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The Renters and the Slumlords: The drama comes to a close (and other updates).

The Renters and the Slumlords: The drama comes to a close (and other updates).

On Sunday Slumlady actually met us at the old rental home and did a walk though inspection with us. We managed to get her on the phone Friday morning following the 33rd week prenatal appointment. We weren’t too sure she would actually show up to the appointment… We still let the neighbors know of the appointment (because they had a few bones to pick with her too) and were ready to seal the deal.

When we arrived at the house she was waiting for us in the driveway. Needless to say she wasn’t in the best of moods. We came ready with another copy of the mutual release form for her to sign and we also video taped the entire thing… Here, wanna see?

She basically blitzed the walk though and didn’t seem to care much about the condition of the house, not that it was left in poor condition anyway. We always deep clean all the places we vacate.

She did sign our mutual release form which outlines the early termination of the lease, the agreement that all financial obligations have been met and that we are both legally released from the prior contract. Yay!

Her husbands signature isn’t on the forms as he wasn’t present… His is the only signature on the lease so that could be a potential issue but we are just pleased to have some sort of documentation that proves we didn’t make up the whole being let out of the lease thing.

Basically we are super happy to have this chapter of our lives now closed!

Lets, see… Over the weekend N worked on hooking up this free electric dryer we got off Freecycle. I guess we needed to get the vent hose for it and he had to change out the plug for it since it didn’t fit our outlet or something. We are resourceful and try to make due with what we are able to get… The free dryer was a good score and we got a working washer for $40 at a yard sale so we are making strides in the right direction I think.

Apparently the newer plug he put on the dryer still doesn’t fit our outlet so I am hanging clothes out to dry (which is fine by me) but he is still working on getting the proper plug installed on the dryer.

For his belated birthday/ mothers day we went to a local farm and bought some garden goodies. Things like potted herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, egg plant, collard greens and other stuff we’ll grow and eat. We only spent $20.00! He is working on getting a vegetable garden going now, he made some good progress on it this morning too.

We are hoping to grow as much as we can ourselves to cut down on the grocery costs and save more money. Oh, and we stopped by the Hostess/ Wonder Bread outlet store over the weekend and got 7 loaves of bread and 2 packs of buns for $8.00. Those are in the freezer now and will also help to cut the grocery bill and save money.

On the baby front: In 33 short days I’ll be staying at The Farm, preparing for Tater’s birth. Time is still flying and there are only 45 days until my due date (but we are open to Tater coming either before or after said due date if she feels ready). Things are still going great with the pregnancy and I am feeling good. Totally beginning to slow down energy wise and am having trouble breathing thanks to the cramping of my lungs but it is all good!

We are getting more and more excited and still have so much to do before she comes! We have been showered with many helpful things thanks to many of you and this has left us feeling so much more calm and prepared for Taters arrival. We’ve just about got everything we’ll need for her first week of life now and are focusing our attentions on gathering the medical supplies for the birth kit, then we’ve got to get busy gathering stuff like the cloth diapers and clothes she’ll need in the weeks following her birth.

Slowly but surely we are pulling it all together and before we know it we’ll be parents and it will all just fall right in to place. Exciting! Hopefully everyone had a good mothers day. I am off to read all your blogs now and find out how your weekends went!

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  • Glad that’s done! And I enjoyed the pics of your garden, too.

    witchypoos last blog post..Seven Things I Love

    May 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm
  • Ahhh… Talina! N! You are about to embark on the most exciting time of your life! A baby! The next generation! How exciting! I’m sure you’ve already realized that Tater has her own personality. Getting to know her and her getting to know you will be awesome in so many ways that no one can tell you until you experience it.

    I have such wonderfully fond memories of holding my granddaughters close to my heart when they were newly born. I regret that I was not there to do the same to my grandsons.

    Yet… my grandsons saying “happy Mother’s Day” on the phone to me… the lovable, adorable vocalizations of the almost 4 year old and the almost 3 year old… accompanied by the laughter of their mother as they played with their neighborhood friends…

    Yes, I cried when the call ended.

    Sheer chance gave me the opportunity to cradle in my arms my granddaughters as newborns.

    I wish I could be with you when Tater is born. I wish I could hold her and kiss her lovely newborn head and rub her newborn back as I hold her next to my heart.

    I am so happy for you and N!

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    May 12, 2009 at 5:41 am
  • I love how you video taped the whole thing…like “don’t mess with us lady, we’ve got you on tape!” Must be a huge relief to get that done and OUT OF THERE for good.

    Hyphen Mamas last blog post..Forcing myself to focus on the things I love…. for just a minute or two

    May 13, 2009 at 6:56 pm

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