Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Where Is 2017 Taking Us?

So you all know by now that we sold our oversized house two days before Christmas and we’re now packing and purging our stuff. But what are our actual plans?

Some of you asked when we’re actually moving. Well, we finalize this sale on the evening of February 27. That’s when the new owners take possession of this home. That’s when we all (two-legged and four-legged) – along with all our crap stuff – have to be out of here.

We are not planning to move all our crap things out on that day. We’ll likely be doing that for two or three consecutive days prior to that. We’re undecided on the dates because February is such an unpredictable month. So instead of renting a truck too far in advance, we’ll watch the weather forecast around the third week of the month and select the best possible dates. And hope for the best.

Why are we moving? And what will our next home be like? We’re moving to downsize into a smaller place (single home, detached or semi-detached) that will be much more manageable in every which way. Our present home is way too big for us empty nesters. We are actually using only half of our house right now.

All of this most of my longtime blogging pals already know. But what no one knows is that back in late spring last year we decided that once our house sold we would leave our beautiful city of Kingston and settle down in a new area that is much closer to our families and all our longtime friends. We are going to be between the city of Ottawa (where my younger daughter lives and studies) and the city of Montreal (our hometown where everyone else we know lives). How close? It will take us anywhere from 40 – 60 minutes drive (one way) to visit any one of these beloved people. Right now it takes us two hours to go to Ottawa and three hours to go to Montreal (one way). And not only will we be closer to friends and siblings and parents, but we’ll be much closer to the two girls. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I’ll be able to see my beautiful daughters any time I want and I’m especially excited about being able to do this with my older one that I hardly see at all now! It is a 40 minute drive to her house from our new city. Can you say coffee and lunch and shopping dates galore? YIPPEE!

Oh, yeah, where are we moving to? We’re moving to Cornwall, Ontario. It’s a small city of about 46, 000 people (in Kingston there are about 123,000), so we’re downsizing in that way, too. But it has everything we need, especially a short distance to family and friends. It is very heartbreaking leaving this area that we adore but you just can’t beat what our new city has to offer, which is being close to the people we love most!

So we’re very excited about this move, which is coming soon!

(Incidentally, if any of you ever visit the city of Ottawa or the city of Montreal, I’ll be able to easily drive there and meet you for coffee. Just thought I'd mention it!)

48 comments:

  1. You have the freedom to make some changes so good on you. I've never been to Cornwall but people tell me it's very nice.

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    1. We are at that point in our lives where we can just pack up and go. It's quite exciting!

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  2. This is so exciting! Really at the end of the day, it is always good to be closer to family! And a new city to explore and share with us! Can't wait to hear more and see more as you get settled into your new hometown!

    betty

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    1. It is always wonderful to be closer to family. I'm really looking forward to spending more time with everyone I love, especially my girls. And I'm very excited about exploring a new area and it's surrounding areas!

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  3. Wow! How wonderful for you and TMAMITW! I'm really happy for you and for your family and friends who will be able to see you more often and easily. It will be fun to see your new city through your eyes. Just think how many new things you'll have to photograph! and aren't you glad to have all the photos you took around Kingston! Happy pitching, my friend!

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    1. I know! I am so excited about all the new things I will photograph. We will explore our own city and all the surrounding areas. So much fun! And yes, I am very glad about all the pictures I took of Kingston. We explored it upside down and inside out!

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  4. Living on an island my commutes are short so 40 minutes sounds like a long drive!
    And I will definitely look you up if I am ever in that part of the country. And if your ever on Vancouver Island, let me know.

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    1. That makes sense. But if you'd grown up in a big city and spent most of your life there, 40 minutes is not long. People spend more time than that going back and forth to work!

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  5. How exciting! And brave, too, I think; it would take courage for me to start in a new place at my age (but I have a few years on you). How nice that you will be closer to your family and friends! I was going to say you are moving far enough that you won't just be able to "run a few boxes at a time" to the new place, as we've always been able to do ... but it sounds like you're going to take several trips to get everything moved. I hope you have cooperative weather and a smooth transition.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I hope the weather isn't too bad. It'll allow us the opportunity to make a couple of runs and move a lot of items. We shall see!

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  6. We've driven through Cornwall coming back home from the States. That's wonderful that it won't be such a long drive to see your family, especially your girls! -Jenn

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    1. I am very excited about that, Jenn. I am looking forward to seeing them more often.

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  7. Great things in store for you, how wonderful!

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  8. I hope you enjoy your new city

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  9. Cornwall here we come! Looking forward to your photos from there! Thanks for the update Martha!

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    1. Thanks for all your support, Christine. I will definitely be sharing photos and updates about our new area!

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  10. I wondered if you were going to stay in Kingston, now that the girls are gone and your husband is retired. No real need to stay there anymore -- you're footloose and fancy free! So Cornwall, yay! A win/win move!

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    1. I think it's the best decision at this point in our lives. Our parents are really getting on in years and we'll be able to provide support for them. And most of all, we'll be so much closer to the girls!

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  11. Makes all the sense in the world, Martha!
    And....it's a 'date'! If we are up and around that area we will definitely let you know.
    I am happy for you both!

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    1. Thanks, Jim! We are looking forward to this new chapter in our lives.

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  12. Glad you will be living closer to your daughters. My hubby and I have decided we're also moving to a smaller town when we retire.

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    1. It's nice to get to that point where you can do whatever you like!

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  13. It all sounds so exciting Martha and I wish you good weather for your moving days and much happy time with friends and family!!!

    Hugs

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    1. Thanks, Jan! I hope Mother Nature is kind to us during that period :)

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  14. You must be filled with joy. I'm happy for you and for your family. I hope you find the cutest little house of your dreams.

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  15. Hoping you are surviving the purging and packing. I'm sure you are both looking forward to a new start in Cornwall and how lovely to be so much closer to family.

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    1. We are counting the days, Linda! It'll be wonderful to be so much closer to everyone.

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  16. Congratulations. How wonderful that you'll be able to see your loved ones more easily.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks, Janie! Being close to all our loved ones is the best thing of all.

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  17. In a way, a small way, I'm envious because you are starting out new and near the people you love. I felt that way in 2010 but after staying put in one place for three and a half years I want to try something new. But we won't for awhile. Anyway, wonderful to read you - you sound happy and even though it's going to be so busy this coming month moving i'm sure you will look back and know it was all worth it to get to your future.

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    1. Very true, Sandy. It is chaotic right now but when we're moved and settled, all this will have been worth it. Just being closer to everyone we love makes it exciting!

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  18. That is great that you will be closer to your daughters and the rest of your families.

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  19. Awesome that you'll be closer to everyone, especially your daughters. So nice for them and you. Moving is rough but when you have something to look forward to like this, it makes it all worthwhile. Good luck with everything.

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    1. You said it, Bee Bee! Having something as wonderful as living closer to our loved ones is making this move more bearable!

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  20. THE first thing I thought, maybe I could meet you in Montreal! "Meet You In Montreal", that sounds like some kind of sweet film, doesn't it? Closer for you to see your loved ones, that is the best thing of all! xx

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    1. It is the best thing! And if you're ever in Montreal, make sure to let me know and we'll meet :)

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  21. Congrats to you both. Most exciting news.

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    1. Thanks, Wonder Woman! Especially for all your support. And being such a good friend. You rock!

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  22. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS POST dear Martha!!!

    i am glad finally i know all about your movement and i am so glad for you that you will be able to stay close to your families ,friends and above all your daughter,i can imagine the depth of your joy my friend .
    other reason that you want ot live in small house is also correct because if you do not prefer domestic payable help it is hard to manage a big house all by your self [personal experience].
    my son is selected for the best university in Munich Germany and will leave in October i am having mix feeling of joy and sorrow yet happy for him as birds look beautiful while flying when they learn it .so while you will be close to you dear kids i will be missing my son so much .
    Remember in prayers friend!
    Hugs !and lots of Best wishes !

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    1. Thank you, Baili! I am very excited to be closer to everyone I love dearly. I am really looking forward to that.

      That is wonderful news about your son! Congratulations to him. He is going on such an adventure that will prepare him for his future. I know your heart aches. I'm a mother and I understand. But we give our kids wings to fly and set them free.

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  23. I am so happy for you...and intrigued. We have talked often about downsizing but then committed to some type of remodel which pushed the idea out of our systems for awhile longer. As we just are finishing a remodel of two of this houses bathrooms, I suspect we aren't going anywhere any time soon.

    Have you already found a new home in your new city? I like cities that are a bit smaller. I have found them to be a little easier to settle into and get to know people. I hope the new city becomes the perfect place for you to be.

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    1. I wrote all about what's coming up in today's post. Good news...
      I can't handle living in a big house anymore. I want something small and easily manageable! I'm looking forward to doing less and enjoying more!

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  24. This sounds so good, I bet you can't wait!
    Just so pleased for you.

    All the best Jan

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