Friday, February 15, 2019

Moving Twice in One Year -- Are You Insane?

Moving twice in one year is not something I would recommend.  Every move is major but some more major than others!  Although I purged when we moved last year, I was able to take a good look at what I was saving and purged even more this move.  

Christmas concert

It has been a whirlwind experience and took a few days to recover from.  While we were at my daughter's for a week at Christmas we got the call.  "There is an offer on your house and the sooner you can move out, the more it will be worth your while!"  In other words, an offer we couldn't refuse.  

I started packing on January 3rd with the promise of friends who would help me.  But life often gets in the way.  Work schedules and flu bugs kept them from being available to help.  I packed close to 150 boxes completely by myself.  With the help of a couple hired hands to transfer all the boxes to the new house, I had everything completely unpacked and organized in the new residence before the movers came to move furniture on January 14th.  

Standing in line at the bank on the tenth day I fell asleep leaning against the wall and the customer behind me had to wake me up, "Excuse me, but you are next."  She felt bad waking me and I wonder if I was drooling!?

Although we were in our previous home for only nine months, it never 'felt' like home.  It was gorgeous, brand new and a true executive style house.  But it was cold.  

Our 'new' home is 38 years old and we fell in love with it the moment we walked in -- it feels like we have been here forever.  I have never lived in or visited a weirder house.  It has a hallway that is eight feet wide which we turned into an art gallery.  

Each room has a wall of built-in closets, cupboards, and drawers.  We have two atriums with built-in gardening boxes, room for our freezers, more storage and a wonderful, safe place for the dogs when we are not home.  The ceilings throughout the house are wood and it creates a warm atmosphere.  And the view is breathtaking.  Almost every room in the house has a view of the ocean, mountains and beautiful sunsets.

I know we will be very happy here.

The driveway is extremely steep with high hedges that provide us with total privacy.  From the street, you cannot see the house and from our house, we don't see anyone -- no neighbors, not even the street in front of us

In the Pacific Northwest, we rarely get snow.  It has been a mild winter.....until two weeks ago.  Now, we are in the middle of blizzards upon storms with high winds, record snowfalls, ice and temperatures in the twenties.  Schools have been closed for a week.  Stores, banks, and most businesses have had to close for at least a day.  Ferries have been canceled due to high winds at sea.  The ferry is our only available highway off this peninsula and the only route to the airport.  

We have our eyes on the weather forecast continuously as we watch yet another storm this evening.  TODAY I leave for the Bahamas.  We are catching a ferry one day in advance of the trip to be sure we get to the airport.   I am thrilled to be moved, settled and able to enjoy this incredible opportunity that has presented itself to me.  But that is a story for next month!

When it started snowing -- it was fun and pretty.
Now.....not so much.

Poor little Star.  She has been so nervous with this move and then she saw me packing my suitcase and she crawled inside
-- I almost cried for her.

Enjoy the other bloggers in this monthly challenge share their stories:

Baking In A Tornado        
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Menopausal Mother           
Spatulas on Parade         
Follow me home                 
The Bergham Chronicles 


  1. Hi Carol! Oh my goodness, the view from your new home is incredible. I don't think I'd ever leave the house, but then I read you're off to the Bahamas! Wow! You deserve happiness and much rest after that move.

  2. Sounds like a lot of work but those views are incredible. Enjoy your new house.

  3. Wow, Carol, I don't envy you having to move twice in a year, but the views from your new home are breathtaking! I know you all will love being there. And the snow? Well, living here in Georgia, it is definitely beautiful at first, but gets old really, really fast as cabin fever sets in. Hope you have a marvelous trip to the Bahamas!

    1. Thank you Martha. I am so glad I was moved and settled before the trip. Arrived home this weekend and my head is still spinning and so excited I am almost shaking! LOL

  4. Hi Carol. What a flurry of changes all at once! Your strength and stamina continue to astound me!

    1. Since coming back from the Bahamas I realize my work is just beginning. Thank you Traci

  5. Your new home and landscape look wonderful, Carol! That's an amazing feat you pulled off, but, it doesn't surprise me. You are such a great organizer. Looks like you're getting the same crappy weather as we are, but at least you're going south for awhile.

    1. Nassau was so incredibly hot that my legs swelled up until I returned home. I appreciate the cool mountain air but wouldn't trade the experience for anything. It was beyond productive and amazing. Thank you Debbie for your kind words as well.

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    1. Thank you. I intend to. You may also enjoy my memoir, Battered Hope

  7. I can’t believe the kids are so big! Where does the time go? I just did the same thing. Once to a storage facility and two weeks later into our apt. I love the freedom!

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