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ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 7, 2011 11:25 PM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
After 8 months of waiting through this emotional roller coaster ride called 'Buying A Short Sale', we finally closed on the house today! Only a few people know the full extent of what we have been going through just to get to this point but I am glad it's finally over!
We move in the last week of March as the seller, a winemaker, is finishing up bottling a batch of wine and couldn't move any sooner so we are doing a rent back for the 19 days. It's only about 2 miles from Zuzu's and near tons of wonderful nurseries! Hurray!

Here is my cubit I started just to track progress of any of the house and garden projects with added databases of plants I have, photos of the property can be found under the Main forum. http://cubits.org/Suehomegarden/

Finally I can get all these approx. 300 575!! pots of plants out of my Mom's front and back yard plus at least 70 pots out of Zuzu's yard!
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ElizabeteRutens
Mar 8, 2011 12:55 AM CST
Name: Elizabete Rutens
San Rafael CA Zone 9
Congratulations! : ) May you have many happy years gardening up a storm around your new home!

All the best - Elizabete
Imagewcgypsy
Mar 8, 2011 8:17 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Oh, Sue! Hallelujah! My first thought is that knowing your mom loves plants also.....when you take all of your pots, she's going to think her place looks naked...lol...
Second thought is that, unfortunately, the way people steal things, I can't believe you still have those pots sitting on the drive. In many areas, they would all be gone in one evening.
Happy, Happy!
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 8, 2011 10:52 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
I did worry about it but she lives in a nice quiet neighborhood it seems. Of course, if any did go missing, I may not have even noticed!
Imagewcgypsy
Mar 8, 2011 11:08 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
That was the other thing I was going to mention, but didn't want to get you started on counting pots....lol..
Still, I am surprised. I hear of neighborhoods where you'd have to chain the pots in some way. We had a few rare cycads at the library that were quite mature and were dug up and taken in the middle of the night....bronze sculptures here in town cut off, stolen to be melted down...sigh...
I'll bet you can't wait to get moved in...waiting for his wine?
Before we moved to Washington, we'd made an offer on a property in Albion and the dude wouldn't leave until his weed crop had matured.....
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 8, 2011 11:13 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Oh, he already harvested his few plants, the smell is nasty the few times we have gone in the house after he smoked it! I should tell him now, 'no smoking in MY house!'
Imagewcgypsy
Mar 8, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
I think you should do a smudging / cleansing on the house before you move in.....
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 8, 2011 11:22 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Naw, nothing that a good airing out by opening all the windows can't fix!
Calsurf73
Mar 8, 2011 11:22 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
Was this guy growing pot there as well ?
Look closely for "suspicious" seedlings in the gardens once you start planting !

So what garden project is #1 on your list once you take ownership ? (I know that's probably a tough question to answer.)
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 9, 2011 1:20 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Yes Mike, first time we toured the house I leaned over the deck to snap a picture at the side of the house and said to our Realtor, "oh look, tomato plants" and then walked away, he then took a look and said "Uh, those aren't tomato plants". We then checked them out all different kinds with plant name tags. Next time we stopped by, they were 3 ft tall, the next time, all gone.
http://picasaweb.google.com/SPBrown.Ca/BigPlumHouse#54960250...

First job, trimming down and/or pulling out the overgrown shrubs plus weeding!
Imageimapigeon
Mar 11, 2011 2:29 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
How did I miss this thread???
So happy for you-----CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Please visit the Clay Arts cubit

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 11, 2011 10:50 PM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Thanks Janet!

I just did a pot count yesterday because I was always estimating the number and not counting the tiny pots on the shelves, starting with the ones that are around 1 qal. and up, I counted 576!! And that's not counting what I have at Zuzu's house!
Imagezuzu
Mar 12, 2011 2:09 AM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
And almost all of the ones at my house are in 5-gallon containers, so they need big planting holes. You're going to be a very busy girl, Sue.
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 12, 2011 10:26 AM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
I know! Blinking
Calsurf73
Mar 12, 2011 3:02 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
Now is the time to put Zuzu to work...and have her make good on all those promises of helping you in the garden ! (I printed them out as proof.)
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 3:15 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Printed promises. Rolling on the floor laughing
Please clarify what you mean by pot count Sue. Blinking Just asking after going to your provided link. Whistling

I just found this thread. I am overjoyed for your home ownership. If I lived closer I would come help in the weeding and planting. What fun that would be. Group hug
Imagezuzu
Mar 12, 2011 3:54 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
No need for documented evidence, Sue. I'm looking forward to it. Big Grin
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 12, 2011 4:30 PM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
LOL you guys are so funny!

Well yesterday we drove up and did a walk-through with the seller, and guess what, he had the whole backyard weeded! Hurray! He said he felt bad at how overgrown it was and so had about a dozen black garbage bags full of the cleared weeds. Now I can see the paths again and while most of the weeds were merely cut down and will have to be either pulled or smothered, at least it wasn't so overwhelming as our previous visit. We still need to cut down a lot of the overgrown shrubs though, we'll rent a chipper so at least we can make some mulch.
We talked to the new neighbors that are moving in around the corner at a house we had previously looked at and also to a few other neighbors who are real excited we are moving in. (they are not fond of the seller or the neglectful condition he allowed the house to become)
We then drove to 4 storage unit places to check on available units since my daughter and family are moving in with us and found a nice clean one. Then we went to both the elementary and middle schools nearby and picked up registration packets for the grand kids, both schools are with a mile. Thumbs up
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 12, 2011 4:45 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Wow, things are moving right along, how wonderful. Will they be moving in with you during spring break? And school so close. What more could you ask for? Lovey dubby
Imagezuzu
Mar 12, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
What are the schools, Sue?

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