I have hesitated posting about our impending house move -yes again! Because I didn't want to jinx it. I mentioned this possibility in my Words post a few days ago and we are still on tenterhooks waiting for confirmation on the deal we agreed, so we can sign on the dotted. I find the anticipation in this instance frazzle inducing frustratingly unnerving. I daren't start boxing anything until we hear for sure.
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Larry and I have been saying how cramped this house is for us, especially as our son has grown 6 inches this year and his box bedroom is too small, we feel bad for him. Not one of us has a place we can call our own. My greenhouse den didn't work out for me in the end, I damaged several of my water colour paintings with the dripping condensation. The house is just too small for four, nearly all adults in size if not in attitude. Larry comes home on weekends and he cannot spread out, cannot make his kits, he cannot play the hi-fi, we are encroaching in on one another. Not having any place for your own personal space is not great for family relations.
So we started looking at what was available in the papers and on the net, bearing in mind properties are getting cheaper due the current global financial crisis so we thought this may work in our favour. We should
be able to find something substantially bigger for the same or less than we are currently paying. We quickly found another property, in fact the first one we looked at, which is larger and boasts three more rooms, two more bathrooms.
The down side is that we gave most of our furniture away when we downsized so we are having to start over. Good fun but expensive. Indeed this part I adore as I can turn on the radar and hone my sourcing skills, which if I say so myself are pretty darn good! I know lots of auction houses, clearance warehouses and if push comes to shove we will buy new, but I want to hold out on that until we know the house and get a feel for what we need. Another upside is the deep pleasure of a new bed! We are all having brand new beds and on these I will not scrimp. My parents gave Larry and I a bedroom suite and sumptuous bed for a wedding present and these were all scrapped when we left the farmhouse 18 months ago. I experienced great joy in finding a replacement, a luxury memory bed, need l explain further. Deep deep joy!
If all goes through without a hitch we have arranged to pick up the keys on 14th March and will have both properties for a couple of weeks, to enable a slow transition over to the new property. The kids and I plan to surprise Larry with much of the big stuff all done when he gets home the weekend after.
I have always wanted to make a home and live long in it, but for many reasons it has never worked out that way. We thought we would be here for a few years until school is done, but it was not to be. I am looking at all the positives, with a new garden to watch and see which delights grow and surprise me week after week, I love this part of a new house and garden.
I have always believed that a house is not necessarily a home. It is the life and the soul, the people and the love which make it a home. I will ensure we bring this into our new house and spread it around. The 'stuff' you carry carry from house to house and which you bring with you are just functional and superficial .
This thought keeps me sane and fills me with warmth, that moving house needn't be a negative experience.
It is an opportunity for all of us to grow, relax and express our individuality and wrap ourselves within the warmth of a deeper sense of family.