Friday, February 24, 2017

This Week

What a week it’s been! We spent a good portion of it in our new place but yesterday we stayed put and packed up the rest of the house. All. Day. Long. It’s all those loose ends that you try to gather and group together that are annoying. And it’s all the glasses and cups and dishes and everything that you have to carefully pack because they are in danger of breaking and chipping that push you over the edge. Then there’s the medicine cabinet and the toiletries and the clothing and the food...on and on it goes. UGH! Stick a fork in me, I’m done.


Today we move! We are going to go for breakfast, pick up the rented truck, throw our crap stuff in it, hit the highway and take it to our new home. The most amazing man in the world will be driving the rental and I’ll be right behind him (or in front) with our two cats. They’ve never been anywhere else (aside from the vet’s) and they’ve certainly never been on a long drive. This is going to be quite an adventure for them. When we get to our new place, we’re going to put them and all their things in one room to keep them contained and safe while we unload the truck.


Truth be told, I’m not going to miss our home in Kingston because it’s just way too big for us. It has 2600 square feet of living space (this includes the finished basement) that I am sick and tired of taking care of. We use about half the house and the other half just collects dust. Our new place is 1400 square feet; almost half the size. I had hoped for no more than 1100 square feet but that’s okay. It’s a young home (built in 2005) and although it needs some work, all of it is cosmetic. We’ll work on the house little by little and make it shine. I’ll share that journey as we move along.

So I’m not going to miss our old place. But my heart is still heavy because there are so many memories within those walls. And in the beautiful city of Kingston. Oh how I’m going to miss that amazing city. We moved there in 2009 and loved every minute. We explored the entire area and enjoyed many adventures.

Farewell, Kingston. It's been phenomenal! And you’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

And that’s it, everyone. When you read this, I might be loading up our stuff. Or on the road. Or in our new house. But wherever I am, I’m wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

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  1. Hi Martha
    You sure have got a busy day.
    Sending my good wishes - hope everything goes ok.

    I've made you a cake!
    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/moving-house-ive-made-you-low-carb-cake.html

    My good wishes to you both (and the cats)
    Safe travels and every happiness in your new home

    All the best Jan

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    1. Oh, Jan, thank you! I popped over to your blog to pick it up :) Yummy!

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  2. A big day indeed! May all go well and may the cats enjoy their trip too.

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    1. It was a looooong day but we all survived. I'll write about the cats moving this week. It was quite hard on them.

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  3. I look forward to your sharing of you new city with us and you csn always go back to visit your old city. Good luck with the cats, let us know how they survived the car ride. Hope the day goes good!

    Betty

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    1. Thanks, Betty. We all made it! :) The cats hard a rough day but they're okay now.

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  4. How exciting for you and "the most amazing man in the world"...a new adventure and new memories to be made in your new home.
    I wish you both the very best and your fur babies, too~

    Big Hugs
    xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks, Jan. We are looking forward to exploring new areas. And visiting friends and family that are now very close to us!

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  5. Kingston seemed like a pretty good location. You were real close to Toronto, Montreal, Vermont, and New York. I hope you enjoy your new city

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    1. Kingston is a great city. And although we are further away from Toronto in our new place, we are much closer to Montreal and Ottawa now!

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  6. Happy weekend to you and I hope everything goes smoothly!

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  7. Thankfully, memories can be taken with us! Have a safe move and may your new home be filled with peace and love; a new space to make more beautiful memories.

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    1. You are so right, Toni! You always take your memories with you no matter where you go.

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  8. Everything takes at least half again as much time as we think it should, when moving anywhere. We moved our daughter several times, lock, stock and barrel, and at the end it was always the same - no matter how much packing she did before we got there, we'd be stuffing unrelated objects into plastic grocery bags because we were out of boxes or out of room to put boxes in the vehicle, packing old receipts, tacks and loose change because we were out of time to sort and discard, etc. Holds true for the times we moved other people, too. No matter how prepared we think we are --- we aren't!! Hope it all goes better than you could dare wish for :)

    And I laughed at the cat's view of a road trip because IT'S SO TRUE!!

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    1. Jenny, I laughed out loud with the plastic grocery bags because I took along several of those! I couldn't believe how many loose ends there were. Yes, no matter how prepared we think we are, we're not...hahaha

      Oh, the poor cats... What a tough day they had. I'll write about that later in the week.

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    2. Aww ... I bet your ears were howled off. Or let me guess, someone got sick. You name it, it's happened to us when taking a cat in a car. But you made it. Hopefully they will settle in quickly. Double check where they are when you're opening exterior doors! The little blighters can be tricky!

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    3. Howling, among other things, may have caused ear damage. LOL... And tremendous fear was the word of the day for the black cat. And survival mode for the other. I have taken your advice to heart and we are making sure our cats are secure at all times when opening exterior doors. I'd be devastated if we lost either one because of all this confusion and upheavel.

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  9. Glad you like your new place. Got a laugh out of how dogs and cats see a road trip. Use to travel with my cat, and I think it is about right.

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    1. We love our new place! And we're looking forward to exploring it and its surrounding areas.

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  10. Best wishes for a quick, easy move.

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  11. I remember some terrible trips with our two cats that involved both of them pooing everywhere and then sitting in it. I hope yours behave better. Welcome to your new home!

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    1. Oh, sounds horrible! The cats struggled with the move but no messy cleanups!

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  12. Busy, busy, busy! I am excited for you, but do not envy your two hour trip with your cats. Our old cat used to basically shed all of her fur all at once every time she went in a vehicle. I hope your move is smooth and worry-free! -Jenn

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    1. One of our cats sheds fur when she's stressed. This move was very hard on her but it looks like she decided to keep her fur on :)

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  13. I can tell there was a tear in your eye when you left your old house and Kingston.

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    1. There was. I'll miss that city but it's only a couple of hours away.

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  14. I hope the move went well. I am sure you will make lots of happy memories in your new home too.

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    1. We all survived! There's a lot of work to go but we are home :)

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  15. Happy housewarming! We moved a bit over a year ago (November) and I'd say we are mostly organised here... mostly. I don't count the boxes in the garage because they are just stuff we always intended to store here - don't need but can't seem to throw away. There is one box inside waiting to be dealt with, last minute stuff that we chucked in there including things we found behind furniture when the removalists came. I'm. It even sure what is in there, but obviously there's nothing urgent!

    But I'm proud that I recently finally finished the kitchen. My sister-in-law helped unpack the kitchen (I didn't want her to actually) and put stuff anywhere as I was busy directing removalists place furniture etc. it took me a whole year to find where she'd put everything and get it where I wanted it. Sometimes help is not really helpful, but you have to accept or you hurt their feelings.

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    1. That's pretty cool, Natalie, especially because you still have young kids. It's quite a challenging moving and settling in with a family. There are only the two of us now, so it's easier to tackle certain jobs or set a pace that works.

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  16. Hope the move goes well and that you enjoy discovering all the new and lovely things about your new home and town.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! We're all okay and happily in our new place.

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  17. There now......you are in your new place!
    It will all get done when it gets done, right?
    Even though it has taken a lot of blood/sweat/and tears, I am sure you are relieved, Martha.
    Hope the cats adjust quickly and you both catch your breath.

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    1. You got it, Jim. Things will get done when they get done. No need to rush! Plus, there is a new area to explore, and friends and family nearby to enjoy time with!

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  18. You're almost at the finish line!! Love the comparison of a cat and dog on a road trip. Hahaha. Too funny.

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    1. Cats and cars are as bad as cats and baths! LOL....

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  19. All I can say is FANFRIGGINGTASTIC!!!!!!

    A new journey to a beautiful part of the province and situated just perfectly for family get-togethers.

    Just so happy for you both!
    Ron

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    1. Thanks, Ron! Living closer to family is the best thing of all. We'll be able to see them much more often and I'm excited about that!

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  20. Our home is 1800 sq. feet. Way. Too. Big. I would be quite happy with 1100 too.

    Hope the cats survived and were not too cat like.

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    1. A large place becomes stressing when it's only the two of you. I think we'll really enjoy a smaller home at this point in our lives!

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  21. 2600 sqft. Wow, that is huge to me. I'm in 70 feet by 13, so 910sqft (I believe), before this, I rented a house that was 20x20 feet. Easy to clean.

    Funny about the rides for cats and dogs.

    As for the memories, they will always be a part of you.

    Thanks for taking us with you on your journey, Martha!

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    1. It was disturbingly huge! Our new home is a much better fit. I am loving it even if there's so much to do before we're fully settled. Thanks for all your support, Wonder Woman! You rock.

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    2. Thanks for all your support as well.

      YOU ROCK!

      Ah ... I just thought, imagine how great real cleaning day will be after you get settled. Heaven.

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    3. I know! I'm already seeing the difference. So happy with this smaller space. Heaven, indeed!

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  22. It's funny how so many people want to downsize as they get older. But me, I want to upsize. We live in a small housing trust home with three small bedrooms and i have no idea how big technically. I definitely want more room but with me and mum in the same space it's not possible so most of my stuff is packed in boxes and i can't display books or my jewellery and my office is also part bedroom. We need more wardrobe space, and more space in general since she can barely get around on her walker. It was fine when we moved in in 1994 when i was 20, but not now.

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    1. I guess it all depends on individual circumstances. We weren't using most of the home and it was very tiring with all its upkeep and responsibilities. And our bills were high. Our new home is not only more manageable but our monthly expenses have been significantly reduced. This is what we needed at this point in our lives.

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