Cavity Blues

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Well, I haven’t posted in a really, really long time. I fell off the face of the earth!

We’ve had a lot going on.
Travis health hasn’t been great, but gradually he’s gotten a lot better.

I haven’t been to the dentist in like 6 months.
There is a cavity that’s acting up.
So we call to schedule an appointment and they say, “We only take people who are under 25 years old.”
Here I am wondering why they took my husband and I when I’m 29 and he’s 35?

Oh well, we need a new dentist.
I was just getting comfortable with my last one!
There’s always something to worry about… I am so anxious about the dentist.

In more exciting news…
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It starts July 1st.
I am all in!

I have a great idea…
It all starts with a princess, an amulet and a mystery.

Here’s to lots of fun in July.
My plan is to post every few days with my word count updates. Please help me stick to it guys! Thanks

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Home At Last


I am so happy.
My husband and I finally found our own place.

It is a little trailer in a rural area of the city.
About 10 minutes further from anywhere we need to go and no internet.
I don’t really care about that.
We’ve been feeling the need to relax a bit more anyway.

It is a joy to clean my own little place.
I am still in awe that we have it.
It’s perfect for us.

We don’t mind living small.
It has all happened so quickly!
Thursday night we viewed the trailer and spoke with the landlord for about an hour. She was so nice. We spoke honestly and it was a great visit.

Travis called me Friday and said that she wanted us to meet her husband, did that mean we were approved? Yes!

There was a hesitation. We were waiting on our application for a beautiful 3 bedroom in the Joshua Tree area, but we really wanted to stay in the area with most of our family and friends.

We started moving in Saturday. Sunday was our first night in the trailer.

How amazing to drink my coffee in the morning!

I really can’t say how ecstatic and joyful I am.

The last year hasn’t been what I imagined I needed.
I strove to be content and happy with what I had.
It has made me so much more grateful for everything in my life.
I’ve realized that it has been a healing balm on my heart.

Gail, my amazing aunt has put up with Travis and I for almost a whole year.

There were times when I thought we would never find a rental.
Good things happen when you aren’t looking for them.
Well here we are.

All of my dreams have come true.

Rental Search on the Central Coast

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One of the biggest hot topics right now is the search for a proper rental in California, anywhere really, but I’ll say California since that’s where I live.

It used to be, and this wasn’t very long ago. You would pick up the newspaper and there would be ten, maybe twenty ads in the rental pages. You would circle the ones in your price range and give the landlord a call. They would say, can you afford it? You would say yeah, and there you go.

These days, no one advertises in the newspaper. They use craigslist or they go through a property management place. So, you weight your options. Craigslist is full of scams, one person only listings, and single room rentals. Property management companies require that you and your spouse have perfect credit. Hey, we’re not trying to buy a home here, we just want to rent! That doesn’t matter. Oh yes, and for some reason they hate cats.

Okay, okay. I don’t want this to turn into a rant. It is something I am very passionate about. If you walk into the grocery store, talk to just one person in a day that you don’t personally know they will mention the housing market. That either they, or one of their close friends is looking for a place to live.

My husband and I are still searching for a rental that allows a married couple and who doesn’t mind a cute, gray cat to live with us as well. The frustrating part, is that with every time we have almost been able to get into a place, George has been the deal breaker. A cat who sulks around outside, eating mice and rodents, watching over the yard with a fierce look on his face. He only comes in for cuddles! I promise.

Here’s my question for you. What has been your secret trick for finding the perfect rental? Or have you? What has been your struggle? Any advice?