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!