Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tuesday 6:15am

Good Tuesday Morning!
We've had sunny days in the 70s!
Karma soaked up the morning rays.
We were teased with clouds...
...but one day there was actual thunder and lightning!  Got all excited!  But it only lasted all of about 20 minutes.  
More please.
They have predicted the "possibility" of rain all the rest of this week.  Here's hoping.  That bit of rain greened it up really nicely, but we need a lot more before it becomes a dust bowl up here.
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I finally got over to see McFamily briefly on Sunday.  Ian is not exactly sitting still anymore--LOL!  I had a terrible time getting pictures that weren't blurry.
I was trying to get some pics of him learning to walk holding Mom's fingers...
...but I took like 30 pictures and these were the two that weren't very blurry.
So I decided that, in that case, it is time to take more videos, right?  :)
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First, though, I had planned to show you this one of McFamily in Japan on the back streets outside of their hotel.
And I am counting all those vending machines filled with drinks for the T Stands For Tuesday group over at Elizabeth's--LOL!  You must get bored seeing me with my red coffee thermos mugs every Tuesday, right?  
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Anyways, here's the short video of Ian "walking".  [Sorry about these two videos with the sound.  Apparently there's a microphone someplace I must be covering up at times with a finger or two--but I am loud, anyways, so it's not like you can't still hear me--ROFL!]  
As soon as I turned off the camera Ian waved for the first time.  We all three hooted, clapped, laughed and startled the heck out of him.  I quick grabbed the camera to see if he would do it again.
Good job, Ian!
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Okay...
Big, big, exciting news!!
Do you remember Leah and I making up this furniture floor plan last summer for my perfect apartment in the new North Sky senior buildings that are going up closer to Dagan and Leah's house?  One bedroom with den, facing east, on second floor, right?
Well, I almost fell over when I got a call from federal housing yesterday asking me if I was still interested in a one bedroom with den.  YES!!  ONE BEDROOM WITH DEN!!!!  They had two of them still not filled on first floor.
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[Now, as an aside--I have to tell you that I got that same negative feeling when she said first floor (don't like that feeling of cars shining lights in your windows and people always walking right close past your windows--been there, done that)...but out of the blue, that very instant I started to have a sad reaction, I got one of the "pictures" (or visions) that I feel are popped into my head by GA (my guardian angel).  I suddenly saw grandkids safely playing on the little cement patio and the grass right outside of the sliding glass door...never thought of that before...or how they'd never be able to go out and play when they were little on the balcony...slivers...dangerous...(neither would Karma, for that matter)...and I knew I was wrong and that it would be better to be on first floor.  Poof!  Never thought of those things before.]
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Anyways, the first thing she asked me was did I have a lease and when was it up?  I've been here over ten years and I think I only have to give 60 days (actually I heard afterwards from another resident who's been here longer than I have that it's only 30 days, but I absolutely would like 60).  So she told me to call a lady named Sherry and arrange for a viewing.  I had forgotten to ask which directions they faced. 
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Of course, I immediately called Leah to ask her if she was open this week to go look with me...and to apologize ahead of time for being such a burden because they would have to move me (but they still say not to worry about it).  Who would have ever, ever thought I'd hear from them this year?!  Remember I was #98 on the list for a one-bedroom and #53 for my preferred one-bedroom with den, as I recall.  Something like that.  And there are only 24 apartments in the first building!!   But that lady I had spoken to long ago, Heather, had recommended me, she said.  :):):)  And I know how all of you had sent prayers and good thoughts for me, too!!!  Do you believe this!!??
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Leah was open this week...so I called that Sherry...and Leah, Ian and I have an appointment for this afternoon at 1:30pm!  There are two one bedrooms with dens and two two bedrooms open.  I don't qualify for a two bedroom...and one of the ones-with-den was more expensive than the other one so we needed to check with my worker as to what my limit was.  One had a single garage and one had a double.  And I forgot to ask about direction on either of them (heat and I don't get along well and west is a bear up here--hot in the summer and freezing wind in the winter--awk!) 
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 So, all day I am thinking about whether I could handle facing west...for the rest of my life basically...and fantasizing about a place that "if you get there before I do there's a bench to sit on in the entryway".  Such a simple thing.  A bench.  Furniture!  Unbroken furniture.  They will probably have pictures on the walls and maybe a fake plant or two...like we used to ten years ago when I was first here.  Ahhhh!
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And then it got even better!  Sherry called me back last night to ask more questions about which one-with-den I would qualify for because they had someone else interested in the other one.  I had already drug out everything I had from last year (of course!) and had been drooling over the floor plan so knew the limit my worker had given me at the time.  And the one-with-den that I qualify for has the two-car garage!!  Whoohoo!  More storage space!!  (Makes you wonder why the cheaper one would have the two car garage?)  And...I remembered to ask her which direction that one faced and she said...EAST!!!  I whooped and I think I startled her as much as I had Ian the day before--LOL!
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Honestly.  I can't quite believe this is even real!  This morning it almost felt like I had dreamt it, you know?  But Leah was so excited...and knew I have not been feeling that well...so she ran over to find the place and took pictures of the outside of the building for me last night and sent them to me.  Awww!  East side...faces garages for the adjoining apartment complex.  But the car parking is on the west side--tada!  So this looks much more private than I expected for living on first floor, doesn't it? 
I believe that is a walking path right there, but I'm not positive.  There's supposed to be a walking path somewhere close to the buildings and that sure doesn't look like a regular city sidewalk.  ?? 
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So...today we shall be going over to see if this feels like "the" new home for me and Miss Karma.  I have moved so many times in the past that I always trust my gut feelings about a new place to live--and I never know for sure until I am right there walking through the place.  Seems doubtful that I would have bad vibes about this place, but you never know.  Have to keep an objective mind and heart, right?  Dagan had a meeting this afternoon, couldn't take a late lunch to come with us, so asked us to take lots of pictures.  :)
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This furry lady has no clue what might be in store for her this summer.       
So, that's what's happening here in my little corner of the world.  :):)  
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Oh, and before I forget...tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the Fridley tornadoes!  I was in the Junior High participating in the Science Fair...walked home inbetween tornadoes.  You can read about the basics here and see some images here.  I had been planning to share my personal memories of that night today, but I am too excited about North Sky Senior Apartments, to be honest.  So, I'll have to tell you soon.  If I can pull it off--tomorrow--on the actual date.  And then I can tell you what happened when we saw the apartment, too...and show you some pictures!  Whoohoo!!  But, if I do, it will take me all day to write it, so I might not be posting till evening.  I'll try.  :)
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So, hopefully might see you tomorrow.
THANK YOU!!!
THANK YOU!!!
THANK YOU!!!
I honestly felt all the positive energy from all of you just wash over me when I got that call yesterday morning.  
You're the best!!!
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"Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations."
Ryunosuke Satoro

25 comments:

  1. Oh this is such WONDERFUL news!!!! I am smiling my biggest for you (and for Ian and his waving and soon to be walking!) Yes!! Something going right!

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  2. Congratulations! Looks like you'll face a sweet courtyard with some growing trees. And 1st floor does have some definite advantages. I hope you love it :)

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  3. WOOT! WOOT! It came through EARLY!! I am SOOOOO Happy for you and excited to see all the pictures of your "new" home. This looks like a great place to be on the first floor of. Yes, you will like being able to go outside when Ian is over. I am just so thrilled for you!

    Happy T-day

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  4. Rita, such wonderful news!

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  5. Hi, dear Rita! What an exciting post! Kitty Kat Karma loves to soak up the sun's rays (and snooze) and I love to enlarge her pictures and gaze longingly at them, as in "I wish I was there to scratch her."

    Little Ian stole my heart learning to walk and wave bye-bye. That video taken on the back streets near their hotel was fascinating - all those vending machines with every kind of beverage imaginable.

    That's wonderful news about a new dwelling becoming available for you and KKK (I don't mean "the Klan"). I hope it turns out to be everything you want and need and more. I am very happy for you, dear friend Rita!

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  6. truly, truly hoping and praying for you!!

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  7. Holy cow. This is AWESOME. What a great deal. And getting the space you want my be simply a wish away. I agree with Divers and Sundry. As you age, you will appreciate the fact that you are on the ground floor in case of fire or tornadoes. And because heat rises, I'm sure you will be cooler in summer.

    Thanks for sharing these adorable videos and your hopeful plans with us for T this Tuesday. I look forward to hearing good news soon!!!

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  8. I knew you'd get it--this new apartment will be PERFECT for you & Karma. I think Ian was waving goodbye to your old place!!

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  9. I am so happy for you and I just have this feeling it will be ok... I told you that back then :) Ian is such a cutie!!!

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  10. I am SOOO happy for you Rita-that is the BEST news!!! I'm sure Karma will be very happy too-because you'll be there with her. She is so sweet all curled up. I like how you got your beverage in for T day:):) Loved hearing Ian's little happy voice and seeing him grow. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Yay! I can comment...my son got me hooked up while he was here a couple of days ago...Rita, I am over the moon happy for you...this sounds like it is meant to be, and I hope your on-site-feelings come to the same conclusion. Cannot wait to hear all about it, once you've been to assess the apartment.

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  12. This is fantastic news! And I think the timing is prefect. If Ian wasn't beginning to show signs of walking soon, you might not have realized a first floor unit would be better. Ian will love the easy access to patio and grass. Sending more prayers!

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  13. First of all, can that kid get any cuter? Wave!
    Second, good luck! I hope the new place works out.

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  14. So great!! How exciting...the prospect of moving to a new building. And closer to the family!!! Score!
    Fun videos...my BIL and GF talk a lot about the vending machines in Japan as well. :)
    Happy T day!

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  15. Rita, this is so exciting!! Just wonderful. I hope you love the apartment. And the video of Ian waving is just delightful!
    Those vending machines... they sell all kinds of stuff, not just drinks. I'd like to return to Japan. I bet they enjoyed their trip.
    Well, looking forward to hearing what you think about the apt! :D

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  16. Oh, I am hoping that you will have found the place you have been wanting all this time, Rita. I've got my fingers crossed, but also just as sure that you will know if this is the place or not when you see it. You'll know. When it's for sure, I'll be doing a happy dance with you! :-)

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  17. I really liked the videos, yes that is great news about the new place I so hope it is all you want in a place

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  18. That's amazing news! I look forward to hearing about your new home in a post some time soon. I'm sure Karma will love it once she gets over the stress of the move itself. Think how wonderful it's going to be in your new place with all your nice red furniture, a den you can set up for all your crafting needs, and extra storage space!

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  19. Rita this is so amazing! I wish you all the best with the new place.
    Keeping you in prayers
    Hugs
    Susan

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  20. I am so excited for you! Prayers work!! I am anxious to hear all about it, wouldn't it be grand if you could move June 1st!! Summer in your new place!!!! :)

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  21. I'm a day late but none the less so excited for you. I do hope you find it fits all your needs and desires when you see it. Tell Ian I waved back, LOL!

    Will be waiting anxiously for the apartment update.

    Darla

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  22. Very exciting news (change can be stressful even when it's mostly good!)
    Hang in there.
    We are having a huge hail storm WITH thunder and lightening.
    I think I need to get off the computer!
    oxo

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  23. Woohoo1 Great news for you both. How exciting, though the thought of me moving brings me out in hives!!
    Hugs
    xx

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  24. I loved Ian walking but the wave was just so precious. I am so excited for you. I think the power of prayer really is amazing....that and Heather. I wish I lived close so I could come and help you move Rita! This is such good news!!! We might get snow on Friday so I mowed all day yesterday. Still have a bit of mowing left. Can you believe I had to wear mittens yesterday...lol. I hope you get a bit of rain. Again I am just so happy for you my friend!!!

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  25. What a lovely post Rita!

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