Monday, August 12, 2013

Coming Up For Air!

My Sun Porch - August 11, 2013

It was Bill's idea to put our "mamaw" and "papaw" recliners on the sun porch and it was brilliant.  The recliner facing towards this way is mine and as I write this, I am listening to the rain and trying real hard to keep my eyes open.  I couldn't be more content!  

We are moved and considering the fact that our furniture came only five days ago, we are amazingly settled.  As we come up for air, it's incredible to realize how much we've done in just over a week.  This was all part of the plan and for once, the plan has worked itself out perfectly.  Bill returns to school for fall semester on Wednesday and we hoped to have the condo comfortable and cozy by then.  We've accomplished that even down to having pictures hung with a couple of days to spare!  And the thing is, yes, we've worked like dogs, but have managed to pace ourselves enough that we aren't exhausted.  Mostly we are just grateful and 100% certain that we've done the right thing.  This already feels very much like "home" and returning to our old house yesterday for a few minutes didn't trigger the strong emotions for either of us that we thought it might.  That might change somewhat when we leave it for the last time once it sells, but for now, we just look forward to handing over the keys to someone who will love it for a season like we did!  

The closing on August 1 went off flawlessly.  We arrived at the closing looking like the Clampett's because we were in both cars and they looked somewhat like this......

My RAV4 has sure come in handy.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we elected to move dishes, hanging clothing, pictures, lamps and technology ourselves.  It saved us a bundle of money plus allowed us to have all those things moved and either in place or at least in the room it belonged BEFORE the furniture came.  That decision proved even more brilliant than we knew and was the key to our being this far along in the process.  I have some work left to do in my office once Bill returns to school and there is still some shuffling to do in the garage, but the condo itself is ready for entertaining.  Come on over....................

Thought you might enjoy a few before and after pictures.   Remember I make no claim to being a good photographer.  Some of these don't accurately reflect color or light, but you'll get the gist of it.

 Dining Room

Great Room (the Sun Porch is through the two windows)

Don't have any before pictures of the master bedroom, so here are a couple of "afters."  

My office...................

And what we are calling our "little den."
 The "little den" is the one room in the condo that is less than HALF the size of our den in the old house.  This furniture is HUGE and fairly new.  We love it and didn't want to part with either the sofa or the love seat unless it looked simply horrid in the "little den."  We admit it is a tad crowded, but actually looks better than we thought possible and is simply a cozy little room where we will watch TV, movies, and where I will likely do a lot of reading.  It works and we are very happy with it.

And last, but not least, our kitchen................

I've mentioned several times how excited I am about our kitchen.  It is bigger, brighter and has more counter space than I have ever had.  We love the little breakfast area and then the sun porch is out the door to the right of the breakfast set. That sun porch has already become our sanctuary and our haven.  It is private, it is quiet, it is peaceful.  

Please forgive my lack of support to each of you over the past couple of weeks.  Significant things have happened in many of your lives and I've failed to acknowledge them.  I spent a good deal of time today trying to catch up with some of you and hopefully, I can get back on a better schedule of posting this week.  My birthday passed with little fanfare on July 30, but we did take the day off from anything related to moving and celebrated the day in my beloved Smoky Mountains.  I'll tell you all about that in my next post.  And after that, we'll have some very frank discussion about moving, stress and weight maintenance!

Thanks for YOUR support over the past few weeks!
I appreciate it more than you know.


  1. I love your new place!!! It looks fantastic!! (I especially like the guy modeling the comfort of the couch in the great room...ha!!). And that sun room, would be a great room to sit in and watch it rain :)

    Wishing you both the best, and to Bill a great semester. Looking forward to more updates!

  2. I love your new place too! It looks so comfortable and you did a great job of getting it all set up!

  3. It all looks amazing!!! Congrats!!!

  4. Thanks for checking in. I knew the move was keeping you consumed. Everything looks great. Enjoy it.

  5. I love the board and batten in your dining room! Neat! I hope you enjoy many wonderful years in this condo :D

  6. Love your condo, Sharon. Congrats.. It just seems perfect... Does Bill have an office too???? Love your sunporch... What kinds of fireplace do you have? You know me---I love wood-burning fireplaces, but most new places use gas logs.

    Now--relax and ENJOY.

  7. I *love* what you've done with the place! :)

  8. Happy Belated Birthday! So glad you took time off from moving and enjoyed your day. I love the condo - it does indeed look cozy and so inviting. You both have done well to have pictures hung and everything! I want that sun porch - we have thought about doing that here but it's so costly that I don't know if it will happen or not.

    Best wishes in your new home.

  9. I really like your condo. I am so happy for the way things are working out for you. Happy birthday!

  10. Thanks for the tour of your lovely new home! Glad to hear your move went well, and you're settling in. Enjoy!

  11. It all looks cozy. I like the sun porch the best.

  12. Oh my have done SO much and it looks wonderful and so inviting! Congrats on your new place! Enjoy it in good health :-)

  13. Congrats on the new home, you accomplished that move in in record speed, which means you'll soon be able to relax (at least a little) and enjoy your beautiful home! :)

  14. Your new condo home is gorgeous and I am impressed by how smooth your move was.
    I am giving away a book on my blog today, you are probably still wildly busy from your move so blog visits may not be on your to do list yet :)

  15. Congratulations, Dear! really, your condo looking beautiful, clean and colorful! love it. thanks for sharing the information and images of yours new condo. I glad found your blog...such an amazing blog....