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THIS IS SOON TO BE OUR NEW HOME
This morning I've been working on September ornaments when I probably should have been filling more boxes. What boxes? The ones that will carry our worldly possessions to our next home. Yes, we're moving. Spouse and I have talked about it for years and toured houses from time to time, but until we found this house which will soon be our next home, we hadn't found anything that fit all our criteria: brick ranch, no major steps, laundry room on the same level as the living space, a large clean safe outdoor building for the cats, and something within our budget. Our daughter and grandson are allergic to cats and that has prevented us from hosting holiday dinners and gatherings in the past few years - a fact which has broken my heart, but for which I had no immediate remedy.
After a short period of negotiation, our bid was accepted and we completed the requirements for purchasing another home. All that is left to do (contract-wise) is sign on the dotted line during the closing next week. It's not the log home of my dreams, nor is it a brand new house, but it has many great options including a spacious, newly rennovated kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, recently installed thermal windows, a small laundry room directly off the kitchen, a fireplace, and a wonderful large pole barn the cats will love. We plan to add an outdoor enclosure for them and I know they'll be in kitty heaven.
I'm very rusty at this moving stuff since we've lived in this house for 31 years. I regret waiting until now to "downsize" my collections, but we're taking things one day at a time. There are times I stand in the middle of a room and look around, wondering what I should do next. This feels overwhelming and exciting at the same time. There is much work involved, but I'm looking ahead to the day my family can come to my home again. I've missed that so much.