I am, however, reminded of another person who made a more permanent departure, and who may have been the victim of a misplaced comment. On her tombstone read the words:
Here lies Elizabeth Jay,
She died the 23rd of May;
She could not stay, she had to go.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Sadly, I cannot remember in which of Canada's maritime provinces her grave is allegedly located.
I'm sad to hear you're leaving your house. Hope you get settled into somewhere comfortable. They say home is where the heart is. I believe that.
Bear, I'm hoping this photo was snapped in the 'dead' of winter!
® Tess: I would like to be staying, and have Sadie here. But I can no longer look after the house and grounds, so the time has come to leave "Bear's Manor."
® Helen: Indeed it was. And selling the house has proven to be a "grave undertaking."
We too are planning an exit of our house. Very busy sorting and packing as we have lived here 13 years. At last my husband is clearing out the garage!
® KarenG: We've been here 10 years, but I've gotten to the point where I just can't look after things. Condolences to your hubby and his garage cleaning.
Moving home can bring mixed feelings, I guess. Sad to leave, but excited at prospect of new home. Or maybe happy to leave, but wary about the move itself.
I'd like to move to a bigger house (I have a tiny two up & two down), but the thought of packing away 15 years of accumulated paraphernalia kind of scares me...
Good luck with your move!
® Tundiel: I understand the challenge in "packing away 15 years of accumulated paraphernalia kind of scares me..."
Think of trying to pack away a lifetime's worth of collected works.
I don't know what I imagined your house to look like. I guess I assumed CANADIAN...whatever that is. But your house resembles mine in Indiana. Cute! I'd gladly advertise my home as you did yours, but there's no way I would allow everyone to know mine is just sitting there....empty....you knew ahead of time you were moving. I, on the other hand, had no idea! But it's a heavy worry on my mind.
Now for some photos of where you're going??
® dana: You want pictures already? I haven't even got the keys to the new place!
In due course, m'lady.
Bear, I know that you and yours will soon be creating a new home in the physical place that you all are moving to.
This home making will not happen on any sort of pre-ordained schedule. It will happen. And how good it is to have this develop as spring shows us how the world can awaken.
Oh your house looks so lovely. But I think you will like the freedom of having an apartment, I loved it in London - and when the kids are gone Kevin and I will definitely have an apartment, not a house. Plus - oh my gosh, you have such an enormous amount of snow!
® Frances: We'll have a new home, and we'll start new traditions. But between now and then, it will be an absolutely Charlie Brown type of "Aggggg!" situation.
® ALW: Thanks for the nice comment on our house. About a thousand square feet on each of two levels. We're looking forward to the freedom of not having to look after a yard, etc., etc.
Average amount of snow for this part of the world — a couple of feet, or a bit more.
Coldest temperature this past winter was -56°C (or -69°F). A bit cooler than "bracing" or "invigorating," don't you think?
No snow, no, no snow! :)
® Diva: You can only play the hand you're dealt. Ours includes snow. Invariably, in winter. And well into the spring.
Here lies my beloved wife. Lord, please welcome her with the same joy I send her to you. (In Spanish on a Mexican tombstone)
It's hard to leave the familiar and loved for the unkown and new. I hope your transition will be easier than you think and you'll be surprised by fun unexpected pleasures in your new digs.
Your beautiful home, painted white like I want to paint ours, surrounded by the brilliance of snow, looks like love lives there. May it always be so.
Tonight my husband came home so exhausted, and must work on Saturday to ready himself for a presentation next week. He (again) said that he is tired of "the farm" and wants to move to a retirement community. We do not have "a farm," but the property is high maintenance and the house is badly in need of exterior paint, and we care for too many animals (domestic and wild) so I understand his wanting to run away from it all. But this is no time to sell a house and we are basically stuck here for awhile. It is time to not add any additional pets, including stray cats. It is time to think outside the box and envision what will come later, and how we can best effect good changes.
Besides, I don't want to live in a retirement community!
® BF: Thanks for sharing that. And happy travels.
® BrendaSusan: I'm trusting there will be pleasant surprises, too.
® Lydia: I understand "the property is high maintenance and the house is badly in need of exterior paint." That's why we're moving. We looked into a retirement complex; not for us! (Bear is not a "retiring" creature.)
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