It’s Been Awhile

Yes, it has been quite a while since my last post, so let me explain.

No, I haven’t given up on blogging or stopping by to read your posts.  We’ve had an incredibly busy several months.  In early summer we decided to move – to downsize!  I know, we did that before, but we moved to a large ranch with an equally large basement that we finished.  What were we thinking!  It meant double the work, plus gave us a large storage room (yes, I said storage room, not storage closet).  So our downsize turned into an upsize.

Downsizing meant sorting out what we could conceivably take with us, a very time-consuming process.  We had to deal with what furniture to take and decide what we could live without in that large storage room.  So we sorted, threw, and donated throughout the house.  Whew! But we still had way too much STUFF! We then decided to have an online auction through www.ebth.com.  They came in and sorted, tossed, donated all that we needed to get rid of, and photographed all that could be sold. Wow! Our sale was very successful.  They sold furniture, decoratives, exercise equipment, lawn care and gardening items, and more.

Downsizing also meant we needed to sell our home, but since our new home wouldn’t be finished until mid-November, we didn’t want to move until it was completed.  We had to find the right buyer.  No moving twice.

So we moved out of our large home and into a very small home in an over 55 community on November 18th, the Friday before Thanksgiving (no basement to store STUFF, no lawn to mow, and less to clean).  Our rooms were filled with furniture and boxes piled to the ceiling.  We had paths between boxes to move around.

Now, I had two goals in mind. The first was to have everything out of the boxes and the boxes out of the house by Thanksgiving (6 days). As we unpacked, we found we were once again sorting, throwing, and donating.

The second goal was to decorate for Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend so I could do my Christmas shopping and wrapping, baking, Christmas cards, and enjoy getting to know our new neighbors at their many social events, all while having some quality time to spend with family.  Mission accomplished!

Now that everything has found a home in our house, I need to go back and sort and pitch and donate once again.  But even with all of that, I have more time for reading and blogging and checking in on various sites, that is until our new grandchild makes his/her appearance into this world on or about April 1st.

2017 promises to be a good year!