17 April 2009

The Nightmare

We all have them. The only good thing about nightmares is that we wake up and it is gone. Most people never even remember what it was that scared the hell out of them.

I have been living in a nightmare for the past 2 weeks. My husband and I left our home for 2 days to get away from it all. We returned to our home only to find that locks had been placed on the doors, the utilities meter boxes removed and a notice that the home had been foreclosed on.

Long story short - our landlord failed to pay the mortgage on the house not once, not twice but since 2007 the bank has not received a payment. Said landlord had claimed that our home was his 2nd home, i.e. NOT rental property.

We contacted the bank and explained to them that we have been living in our home for 8 years and that we were not related to the owners, we were tenants. The bank said that they were ever so sorry and said we still have to go. But they would take the locks off the doors and extend the 3 days to 30 days for us to get out of dodge or the sheriff was a coming.

So I have been camping out in my living room (no utilities), trying to pack up 8 years in less than 30 days and deal with the fact that I will have to put everything in storage and join over 7000 other families in San Joaquin County in the search for a place to live. Yes, I said 7000. That is the figure from the San Joaquin County Housing Authority. 7000 families in this county in just over 2 years have become displaced from bank foreclosures.

I never saw this coming and will need to get creative with finances. This is the kind of crap that happens to other people or on the Tuesday night movie of the week. I am a member of the DAR for God's sake! This certainly can't be happening to me, not when I finally have my foot in the door career wise. My life was finally at a point that made me jump out of bed each morning thinking "Ain't Life Grand."

I am a pretty tough cookie. I am sure that I will survive. But it will take some time. We will find a place to live sooner or later.

Better watch out - I could end up in your neighborhood! Bwhahahah !!!!!(laughter of a woman on the very edge of insanity)
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