Keys and Deed to my 1939 House in Jay Florida !

I got the keys and the deed early afternoon on Friday June 11, 2021. I did a lot of talking on the phone once I received my deed by email from my Title Company Agent, and the keys were dropped off at my place in Milton along with the survey. I talked on the phone with utility departments up in Jay, and with the help of the people at those places my power and water are on! They took my information over phone and so I was able to have electric and water service Friday afternoon! I am gonna love living in this small town USA! I think the population is around 800 people or less according to what I read online for the last census.

Friday afternoon before I left the house in Milton I was torn if I should wake Zoie and take her with me or let her stay home on her bed in the air conditioning. My biggest concern was her waking and having another episode of the GI track issues that I won’t elaborate on in this post. I was worried about leaving Zoie but she was sleeping and I counted on her and my guardian angels to look after her while I was gone! I had to go if I wanted utilities this weekend because the power company simply turns on the smart meter on from their office and I was not sure if breakers to the house were on or off so I had to go up there and go to the office for them to copy my drivers license and deed to property which could have been done over the internet but since I didn’t know if main breakers were off in the house I had to go up to look and turn them off because until I get my home inspector out there to do a whole house inspection I am too much of a worrier to leave any power turned on at the 1939 house in Jay while I am not there. I’m so pleased that the electric company is a member owned cooperative and now I am a member!

Once I left the power company I went to the house and figured out the keys to front door and got in the house. I opened the back and front doors, there was a wonderful breeze going through the house that made me mindful of how much I want an attic fan! I grew up with an attic fan in our house in Baton Rouge when I was a kid and I have always wanted one again. I hope I can have one installed in this house. While at the house I looked at the power panel inside the house and found the main breakers and turned them off. I actually turned off all the breakers in the panel just for safety sake. At the road I didn’t look at the water meter because they said they would be sure it was unlocked but not on so that way I can turn it on when I get ready to do the home inspection with my home inspector. I hope everything has been capped off properly in the house because the kitchen and bath are gutted and I do not see any type of pipes inside. I could have missed them because there is so much stuff sitting around everywhere in the house and so I could have missed the pipes. There is an outside water faucet and that is what I want to be able to use when I am up there working until I can figure out the plumbing. I can see the old sewer vent on side house and so I know about where the septic tank is installed. I plan to hire a septic service to pump and inspect the existing tank. Once that is done then I will know if I need to put in a new system or if I can use the existing one.

I took loads of pictures and hope they all fit well in this post. As I mentioned previously, the house still has lots of stuff left in it, some things look interesting to me, like the old doors that are reclining against the walls in the back room just outside of the room that used to be the bathroom. I love old doors, they have character; I always imagine the tales an old door or window could tell. There is also an old chifferobe that is not complete but it’s still a neat old piece of furniture that I am sure I can repurpose for something. The only thing that may cause me some problems is the old carpet rolled up and stacked in the very back porch room of the house. I hope I can give it to someone to haul off and don’t end up having to pay to have it hauled off because no way will I torture my back trying to move that on my own and I don’t like carpet in my house. I want hardwood board flooring or real linoleum.

The neighbor on the west side of my property came over and said hello while I was there. We chatted and exchanged cellular phone numbers. I turned off the breaker panel for the electric while I was there. I am so happy I was able to get the power and water on Friday. I was worried about Zoie so I hurried through doing things like measuring the concrete slab in the backyard that turns out to be 16′ x 14′ and I took loads of pictures. I drove home and when I arrived I rushed inside; I was so thankful she was still sleeping. She woke and got up shortly after I came in. She went out in yard and then back inside. I gave her supper and then we had a fairly good night, she only got me up about 3 times from about midnight to 2am. I was able to get back to sleep and didn’t wake up until about 6am! Wow that was sleeping in for me!

Now that I have the electric and water on at the 1939 house in Jay I can schedule my home inspector to meet me there to do the whole house inspection. I wish I had a good dog sitter for Zoie because I could get a lot more done each day. I need to do so many things now that the place is mine I can move forward with inspections and getting estimates for work I hope to have done!

Here are the pictures I took Friday June11, 2021 – see below

Warmest Regards!

Stay Tuned for more!

New Home Base

I bought the place in Jay, Florida! We close on Friday and then it will be official and I will have the deed free and clear to my new home base! I have owned other property and homes in my lifetime but I always bought them together with a partner and had to finance the purchase but thanks to the sale of my current homestead this is the first property I ever bought all on my own and I paid cash for my new home base homestead and I will pay cash for the renovation and building garage-workshop and fencing the property too!

Here is a link to the realtor website of the pictures they had up when it was listed for sale. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3479-Highway-4_Jay_FL_32565_M99174-23972#photo0 it may be slow and take a while to load pictures but if you have a little time it will load and then click on the picture and it should open all the pictures in a larger browser window. Below are a few of the picture that are in that link. I will get lots of pictures and videos starting this weekend I hope!

The gutted kitchen

The backside of house.

The westside of the house

The backyard at new home base

I am supposed to get the key on Friday as well as the survey documents. I am so thrilled and excited to start working on the house! First thing I need to do is get the utilities on so that I can have my home inspector do an inspection so I can know what problems I need to tend to first. I am really excited at the prospect of designing and building out my kitchen and bath because if you see in the pictures those rooms are gutted and so I have a clean slate to do what ever I want to do!

This has been a long time coming for me and now it is here; I wake up every morning and think, is it real or was it a dream! I go look out the window and see the GMC Terrain SUV and now the little utility trailer that I bought so that I can move stuff myself a little at a time. Later I may need to get a pod and fill it and have it delivered up there but for now I plan to do a little at a time while I have the garage-workshop built and renovate the house. The SUV owners manual tells me that I can haul 1500 pounds with this vehicle and since the trailer weighs 550 pounds empty that means that I can haul up to 950 pounds on the trailer. The trailer is 5×8 so it’s big enough to haul a riding mower. I can also pickup supplies from Home Depot and Lowes with it as well as moving my stuff from Milton homestead. I have through the end of 2021 to move off the land and take what I want to take including all the buildings. After the end of the year the man who bought my property will start working on his plan for the property which I believe involves clearing everything on the property and having it rezoned commercial.

I hope Zoie will be able to enjoy our new home, I know Tango will once I get it fenced and make an area for him to run freely. I am sad my sweet old Terra isn’t with us anymore but maybe she is watching over us now as one of our Guardian Angels. I know my Guardian Angels have been working overtime helping me and keeping Zoie from passing over the rainbow bridge because I almost lost Zoie last Friday, I made emergency run to her doctor and it was rough all weekend but she is so much better now and on her way to full recovery from this particular emergency but of course she still has the heart tumor and other medical problems and being 15 years old we don’t know how much longer she will live but I’m trying to give her best care I can. I will write more about Zoie in another post, for now I will say stay tuned for more news on the move and renovations.

Fell in Love on the Internet with my TOAD

On May 27, 2021 early morning while drinking my coffee I was looking online as has been my habit for months at used vehicles and property for sale in anticipation of closing on the sale of my property in Florida. That morning I fell in love with a TOAD and was joined that very day!.

If you don’t know what a TOAD is then let me explain. When you have an RV and tow a vehicle behind the RV that is called a TOAD but actually it should be TOWED but that is what it means. TOWED VEHICLE = TOAD

The SUV is a 2012 GMC Terrain with about 71,000 miles on odometer. It is front wheel drive so I can use a tow dolly to tow it behind my RV that I don’t have yet but I will one day. Once I get settled in new homestead I will either find a used RV or build out my on rig. Building out my own rig is my first preference but I decided if I come across a good deal on a used Class C then I may get that instead. I’ve had class A coaches in past years and not looking for that big a rig anymore. I really want to build out my own rig and I think I can do better moneywise and have a better built dependable vehicle if I do it myself.

Zoie loves the air conditioned comfort ride too!

The picture of Zoie is the morning we were going to her doctor to get follow-up and new scans to see if the tumor on her heart has grown. Thankfully the tumor doesn’t appear larger.

Stay tuned……

Update on Finding New Home-base and the Furbabies

I want to report that once again I withdrew offer on that property I told you about in the last post. The title search on that property revealed many issues that will need to be resolved by current owner before they can sell the property and that could take 90 days in the courts. There were other issues with the property that inspections revealed, so I used the inspection clause to withdraw my offer. I am supposed to get my earnest money deposit back.

I have looked at many other properties and I am leaning heavily toward one that I looked at a couple weeks ago. I had ruled it out because it will take a lot of work and money to restore it but I am reconsidering it because I think it is worth restoring and it looks like my kind of house, don’t ya think? See picture below. I hope that the third time will be the charm! Here is a picture – don’t ya think it looks like a place I’d love?

Does this look like me?

Zoie is hanging in there and seems to be enjoying her life as much as she can with her ailments of age. Tango is also hanging in there, getting some old age problems but still acts like he thinks he’s a pup! If I get the place in picture I plan to fence an area for the dogs and build a large garage. This property goes back deep and I could put some metal shipping containers back there for more storage if I need it to move all my stuff from where I am now.

Stay tuned for the progress of my journey to the home base and how the furbabies are doing. I miss my sweet old Terra girl, she was my love bug and I miss that affection she had for me. Zoie is a sweet old girl but just more reserved and independent than Terra was. I miss Terra.

Update on Zoie

It was a glorious cool morning on Thursday May 13, 2021 the day after Zoie’s doctor appointment. It was still only 68 around 2:30pm on Thursday May 13, 2021, she spent hours going in and out wandering the yard. I am so happy for her, she seems so much happier than she has been. The scans at her doctor were good for her spine, it isn’t anywhere near what poor old sweet Terra had. Zoie still has well defined spaces and only maybe one herniated disc, the one in lower back but doesn’t look bad now. She has some lesions forming but not anything as bad as Terra had.

Zoie does have severe osteoarthritis that is causing the large joints in front feet at toes and ankle. Her back ones aren’t as bad but she has it in every joint in her body to some degree. Her hips are in the moderate range her doctor said really good for a dog her age especially considering how much worse Terra was and they were from same litter, they were sisters and raised mostly the same way. One thing that showed up with Zoie that was not expected and is very serious is a heart-based tumor. It is HUGE and Dr Brayton said he had three of his associate doctors in the clinic consult with him. They all agree that it is a tumor on her heart. He prescribed gabapentin 100mg that I can give her 1 to 2 times a day as needed for pain in addition to the anti-inflammatory generic form of carprofen that she is already on named Vetprofen. Zoie is really getting around good since she recovered from the stroke or what ever that episode was she had a while back. In hindsight now knowing about the tumor on her heart that is a symptom of the heart tumor, passing out. I am very sad for her but thankful I still have her.  

Zoie’s doctor said that Zoie is not a good candidate to do her teeth and eye surgery because we could lose her under the anesthesia due to the heart tumor. He said she may have another 6 months or longer, she could die in her sleep from the tumor rupturing or out in the yard or anywhere because if the tumor keeps growing…. I don’t want to think about it.

We didn’t have a prior scan to look at to see how much the tumor may have grown because we never did a bone scan like this before.

I am happy her doctor thinks she is still enjoying life and pain can be managed but sad that she has a tumor but happy that her spine isn’t bad like Terra was. My dear sweet Terra is in my heart and on my mind, I miss her and wish she wouldn’t have had the bone deterioration that she had, I wish I could still have her with us but I know it was best for her and me to let her go over the rainbow bridge when I did.

I don’t know how much longer I will have Zoie but believe me when I say that I cherish every moment we have together. I hope I can get our new home base squared away soon and she can have a better place to live out what time she has left.  I have signed a purchase agreement on some land. It is not the land that was down the road because that didn’t work out but I hope that was because this property is the one meant for us. It came on market on the morning of the 14th and I signed purchase agreement within 5 hours of it going on the market! I saw it come on market and I jumped on it! I actually knew the owner, not as a friend but have known him for years and corresponded with him over county business in our county. Now we wait for the title search and survey. If those come back good we will close as soon as possible! I have already been setting up estimates to move my buildings to the property and have others built. It already has a small trailer home that is livable on the property so that is exactly what I been looking for in a new homebase/homestead property.

Stay tuned for updates!

It was a glorious cool morning on Thursday May 13, 2021 the day after Zoie’s doctor appointment. It was still only 68 around 2:30pm on Thursday May 13, 2021, she spent hours going in and out wandering the yard. I am so happy for her, she seems so much happier than she has been. The scans at her doctor were good for her spine, it isn’t anywhere near what poor old sweet Terra had. Zoie still has well defined spaces and only maybe one herniated disc, the one in lower back but doesn’t look bad now. She has some lesions forming but not anything as bad as Terra had.

Zoie does have severe osteoarthritis that is causing the large joints in front feet at toes and ankle. Her back ones aren’t as bad but she has it in every joint in her body to some degree. Her hips are in the moderate range her doctor said really good for a dog her age especially considering how much worse Terra was and they were from same litter, they were sisters and raised mostly the same way. One thing that showed up with Zoie that was not expected and is very serious is a heart-based tumor. It is HUGE and Dr Brayton said he had three of his associate doctors in the clinic consult with him. They all agree that it is a tumor on her heart. He prescribed gabapentin 100mg that I can give her 1 to 2 times a day as needed for pain in addition to the anti-inflammatory generic form of carprofen that she is already on named Vetprofen. Zoie is really getting around good since she recovered from the stroke or what ever that episode was she had a while back. In hindsight now knowing about the tumor on her heart that is a symptom of the heart tumor, passing out. I am very sad for her but thankful I still have her.  

Zoie’s doctor said that Zoie is not a good candidate to do her teeth and eye surgery because we could lose her under the anesthesia due to the heart tumor. He said she may have another 6 months or longer, she could die in her sleep from the tumor rupturing or out in the yard or anywhere because if the tumor keeps growing…. I don’t want to think about it.

We didn’t have a prior scan to look at to see how much the tumor may have grown because we never did a bone scan like this before.

I am happy her doctor thinks she is still enjoying life and pain can be managed but sad that she has a tumor but happy that her spine isn’t bad like Terra was. My dear sweet Terra is in my heart and on my mind, I miss her and wish she wouldn’t have had the bone deterioration that she had, I wish I could still have her with us but I know it was best for her and me to let her go over the rainbow bridge when I did.

I don’t know how much longer I will have Zoie but believe me when I say that I cherish every moment we have together. I hope I can get our new home base squared away soon and she can have a better place to live out what time she has left.  I have signed a purchase agreement on some land. It is not the land that was down the road because that didn’t work out but I hope that was because this property is the one meant for us. It came on market on the morning of the 14th and I signed purchase agreement within 5 hours of it going on the market! I saw it come on market and I jumped on it! I actually knew the owner, not as a friend but have known him for years and corresponded with him over county business in our county. Now we wait for the title search and survey. If those come back good we will close as soon as possible! I have already been setting up estimates to move my buildings to the property and have others built. It already has a small trailer home that is livable on the property so that is exactly what I been looking for in a new homebase/homestead property.

Stay tuned for updates!

Terra went over the rainbow bridge yesterday, she was 15 years old. Dec 5, 2005 – May 4, 2021

It was a privilege having Terra in my life for 15 years, she was a dear sweet soul. I have a lot of video and pictures but I’m not up to the task of putting all that together at this time. I will put together a tribute to her some day but for now I will grieve and miss her sweet face and wagging tail and the little licks she would give me on my hand or arm when she used to look at me with her sweet soulful eyes as if to say thank you lady who takes care of me.

After the tests and seeing the x-rays I agreed with her doctor that it was time to send her over the rainbow bridge because she was suffering with a multitude of conditions that were not fixable. She was 15 years old – that is 105 years old in human years! From her neck to her tail, her spine had multiple herniated discs and fused discs which is very painful. One of her kidneys was very small while the other was extremely large, which Doc said may have been her body trying to compensate for smaller kidney. I reckon that is why she used to get up all night drinking water and wanting to go out. When she could still get up and walk on her own she used to get me up by coming to me while I was sleeping and licking my hand. I would open my eyes and her sweet old sad eyes would be looking into my face. She did that most nights about every 2 to 3 hours and so I would get up and let her go out to pee until she started falling and after that I got the lifting harness and would put harness on her to hold her up while she walked so she wouldn’t take a nose dive down the step on porch or down the ramp. As she got worse I would wake at every little sound she made to spring up and put on her harness and get her outside to pee but before she lost all ability to walk she would pee before we could get out of the house. She couldn’t help it and my heart broke for her going through it because I could tell it upset her and she must have been in severe pain from the discs in her spine. For months I would get up and put her diaper on her then her harness and help her outside and the diaper saved my feet and the house floor from her pee, she got where she couldn’t squat anymore without falling backward and I’d try to help her holding up her back end. You can imagine what it’s been like with her bed ridden for the last three weeks, she would try repeatedly to get up and was flailing arms and legs all over flopping and bopping her head on stuff and off the bed she’d go. It’s been quite a ride that I honestly couldn’t have sustained much longer. To make it even worse is the fact that she had no voice due to the laryngeal paralysis so she couldn’t bark, she couldn’t even cry out when in pain, and that is what worried me most of all because I never knew for sure if I was hurting her when I put on a diaper or turned her over to her other side so she wouldn’t get bed sores. I have went though lots of pee pads, diapers, towels, and bedding. The washer was operating nearly non-stop round the clock to keep everything washed up. All her organs were getting worn out and she was tired but still such a sweetheart and she would lick me when I petted her and talked to her telling her how much I love her and she would give me a little lick with her tongue on my wrist as I petted her as if to say, I love you too.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday, her last day. I will put together more with videos later but for now I have much to do and still caring for Terra’s sister Zoie and our foster fur kid Tango. I still need to continue sorting and packing and looking for my new home base.

I finally decided this was my best option to get Terra to the truck so I piled the cart that was a gift from my sweet daughter Laura Jean high with blankets and cushions and padded all the metal parts so it would hurt her old bones. I lifted her not with harness but by scooping my arms underneath her with my right arms under her chest and my left arm under her abdomen. She seemed comfortable. Had already secured Zoie in bedroom and Tango in laundry room.
I got the cart all the way out of house and down the deck levels and down the ramp across the yard, the entire time saying Lord please don’t let this wagon turn over and give me strength to lift her up into the truck onto the padded platform I had made for her to ride to the Veterinarian appointment. As you can see, she looked comfortable and obviously I was granted the strength.
I took this picture while I was driving on Avalon Blvd and know I shouldn’t but I felt I needed to in case she didn’t come back home with me I wanted this picture of her sweet precious face next to me.
Here we are at our Veterinarian’s Office. Three of the wonderful staff members came out with a gurney and I put her little day bed on the gurney so she would be comfortable. Terra and I were waiting for Dr Brayton to come in and talk to us. I did a short video of this time but then I put away my camera-phone and concentrated on comforting my sweet old furbaby Terra. You can see our water in background on the weight table, she was always a thirsty girl and so am I!

I wanted to share this part of my life you guys, my friends and family. Thanks for following along on our journey. Stay tuned….

Oats and Peanut Butter Doggie Treats

Oats and Peanut Butter Doggie Treats

Ingredients

2 cups water

1 tbsp peanut oil

2 cups rolled old fashioned oats

1/4 cup flaxseed meal

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Directions

Mix the oats, and flaxseed meal together, set aside. In large heavy bottom pot add water, bring to a boil, stir for in the peanut butter until thinned out by water, add oats and flaxseed meal, keep stirring, lower heat to low and stir constantly until the mixture is all mixed well and has thickened. This will take just a few minutes. Then set aside and cover the pan, let it cool, refrigerate to chill and then you can form patties and grill in iron skillet with the peanut oil or bake in oven.

This recipe made 16 patties that were about 2” diameter and ½ thick, I baked in oven about 350 F bake about 15 minutes then shut off oven, flip patties, and let finish in residual heat for about 15 more minutes. This helps firm up the patties so that they hold together. They are actually already cooked before baking but baking changes and improves the texture and the taste.   

May 3, 2021 – A Tenant

It feels strange after 28 years of owning this property to think that soon I will be a tenant here. If closing goes well today I will be a tenant on my old homestead with the equity from the sale in the bank and the journey will begin to buy a new homestead. I bought this place 28 years ago in 1993 owner financed with a partner. At the time I thought it would be our retirement fund and we would live to together the rest of our lives. In 1995 we parted ways, he went back to Tennessee but I stayed and made the payments on this homestead. In 1998 he signed a Quit Claim Deed and then the warranty deed was put in my name, just me. I actually paid off the loan and received a satisfaction of mortgage but later due to Hurricane Ivan I ended up taking out a SBA disaster loan for rebuilding; that is the mortgage that I am currently paying off with the sale of my property. So now I can buy another homestead and not have a mortgage, no financing for me because I want to be debt free! I would rather buy land and take time to build a small home and shop myself for cash rather than have a mortgage! I would rather have a garage/workshop with small apartment attached and have an RV to be able to travel part of the year. I had to travel most of the year for my job in construction so that I could pay for this homestead but now I hope to travel for the enjoyment of seeing our beautiful country. I want to visit the public lands and camp for free in many of our camp parks.

Thing I won’t miss is the mess from the oak tree on the house roof and decks.

Zoie and Terra have lived here all their life, they have been here with me on this homestead for 15 year. I have never had a dog live to be as old as these dogs are. They both take round the clock care now due to their many physical and medical ailments. Their Veterinarian told me he wants me to think about quality of life and who am I doing this for, them or me. It’s a good question and makes a soul ponder. I know that the 24-7-365 care I’ve been giving them won’t last forever because they are so old already. I haven’t wanted to rush them over the rainbow bridge by euthanasia, or at least not until I had a better reason than my own convenience. It is heartbreaking and physically difficult for me caring for them in their condition due to my own physical and medical issues. My entire schedule revolves around their needs. It reminds me of having a baby because you are up at all hours and you better grab a nap when they do or you may not get any sleep. I will soon be having all their tests run that will reveal exactly what it is that ails them. The x-rays and blood tests will possibly reveal a solution or perhaps give me the reason to let them go on to their reward on the other side of that rainbow bridge..

Stay tuned and I will keep you up to date as best I can with all I have going on.