01/3/17

Looking back Part 2

After finding the cute little cottage in June, a couple of months will go by before we could actually move in.

Paperwork, paperwork, …..sigh…..paperwork.

An inspection resulted in a lengthy repair list.  We decided some items we could let slid but, others were a deal breaker.

They would have to be done or we would keep looking. 

In  July, while the house repairs were being scheduled and paper work was continuing to go back and forth, we took a break for a mini vacation.

Beautiful Cadiz, Kentucky was a nice get away over the 4th of July weekend. 

Lodging nearby at Lake Barkley State Park Resort, we explored the beauty of the area.

An added bonus…..we got to spend time with close family that we don’t get to see often enough.

 August was busy…….. moving ahead with the move from the townhouse to the cottage.

How did we accumulate so much to move……. in six months.

While repairs continued at the cottage, boxes were packed and ready to be moved to their new home.

Finally…… moving day!!! Yay

Just 2 weeks before a “planned months ago vacation” to Aruba scheduled the first week in September.

No time to start the projects…….the first project….PAINTING.

Any and everything…. Every room….living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, and 3 bedrooms…

one bedroom to be used as a TV room. And thrift store furniture in need of a little paint.

 

After Aruba, life settled in to…… day in and day out painting…. walls, furniture and on and on.

 Finished painting in time for fall decorating, my favorite.

December decorating…… FUN, and more FUN. Two houses, each in my style, but each different.

The cottage

And this.

 

2016 farewell memories.

A year of adventures…………………….. some planned and others not. And that’s the way life rolls for all of us.

Happy 2017!

01/3/15

What’s the word?

 

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Before I reveal the word I have chosen to guide and keep me focused in 2015, I am thinking of the word I chose at the beginning of 2014.

Last year, I chose the word………

FRESH.

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A new year ahead and thoughts of having a fresh start were in this head of mine.

Wanting and needing fresh thoughts, fresh ideas and the results that follow, I chose the word and hoped I wouldn’t have egg on my face at the end of the year.

 

Would the year end with me thinking, “what was so fresh about 2014?

 

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It’s not like I had a goal oriented plan in hand as I faced the year.  My only goal was to start the new year with a word in my head and a willing heart to follow where it took me.

And where did it take me?

This word challenged me time and again as I would fall back into my “safe” way of thinking; which was not new to me at all.. From experience, I know my old way of thinking would lead to to my old way of feeling and living..

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The safe road, the road I seemed to be most comfortable with, would not lead me to the destination I had in mind.

As in the words of Robert Frost.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference

 

I might add it’s the one less traveled by me. It was the unknown road I took to live out my word of the year.

This road took me to a different town, a new location and into a new, fresh home. I have a fresh outlook, new experiences, and new memories to make.

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While it may not be a big deal to those who don’t wait 2 decades to move,  it was a gigantic undertaking to sort through 23 years of “stuff” and let go of things and memories that were clouding my view of life.

Each day brings me a chance to make new plans and see with fresh eyes.

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Looking back, I never thought the end of the year would be vastly different from the beginning

and some may think it’s a coincidence.  Not me.

We change our destiny with our thoughts and our thoughts are made of the words we tell ourselves.

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I will leave you with these words from Proverbs 23 :7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

 

My word for 2015?  I’ll tell you later. I’m such a tease aren’t I?