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Happy Anniversary to me

It’s exactly two years now since I left my old home and moved into my new one, and I couldn’t be happier. It was a real wrench leaving my dear little house — I’d lived there since I was a young teacher — but it was in dire need of renovation. And after waiting for more than three years for the work to start, and finally realizing the builder wasn’t interested I changed my mindset of years—that I didn’t want to move, that I liked the location and the neighborhood and the neighbors—and in five days I’d found and bought this house.

Apart from being very happy in this new house, I realize I dodged a bullet. The builder who had been going to renovate my old house, started work the very morning after I moved, working for my next-door neighbor who’d bought my place. Ironic, isn’t it? They’re even using the same architectural draftsman who prepared the renovation plan for me.

I drove past the old house the other day and the renovations still aren’t finished. It could have been me, waiting for two plus years . . . 

Although I’ve settled in nicely, I still haven’t finished unpacking. It’s the books. I still have loads of books to go through and sort and cull, and that’s so hard. But bit by bit, box by box, I’ll get there. There’s no rush, after all.

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Robyn Aldridge
Robyn Aldridge
12 days ago

It looks like change found you, Anne, and nudged you on your way. A good ending all around I’d say.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
11 days ago
Reply to  Robyn Aldridge

Thanks, Robyn. I did find moving hard at the time, but now am very happy. And it was my oldest friend, who loves looking at real estate ads, who found this house for me and did the nudging. <g> For which I’m very grateful.

Pam
Pam
12 days ago

Change is so hard. That was quite the coincidence about your neighbor buying your house and using the same contractor. Your new house is lovely.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
11 days ago
Reply to  Pam

Thanks, Pam — it’s not such a coincidence, actually. I originally found the builder when he was renovating the next door house some years ago. And those neighbors bought my house with the intention of renovating it, then moving into it while he built a second story onto their house. After that, they’d rent out my old house. I might think it a conspiracy, except in 5 days I went from “I’m never selling this house” to buying the new one.

Annette N
Annette N
11 days ago

I am in a similar position. Conditions mean I must move and I am not in favor of the fact. But, you have made me feel better. I am moving to another state, to a place where I know exactly 4 people. But, I will go with a smile on my face and a song in my heart….Probably not, but I will try.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
11 days ago
Reply to  Annette N

Oh, hugs, Annette. Moving is hard, especially if it’s reluctant moving. I really hope you find congenial neighbors, as I have. And thank goodness for phones and the internet which make it so easy to keep in touch with old friends.

Krystina
Krystina
11 days ago

Had a similar dilemma. The cost of renovations was half the cost of a new build. So, I thought knock it down sub devide the block. Then went no. I don’t want to pack my house up twice. Found a block around the corner. Built a house we had input on what went where. Love it. The only things I miss in my old house is my kitchen and my Jarra floors.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
11 days ago
Reply to  Krystina

Krystina that sounds like a perfect solution. I think my builder would have preferred a “knock down rebuild” solution, except that there was a historical overlay, which prevented that. It’s ironic that he’s doing the same kind of renovation for my neighbors as I wanted.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
11 days ago
Reply to  Krystina

I forgot to say, Krystina, I totally sympathize with you about your missing your beautiful Jarrah floors. My ‘new’ house has beautiful spotted gum floors in the hallway and living areas — only the bedrooms are carpeted, and I think I fell in love with the house because of those floors. Every time I step out of my bedroom and glance up at the hall or down to the living area, I smile at those lovely floors.

Fay Thomev
Fay Thomev
11 days ago

I’m so glad the outcome was so good! Your new house is gorgeous!

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
11 days ago
Reply to  Fay Thomev

Thank you so much, Fay (and you know why!)

Michelle H
Michelle H
11 days ago

Happy Anniversary, a date worthy of being noted and observed indeed. We moved ‘back home’ about 7 years ago this summer, downsizing greatly. It was a huge move for us, a big downsize as I said, moving back to a town we hadn’t lived in for 40 years, that had changed quite a lot. It was something we’d talked about for years and yet didn’t have a real idea of what it was going to be like. Boxes of books? Oh my goodness. I thought I’d done such a brilliant job at getting rid of stuff before we moved and… Read more »

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
11 days ago
Reply to  Michelle H

Thanks, Michelle. Wow, that was a big move — and I’m sure things had changed a lot. I go back to some of the houses we lived in when I was a child, and I hardly recognize them.
I was the same as you — thought I’d rid myself of piles of clutter and once I moved, realized there were still piles I could (and should) easily get rid of..