After a lifetime of living in the same small town and almost 40 years in the same house, we’re getting ready to move! Can you imagine?
My dad’s passing, as hard as it is to accept, presents new horizons for us. We all handle grief in different ways and I typically get most of my tears out of the way and focus on the future. Our future is now wide open.
Ricky and I live in the same town we grew up in and in the same house we raised our kids in.
How will we ever be able to leave those trees? That picture was taken years ago and they are much larger now!
The town isn’t the same as it used to be and not for the better. I love small town living, but well… not this small town any more. The kids knew that early own and both have moved away. Our son is in south Florida, 600 miles from here. Our daughter only 75 miles away. My dad was the only reason we’ve stayed here. Now, there’s nothing keeping us here and we’re looking to move closer to our daughter. Why not Florida where our son is? It’s a completely different world than we’re used to and just too far away. However, we’ll now be able to visit there more often than we have in the past.
Moving will be such an adventure! There will be happies, arguments, decisions and indecision, confusion, awakening, pondering, deciding what we want out of life and a home and the shocking realization of just how much junk we’ve accumulated over the years.
First step will be to get our house ready to sell. This will happen over the next few months. Mainly a few repairs, paint……………
Ummmm…. yeah. This is on all the walls in our master bathroom. I’m admitting it to the world. 1980’s, folk art stencils. I believe if nothing else gets painted, this is a must. The tile is pretty hideous, but we’re not putting that kind of money in it to sell.
……………making the yard look good – it’s been neglected the past couple of years – and clean up. Oh my, clean up and clean out. Clean out = The biggest chore.
I’ve started the clean out process. I’ve done one closet so far, have pulled articles from about a million magazines in the “magazine chest”, and at the moment am working on the many large boxes full of photos from my parents and ours, getting them ready for albums.
I’m also considering paint colors. This house is in fairly bold colors.
I know the walls should be neutral for selling. And actually, I was going to do that regardless. Not only do we have peachy/coral, we have 3 different greens in this house! And if something looks nice in one green room, that’s where it stays because it looks awful in another green room. So. I’m looking at white. But…. Gah!!!! Which one??!! Pinning, pinning, pinning. Research, research, research. This will also give me a chance to see how I like a house with all white walls. For when we move.
Moving. Find a house or build? I’ve got a feeling, a very strong feeling, we’ll be building. I’ve looked online at the available houses in the areas we’re willing to go. We want a few acres and the houses I like are crammed up in neighborhoods. Neighborhoods with home owners’ associations. Uh….. yeah. Nope. And if there’s a home with some land, it’s usually not even close to what we want in style and too expensive to work with. We would certainly consider a less-than-what-we-want house on the right piece of land, if we can envision making the house into our dream home. I don’t have that kind of vision, so that brings us back to building…..
Arghhhhh!!!!! And I’ve spent hours online looking at house plans. None are perfect. Or I haven’t found it yet. One will have the perfect master bedroom suite, but the rest of the house will be a no-go. Or maybe another area of the house is great, but some other area is totally wrong for us.
And will we really be happy with a significantly larger house or would a cottage do? Should we downsize and simplify? Could I really do without a craft/sewing room? (Or if I’m being honest with myself, a room to store all those supplies and dreams.) Do I really need a big kitchen for the few times a year more than one person is bumping around in there?
I do want his and hers walk in closets. I do want larger bathrooms and guest bedrooms than we have in this house. I do want a screen door in the kitchen.
It’s funny. We’ve lived in this house since 1977 and I still don’t have it the way I want it. It still hasn’t lived up to its full potential. I still had plans for it. But through the years, we either didn’t have the time or the money or both, or it was inertia or we didn’t want to over-improve, or we thought we might find a house we liked better. I do not want that to happen again. I’m at a point in my life there’s no reason to sleep on rough sheets. So to speak.
I should have some good blog fodder during the next couple of years, so….. let’s get going!