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Jun 12, 2014

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

One more sleep.

We have lived here for 31 years, 6 months, 12 days.

1645 weeks

11,517 daysMy houseFriday 13th we will living in our new home although we will still have our old home until we put it on the market.

We have made many changes in our home over the years. We completely landscaped the quarter acre lot and filled it with garden beds and trees. New fences. 2 new roofs. 2 new hot water tanks.

A brand new kitchen about 12 years ago. All new double paned windows and steel doors with a beautiful French door out to the back deck.

One, soon to be 2, remodelled bathrooms. A huge deck in the backyard that hosted many, many parties.

But we are also giving up terrible traffic noise, having to lug laundry up and downstairs,  groceries upstairs, lack of closet space and all the garden maintenance that is too much when you work full time. OverloadedWe are trading it for a home in a quiet, gated community overlooking a golf course. It has the garage, laundry room, powder room, living room, kitchen, dining room, office and master bedroom suite with a full bathroom and walk in closet all on the same level. It also has a full downstairs with 2 more bedrooms, bathrooms, rec room, den, media room and sitting area to use when we need the space for parties or guest visits.

The grass area is minimal and so are the garden beds. I will garden in pots which is so much easier.

We will sleep well at night once we get used to the quiet. We will replace our old furniture over time as we decide how we want the rooms to look…and when I say we I mean me lol.

We will have friends and family over for visits and will barbecue on that top deck overlooking the golf course and a magnificent view of the valley. I cannot wait to watch a thunder storm from there.

My excitement level has reached such a high level I have to remember to breathe. When I next talk with you I will be living here…..CHILLIWACK


   

Jun 8, 2014

FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT THIS IS NOW 3 OR MORE MEMES FOR TUESDAY


 I posted this originally 5 years ago. It was a fun post and I thought we could revisit it again today.

I got up on a Monday. I was feeling blue or maybe yellow, I don't know. I felt like I was going to have a metamorphosis for sure, but into what I couldn't say.

Tuesday had me searching for three or more of something, anything. Grains of rice or pretty poppies. Which to choose. Rice is pretty interesting.

I was speechless wordless when Wednesday rolled around. I didn't know what to do. Should I go outdoors or show you what is on my walls? If I show what is on my walls or outside should I describe it or stay wordless?

By Thursday I am so exhausted from all the memes I think I will Treat Myself. Apparently I was just about the only doing this so treating myself may be retired. The ladies are all so busy setting the tables they don't have the time for treats. The dishes are filling their cupboards and some are spilling into other rooms too. Forget what fork to use. I want to know what happens to people who spill their red wine across these beautiful tablescapes.

Then when Friday hits we finally have something to put on those lovely dishes. Foodies everywhere cook and bake and create. We all moan and groan with delight and some of us plan our grocery list to cook up the foodie offerings that look so darn good. Some of us just lick the screen.

Saturday is the day to make small talk. Chit chat. Lists of six. Of course us overachievers always have to add just one more. The real overachievers will write it in a pink font.

Sunday is a day of rest for bloggers. Ya right. We repost a favorite one from the past but we end up writing a whole new post to explain why we chose the old post and then we update the information that has changed since we posted the old post so that we don't have to come up with a new post on Sunday so we can have more time to ourselves to take pictures of our gardens and tables and food and collections and walls and redecorating and thrifty finds and and and...
And where does Mr. Linky fit into all of this? He teases us and laughs at us. He plays games with us. Doesn't he know what day this is? Keep your fingers crossed that he will show up.

Oh yes. Please note the Mosaic for this Monday at the top. Make sure you visit all the lovely hostesses for these memes. They always put on a great event and the other bloggers never cease to amaze me with their creativity and talents.
Have a good week.
  1. Mosaic Monday
  2. Metamorphosis Monday
  3. Blue Monday
  4. Mellow Yellow Monday
  5. Three or More Tuesday
  6. Wordless Wednesdays
  7. What's on Your Wall Wednesday
  8. Outdoor Wednesday
  9. Treat Yourself Thurday
  10. Tablescapes Thursday
  11. Foodie Friday
  12. Small Talk Six Saturday
  13. Sunday Favorites
I know I have missed many of you but I have run out of time. I have to get some awards out yet today.

Jun 7, 2014

TRUST ME ON THIS

Listen to me my friends... no really, really listen. I want every one of you to go into a drawer, cupboard, closet or pile in your house right now and choose one thing to get rid of. Toss it. Yup toss it  out. Unless you know you are going to actually take a pile to a charity or have a pickup scheduled already you are going to toss it in the trash or recycle bin. garage_sale 2Trust me. Nobody wants your stuff. You don't even want it. Then you know what. You are going to do the same thing next week. Choose something and remove it from your home. Keep doing this week after week. You will thank me for this wisdom one day when you are going to move. garage_sale

Garage sales are usually a total waste of your time and energy. We carried so much stuff down the stairs and outside. Lots of it was heavy. We were sweating like waterfalls. We were exhausted before we even started.

We sold a bit of stuff but it really wasn’t worth it. Not worth our energy. Not worth our time. Not worth the frustration. Not worth the jerk who looked up our address online and phoned the house the day before to see what kind of stereo equipment we were selling. He then showed up 25 minutes early on a sale that specifically said do not come early and wanted to scope out the stereo equipment. I told him to get out of the driveway and wait until 9:00 like everyone else had to. When his buddy walked up at ten to nine and said let’s go in my husband heard him say…”no…she yelled at me”. Lol.

Well my friends. There you have it. My advise. My wisdom. My experience. Purge that house one piece at a time. Start now and when you have to move some day you will not have to entertain the insanity of a garage sale.  

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