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The Filter Queen, a cute country home and more landlord drama…

The Filter Queen, a cute country home and more landlord drama…

Today was an early and productive day for us. We woke up and headed to our bank to discuss getting some legal documentation against our landlords.

You see they closed their accounts prior to the beginning of February and our electronic bill payment to them (for rent) wasn’t paid since their account is no longer… So we needed to get some proof of our payment being sent and thus returned as a result.

I know it just keeps getting better and better with them huh?

Anyway, we spent like 30 minutes at the bank tracking down some proof about our payment. Then we pushed off to the post office to get our certified letter in the mail to them detailing why they have broken the terms of the lease. We also included our March rent payment in the letter, who knows if they’ll pick this certified letter up…

Then we went by the freecycler’s house to pick up that older vacuum that was offered up the other day. We also got a stack of cute cow plates and bowls from another freecycler for my cow kitchen obsession. Sometimes freecycle is so great!

The real focus of the day was to tour a slew of rental/ lease purchase homes though. We saw 3 homes today 2 rentals and one rental with a lease to own option. N and I fell in love with one of the rentals. Here is a photo of it.

We love it because it is on five acres of wooded land, it has an old country house feel and just seems like it will be a good fit for us. We weren’t able to see the inside of the home today as the owner was away but we did peek in the windows as the owner suggested and looked around the property.

It has some real potential with it’s garden beds, planted bulbs and even some fruit bushes and tress. Deep down we are both hoping it works out as a rental and is something we can maybe buy later down the road.

We are excited about the house but know we’ll just have to see how everything pans out. If it’s meant to be it will be.

Oh and by the way that vacuum we got free today freaking rocks! It looks old and beat up as you can see from the photos but works great.

It is a Filter Queen (model number 937241) and apparently it is a work horse and was/ is a pretty expensive vacuum (you can read more about it here)!

It is over 20 years old and still works great as opposed to our newer Eureka Altima Upright vacuum that was just over a year old and melted itself up. Oh and did I mention it has more suction and better filtering than the Eureka?

We are pretty impressed with the vacuum and can’t believe someone gave it away for free, how fortunate were we? So, now we can have clean carpets again.

We do want to try replacing the hose on it since it’s currently wrapped in duct tape… It still works great just looks a bit ghetto. N was even thinking of trying to donate our broken, crappy Eureka to a vacuum repair place in return for a discount on a new hose for the Filter Queen, barter style. It’s worth a try.

So all in all we had a super productive day and are pleased with all the progress we made. Tomorrow if we get a wild hair we’ll take the blanket from Tater’s bedding set and go compare it to the furnature we liked at Baby Depot to see if it goes. Window shopping could be fun if we have the energy. We also hope to see the inside of the cute country home too, if possible.

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  • My vacuum cleaner is a 1973 Electolux “Green Machine”. It just keeps on going. I love that thing. If it ever wears out, I will search for another just like it.

    witchypoos last blog post..Skinny Bitch Gets Hers

    March 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm
  • I love me some Freecycle too. People will pick up stuff you don’t want, and you can pick up free stuff. Awesome.

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    March 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm
  • I love that sunroom on the back. Good luck honey! Hope it all works out.

    Rees last blog post..Grace in Small Things: 11/365

    March 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm
  • awesome…

    That house looks great, I love house things, so much fun decorating! It would have so much potential!

    I also watched your video of Tater moving, my Peanut does it but not very often and stops whenever someone wants to see or feel it!!!

    Tanyas last blog post..13 weeks or 84 days

    March 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm
  • That place is so nice and comfy looking. Is that a barn I see to the right? Tater Tot can have a pony!

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    March 1, 2009 at 8:56 pm
  • I love red houses. They remind me of New England. I wish you luck on getting out of your lease. And the fact that your landlords keep switching banks should be in your favor!!

    And YAY for free stuff that works wonderfully:)

    Beckys last blog post..You Say Hello…..

    March 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm
  • That house looks really cute. I hope things work out that you can get it.

    Karens last blog post..As Promised

    March 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm
  • 5 acres!!! Room for all the animals.

    I went through several BRAND NEW vacuums, including the Dyson Animal and then… found the mother of all vacuums… looks kinda like yours. It’s called Silver King and that sucker SUCKS. They are $3000 brand new, but we found ours on craigslist for $125…they had no idea what it was because they had gotten it from a relative. I LOVE IT. It’s bulky and heavier than the new style, but it’s go so much power! Great job getting yours free!! People see something that looks old and don’t realize they work so much better than the newer plastic ones.

    Hyphen Mamas last blog post..Sometimes I do it right….

    March 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm

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