HUD v Highlands Ranch HOA – No One Wins

It has been a couple months now. I was awarded the bid on the HUD home in Highlands Ranch. The house is in a perfect location right across the street from my kids school, on a corner lot. I have been waiting for the HUD versus HOA battle to finish but neither seems to care.

In this case, I can’t seem to understand how anyone wins because both parties are sticking their head in the sand and trying to make ME pay for it all. HUD has allowed the house to have a covenant violation (the yard is mostly dead grass – and has been that way for apparently close to four years). The HOA put a lein against the house and won’t let them sell unless they fix it or have me pay the $7000 escrow. Which would be great if I had a spare $7K laying around (I don’t). So I guess they will have to put the house up for sale/bid again. And it will sit longer…with no one caring for it at all.

In the mean time, I was informed that when I signed my 30-day release to my apartment they have been trying to rent it. It was rented today. I have to be out in just 10 days! Um? I am pretty sure that even if I found a house tomorrow – I would not likely close in less than 10 days. So…I will move into my parents house for a while and have my kids stay with their dad during the weeks. I’m not really happy about the situation but what needs to be done needs to be done.

But, I refuse to buy a house that I don’t like just because I’m in a hurry. That is a pretty big amount of money to spend on something I don’t like. So the search goes on. I am at the low end of the financial spectrum in this area of town. I can only afford so much because I am a single parent doing this on my own.

Denver Deal: Noodles, Chili’s, Kneaders and More

How early do your kids start thinking of what they will be for Halloween? At what age do they stop trick or treating? I sort of miss the cute trick or treating days (my kids at 14 and 15 years old have no intention to trick or treat this year – but are already plotting their costumes). I typically purchase candy that I like to eat in case I don’t hand it all out. But maybe I shouldn’t do that and my waist wouldn’t feel the effects. I recently read a post on facebook that some neighbors are trying to be conscientious about the neighbor kids peanut allergies and gluten free diets. Is this something you care about?

Noodles. Noodles is celebrating their 20th anniversary with 20 days of giveaways. The first of which is on Oct 20 you get a free mac and cheese with the purchase of another entree. Noodle lovers enjoy!

Chili’s. Chili’s is celebrating the Presidente margarita’s 21st birthday with $5 margaritas and 21-cent chips and salsa. OMG. Their chips are the BEST! (You can even buy the chips without the margarita).

Fab’rik women’s boutique, in Aspen Grove, invites you for a private shopping night hosted by the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley  on October 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy drinks & mini cupcakes while you shop. Plus 20% of net sales of full priced items from the event will be donated to benefit the fuzzy animals at the shelter.

The Joint. Celebrate National Chiropractic Health Month at The Joint with a free exam and adjustment.  Follow this link to schedule yours free! Seriously…no strings.

Gigi’s Cupcakes. Enjoy one of the newest flavors at Gigi’s Cupcakes for just $2 on Tuesday, October 20. The new flavors are Apple Pie and Mama’s Butterscotch Bacon. YUM.

Flu Shots. While it is getting close to flu season – you don’t have to WELCOME it.  North Suburban Medical Center has FREE flu shots while supplies last.  Costco has theirs for just $14.99. Rocky Mountain Urgent Care will do flu shots for $20.

Avalanche Family Night. Family night (presented by White Fence Farm) is Saturday, October 24 v Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. just $31 each gets you 1 upper level ticket, 1 Food & Pepsi Voucher. I love the way the Avalanche changed this promotion this year to a per person price (not all families are “4-packs”).

Nuggets Family Night. October 30 is Family night at the Nuggets. Get 1 Ticket and 1 Meal and Pepsi Voucher for just $22!

Kneaders Bakery and Cafe. My daughter and I went to the newest Kneaders on Friday after my son’s football game. My daughter called it a “fast-food Cracker Barrel.” I am guessing she said that because there is a (Hallmark-like) shop. The menu is primarily sandwiches, salads, and soups with a ton of bakery items as well (my daughter said the pumpkin cookie was great). I understand we should go back for the french toast (we didn’t get there in time for the free meal). Englewood location at 9846 Zenith Meridian Dr will open Friday, October 23 – the first 100 customers will receive a complimentary meal of Kneaders’ famous French toast on their first day of business.

YMCA of the Rockies. Our favorite affordable family vacation will open Wednesday, October 7 for their winter cabin reservations for non-members at both YMCA of the Rockies centers (Estes Park & Snow Mountain Ranch). Also, on October 7th dog sledding reservations open for the winter at Snow Mountain Ranch. Standard rides are on Saturdays and Mondays, and a new advanced ride is now offered on Fridays.  Learn more here. With a huge seleciton of activities, most included FREE, everyone will find something to do.  Snow Mountain Ranch is conveniently located between the alpine ski resorts of Winter Park/Mary Jane and Ski Granby Ranch and houses a ski/snowboard rental shop on-site. Activities range from their new Fat Snow Bikes, Nordic Skiing, Tubing/Sledding, Ice Skating, Sleigh Rides and more.  http://ymcarockies.org – Estes Park Center  http://snowmountainranch.org/ – Snow Mountain Ranch.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. For the month of October, visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, can enjoy a Mountain Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, family-friendly games, fall-themed photos and Oktoberfest food and drink specials. There’s even more fun on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. with hayrides, face painting and pumpkin decorating. The park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.  The mountain-top park will also offer four special, spooky Halloween evenings October 23, 24, 30 and 31. From 6 to 9 p.m. guests can take a haunted cave tour, roast s’mores around the fire pits and play Halloween games.Admission for these four evenings is $10 per person or $5 for annual passholders. GlenwoodCaverns.com 

Southwest Airlines. Dreaming of where you might want to go on vacation. Want to put your toes in the sand instead of the snow this winter? Southwest Airlines has a lot of great deals. I’m kind of thinking of taking my daughter to the Mall of America (in Minneapolis) for some Christmas shopping or maybe we’ll go to a Disney park.

soybu1Soybu. Our favorite Colorado-based women’s activewear company Soybu is offering an exclusive 25% discount off all order through Oct. 31. Check-out their darling fall fashions, including their Starmaze collection. Simply enter in the code MileHigh25 at checkout.

King Soopers. King Soopers has been offering the Free Friday Download for a while now. They offer great products. In the past few weeks we have received free treats for our cat, protein bar, yogurt, fruit drinks, and more. This Friday will be Oreo Thins. YUM!
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Denver Deal: Kneaders, 7-Eleven, The Joint, Flu Shots and More

Heritage Square really is closing – this November 1st. you still have time to go and enjoy some of the fun favorite attractions like the Miner’s Maze Adventureland that combines a twisting labyrinth with a high ropes course directly above the maze with 25 separate balancing challenges. Other favorite attractions are the Water Walkerz, the Magic Mtn Climb’n Wall, the Silver Spring Bungee, the Tunnel Tumbler, Mineral Panning, and the Rio Golden Railroad will be closing November 1 as well. The historic village, the alpine slide and all shops will also be closing as of Nov. 1. Miners Maze Adventureland in Heritage Square is open weekends only through Nov. 1 from 11am until 6 pm.

Free Day. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will have free admission next Monday, October 19.

The Joint. Celebrate National Chiropractic Health Month at The Joint with a free exam and adjustment.  Follow this link to schedule yours free! Seriously…no strings.

Flu Shots. While it is getting close to flu season – you don’t have to WELCOME it.  North Suburban Medical Center has FREE flu shots while supplies last.  Costco has theirs for just $14.99. Rocky Mountain Urgent Care will do flu shots for $20.

Kneaders Bakery and Cafe. My daughter and I went to the newest Kneaders on Friday after my son’s football game. My daughter called it a “fast-food cracker barrel.” I am guessing she said that because there is a (Hallmark-like) shop. The menu is primarily sandwiches, salads, and soups. There is a ton of bakery items as well (my daughter said the pumpkin cookie was great). I understand we should go back for the french toast (we didn’t get there in time for the free meal). They are opening a few more locations in the next weeks: CASTLE ROCK – Planned opening Friday, October 16 (810 New Memphis Ct. Castle Rock, CO 80109) and ENGLEWOOD – Planned opening Friday, October 23 (9846 Zenith Meridian Dr.Englewood, CO 80112). To celebrate their grand openings, the first 100 customers at each new location will receive a complimentary meal of Kneaders’ famous French toast on their first day of business.

7-Eleven FREE Coffee. Free Coffee at 7-Eleven: Now through 10/18, download the 7/11 app and get one free hot coffee any size at 7-Eleven, limit one a day.

YMCA of the Rockies. Our favorite affordable family vacation will open Wednesday, October 7 for their winter cabin reservations for non-members at both YMCA of the Rockies centers (Estes Park & Snow Mountain Ranch). Also, on October 7th dog sledding reservations open for the winter at Snow Mountain Ranch. Standard rides are on Saturdays and Mondays, and a new advanced ride is now offered on Fridays.  Learn more here. With a huge seleciton of activities, most included FREE, everyone will find something to do.  Snow Mountain Ranch is conveniently located between the alpine ski resorts of Winter Park/Mary Jane and Ski Granby Ranch and houses a ski/snowboard rental shop on-site. Activities range from their new Fat Snow Bikes, Nordic Skiing, Tubing/Sledding, Ice Skating, Sleigh Rides and more.  http://ymcarockies.org – Estes Park Center  http://snowmountainranch.org/ – Snow Mountain Ranch.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. For the month of October, visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, can enjoy a Mountain Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, family-friendly games, fall-themed photos and Oktoberfest food and drink specials. There’s even more fun on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. with hayrides, face painting and pumpkin decorating. The park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.  The mountain-top park will also offer four special, spooky Halloween evenings October 23, 24, 30 and 31. From 6 to 9 p.m. guests can take a haunted cave tour, roast s’mores around the fire pits and play Halloween games.Admission for these four evenings is $10 per person or $5 for annual passholders. GlenwoodCaverns.com 

Southwest Airlines. Not all fall break deals are stay-cations. Southwest Airlines has a lot of great deals. I’m kind of thinking of taking my daughter to the Mall of America (in Minneapolis) for some more back to school shopping or maybe we’ll go to a Disney park.

soybu1Soybu. Our favorite Colorado-based women’s activewear company Soybu is offering an exclusive 25% discount off all order through Oct. 31. Check-out their darling fall fashions, including their Starmaze collection. Simply enter in the code MileHigh25 at checkout.

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

Denver Deal: McDonald’s, Travel Deals, Soybu and More

While the rest of the world turns everything in to Pumpkin Spice something-or-another, I have an obsession of another kind. I can not get enough of Jonathan apples. I literally take the “apple a day” mantra to heart. It is only at this time of year that I can seem to get my hands on them. They are cheap at just 88 cents a pound at my favorite store, Sprouts. How much longer will the Pumpkin Spice fad last? I’m not sure, so long as no one else turns my Jonathan apples into a “thing” and there are still plenty for me – I’ll be ok.

McDonalds.  Hurray for Breakfast all day! Starting Tuesday, October 6 McDonald’s will offer breakfast all day. On October 7th, participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout the state will initiate a statewide PJ Day where anyone who comes into a McDonald’s wearing their PJs will receive a free Egg McMuffin (rules and conditions apply: 5 am to midnight offer, shirts and shoes required).

Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bagels. Wednesday, October 7 celebrate the opening of the best coffee, Caribou Coffee right next to my favorite bagelry, Einstein Bagels at 14695 E. 40th Avenue starting at 5 a.m. The first 50 will get coffee and bagels for a year. All others in line at 5 a.m. will get a free coffee and bagel (while supplies last).

Free Days.

Broncos Specials. I like to cheer the Broncos on because I like to see my team win – but when they do there are some great deals you can take advantage of!

  • Elitch Gardens Theme Park – purchase a general admission ticket for just $18, on the day following every Broncos win through October 18.
  • Arby’s – get a regular roast beef sandwich for just $1 when the Broncos score 3 TDs
  • Conoco – grab a free coffee the morning after a Broncos win.
  • King Soopers – Free donut (or two-liter bottle of Orange Crush for just $1)
  • McDonalds – Get a Sausage Egg McMuffin or Big Mac for just $1 with key tag and win.

DispatchHealth, a Denver, Colo.,-based healthcare startup that provides mobile, onsite healthcare for acute care patients is offering 500 FREE flu shots at three Denver-area events in October.   Those wanting a vaccination simply attend one of the free events on October 10 & 11 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Metro Fire Rescue Station 34A), locate the DispatchHealth care team and vehicle, and complete a short form.  The vaccinations will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis.

Once Upon a Child. Join story time at Once Upon a Child (8253 S. Quebec, Centennial) every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All books are also buy 2 get 1 free all day on Wednesdays.

YMCA of the Rockies. Our favorite affordable family vacation will open Wednesday, October 7 for their winter cabin reservations for non-members at both YMCA of the Rockies centers (Estes Park & Snow Mountain Ranch). Also, on October 7th dog sledding reservations open for the winter at Snow Mountain Ranch. Standard rides are on Saturdays and Mondays, and a new advanced ride is now offered on Fridays.  Learn more here. With a huge seleciton of activities, most included FREE, everyone will find something to do.  Snow Mountain Ranch is conveniently located between the alpine ski resorts of Winter Park/Mary Jane and Ski Granby Ranch and houses a ski/snowboard rental shop on-site. Activities range from their new Fat Snow Bikes, Nordic Skiing, Tubing/Sledding, Ice Skating, Sleigh Rides and more.  http://ymcarockies.org – Estes Park Center  http://snowmountainranch.org/ – Snow Mountain Ranch.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. For the month of October, visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, can enjoy a Mountain Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, family-friendly games, fall-themed photos and Oktoberfest food and drink specials. There’s even more fun on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. with hayrides, face painting and pumpkin decorating. The park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.  The mountain-top park will also offer four special, spooky Halloween evenings October 23, 24, 30 and 31. From 6 to 9 p.m. guests can take a haunted cave tour, roast s’mores around the fire pits and play Halloween games.Admission for these four evenings is $10 per person or $5 for annual passholders. GlenwoodCaverns.com 

Southwest Airlines. Not all fall break deals are stay-cations. Southwest Airlines has a lot of great deals. I’m kind of thinking of taking my daughter to the Mall of America (in Minneapolis) for some more back to school shopping or maybe we’ll go to a Disney park.

soybu1Soybu. Our favorite Colorado-based women’s activewear company Soybu is offering an exclusive 25% discount off all order through Oct. 31. Check-out their darling fall fashions, including their Starmaze collection. Simply enter in the code MileHigh25 at checkout.

Heritage Square and many of the historic attractions located in the iconic destination are closing on Nov. 1. This is the last chance for families and visitors to enjoy many of their favorite attractions like the Miner’s Maze Adventureland that combines a twisting labyrinth with a high ropes course directly above the maze with 25 separate balancing challenges. Other favorite attractions are the Water Walkerz, the Magic Mtn Climb’n Wall, the Silver Spring Bungee, the Tunnel Tumbler, Mineral Panning, and the Rio Golden Railroad. The historic village, the alpine slide and all shops will also be closing as of Nov. 1. Miners Maze Adventureland in Heritage Square is open weekends only through Nov. 1 from 11am until 6 pm.
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Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!

If you’re on Twitter follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93).  If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.

Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

Grand Cayman is Grand Fun

I recently took a trip that I won through my company (HelmsBriscoe) as a Top Producer. We were given a choice (with dates attached) to go to several places. But due to dates and locations I opted for Grand Cayman. We got to stay at the Ritz (FANCY!) for the Top Producer part and then we would extend our trip to the Westin since I have booked a group there (Westin is right next to the Ritz).

Upon arrival, I felt like a pretty big deal when they had a host meet us at the airport holding a sign with my name on it! (just ask anyone…I will tell anyone that I’m awesome). We were walked to the van that would transport us (my friend Melissa went with me) along with a few other HB associates and their guests to the beautiful Ritz. I would say transportation, air conditioning and fresh bottle of water was great. But even funnier, while we were waiting in the van – we saw that Grand Cayman has several wild chickens! I thought it odd so I took a picture and hoped we wouldn’t see chicken on many menus. Would that be like serving fancy road kill in the states?

WIld Chickens

Wild Chickens in Grand Cayman

The island is just 22 miles – so nothing is far. It took us all of about 10 minutes to get from airport to hotel. Upon arrival we were greeted with drinks and cookies. I had a Rum Runner to start (since I figured that would be the extent of my running on this trip).  We were all set to go to our ocean view room! It was awesome and beautiful but, I just wanted out on the beach! ASAP! Then the ammenity of fresh juices and rum arrived. Ahhh. Make my own drink THEN head to the beach. These Ritz people are totally on my same line of thinking.

Grand Cayman Ocean View from Ritz Room

Grand Cayman Ocean View from Ritz Room

After a couple hours on the beach (and luckily no sunburn), we went back to the room to get a shower and get ready for the night’s party – on the beach! (No shoes required). It was beautiful and great sunsets. I really can imagine having a super event here!

Sunset Beach Party at Ritz Cayman

Sunset Beach Party at Ritz Cayman

The meal was delicious and I had to go back for more of the wahoo (sushi grade), conch soup, salads galore, other beef, and meats. Plus, lots more rum-runners!  And I even asked the guy playing steel drums if I could play. He taught me “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” (I’m writing more about that night – just don’t have it done yet).

The next morning was what I was looking forward to most. Swimming with stingrays! It was beautiful! And I hear that kissing a sting ray gets you 7 years of good luck! I’m getting 7 then. (More on that excursion specifically click here).

Cayman, sting rays, good luck,

Kissing Stingrays in Grand Cayman (Pucker up Sophie).

That evening we headed back to the hotel and had another great meal where we has so much food we could almost pop. There were at least six stations of food from seafood to pork and yes – I did see chicken on the menu! The invite said “Caribbean Chic” what is that?!?!

The next day we moved over to the Westin. We had the afternoon to ourselves then met in the lobby for a tour of the property and another amazing dinner on the beach. The dinner was fantastic. It was a menu specially prepared for us as they are re-furbishing the kitchen. The Chef presented each. I picked the top option (salad, fish, chocolate) and Melissa picked the lower option (crab cake, steak and brulee) and we shared each. I love traveling with a friend who will share with me and let me eat of her plate.

Sunset Beachview from Westin Grand Cayman

Sunset Beach view from Westin Grand Cayman Dinner

The following day Melissa and I decided to go on the city bus (which also acts a bit like a taxi as you flag it down when you want to hop on) to go shopping. We went to a high end shopping area (which also was said to have a farmer’s market but there were just a few booths) and then decided to go to Georgetown (the main town on the island where all the cruise ships dock). Georgetown was typical tourist area – with lots of souvenir junk and jewerly shops. When we were there we went to the Guy Harvey shop. He happened to be there signing autographs. (I have to be honest and say I have no idea who he was/is – but the locals seemed to be all about this guy). He was nice and we got some items autographed. Then we ate sushi at the Guy Harvey restaurant. It was probably some of the best fresh sushi I have ever had and we tried the conch fritters. (Eat like the locals?) Then headed back to the hotel to do dinner with some of the other folks from the group who were still around. It sounds like the highlights of this trip were the meals.

I was sad to see the next day go – and we had to head back to Atlanta to get back to Denver. The trip was fun fun fun and I would go again. I would like to go with my romantic interest. Those beaches are amazing. I hope I win another great trip next year too!

Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman

As part of the trip that I won to Grand Cayman. There was an option for an excursion to go swim with stingrays. I was IN for this. After doing a ton of research on the destination it literally is THE thing to do. And we were getting to go.

We boarded the bus for a short five minute ride to the dock to get on the boat. Upon arrival everyone had to sign a quick release form and then we could get on the boat. We had a short safety talk (basically don’t jump overboard, and here’s the toilet). The talk while necessary and informative – I thought of how much fun my favorite airline, Southwest Airlines does their safety spiel. Fun and funny too.

our Guide at the Sails Grand Cayman

our Guide at the Sails Grand Cayman

We headed out on the open water for Stingray City. (We sat on the open trampoline nets and then had lunch on the boat provided by Ritz Carlton so it was delicious!) Stingray city is actually a sand bar out in the middle of the ocean. I can’t get over how clear the waters are here. We can literally see through to the bottom. The sand bar leaves the water at only about waist high. We were quickly surrounded by a couple dozen sting rays. They were friendly (or so it seemed – despite my friend talking about that is how Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter died). They would swim by and allow us to touch them. They felt a little like a portabella mushroom.

Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman

Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman

The guide was great telling us all about the rays and he really knew a lot about the rays. He told us about their habits, their food, their personalities. He informed us that the females grow to be about three times the size of the males. When he did find a male he held him up. And the male so disliked being held up out of the water he spit water literally into the unsuspecting mouths of my friends! Ha ha. Glad I wasn’t in direct line of that – although I totally wish I had had a waterproof camera to catch that. It was super funny.

Stingrays

But I was up for fulfilling any kind of lucky superstition. It is a superstition that if you kiss a stingray you get seven years of good luck. Several of us kissed Sophie who was the big gentle one that the guide held for most of the time we were there. Once you were in front of her and supporting her weight a bit – she would curl up her lip like she was expecting it!

Cayman, sting rays, good luck,

Kissing Stingrays in Grand Cayman (Pucker up Sophie).

We also had about 30 minutes to snorkel at a reef that wasn’t far from where we had hung out with the stingrays. The snorkel was beautiful and fun. Although not long enough.

The swim with the stingrays was certainly one of the highlights of the trip. If I were ever to go again – I would certainly do this part again. It would be fun for all ages and I since the waters were so shallow even kids could do this. We did our trip thanks to Red Sail. I would highly recommend them as they were fun and informative. http://www.redsailcayman.com/stingray-city 

HUD v HOA

I am beginning to think I’m a bit crazy when it comes to buying this house. I have had to do some real thinking on why I want THIS house. (as a reminder I’m buying a HUD home near by kids school – by myself). While the house needs a ton of work, it is in a great location and I don’t think that I would get into a house and not need ANY work – so I figured it was par for the course on this one. However, I’ve hit another snag on it.

The yard is pretty much dead. The house has sat vacant for the past four years – so it absolutely makes sense to me that it would be dead. There is no water and no one caring for it at all. I knew this would be a project for me. But now it seems that the HOA has a lien on the house until HUD can get it back up to code (it is under a covenant violation). As we are faced with October in Colorado and colder weather, I’m not certain how this issue will be fixed. Even if HUD tried to put sod down to make the lawn get up to code. I’m not certain that it will stick as there is no water to the property and no way to turn on water until it is owned.

There was some talk about HUD trying to push the cost to me. I can’t afford a 7K escrow. I’m not certain how they arrived at the $7000 price tag either. When I looked at HomeAdvisor’s cost guide it said $1500 (maybe they were wrong too – but if we could find something in between). But in either case, HUD can’t sell the home until the lien is released. HOA won’t release the lien until covenant violation is fixed. If I was going to do a little happy dance – I would hope that HUD fixes the yard to covenant standards and still sell me the home but it could be MONTHS before it is fixed as we are upon winter. Either that or I make it onto one of those fix-it shows on DIY Network or HGTV. (Hello YardCrashers?!?!?) So…I’m back in standstill with my ability to do anything about the situation at literally NOTHING.