As my long time followers know, my younger daughter will be heading off to Ottawa in a month for her university studies, which will last for the next four years. This alone is quite a change for the most amazing man in the world and I as we will soon be empty nesters. At least during the school season.
We got to thinking about that during one of our walks in early spring. About it being just the two of us most of the time. About living in an oversized home with its oversized chores and oversized responsibilities. Week after week after week. After week.
Then we thought...well, now...why not just sell our oversized house with its oversized chores and oversized responsibilities and move into a place that is much more suitable? More appealing. Something smaller. Much smaller. With less chores and less responsibilities. Week after week after week. After week.
And the more we discussed this, the more we liked it. So much so that we called our real estate agent (the one who helped us find our present home) a few days later to invite him to come by and discuss the idea with us. He seemed to like it – for obvious reasons – and suggested that we either get the house ready to sell by the end of May or wait until mid to late September. Summer, he said, is very slow in real estate.
Although I would have loved to be done by now with this oversized home and its oversized chores and oversized responsibilities, we decided to wait until the end of September to put it up for sale. This month will be dedicated to a long list of smaller projects around the house and to helping my daughter get ready for university. And come the beginning of next month, when she’s happily settled in Ottawa, the most amazing man in the world will take three weeks off from work and together we will tackle a handful of bigger renovations. And right around the time that autumn arrives, we will put a “for sale” sign on our front lawn. Happily.
It’s going to be busy and tiring and probably a little overwhelming for the next several weeks. But also exciting. Because we are really looking forward to moving out of our oversized house with its oversized chores and oversized responsibilities and into a small, cozy and easily manageable space. My favourite kind of home.
What’s keeping you busy these days?