It’s a wrap……almost..Part 1

Two days away is New Year’s Eve, the day before 2017  begins. A brand new shiny year to unwrap.

Like it or not, ready or not , it’s here.

As in the previous year, there will be ups and downs, highs and lows. good and bad times. Life as it happens

As my way of closure for the year,  I’m sharing a recap of each of the twelve months of 2016.

I will refrain from the obvious “where did the time go?”

January 2016, I chose the word “hope” as my go to word for the year.

Hope served me well this year. As we experienced most of the year embroiled in political turmoil and an election outcome continuing to divide our country……..Hope

As we face daily challenges…..Hope

As we face unknown fears…….Hope

In February, a move to a small town for a job opportunity for the hubby, brought excitement, apprehensions and a bit of work to find our home away from home.

We settled into a small, unfurnished apartment near his workplace. 

It was shoestring decorating. But it was Home Sweet Home.

In March, we celebrated Easter with friends and family back home. It was a bitter sweet time, as we enjoyed hiding eggs with the little ones and reminisced of better times with loved ones who are spending Easter with the Lord and Savior.


In April, I continued furnishing the apartment by bringing small pieces of furniture from our main house, 3 1/2 hours away.

We went back there for the weekend and travelled back to the apartment on Sunday afternoons, bringing a load of “stuff” with us.

We are accumulating quite a bit in the apartment. Strange , nothing seems to be missing from the main house yet.


In May, decorating the apartment is done and mostly I’m sitting around reading. I do enjoy reading, but it’s so not me to sit for long.

Hubby and I have come to the conclusion, apartment living is not for us.

We explored nearby towns with plans to find a little cottage to buy.

We celebrated Memorial day at the main house and went back to the apartment. 

In June we were in house hunting mode when hubby got home from work everyday.

In the historical district of a town with homes like these….



We find this.

A “just the right size” cottage with a few projects..

…… not too many.

Guess I won’t be going to the library for a while.

To be continued.



North to Alaska

House tours. I can’t get enough of them.

When I can’t get there, a virtual tour works just as well.

I was reading the definition of virtual—–very close to being something without actually being it.

That makes a virtual tour……almost real.

When I learned someone I love dearly was moving to Alaska, and after thinking how far away it was and how much I would miss her,  my thinking went to  “I wonder what  the real estate is like there?”

Isn’t she a beautiful little missy or Mrs. now?


SO ………..House touring in Alaska we go.

Virtually of course.

Because I want to see the current trends, I’m looking under new construction

Isn’t this a cute little place, well not so little………3382 square feet…on an acre of land.

It has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths…

Let the tour begin.






I don’t like a lot of conversation when I’m touring. I can look better when it’s quiet.

and the basement

A beautiful home that could be in my neighborhood or a lot of neighborhoods in the lower 48 ………..until you see the views. Not my neighborhood at all.

Maybe one day I will get to visit my sweet girl and see her and the views in reality instead of virtual.  And a virtual hug is no where close to being a real hug.


The door that opens and the door that closes

 As the year, 2014, is rapidly coming to an end,

I am reminiscing about the year and all the changes that have occurred for me personally.

I am usually not wordy. My thoughts are “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

However, today I have some “splaining” to do.

Where have I been for so long and what have I been doing?

At the beginning of the year, I knew I was ready for change, in a good way.

My restless soul kept nagging at me. In the past, the feelings would past.

However, for at least a couple of years, I knew the time had come to sell the house and move.

After 23 years, I knew it would be a big undertaking, but the idea wouldn’t leave me alone.

With a mind set of………let’s try this and see what happens….. I started getting the house ready

to show in August.





I’m happy I didn’t know what was ahead of me. I might have said “I can’t do this” quite loudly.

The 2200 square feet house was filled to the max and the basement was filled with bins and bins

of holiday decorations, furniture tools, lawn equipment etc. etc. etc.

In September, I signed with a realtor and detached myself from the house to begin staging and getting

it prepped for new owners. I thought perhaps it may take awhile to find the right buyers.

Two weeks later there were several offers. Oh me, oh my…… did I really mean to do this? I had to put up or shut up.

An offer was taken, only to fall through a month later. That was ok, because another offer was on the table quickly.

Ok…guess I’m serious. I’d better find somewhere to move to.

The closing date was a week before Thanksgiving.

Autumn, my most favorite season went by in a blur.

With belongings stored in a storage unit and at the homes of family and friends, the move was made.

From an old (60+yr) house to a brand spanking new one. A lot less yard, but a lot more house.


A door from Christmas past…. at old house


From 2200 to 3200 square feet.  What am I thinking????

What an adventure it has been. It seems so surreal at times.

The door was closed and locked to me at a home that was dear to me for a long, long time.

And the memories created there will forever be with me.

But now I have a new door that is wide open to my new ideas of decorating and making it home sweet home.




First Christmas at new house, 2014. Yes, I decorated for Christmas although I am still unpacking.

I can’t wait to share more of this journey with you.

In the meantime enjoy pictures of doors in Charleston SC.


I managed to take a short trip to get myself reenergized before Christmas.

Ahhhhh Charleston at Christmas.


Hope your Christmas was wonderful and the new year ahead will be spectacular!!!