by shirley124 11 Aug 2016

Well we have finally done it.

We have bought a house. Have been busy the past few days with trips to 2 cities organizing Solicitor, Finance, Insurance etc. Now for the worst job 'Packing' We have decided to leave our quiet life in the country and become city dwellers again due to age and health. We will not have to do so much travelling which will be a big plus. I know we will miss looking out the windows to all the changing views but the time has come for the next stage in our lives.


by toogie 12 Aug 2016

Well, I thought my life was changing, but oh boy, look at you! A new car, a new house, out MR.SHIRLEY you may be replaced for a new model-lol- just teasing you and hubby, Shirley.
I wish you much happiness, in all the new changes, in your life.You both will have to adjust from the country life and open spaces.
I know we will never move, we built this house ourselves. If he goes first I have a lot of guys, in my life, that will have to keep the acreage mowed for me. That's one advantage of having grandsons not afraid of work!-lol-Best wishes, my dear-Toogie

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks Toogie. I have mixed feelings about moving, but I know we have to do it sooner rather than later. We have owned homes except for the past 10 years. We have had good times here and lots of photos and memories to look back on in the future. You are lucky to have grandsons who are not afraid of hard work.
Years back hubby got rid of 2 of his prize possessions and I was beginning to wonder then If I would be next as things go in 3's they say. It has not happened and we will soon be celebrating our 53rd wedding anniversary. Hugs Shirley

by graceandham 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations on embracing the next thing! I have packed so many times. If a mover will be involved, only label the boxes with a letter, then have a master contents list for your eyes only. Also, if a lot of tools (heavy) are involved, distribute them among many boxes or move yourself in your car. (Movers will steal the "too heavy" boxes.) If you will be on 2 floors, you may want to add a number for the floor, so... B-1, Z-2. If country night sounds have been accompanying your night's sleep, record them now. I really miss my old grandpa frog's croak outside my former bedroom. There may be some boxes you can label for Open First (cleaning supplies) or Open by Winter (sweaters, Christmas d├ęcor). The nicest thing I did for myself in the last move was to get there the day before the moving van and rent a floor waxer, which we ran till they got here! We put down carpets and furniture and I don't know if I'll ever wax again! Also, we torqued down the air conditioning against the time when the doors would be opened so much. Hope all goes smoothly and you love your new place.

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks for the hints. Yes I have moved 3 times before and know not to have the boxes too heavy. A lot of things we will take in the cars. It will mainly be the furniture that will be taken by the mover people. We will have time to go in and give the floors a good clean prior to the furniture arriving. There has been new floor coverings laid about 2 years ago. I am sure once we have settled in we will be very happy. Hugs

by heleninca 11 Aug 2016

The one thing that helps with packing is the weeding. It is amazing what we collect and no longer need or use.

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Weeding! I don't like gardening but I know what you mean. I have collected quite a bit in the 10 years we have been here.

by airyfairy 11 Aug 2016

What exciting news Shirley. Great time for having a real good sort out.
Keep us in touch to let us know how you are doing.

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks. WE have about 6 weeks to pack so will have time for a good sort out. Will start next week. Hugs

by zoefzoef 11 Aug 2016

congratulations on your new house ! yes indeed packing is quite a hassle. When doing you start noticing how many stuff you have and want to keep

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks. Last move I gave away things I wished I had not, so will be more selective this time round. Hugs

by sdrise 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations and best of luck in your new venture!

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Many thanks.

by michemb 11 Aug 2016

We did the opposite last year and yes packing is a BIG job. Good luck with your new adventure

shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks. I remember you moving. It will be a bit of fun and a chore setting up a new sewing area. There will be some things that will just have to go as I will not have the space I have here. Hugs

toogie by toogie 12 Aug 2016

Did you say a bad word, Shirley? Not sewing stuff has to go, oh no! Anything but sewing!-lol

by carolpountney 11 Aug 2016

Good luck with the packing and your new home

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks. Will take time but we will get there. Hugs

by pennifold 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations Shirley, new car, now a new home!!!! I hope that everything goes smoothly for you and that your removalist packs everything in good strong storage boxes. I too agree with Pam, make sure all the boxes are marked for where they are to be placed in your new home. It helps tremendously. I remember one move I couldn't find the radio and it was in the last box I unpacked grrrrrr!!! I hope also that your move to the 'big smoke' goes well. City life is more hectic, but I'm glad you are doing it now rather than later. Hope you will be closer to your family. Love Chris

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks Chris. We have moved from city to country-country to city and back to country. So hope we are doing the right thing now. We need to be nearer to Doctors and other facilities at this stage of our lives as the travelling is taking its toll on us both. I may be able to keep my hair under control as I will be closer on my hairdresser lol. Hugs

by cfidl 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations on your decision, and best wishes for a smooth transition.

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

Thanks. I hope every thing goes smoothly. It is the changing of addresses etc that I hate the most. Hugs

by sandralane 11 Aug 2016

I wish you the best of luck in your future new home. I hope you settle quickly make lots of friends, and then get back to your embroidery. May take time but do not forget to take it easy in between packing. I have recently moved for my husbands health reasons and to be closer to family for support. i know what you are going through and how hard it is to move on, but it shall be for the better. Sandra.

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shirley124 by shirley124 14 Aug 2016

Thanks Sandra. I have to take it easy with packing as I don't want to make my knee any worse than it is. I hope the move will be for the better. Hugs

by pacmp 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations! One bit of packing advice I will offer is to pack multiple boxes at one time. Just because an item was in a specific room at your current place does not mean that it's current location would be where you want it located in your new place. So think about where each items new home will be and pack it in that box. This will help you to hopefully not do as much running from one room to another or even worse to just put the item anywhere with plans to then reorganize again later when you are not frazzled and just trying to cope with a big move. Labeling boxes for the location they will be used in the new house can be a great help and time saver when unpacking. Sorting and clearing out no longer needed items whether to family, friends or to a local thrift store or charity can be immensely therapeutic and allow you to spend your time, energy and your hard earned money on the things and "Stuff" that you value at this point in your life. Best wishes for a calm easy move with not too many unexpected happenings- at least many more happy happenings. Enjoy the new place. Pam

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

I understand just what you are saying. We make sure we label what is in each box etc to make the unpacking process easier. I am looking forward to settling in but will miss the peace and quiet of the country. Hugs

by katydid 11 Aug 2016

Happy for you!!

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016


by crafter2243 Moderator 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations. Making this kind of change is always scary and a lot of work. I wish you lots of help moving and nothing but good times in your new home.

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shirley124 by shirley124 12 Aug 2016

We have done it before, just hope we are doing the right thing. Yes it is a bit scary. Looking forward to not having to travel so far. Hugs

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by laffma1 edited 11 Aug 2016

Congratulations on your new home! Packing is the hardest part - but it gives you an opportunity to re-evaluate what you have, what you really need, and what is nice to have on hand. My S-I-L just moved to a home around the corner from her old house, because it is a ranch style (living area is all on one floor). She tossed a lot out, gave even more away, and still had a house full of furniture and "stuff". Once you settle in, you will be so happy, and less stressed.

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shirley124 by shirley124 edited 12 Aug 2016

I have done this 3 times before. But we are older this time and have accumulated more "stuff" Some will have to go, but making sure we keep the right things is going to take time. Then finding new places to put it all in the new house is sometimes a problem. Thanks. Hugs