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Big Changes

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What a whirlwind the last week has been. We left on vacation last Saturday, and that Thursday evening, we got a call from our realtor that we had an offer on our house! After 4 months, someone wanted to buy it. So Friday we counter-offered, they accepted, we squealed, and urgently got all the paperwork together before we took off. We are making a move out of town to a five-acre parcel in the country, only about 4 miles away. But the purchase of that house was contingent on selling ours, and the contract time was about up for us buying the new house. So thanks to the skillfulness of our realtor, the timeliness of our buyers, and our realtor praying for a workable solution, this move is really happening!

OMG - it's really happening!

We've been in this house for 17 years, and still have boxes of things from the kids. We're moving into a home with the same square footage, but less rooms, so it's time to downsize. I'm silently freaking out inside - how am I going to mix work with packing, arranging, deciding, hauling, cleaning. Yikes! The vacation was really nice, because I put all these thoughts on the back burner and just enjoyed the vacation. We went with friends, and so it was a great distraction. But now? Yep, now I'm freaking out.

So, our work begins. I'm making lists today. We should close on our house March 25 and then close on the new house March 28. Then we have until April 7 to be completely moved out of here. Our buyers graciously have given us 2 weeks rent-free to move (wonderful!!!) since they are buying our house as a second home and plan on remodeling. So, everything is doable - except squeezing that Day Job in there.

Maybe I should look at this as a blessing - I'll be so dang busy, I won't have time to snack! And I'll get lots of good exercise in packing and hauling boxes up and down stairs and around and about. It will all be good in the end. Just makes for a crazy spring!

Oh - I have two neat photos to share from our vacation. The first is a javalina that cruised through the patio restaurant at The Golf Club at Vistoso near Tucson - they eat most anything and I guess he was just hungry, but what a strange sight to see him right next to your table! The other was a hummingbird nest with the mom/dad protecting its contents. The nest was only about an inch high. Way cool.

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