Monday, November 30, 2015

I found my BOL.

      I found my B-O-L it is a 1/4 mile from any Nabors in a hollow with a well and a creek . While its not 30 miles out of town it is on a road with just 5 houses in the middle of a area owned by a timber company ( 2400 acres). It has been abandoned since 2010 and the taxes lapsed in 2011 . The  road goes 2 miles past my spot to a house that is owned by a prominent family and a parcel owned by a holding company of a very wealthy family. What may be my property line is where the road is blocked by a keypad gate and posted everywhere No trespassing . It may sound strange but I think at the other end may be a B_O_L of some local rich and famous .

    I sent in a bid request for the property today after spending a few hours researching it and all surrounding properties. It seems most the property owners are principals in the timber holding company. A few small parcels are just family homes like my place was.

    The piece I want had a mobile home on it from 05 till 2010 ( google earths timeline is amazing) it is 2 acres of land . It is hilly with a lower flat of 1/2 acre and a 1/4 on top where the mobile home was. It still has a 12 x20 Morgan building, a 12x12 shed and the pump house with pump. Siting on the bottom flat is an old freight trailer a 45 footer in bad shape. Normally I would love to keep the trailer but its toast and also about 10,000 lbs of scrap metal. At 8.50 a 100 lb that's 850.00$, the back taxes and interest is only 725$. I want this bad I hope The state sends the bid quote back quick I would love to clear the undergrowth before spring.  Oh it also has power and AT@T u verse available. Compliments of the rich folks at the end of the road. Funny they have there place obscured by google earth.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Spring cleaning in November.

     Sorry I disappeared this week but the holidays made it a busy time here at home. This year was the first time we hosted the family's Thanksgiving dinner. My wife and I are both clutter bugs but we keep the house picked up and comfortable FOR US. Well last Saturday when it was decided that it was going to be here the wife went into cleaning hysteria and I became her muscle.

     Now that its over I understand why you read story's of women stripping everything out of a house and reassemble it once everything was spotless every spring. It has been 10 years since we painted the inside's . On Monday I had to strip the dinning room, washed walls floors baseboards, clean everything wax the floor and reassemble it to my wife's satisfaction. That was the easy room . It was amazing how dirty this house was. When you see it every day its not as noticeable but once you start cleaning to a panicked woman standards its different .

   Long story short she hid my computer and drove me like a dog ( she worked as hard or harder) doing a fall spring cleaning of the house  and no room was spared. It was hard work but once put back it was worth the work. The house is brighter looks fresher and it made her happy. Come spring I will be repainting a couple of rooms but I now understand WHY spring cleaning's were done.

     A lot of folks wouldn't see the point but most people move 5 or more times before they are 50. This has been my home for 31 years now. Houses may not need a spring cleaning if you move every few years . But if you have a home and have been in it a long time it could use a spring cleaning !
      It is the same as moving but no truck needed !!! Lol

Monday, November 23, 2015

Texas logic .

  Sounds like a humane response. Made me smile.

P.S. My wife has drooled over this man since the movie Roadhouse

Friday, November 20, 2015

Gun porn post

    I hope everyone realize how many nude pics I have to look at to find women clothed with guns! What I do for a post :) .

  Now that I have your attention one to think about .

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We can prevent terrorism without goverment permission

     Normally I don't write about national affairs as my opinions hold no sway. Our elected official's are on a course to destroy America's Identity as a nation and the safety of citizens .
 here is a link on the first war on Muslim terrorist.

     An interesting bit of un taught history. It took place because we were weak and had no Navy. They held us in contempt .

     Now our leaders have no backbone to take a stand and close our boarders or To stand up to foreign leaders and elitist. Go read this. 

   We as individual's have the right and responsibility to make as many place's and events hardened targets. France has strict gun laws and it showed with 129 dead it is a soft target as is most of Europe . We have 300 million guns. We can't stop suicide attacks but perhaps we can save thousands of lives and send these cowards to there Maker in quantities that makes them respect us.

    We are at risk because ISIS is correct  Our LEADER'S are COWARDS . ISIS doesn't understand the difference between our leaders and WE THE PEOPLE . We are armed, WE are willing and We are a force to be reconeded with .

    We all need to carry weather by a CCL or Open !!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Why I hate the suburbs.

   First let me make clear I live in semi rural and unincorporated part of the county. My daughter lives in an older development that was annexed years later by a small city. This city is only 8 years old . It incorporated to keep its resident from being swallowed by a much larger city and protect its homeowners from the large city's taxes, zoning and excessive ordinances.

   Now it don't take no genius to know it has morphed in to a beast as bad or worse than the large city it was to protect its citizens from. First this town decided it want to expand so it doubled its boundaries. it raised taxes and licensing fees. Then it adopted strict yard and appearance codes. It has even banned any farm animals and certain breeds of dogs.
   Ok this suburb city has 25 employee's but only 4 of them are in city services the rest are administrative and inspection. My daughter has been cited in 4 years 6 times by the city inspectors
Once for parking in her yard (she had a sprained ankle)
Once for having a banned breed (pit bull 1/4 mix)
Once for shrubs higher than her porch rail .
Three times for grass exceeding 8 inches

  The last one was the shrubs I spent 6 hours Sunday cutting them all to the ground I put plastic on the ground and mulch. She now has no bushes just 2 mulch bed so nothing will grow back . She isn't the only one with multiple citations. What they have is a group of about 20 pissy employees that want to run everybody's life. It is a power trip for them they love having the power to make citizens jump . Suburb city's offer few service's to those trapped or annexed in to their oversight. Some like the one my daughter is in acts more like an HOA with no club house or pool .

    Out in the country we rarely get harassed by inspectors. The last one at my house left wondering if I was an anti social misfit who failed to understand he knew best. The man didn't like being referred to as a civil servant. He didn't like me inspecting HIS truck and having me point out it was Tax payer property. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

A must read post ! Thank's Phil .

    I just read this article because of a link at Phil's site it is a must read for every one.

 Phil's blog 

  The post is here 

It is a lesson in human history and government thinking.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Now the fun begins.

    It was the deed at the post office . We went and picked it up about 9 this morning and got to the Blount county courthouse about 10;30. The lady at the registers office had to ask the probate judge and tax commissioner how to handle it. Seems it is rare up there for a state issued deed to be recorded. The Tax assessor's office Had to call the state to make sure it included 2015's taxes (it did). It took less than 30 minutes to get it all finished. I love that courthouse they are friendly and helpful . In my county its "not my department" and hang on I got a facebook update to read. 

    My son and I drove by the 2 pending properties and then went to the new house . Sunday I get to go to Lowes for OSB and 2x4s . WE have decided to redo the rotted wall on Monday and winterize what needs to be to. The wall has to be redone so no since in doing it half way now and redo it right latter. Next week I will post some pictures of it as I want a before and after log of it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Full plate,projects to finish.

    Ok I know Tax property isn't a normal prepping topic but it is a way for a poor man to get a second location. I am still looking for what I want. My son's place of 2 acres is close (if it happens) but I am learning the system so it will happen. Finding abandoned properties for the kids and grandkids is a bonus in the search. If I make money on a few it is just more money for what I want to do. I haven't abandoned the food trailer in fact I have boxed in the wheel wells and framed the serving windows. I have to choose what and how much I spend much more closely in the coming months. I have to many projects half complete. 2016 will be a year about finishing projects.

     My hope is to finish the food trailer, get the Blount county house fixed and sold/rented, rework the trailer ,shed at the 3 acre property. I will be on the hunt for me a BOL if it is offered. Its not that I want the perfect place but it needs to be remote and private to put a camper at times and a supply cache on site. Me and the wife love to camp but sometimes it more about being alone and away from the house. While 25$ a night isn't bad to camp, it won't take many days to pay for a getaway property.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Good deals till i am broke.

       As I have wrote in the past I have been researching state held tax lien property. Today I received a slip saying we have certified mail at the post office . Its from the state property office so tomorrow I will have the tax deed ! Next week me and my son will get to secure and winterize this house to stabilize it till I have the money and time to work on it.

     When I sent the money for this house I set aside 2500$ for the repairs and renovations to bring it to sellable shape. My son was going to live there as we worked and until it sold. The best plans change without warning.

     Last Friday the great state sent us 5 parcel prices that we had requested . We submitted 28 request and have received a total of 12 price quotes. Out of the last 5 there was 2 we couldn't pass up. One of them was 2 acres in a nice farm area for 128$ but its just a lien till May then it can be deeded . It is over grown but has a teardown house and small barn that would yield a lot of lumber . My son loved it so I sent a check. Small price to get him a place. He now has 3 places that will be deed able in May. I hope and pray one of them isn't reclaimed.
      The other parcel is less than 2 miles from my home. It has 3.25 acres  is on a good road and has 240 acre of timberland behind it that will never be sold and is 30 years from harvest. It has an old mobile home and a shed. It has power, water, gas and a septic system on site. Unfortunately it has a high price 4,600$ but it is an immediate tax deed . AS it sits it is worth 12,000$, with a 1,000$ in materials and 2 days on my tractor it would bring twice that.

  As I said earlier I had 2500 set aside for the first house. Now with this 3 acre available I need it and will be barrowing 2,000 from the wife to make it happen. instead of plunking down the money we are going to do a 4000$ dollar loan on CDs. But it will leave my cash on hand below what I like.
    I worked hard to save this money it had been for a truck but I couldn't pass these deals up. 6,000 out of pocket with property alone worth 24,000. After repairs possibly up to 42,000 . 5 liens possibly becoming deeds in May both kids out on there own with a second property each. Yea its a risk but it has a good return.


Friday, November 6, 2015

friday pics

     No reason for these picture's its just my blog and Friday. To hold to the gun porn label here is one more.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Poor Sleep is a big issue

    I seem to be in an unfocused funk the past two weeks . You know the feeling I am sure. I want to do this and that but can't get started on things. I need to secure the new house but I can't till the state sends me one last paper to register it with the county. I need to do some more work on the new trailer but its not a must do so I haven't . There are tons of little things around the house that need to done before winter is here.

     I have always been a procrastinator but this is different. It is a listless dragging feel. I know why it is worst this time. I am not sleeping good it is not a deep restful sleep it like a long nap that I drift in and out of. It may seem to be more an annoyance than a problem but when it interferes with getting jobs done its a PROBLEM.

     I have had a sore throat the last 3 weeks and I just wrote it off as allergy's and the Fall weather. Nope I googled it and my poor sleep. What I found was sleep apnea or heavy snoring could be the cause of both problems. I have always snored ( the wife does to) but since I quit work it has got worst. I could go to the doctor but all they will do is give me a sleep aid or order a sleep study. I have friends that use C pap machines but those solutions are not for me.

    For the next week I am going to try pillows and a hot toddy . I may try herbal tea. I hope it works I have to much to do to have poor sleep and snoring preventing me from accomplishing my goals.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Funnel cake for halloween.

     This year for Halloween I was asked by one of the local churches to do funnel cakes for Halloween. They were having a Trunk or Treat for the kids .I was asked last year but I had a prior commitment. The weather was terrible a steady rain but the folk that did show up had a good time. The church members had hotdogs, drinks, Chili and games inside for the kids . I was outside in my trailer in one hour I did almost 60 funnel cakes. I had fun most of the people that came by recognized me and the trailer as the man that does the BBQ  on the road. It is nice to give back to the community that has supported me. Some of the people had never stopped at the BBQ so may be I will pick up some new customers. The cost to me was less than 15$  to make over 80 people smile.