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 life...to 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!
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.