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Monday, March 28, 2016

A month from today.....


A month from today we hope to be living in our new house, good lord willing. We are waiting on the appraisal of this house. If it comes in low we are screwed, so we are holding our breath and waiting on the numbers. Buying a house is so much different now than it was before the banks messed everything up with their bogus loan processes. This has been a nightmare. Lesson learned, we should have had the appraisal before we even listed the house. Who knew?!


Gerry and I took the afternoon last week to explore our new town. It is charming. A town that was once a mill town, now reviving itself with shops and restaurants and what looks like a really good coffee shop or two.  And I spotted several antique stores, whoop!

In Chapel Hill, the parking is premium, hard to find, meters everywhere, expensive and crossing the street, you take your life in your own hands. This little town had not one meter to be found, plenty of parking and we crossed the street without a single car coming our way. This town reminds me of how Chapel Hill was 30 years ago. And its only twenty minutes from here.

We also found a nearby park with walking trails, fishing piers and a beautiful lake for recreation. Yes, I will be spending some time there! So peaceful.


My weeks are spent in my car now. I can't believe a month has gone by with my new job. Quick as a wink. My weekends are spent with cardboard boxes and packing. It is stressful to say the least. I have gotten rid of so much stuff and yet the stuff keeps coming. I know more should go. Why on Earth do I insist on carrying all this stuff through my life with me?! I bought that book everyone is so excited about, the one written about organizing. It's common sense, its actually trivial and didn't help me in the least. I really don't see what all the fuss was about, but it was on sale at Target so I figured at this point I could use some nudging to get rid of things.

One bit of advise was to hold each thing and see if you really really loved it. I did use that advise and got rid of things I might not have otherwise.  At this point, I just want it all out of my sight so I don't have to consider it, so I just box it up to deal with later! Nearly every room in the house is full of boxes.






My Easter Sunday was spent packing and coughing and sneezing. The pollen is coating everything and it's definitely a bother.  Gerry had a hockey game. Wesley spent the day with her new family, dyeing Easter eggs and going to church and doing all the things we used to do together. She called to say hi and it was bittersweet. I envy this family so much, the time they get to share with my child. My Easter things are packed away somewhere, long forgotten. Not an egg was dyed, no bunnies in sight, no Easter basket treats, not even a piece of chocolate in the house. My days are too full, driving from town to town, negotiating with loan officers and realtors and packing a house full of 11 years of memories and furniture. I am longing for a day when I have nothing to do but read a book or weave on my loom, visit a friend, or just lay in the grass and sleep. Right now I am just looking towards that day and taping up boxes.

Hope everyone had a happy Easter!

12 comments:

Lori Buff said...

The town sounds charming. Crossing my fingers that this works for you.

Dennis Allen said...

Sounds like you still have most of your stuff AND a new book to find a place for.

Michèle Hastings said...

It will all be over soon! Appraisals are so subjective... each appraiser may come up with a different figure. When we bought last year, the appraisal came in at the sales price, but the bank asked the appraiser to come up with one more comp to justify the price. Not much has sold in this area, in the last 6 months, but he managed to come up with one. It's so much harder to sell and buy simultaneously.
Can't wait to see more photos of the new place!

cindy shake said...

Stay strong - real estate is $o $tressful uggggh. Just sold our downtown home and can hardly even look at the real estate section in the newspaper anymore! All of the fees and costs it is a wonder we even made a profit -sheesh!

Love the energy the new local seems to have.
xo

Anna M. Branner said...

As often as I have moved I still find it easier to get rid of things when I am UNPACKING and trying to figure out where to put things. You are leaving a house full of memories, getting rid of things on top of that is sometimes too much. But once you are unpacking it all feels new and easier to let go....I am excited for you!

Tracey Broome said...

Lori thanks, it is charming and yes, keep them crossed for a few more weeks!

Dennis, I guess I have my stuff, God knows where any of it is right now, ha!

Michele, not soon enough for me! Appraisals are such a guessing game,
its all so subjective, there should be some ground rules....

Cindy, So good to hear from you, took my pottery studio sign down that you made for me, bittersweet, but it will find a place in our new home, even if it isn't in a studio!

Anna, I was thinking the very same thing! I just need to get the stuff out of sight right now, feeling a bit overwhelmed with the decisions of what to keep and what to get rid of. I also was thinking I'll just unpack it all and see what fits in the new place and then what doesn't fit will be easier to say goodbye to!

Laura Farrow said...

me and you, rocking on your new porch and drinking coffee in Mebane... soon come! 💜

Vicki said...

I am so, so pleased about your new home!
A new life is building.

I feel your heavy heart for your gorgeous girl.
Give it time. Who knows what the future holds, there may come a time where she may fill your life with her regular presence once again.

For now, it's good to be busy :)

Safe travels.
xx

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