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My continuing story.....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

You have all been so wonderful with your comments! Thank you for not judging me for seeming to be so focused on things that shouldn't be that important.

If you don't mind, I think I will continue to blog about this important decision.

We met with the Realtor yesterday. He said that our home showed well and was in a very desirable community and it is better than the competition's. He also said that there were a lot of buyers out there now who are looking for our type of home. So we know that if and when we put our home up for sale that it will sell within a few days. This is good because for those of you who have bought and sold homes you know what a hassle it is having multiple showings and continually cleaning your house every day.

I love all of your thoughtful ideas and they would all work if we weren't looking to simplify our life. We are looking to eliminate the expense and work of 2 houses. We are thinking that it is time to have a looser attitude towards pick up and travel a lot. Our villa in Spain, while very beautiful is very simply appointed. That is one of the advantages of it. We don't worry about our stuff and collecting things. We focus more on the people, the outdoors and experiencing Europe. That is our goal, but it is difficult for me to do this change. Here in Calgary the weather is cold and not very nice for most of the year. So I have customized my life around the indoors. Entertaining, gourmet meals in our dining room, wine & appys by the fire. Everthing I own revolves around this lifestyle....even my clothes!!! Where we live in Spain is focused on the outdoors, which is very nice and it is very casual. also. I liked it when we had both. But we have realized that it is time to choose. Spain is beautiful. I can still cook and entertain there. But it will be a more informal way. That is not my style. I am very formal. But it will be a healthier lifestyle for us. I know I am rambling....SORRY!

Anyway this is where we are at now:

I spoke to my Vet yesterday and she said that she would help me to take my dog. This is something that was breaking my heart....having to give him to someone else. Before I was a dog owner, I would never have understood the emotional pain that this would cause me. She recommended an airlines that would allow me to have him with me the entire time and he would not have to go into cargo. She also recommended that we go through Germany to get to Spain, as they are the most understanding and considerate of dogs being taken internationally. She said that she would prescribe a sedative for him, so he won't freak in the aircraft. This was such a relief. I couldn't stop hugging him all day yesterday. I didn't realize how much pain it was causing me to have to leave him too. I will post a picture of my darling little Banjo on my Spark page. He is my best friend!

My husband wants me to bring with me to Spain all my crystal, china, silver and linens. He knows how much a part of who I am is in these things. Spain is such a casual lifestyle. But I think I am going to bring them. We have an empty buffet in the villa and I can store them there and have some fine dining experiences with our friends in Spain. Maybe they will enjoy the Canadian way at times!

Yesterday, I was sorting through all my beautiful Christmas decorations that I have collected over the years. I love decorating for this season. With the snow it is a very beautiful time of year. I had some teary moments. I think I will give these treasures to our kids. Thank you Caradawn for the suggestion! emoticon

Well that is about it. My blogs are going to be based on this big transition in our life. I am sorry if I am boring you. I thought that I would warn you, so you can skip reading them for a time. But the blogging is really helping me sort out my thoughts. If I did it in a private journal, it wouldn't be the same.

Thank you all my Sparkly Friends! One thing that I realized this morning was I can take you all with me, no matter where I go!

Below is a link to our home in Spain. If you take a look at it, you will see where we will end up, if we decide to take the plunge. Right now we rent it out as a vacation property. But if we move there, it will just be our home. We will be making the decision this weekend.
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    the villa is gorgeous I really like patio off the bedroom with the fabulous view and the inviting pool, well all of it really is nice seems like a no brainer go go go and take all the things you love with you just like Sallie said because you won't be able to replace them with the local shops
    1913 days ago
    Your villa is beautiful. You have a big decision to
    make this weekend. It is good that you will give the
    decorations to the children. Even better is that you
    can take your dog with you. I agree that you should
    take some of your loved belongings so that you can
    feel more at home.
    1913 days ago
  • CHERYLL1949
    Just wanted to say"Hi and that I really like your blog! emoticon
    1913 days ago
    A wonderful place to move to - as a swede I envy the temperature... and having been to Calgary I think you are making a good choice even though it IS a big leap!
    1913 days ago
    Wow! Big decisions ahead! Exciting and scary at the same time!
    1913 days ago
    I know when we moved to Mexico that I got rid of all my "formal stuff". I knew it was going to be a more casual environment. but then when I got here and went to others homes for dinner, many ladies had brought all their Waterford, crystal and china. They decorated very eclectic and it is rather charming. So my advice now to people who are moving out of country is to take what you love so you will feel more at home in your new country. And I know for sure that you can't say.....I will buy a "new" one when I get there as so many things are not available here. I still haven't found a heating pad! I think the life in Spain sounds more to my liking if for no other reason but the weather! I am a bit TV person now that I am retired and it was important for me to still have TV. Are you going to be able to have TV there?
    Lot's of decisions for you. Good that you can take you dog. I would have to find a new home for my two girls.
    My biggest advice is to take as much as you can of the things you love. I still am saying things like "I wish I hadn't gotten rid of ______".
    I know it's going to feel good to at least have the decision made.
    Keep us posted.
    1914 days ago
    Your villa is beautiful! I want to move there now :)

    I like the idea of you taking a few sentimental comforts of home with you. Just because you will be living in a different country doesn't mean you have to give up the traditions of where you came from. And I'm glad you are thinking about giving some of your treasures to your kids. I know there are things from my parents/grandparents that I would never want them to get rid of and would love to be passed down.

    I am sure you will be relieve after this weekend when you make a decision - no matter what it is. If you do choose Spain I might just have to come up and visit!

    p.s. So glad to hear you can take your dog with you. I couldn't imagine leaving my pets behind either.
    1914 days ago
    Thank you for the update. If you make a list of the things that are 'must have/take", "not taking" and the "possible/do not care" it may be easier to define how your life will change after the move. Take the things that you will regret leaving behind. If possible, live a week 'without' them... put them away and do not use them at all. This will put you in the mindset of making a true decision. emoticon
    1914 days ago
  • LIS193
    It will be quite a different life for you in you beautiful spanish villa. Lots of outdoor things and much more casual. It is nice to have some of your treasures with you.
    When we moved to Mexico I brought a few boxes of mainly kitchen things, the "good" stuff we hardly ever use anymore.
    So glad you can take your dog with you. We had wonderful pets over the years and still miss them now they have passed away.
    Wishing you strength in this transition period!
    1914 days ago
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