-drawer base cabinets (item#40910)
2 2-door base cabinets (Item#40915)

All the above will give me a good start on a place to put all my tools I have collected over the years and any new tools I will be adding now that I have a house. I am guessing that I will eventually have to add about double what I have listed above.

How to get to Krakow, Poland from Memphis, TN

Someone sent me a link earlier today on how to get to London from Chicago. The results were kinda funny. So, I entered my own criteria “How to get to Krakow, Poland from Memphis, TN”.

Here is a direct link to my Google Map.

Be sure to read step 20 in the driving directions.

Unfortunatly I was unable to find driving direction to anywhere in South America.