This week has flown by with a number of activities. I can't believe it is time for Slow Sunday Stitching again!
I had grandson John here until Wednesday and he was able to go back to school on Thursday. He never had a positive test for COVID, but they made him stay home until 20 days after his mother's diagnosis. Klara, his sister did have a positive test, a few sniffles, and was able to back to school after Labor Day.
Wednesday I attended a local quilt guild meeting for the first time, and joined, plus one of their mini groups. I have always wanted to join, but they meet in the mornings, and when I was working I was not able to. And then after I retired, I was John's caregiver. I had planned to go, and then hesitated as I was getting a lot of calls about the status of my reverse mortgage. and was going to postpone until next month, but my daughter encouraged me to go, so I did. I did get several calls while I was at the meeting and I had to step out, but that was OK.
A lady checking in behind me volunteered to be my mentor and showed me around, and is keeping me updated via email of activities. I took home a couple of charity projects to complete. I had a really good time and was glad for the interaction IRL with other quilters. They even have a group for single women, and get together for lunches.
Anyway after all this I had to go take care of some business with my mortgage company. They were giving the reverse mortgage people a hard time about giving information about payoff, mainly because John's name was on the trust deed, not mine. The house was in the Hurd Family Trust. I had an affadavit that had been filed with the county reporting John had died, and that I was the trustee of the Hurd Family Trust. So I had to go up to my mortgage company, take a copy of John's death certificate, the affadavit, the trust information, and have them fax it to another number.
So I was really discouraged, thought for another week, I would have to wait to sign papers. But apparently my doing that helped, and they were able to get information because Thursday my loan agent called and said I could sign papers on Friday. So Friday a notary and my agent came over about 4:45 and we got to work. There were 190 pages. I didn't have to sign every page, but we had to go over everything. Because this is a reverse mortgage you have to sign papers with the lender, and the HUD in duplicate, (US Department of Housing and Urban Development). There is an insurance policy with HUD that you pay for, if the lender has problems, my loan is guaranteed. Anyway, notary lady was here until 7:20 last night going over everything. So the loan should be funded next Wednesday or Thursday.
I think the stars were aligned right this week for me. First the loan papers were signed. Next I called roofer people and told them I would have my funds next week. And they are ready to start next week, before our rainy season. I have to have the solar panels taken down first though. So called solar people and they said they are working 1 month to 5 weeks out. I told them the roofers were coming next week, and all of a sudden the service guy told me he had a fall through on Monday, and they would be out on Monday to take them off!
So the night before my papers were signed, I thought I should make a little something for my loan officer I have working with. She has gone above and beyond trying to get this thing in the works, with difficulties all over. So I got up Friday morning and thought I would put together a little fall pillow for her. I cut out the words on my Cricut machine and ironed them on. I quilted around the leaves. She was so thrilled. She said she usually gets wine, but no one has never made her anything!
Today daughter Katie, granddaughter Klara and I went to the annual local begonia show and sale. We have gone to this for 11 years now. Last year there was cancelled because of COVID so we were quite happy to attend again, and I think went a little crazy. When we first started going, plants were about $5-7. Two years ago they were $9. This year most were $14 except the ones on the sale table were $10. We went a little crazy. I need to pot mine tomorrow. I tend to go for the Begonia Rex the ones with the beautiful leaves. Katie and I learned that we can attend the meetings monthly and they usually have a speaker and a sale table. I know I want to start going.
We usually get the casualties during the winter if it freezes, and in the summer when it is so scorching hot. I think I only had 2 casualties last year. Katie and I used to go to a little French Restaurant after the show and have lunch, but apparently they closed in 2020 after the owner had a stroke, so we were disappointed, but ended up having a great brunch at a place I used to meet with friends before work to have breakfast before work.
I am still working on secret projects this week, to be revealed on Thursday at the I'm Falling For You Blog Hop. I need to finish stitching these words so I can complete this project. This is what I will be working on for Slow Sunday Stitching.