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Monday, July 1, 2013

HOUSE OFFER -- IN THE WORKS


Taken during the fall -- Sal standing in my front yard looking 
over the leaf colors on the mountains.

Having been fortunate to live in an outstanding natural environment for the past five years, I find it will be hard to say goodbye to my home.

I have received an approved offer to buy my house. Of course it will have to pass through all the paperwork stages before I finally leave this place -- about two months from now if all goes as planned. 

This has been a busy summer and now I find the pressure of moving will increase as I get nearer to the time when I will close my home door for the final time. 

I'm heading west  to be near my children. Most of my furniture and stuff will be put up for sale real soon. My life is turning another corner. One with more simplicity -- I look forward to it. 

My main task right now is to keep my thoughts balanced -- which should help me from getting that overwhelmed feeling.

Right now I'm eyeing all those books I so dearly love and thinking I might just pack them up and send them media mail rather than trying to stuff them into a U-Haul that I will be pulling across 1,400 miles. 

Most of us have made a few moves during out life time. Some of us still live in the house where we were born. No matter -- home is home wherever we land.







27 comments:

  1. I am in the process of doing the exact thing for the most part. Not going as far as you but still need a home as mine is being sold. Simplicity,not creating extra work or frustration and removing myself from shared ownership drive my thinking.

    So many I meet are in transition of some kind. Not always for the better and not always their first choice.

    I lucked out and have found a place that meets 90% of the criteria I set. I was still looking today in Pueblo at houses just for comparison.

    I did not think I was going to settle in the same area. I just have to pull the trigger and make the first offer. It's very cool and even nicer than the pictures show with other cool stuff going on as well.
    http://www.mtnacreages.com/node/296

    Although this is a manufactured home I feel comfortable with this because it allows me to have what I feel is important at this stage of life.

    I wish you happiness in your adventure because that's what it is. I thought I wanted/needed to be on the West Slope but things came together in a rather dramatic way with a couple conversations last week. It was just time to move on and the our ranch where we live now is a very cool place too.
    http://oneflyspictureplace.blogspot.com/search/label/Ranch

    It's going to be better and you must be excited about the possibilities. The very best wishes to you Barbara in that the criteria you would like in life comes together and life is sweet for you. To me simplicity is a huge part of that. If your place does not close this time it will the next. I'm almost certain this place will.











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    1. One Fly -- Yes, you do sound like you are on the same path as I am. I believe that each stage of life is an opportunity to search our inner self. It can unlock some parts of our unknown. Looked at your possible new home. I love it. Just what I would like when I resettle. Like the size especially. And I imagine the landscapes are wonderful. Simplicity is a large part of my life and has been for quite some time -- but there is always room to simplify more in new ways.

      Thanks for the good wishes as I gather myself to once again start fresh in a new area. I'm not as brazen as I was when I was younger so I am finding this change a bit tough. But that is OK. I learn as I go.

      I do hope everything goes well as you consider purchasing this new home. I watched a movie last night that I borrowed from my local library -- it was done quite well. It was by the Hollywood producer Tom Shadyac, titled I AM. It is a true story of Tom's life changes. You might enjoy it. Tom ultimately moves to a home something like the one you are considering. Good Luck -- barbara

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  2. I find that exciting! I will look forward to your photos from another part of the county...fun!

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    1. turquoisemoon -- Keep your fingers crossed that all the paperwork goes through. A nice young couple are buying the house and they both love the outdoors so I'm sure they will be happy here. Wherever I land I will be taking photos -- thanks -- barbara

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  3. Best wishes for an easy transition. Moving has always been a bit stressful for me in life. I do hope you will blog about your new life out west.

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    1. Michelle -- I'm stressed about the packing and loading. I'm not a spring chicken anymore. My daughter is going to fly out when I am ready to leave and will ride the long trip to the west with me. Aren't I lucky. thanks -- barbara

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  4. Home is where your heart is, a cliché maybe but its something in which I believe. I like that your potential buyers will appreciate your home. Safe journey Barbara.

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    1. claggle -- Agree with your quote. So much loose ends need to be tied with this move. This move is a real test for me as I will be parting with so many of my belongings. But to quote a young Amish girl that I knew in Michigan, "as it should be." thanks -- barbara

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  5. Best of wishes for ease of transition...I can remember the excitement of looking forward to new vistas around corners not yet met, and the sadness and hope of carrying with me the joys and love shared in old places. Moving has been part of much of my life, but like childbirth (I kid you not) the pains will be intense but over eventually and the new place (kid?) represents supreme potential!

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    1. Barbara -- I keep my fingers crossed that there will be no snags in this purchase agreement that is underway. So much paperwork for the buyer! Yes, some of us are nomadic -- didn't know your were a member. There are some pluses to moving frequently and of course some negatives. I am looking forward to being near my family. That is a plus for me. Thanks for the best wishes. Always enjoy your posts. -- barbara

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  6. Good luck on the move, it is hard to leave your home but just think of the new exploring that you will do! I cannot wait to see what you find and share on your blog.

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    1. I know that my environment will be completely different than here in KY. So yes lots of new discoveries to explore. I will always have fond memories of the folks and architecture that I was introduced to during my five years in KY. But I am afraid to say I am definitely moving as the economy can influence paperwork. As the saying goes, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. thanks -- barbara

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  7. I have moved so many times that I am so content here in Tennessee but one never knows what the rest of my journey will be. It is wonderful to be nearer your children that I do miss. Are you pulling that Uhaul yourself?
    God Speed my friend.

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    1. Diane -- Thought you were a native of TN. It is nice that you are content now but who ever knows the future. I thought this would be my home forever but knew my record of moving. Yes, I am pulling my U-Haul myself unless my dog Sal wants to take over once in a while. I have pulled a U-Haul by myself many times across the nation - but, I hope this is the last time!!!!!!! I am taking my good ole time moving across -- thanks barbara

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    2. Diane -- My daughter was going to fly out to KY and then drive back to the west with me. But as things sometimes happens she has had a slight injury that will prevent her getting around very well so now it is just I and Sal. We'll have an interesting time. -- barbara

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  8. How sad to leave such a gorgeous area! I love your photo and your dog, too :}

    Best Wishes to You and Good Luck,
    Jan

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    1. Jan -- thanks for stopping by. I read your blog and like your enthusiasm for art. -- barbara

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  9. Barbara: We live in Hawaii, and our children and grandchildren are in Seattle. We bought a small condo unit that we use a lot, flying over several times a year to visit. As long as my husband is still employed, and as long as we can deal with our situation healthwise, we are staying in Hawaii.
    But if necessary we can move into our small place without suffering too much from the transition. Just hope it never comes to that.
    If I were on my own I'd buy a camper-trailer and hit the road! I would definitely become a nomad.

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    1. Hattie -- I love the idea of buying the camper-trailer and hitting the road. I read a blog by a women that was doing just that. Unfortunately I did not put it in my reader. The thought that you have a place by your children must make you feel good. My children are out in Vancouver, Washington and Utah. Living in KY has been a great experience. It is such an incredibly beautiful place. Hopefully, though, the house offer will travel through the bank's scrutiny just fine and I will be off. I do like adventure even though it can be hellish at times. -- thanks -- barbara

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  10. Though I'm not facing a move, I am feeling the urge to simplify and to shed some unneeded possessions... Best of luck in your new adventure, Barbara!

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    1. Vicki -- I don't know how I accumulated so much since five years ago when I moved to KY. I am selling as much as I can and giving the rest to GoodWill. Living light sounds so good to me. Long as I have my computer, camera, and books plus a few other bare necessities I will be all set. thanks -- barbara

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  11. It will be hard to leave that beautiful part of the country, I'm sure, but living near children is a great joy as I discovered four years ago. I've "deacquisitioned" two libraries of books, kept the ones I knew I'd need and the poetry that I knew I wanted and am sometimes sorry about the ones I let go. But I'm not a re-reader. I'm living with what I feel I need, we need to lighten now an then. It sounds like a positive move although I'll miss hearing about eastern KY, I know you'll have other things to write about when you are settled and have the time. Best of luck and many good wishes. I'lll keep on monitoring your blog, of course.

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    1. June - your family posts are warm and joyful. There seems to be two choices swirling around me as I attempt this move. One is that I have some friends that claim we should follow our own path meaning leaving family to follow their own way. And then, on the other hand, some like yourself have moved physically near family. Certainly what I am hearing from folks in our age group is it is a difficult decision sometimes -- which path to follow. You however have shown many of us that we can entwine ourselves in both family and self direction, keeping them separate. I find this healthy.

      Life is full of Stop, Go, and Yield signs. -- we raise our awareness antenna and proceed with caution.

      I wonder if any books have been written on this subject???

      thanks for the very nice comment -- barbara

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  12. Oh my, I'm also going through a big move...It is a challenge from day to day...breathe in and out a lot...Your Kentucky country has been such a part of you & you such a part of it...You gave it great gifts...I'm only going up the coast, still, this is huge...

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    1. Rita -- all moves are big -- even just moves across town -- at least I think so. So many decisions, considerations, and just plain physical work! Maine is such a beautiful state -- one of my favorites -- nice that you will still be by the coast. Will look forward to your return on blogger whenever you are moved and settled if not before -- barbara

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  13. Big moves are always a stretch, sometimes in ways unexpected. Hope you're beginning to settle by the time you read this. Many good wishes in the journey west. It worked well for us.

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    1. naomi -- my move is getting to the point of me yelling "uncle." And I still have a ways to go before my wheels turn toward the west! I am glad to hear that the west has worked fine for you. I have lived in the west in my past and find it quite spectacular. thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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