Friday, January 13, 2017

This Week

So now you all know that we finally sold our home. And that we sold our home by ourselves once we got rid of the agent we’d been with for months. I tell you, it was quite an experience. We’re happy it’s all over. And busy packing. Also, purging. Because no matter how much I don’t like moving, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get rid of stuff.

The new owners are taking possession at the end of February. We’re excited about the sale of our home but not about moving this time of year. It’s hard to predict what kind of weather we’re going to have around that time. But I won’t moan and groan. We are hardy Canadians and we’ve dealt with our fair share of tough winters. When we start moving, we’ll deal with whatever is going on at the time. (If I say this enough times, I’ll start to believe it.)

Some of you have inquired about whether we have another place in mind. As of right now we are homeless. We’re packing up our stuff but we have nowhere to take it. This isn’t the best time of year to be looking for a house. Spring would be better. We’d like to find a small home but if we don’t, we’ll rent a place and park ourselves there short term while we continue to search. It’s anyone’s guess how this will play out. We’ll take it one day at a time. (By the way, do you have a spare couch we can crash on?)

We have another big change coming up that I will write about at another time; hopefully early next week. One that I am so excited about I could burst. Do I enjoy keeping you in suspense? Maybe just a little. But also, this news needs a post of its own, so it has to wait.

In the meantime, I wish you all a beautiful weekend. And I thank you again for all your support, kind words, encouragement...and for being so awesome! You all rock.

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  1. I love happy endings or rather happy ends of an act in the play of life.

    Congratulations. I look forward to making this journey, peeking through your window, so to speak.

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    1. Happy endings are the best, Gail. This is the end of one chapter of our lives. We are getting started on writing another!

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  2. You have the art of keeping us in suspense lately on your blog :) Wise to not rush into buying something right away, even if you have to rent for a bit. Better to be 100% convinced of the house you purchase than just feel you have to buy something to get settled in. We moved to Montana years ago in February. Perfect weather! You'll have the same!

    Enjoy the weekend!

    betty

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    1. I wanted to blurt out all the news in one post, Betty, and then got caught up with unloading all my emotions along with it. And realized that I had a lot to say...LOL... So I've had no choice but to break it up into separate blog posts. And I'll confess that it's kind of fun this way :)

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  3. you do keep us in suspense! This is a stressful time for you in a way, but a good stress maybe.

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    1. It is a good stress, Christine, because it's great news that we sold our house, so this crazy period is for a positive reason. But to be honest, I'll be very relieved when we finally settle into a new place.

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  4. I love that picture! That's how I'd have to label a lot of our stuff if we were to move without a good declutter! Good luck with the process and with finding a solution to your housing issue or else finding the perfect house :)

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    1. I find that photo funny because it's how most of us should label our packed boxes when we move!

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  5. "We are hardy Canadians and we’ve dealt with our fair share of tough winters," good to hear! One day at a time is a wonderful approach :o) Hope the perfect new home find you soon <3

    Looking forward to the suspense post!

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    1. Thanks, Hannah. We are hoping for the best. Either way, our house has sold, so we're very happy about that! Everything else will fall into place.

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  6. You can borrow our couch if you want to make the drive to Iowa! Hope you find a great place to stay. I can hardly wait to hear your other big news!

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    1. Thanks for that kindness, Bethany! I hope I don't have to take you up on that :) I do appreciate the generosity!

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  7. Twenty years ago, I moved from Winnipeg to Edmonton. IN JANUARY. I agree that winter moves are not terrific or ideal! But then again, even if you move in the summer, it could still be pouring rain on the day of the move. That would be even worse, it seems to me.

    Wishing you good luck in finding the new house/apartment of your dreams!

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    1. Moving in January. In Edmonton! HOLY MOLY. Yeah, that's a tough one. But I totally agree about the rain. I would hate to move when it's pouring rain. Thankfully I've never had to deal with that. Yet :)

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  8. Wonderful weekend to you both. Very exciting and even though winters are rough for moving, ahhh, by spring you'll be somewhere new. Exciting stuff, for sure.

    PS: We have one Lemon Tart Room, free but it comes with dog hair. No extra charge.

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    1. HAHAHA! That is funny. And so cool. You'd be so generous with the famous Lemon Tart Room!

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  9. Smart that you are in no rush to find a permanent place, Martha!!
    You will appreciate it a lot more this way.
    I am thinking now what the surprise is!!! I have a feeling.....

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    1. We'll see just how close you come to our plan, Jim :)

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  10. I knew that the news must be that you sold your house yourselves! (I also read your last post.)
    Hmmm...now you are making me wonder...does it have something to do with your photography? The suspense is killing me!! Best of luck to you whatever it is, my dear!

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    1. I'll be sharing the next bit of news this coming week, Kay! Stay tuned... :)

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  11. Congrats on the home sale. I am optimistic that it will all work out perfectly... Either way if you buy or rent. I agree that the actual moving can be a pain but it is so nice to go through everything and reorganize. Back when my husband was taking regular job transfers, I felt I had a better handle on clearing out clutter. I look forward to hearing about your other big news.

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I like the idea that everything will be clean and fresh and very organized when we settle into a new home. And that we have gotten rid of a lot of stuff that we don't need. Ditching the excess makes me breathe a sigh of relief!

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  12. Happy packing
    Happy moving
    Happy together

    Whatever 2017 brings it certainly sounds exciting and a new chapter ... talking of which look forward to reading more of your 2017 news soon!

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan, for all your support! I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

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  13. there's certainly a sense of excitement when you don't have any definite plans for your near future. Sounds like a great adventure.

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  14. Sooo...I offer my couch and Ivy has to one-up me by offering the Lemon Tart Room w/dog hair. If this is going to the highest bidder, my offer now stands 1 room *vacuumed,* plus a counter in the kitchen for the little people.

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    1. BAHAHA! This made me laugh out loud, Bethany! I almost spit out my coffee. How can I possibly refuse this. A vacuumed room and a kitchen counter to photograph the little people on! Tempting... I like both you and Ivy very much and your feelings are important. So, I won't hurt any of them and maybe split my time between her place and yours. Thanks for the laugh :)

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  15. I have only moved from my childhood home to my married life home and that was almost 25 years ago. I always wish I could do a big declutter/downsize like one does when moving. I hope the weather holds out for you to have an easy move. I can't wait to hear the rest of the news.

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    1. Thanks! We will hope for the best with the weather when the time comes.

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  16. I am happy and excited for you. I'm also a little envious of your purging activities right now. Whatever the weather when you do move, you will be fine!! I'm looking forward to the next piece of the puzzle! -Jenn

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    1. This purging stuff is wonderful. Moving is such a great opportunity to get rid of the excess. And now that we're downsizing, there's no choice. We have to do it!

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  17. i would love to offer my own couch dear!!!

    so glad you reach finally end of this full of headache process .
    i agree with your idea of renting a place until in spring you find new home sweet home to yourself .
    i will be waiting for your new posts about other good news dear friend !
    wish you a warm and cozy place to rest during this cold weather as your packing making me little worry about your new stay hope you find it soon .
    Take good care .
    Hugs and blessings!

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    1. Thanks for your kindness, Baili! I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend. Lots of hugs and blessings to you, too :)

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  18. Wow well done that is exciting, but I'd be very nervous I didn't have a new home to me in to! I look forward to hearing the good news too!

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    1. If I think about it too long, I get nervous about not having a place to go to. So it's best not to. I'll stay confident that it'll all work out!

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  19. So, another cliffhanger...I cannot wait to hear...My sofa comes with cat hair and a very long drive but no snow...

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    1. Thanks for the offer! I've no problem with cat hair. We have our fair share here!

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  20. Good luck with packing! I'm sure its a huge chore. Hope you find a great place to live.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! It's a huge chore, for sure, but I'm happily doing it knowing our place is finally sold!

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  21. Oh Martha....you are very brave!!
    Best of luck...and I will tune in for the big secret!!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We are forced to be brave, Linda! But you know what? The alternative...having our house still on the market...is MUCH more stressful! Thanks for the good luck wishes. We will need them!

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  22. When my late husband and I bought our home, it was in February and there was snow on the ground but we knew as soon as we walked in that that was the one. It was for 15 years but things change and now I'm in Florida. My point is that perhaps you and hubby will find the perfect place when you least expect it! Fingers crossed. Can't wait to hear the new news!

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    1. That is exactly my thinking. The house that will become ours will pop up when we least expect it! We're just going to have to be patient.

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  23. ahh the packing, purging and moving - it's all good - and let's hope the weather is great when the moving truck takes off.

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    1. I hope so, Sandy! February is quite an unpredictable month. We'll just hope for the best!

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  24. Happy New Year, Martha! It's wonderful to hear that you are starting the new year off with the sale of your home. I've been wondering, but I don't like to probe!! Now you can take you time and find exactly what you want. Wishing you lots of good fortune house hunting!

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    1. I went back and caught up ~ again ~ on all your posts, Martha. It sounds like you had a happy Christmas and good things are coming your way! I certainly hope so. I could comment on every post, but I won't! I'll spare you! I did love the black and white photo that you took of the ducks swimming in crack in the ice. That was truly striking! Five words to describe my year? Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss! This has been quite a year, but good in that I need to let go of the illusion of control! I'm anticipating a great 2017, even though I worry about what may happen in my country and the world. But as you said, have faith! Take care! Sending you big hugs and a double shot of energy!

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    2. Hugs to you, Louise! I do hope everything turns out okay for my friends living south of the border. It's going to be an interesting year!

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