Monday, December 7, 2009
A Bright Idea
Time dragged on and I got sick of straightening the house and making the bed every day for fear that we would have the anxiously awaited “showing.” Actually we got pretty efficient at getting ready for the quick exit to allow buyers to peruse our dwelling. I was always in charge of bathroom pick up, dusting and bed making. My husband took over the heavy duties of vacuuming, trash collection and hosing the screened porch. He also became quite accomplished at making the countertop granite shine. Even though the house has lots of storage we became adept at stashing stuff out of sight. To date the house has “eaten” one pair of evening shoes, a sterling silver ring, some books, the dog door cover and a few critical pieces of mail. Hopefully when we are packing to move, these things will surface. I can’t imagine what happened to the shoes!!! Who could lose their fancy evening shoes???
The big dream of moving out of state turned into one of hoping to buy a vacation home on Lake Tellico when the economy recovers. We are now considering downsizing within our area and moving close to family members. The two year journey of trying to relocate made us aware of the value of keeping with your roots. We have one child in Boston aka "the frozen north" and one in Zachary, Louisiana. While the idea of living in a big northern city is intriguing, the reality of retirees such as we making such a drastic change is not very practical, so… we are considering a move to a small nearby community of Zachary near our daughter and her husband.
Over the past two years we had three realtors, one failed FSBO, four price reductions, over 100 showings, three offers and one almost offer. Every time the phone rang I was hoping that we had the offer that would get us out of this house. Just when we least expected it, we got the call. Finally, we had a sale!
Now another journey begins…packing up 15 years of memories and belongings and moving 25 miles away to a brand new home and closer to contentment. We are ready for the challenge. Audubon Lakes, here we come!