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rental home Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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The final chapter of the crappy evansville landlord drama.

Today is a good day! For those of you following the rental saga, here is the latest (and hopefully the final) update. After months of certified letters, emails, phone calls and face to face meetings that accomplish nothing we've finally decided to ask the landlords to release us from the lease come May 1st. We decided that asking to be released from the lease was the better way to go. If we needed to get a lawyer and present all our documentation supporting their breach of the lease we could. It is just that starting the legal battle takes much time and lots of money we didn't really want to have to fork out if not necessary. So, N made the phone call to the landlords this morning. He is the professional one...

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Um, did someone die in this house? Man it smells! (Evansville rental home search continues…)

I am going to be honest, this home hunt thing has really made me a downer lately. I know how boring and blah the posts have been and I am trying to not go on and on about the same crap, it is just hard to swiftly change perspective when nothing is actually looking up or improving. We looked a two other home possibilities today and both were basically a waste of time. One was decorated like and also smelled about as good as a nasty no-tell-motel room. You know the cheap indoor/ outdoor carpets in the most disgusting color and the wafting cigarette smoke/ someone died in this place smell? Yep, that was the first place we looked at. We literally walked through the living room, in one bedroom and we're...

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Finding rental houses (not apartments) online…

I have never understood why finding rental homes online is so much more difficult than finding apartments. When we moved out to Flagstaff, AZ we rented several apartments over the course of 2 years. Apartment complexes just don't make things easy for multiple pet owners and families with kids seldom want to live in an apartment setting. Sometimes renting an actual house is better but finding them is never easy! I thought it would be helpful for others if I complied my rental home resources. This is not a sponsored post but I have had the opportunity to to business with several companies on the list and will link you to the posts made when I lived in homes under the particular company's management. Hopefully this list is helpful to some...

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3 months to go till we move, again!

Last week was the first week of being forced to showed our current rental home. The owners decided to put it back on the market 3 months into our 6 month lease. So, I was home last Friday when this Native American couple came with their agent to tour the home. The showing was fairly quick and cordial so it was no huge inconvenience for me (other than having to wrangle the animals and clean the place). Yesterday we got a call from the landlords office to schedule another showing for this week, on Friday. Then N calls me and says he just talked to J, our landlord, and it seems like the house is going to sell. The couple that came through last week made an offer on the house so...

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Getting a tan and blogging…

Today is such a nice day! Yesterday we got rain so the air is all fresh and clean today plus the sun is shining and it is a warm 63 degrees out. As son as I got home from teaching I got my bathing suit top on, grabbed my towel and headed out to get some sun on my back. You see the band/ guard spring tour is coming up. I am chaperoning since I am a staff member and it is in California so that means pool/ beach time. living in a cooler climate has a definite impact on tanning. I have this sweet farmers tan from getting sun in my t shirts and I wanted to try to even it out today since the weather is so nice! It...

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Birthday photos shared!

I promised to post some photos from my birthday and I try to live up to my promises! Since I got plants galore you will be subjected to a slew of bulb information and photos but don't run away yet! We also have some adorable baby photos and some yummy fondue photos to share. First, I compiled a list of the plants I got, plugged them in to my Dave's Garden Journal with photos so I could remember what got planted where in a few months. It's so easy to forget what you have and where you put it when you have a garden addiction like I do! Peruvian Daffodil (view my dave's garden journal entry by clicking here) - Is a uniquw white flower with wispy petals and a sweet scent....

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Woho… The crocus are in bloom!

That means gardening fun is about to begin for us! The crocus blooms are a beautiful yellow and are quite cheerful. They are kind of short, like they were planted too deep but it still so great to see them even if they are short. Do you have any early spring bulbs that are blooming yet? I hope so because I am dying for spring time! So, now that the ice is melting and the bulbs are blooming we are able to get into the large box of crap that was left behind by the people who lived here before us. Guess what we found? Personal documents and credit cards, can you believe that? Teeni was just talking about how we all need to take steps to protect our personal information and then...

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I have spring fever! Is winter over yet?

Well, we are moved in to our new place and it's a bit like Christmas here every day! We are discovering all kinds of "surprises" each day as the snow melts. Some of the "surprises" are pleasant because they are signs that spring is around the corner, others a just odd. Yesterday we determined a smashed up coffee maker was rearing it's head in the back yard. It was apparently thrown there before the snow started falling, got burred and is now frozen in place till the ice/ snow thaws. Another discovery is the box of files and games on our front porch area. It too was buried under snow and was undetectable till things started thawing. The more pleasant discoveries include the three rose bushes and some emerging bulbs that...

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A rant about installation appointments

Well we are still waiting to have our phone/ DSL connected today. We had an appointment for a tech to come out between 12pm & 5pm today, it’s 4pm as I write this and nobody is here. The whole deal with service calls and connecting utilities is kind of silly. They need access to your home and they make an “appointment” to come out and complete the work. The appointment times usually span the entire day which is just silly. When you are moving from one place to another you are seldom hanging out in one place so the 5 hour middle of the day “appointments” are a pain because you can’t leave your new home to tie up loose ends at the old one cause you might miss your technician. It...

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My body hates me- moving is rough!

Well, I am just now sitting down with my laptop for basically the first time in 2 days. We are moved in and it has been exhausting! Thanks to my family we got the majority of our junk into the new home by Sunday night. We stayed in the new, warmer, much bigger home Sunday night. I didn't sleep much last night, we got up this morning got started early, I headed off to teach my class, came home, moved more stuff, unpacked some things and before we knew it all the large stuff was moved. Amazingly all our utilities are on too!! The only thing that is not connected right now is the phone and DSL. They will come tomorrow to hook it up, apparently the dogs that lived here before chewed...

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Our oven works?? Now what do I do?

It's been a long and annoying 2 weeks since our stove caught fire and today I am here to report that it appears we can actually use the oven on our new for us/ used stove. Oh, joy. Guess that means I can stop eating large dishes of jello like it's going out of style huh? Random thought, I know but seriously I have been eating jello and craving it like crazy. We consumed one box already and I made up 3 more (yes 3) boxes last night for our chowing pleasure. I really don't need to be snacking on jello considering I have lost 12 pounds over the last 3 months and I am wasting away...

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Moving tips?

A few days of nothing have been nice but now I need to get my butt in gear and start getting ready to move. We get the keys to our new place on 2/25 and need to be out of this place my 2/29.. It's nice to have a few days to make the transition although I wont be able to spend my time blogging on those days cause I'll be making trips back and fourth in the car trying to move loads of boxes.. Oh, well a bigger place is good so it's worth it right? Oh, I almost didn't mention that my man got offered a promotion. I can't list the specifics because it's not official yet and I don't want to blow his cover but basically got...

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Yay the insainty has passed!

Mmmm buttery toast! I am finally sitting down to relax, seems like it's been the first time in two weeks! I feel like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I am so thankful to be so fortunate. I knocked out 45 custom purses and they are on the way to their destination as I type this. This was a high volume order but I do well under pressure so I took it on and I love being able to work out of the comfort of my own home- even when the stove is on fire...

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The economy and house prices….

Well, today the owners of the place we are renting made us another offer.. You see when we first agreed to rent this place we were in the middle of contract negotiations and we were interested in buying a home but were not finding anything at the right price. We agreed to rent on a month to month basis while they still listed the house as for sale. Since August the house has been for sale, we have been showing the house as interested people come along but for the last 2 months nobody has been interested in seeing the house. Also, since we began renting the selling price of the house has been dropped about $50,000.. Yep our rented 2 bedroom 2 bath home in Flagstaff, AZ was initially listed...

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Our new home (a photo blog)

We moved into our new place just a little over a week ago and we are finally settling in! Our new place offers more privacy, flexibility and a section of dirt to plant in. We are enjoying our new place allot despite the annoying move. Awhile back I posted a blog about how pets seem to choose us rather than us choosing them. Well that theory is still proving true today!! Two days ago Nathan and I took a trip to the mailbox and on the way back waked by a cat that Nathan had seen in our back patio area this morning. He told me that he had thought one of our cats had gotten out since this cat looked almost identical to our cat. Anyway we discuss the...

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