Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Moving Forward...Looking Backward!
Do You Like My new Digs???
Thanks so much for your support and feedback after my last post! I was so excited to tell all my Blog Friends about our move. I knew somewhere down the road I'd be writing that post, I just never imagined it would be this soon or would transpire in one week's time! I can assure you that even though the reality of moving 14 years worth of "stuff" has set in, there has not been one single moment of buyer's remorse or doubt that we've made the right decision. We are so excited and every time we drive by, we look forward even more to the day we move in. Speaking of moving in, closing is still set for August 1 and we plan to move the following week. Although the condo is move-in ready, we are going to paint the three bedrooms in colors more to our liking and why pass up that opportunity while the rooms are empty and nothing has to be moved or worked around.
There is still the little matter of selling our current home. We've had lots of interest and a successful open house was held this past weekend. But it is an older home (73 years old) with the creaks and cracks inherent in purchasing an older home. Since we didn't anticipate moving for at least five more years, we've kept it in the best shape we could and that should be to our advantage now. It's just a matter of the perfect buyer coming around who wants this beautiful old Cape Cod just like we wanted it 14 years ago.
It has surprised both of us that we aren't feeling a bit more nostalgic about leaving our house and yard, but we attribute that to the fact that we've changed along with our priorities and the joy derived from working in the yard and maintaining the house just isn't there anymore. We'd rather be spending that time with friends, heading to the mountains or taking advantage of the many fun things to do in our community. We see lots of weekend jaunts to explore nearby places in our future - time that has always been devoted to "house" things. Perhaps in the back of our minds, we always felt that when Bill retired, we'd have time to do both. But with retirement on the backburner for at least five more years, that plan went out the window. It was one or the other and we choose travel/adventure over yard work/home projects!!
Did I mention my sun porch?
Storm door opens to a good-sized patio - door on the left goes into the breakfast room.
Do you like my kitchen?
Picture on the left is standing in the breakfast area. There is a large pantry on the other side of the refrigerator and at the far end of the cabinets on the left is an entry into the dining room. The door leads through the laundry area and into the garage. This is at least twice the counter space I've EVER had and lots more cabinet space as well.
As for the blog, please bear with me during this time both with posting updates and with commenting on your posts. I seriously considered taking a "break" until we were moved, but just didn't want to. The blog is important to me and I told myself I'd MAKE time to post something regularly. Perhaps, I aimed too high. I am simply exhausted most days purging, packing, dumping, recycling and taking care of the business details of moving. So I read YOUR posts for awhile to stay in the loop, but do it quickly usually just staying in my reader so please know that I am here even if there isn't a comment from me on every post.
As excited as I am about the move, I will admit there is a twinge of regret that I am not leaving this Friday on Summer Adventure (Part 2) which was a couple of weeks in Colorado. This trip was totally planned and highly anticipated by both of us, but especially me as it was going to involve at least two visits with Blog Friends that were already confirmed. I will miss that and hope to reschedule it soon. And next time around, there will be no anxiety about who will mow the yard, water the plants and take care of the house while we meander around the country!
Please tell me about the last time you moved. Why? When? Local/long distance? Would love to know your stories!
(If you'll share your stories, I've got a couple of really funny ones I'll share in my next post!)