Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things could fall together." ~ Marilyn Monroe

Ok, we are somewhat homeless. Our purchase, which had been troublesome for some time, did not go through. I can say with honesty that we are relieved. I won't go into detail, but we feel fortunate  that we were able to walk away.

Anyhow! All of our worldly goods are now in storage, and we are staying with the first of a few friends for the meantime. I can say that the last several days have been very stressful, and I have shed more than my fair share of tears. Some in frustration, some in exhaustion, and some in sorrow for leaving our home. All of them justifiable. The support of a wonderful husband, the help of a terrific son, and supportive friends and family, have made all the difference.

We are regrouping. This has had us questioning what we really want and where we really want it. What a wonderful gift to have! So we are taking our time, and most importantly, taking a break. In the meantime, my iPod and my eye-glasses are laughing at me while tucked safely into some box that will probably not be opened for several months. I am sure to discover other things that have gone missing down the road.

I am trying to take to heart the saying that "in a year from now, none of this will matter."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"If chaos is a work of art, then my heart is a masterpiece." ~ D. Antoinette Foy

Well, I can hardly believe as I write this (Tuesday evening) that we still do not know if we will be moving into our new home. No matter what, movers will load all of our worldly possessions onto a truck next Tuesday, where they will be held for two days and then either delivered to our new home on Thursday, or to storage. On the same day, a lovely young family will be moving into the home that was once ours.

What we have learned is that deadlines, which typically mean if you pass them, you've run out of time, are actually very fluid in real estate. The result is that in the journals of real estate transactions, we will be able add our own tale of how things can run amok. Happily, none of this is because of anything done, or not done, on our side of the table.

We are trying to take this all in stride, and are working at being good to one another. Truth be told though, it's more of Bruce being good to me, but I'm trying!

As someone who is prone to tears, and restless sleeping, I have really outdone myself these last couple of weeks. This has led to some great 3:00 am books however! I can highly recommend "In A Dark, Dark Wood", by Ruth Ware. It is an "edge of your seat" thriller, and a perfect middle of the night read - though perhaps not if you are in the house alone!

So, the beat goes on. Next week when I post, we will either be getting ready to move into our new home the next day, or we will be regrouping. Either way will be fine, it really will be. It's this interim limbo that is the most frustrating.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need." ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

"An exercise in patience." "It's out of our hands." "You'll know as soon as we know." So yes, we continue our housing waiting game, though the next couple of days will bring things to a head one way or the other! In the meantime, knitting is helping me through, as it has over the years. I told my knitting friends last night that until we are moved and unpacked, any projects that I do will be knit on size two needles. Those are the only ones not buried in boxes!

 I finally completed Bruce's Green Bay Packers Christmas stocking last week - there's not another like it anywhere! I then decided to do a stocking for myself. Being the third one that I've done ( remember Alex's in December) I'm finding that my most recent project is pretty much flying off of my needles. I have found that I love doing color work. The design just flows from your fingers - it's a different kind of creation, and I really enjoy it!

Since Christmas is a ways off, I'll not worry if I need to set this aside in order to move. That's one of the lovely things about knitting - you can set it down and it waits patiently for you to pick it back up whenever you are ready!