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We’ve Moved!

Posted by Scott Holstad on February 26, 2014

Well, we moved this past weekend. We’re very excited, but it’s been a lot of hard work and will continue to be as we continue to unpack and get electricians and plumbers and the like in here to do some work. We sure miss Toby and wonder how he would like the new house. Henry seems to be adapting finally, although the first two or three days, he seemed kind of freaked out. He’s followed us both around relentlessly, not letting us from his sight. He’s always been kind of independent, so we think it’s a sign that this has been traumatic for him, in addition to Toby being gone.

We packed most things, but had packers in the day before the move to pack fragile items and pictures. One was sick or something and was coughing and hacking without covering his mouth. It was gross. However, the moving crew was pretty good and the whole thing only took eight hours. Let me tell you, we were exhausted that day though. You’d have thought we’d moved our own stuff! We were also exhausted all weekend as we unpacked tons of stuff. I’m going to post pics of what our house looks like now, partially unpacked. Hopefully, when everything’s done, I’ll post finished pics.

We’ve already met some neighbors, which is more than we can say about our last house and neighborhood. We’re very pleased with this neighborhood. We live on a cul-de-sac. It’s not a through street and it’s very quiet. Of course, we have virtually no one behind us, so it’s private too. And SAFE!!! Gretchen feels like she can go out walking out night without her pepper spray or packing. (We had our home alarm/security company come and install a system here anyway.) People are friendly, it’s quiet, it’s safe — it’s everything we wanted in a neighborhood. Let’s hope it stays this way.

We got a good deal on this house. We knew it at the time, but since we bought it, two houses nearby have gone on the market for 65K and 80K more than what this one was listed for! Wow. We got a good deal. We’ve had to have a little work done, but nothing overly major, although our handyman is essentially recommending a new deck, which I’m not thrilled about or convinced is necessary. I’m hoping a friend who knows decks can come over and either confirm what this guy is telling me, or tell me otherwise.

I guess that’s it for now. Time for some pics. The first one is of our flag we put out when we moved in. It was a windy day. The others are of rooms in various states of unpacking.

Our flag flying in front of our new home!

Our flag flying in front of our new home!

Entrance. Messy!

Entrance. Messy!

Living room

Living room

Dining room

Dining room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

The hallway

The hallway

Guest bedroom

Guest bedroom

Lots of boxes of books to unpack in the library

Lots of boxes of books to unpack in the library

Four bookshelves in the library. Hoping to add two more.

Four bookshelves in the library. Hoping to add two more.

My shoes!

My shoes!

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bedroom -- other view

Master bedroom — other view

Den

Den

Den -- other side

Den — other side

The office

The office

Our new gas grill

Our new gas grill

9 Responses to “We’ve Moved!”

  1. dweezer19 said

    It looks cozy already. It sounds like you will all be more comfortabke there, once Henry gets past his loss. Goos luck with the unpacking. I can hardly say those words without a shudder. My time is coming soon. My hubby would say you have the most important thing set up in your last photo. 😉 loves his “charred meat”. Happy settling in!

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    • Thanks! The unpacking is coming along well. I’m glad for that. I don’t know what we’re going to do with all of our pictures and paintings though. We haven’t talked about that yet. Are you going to be moving soon?

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      • dweezer19 said

        I know the feeling. If we do, it looks more and more like it will be a return to Costa Rica. Both of us are feeling lonely for it and it makes the most sense for us economically as well as mentally. 🙂 But this time will require a real purging of our “stuff” and we have to decide what stays here and what will go. It must be minimal and we don’t need much. That doesn’t mean after 26 years together and raising four sons we don’t have a lot of sentimental attachments to things. At least I have. He could walk away from it tomorrow and not look back. Or so he says…;) Good luck with your paintings and photos. I can’t even take those things to CR. Mildew has its way with things there.

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        • Now THAT is a move! I am a rat pack, so it’s difficult for me to get rid of things. That would drive me nuts. I have a good friend who’s married to a Costa Rican. They live in Seattle. He’s talked about moving back there, but she doesn’t think she can get the same high powered job she has in Seattle, so she’s not real thrilled with the idea. It makes sense to do it, though, after having raised your children. Good luck with it all!

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        • dweezer19 said

          thanks. Not a lot of high powered jobs there, no. But not as much need of one from our perspective if you are going to live as simply as most do. I see more and more though that they are trying to keep up with the rise of technology, etc. especially among the young people. We are tired. Ready to slow down. Or at least use our extreme energy for something different.

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  2. Oh, it’s such a pretty and spacious house!
    And with you two in it, it will be a warm and loving home!
    Good luck on the unpacking.
    Ha…I like that the new grill is ready to go!
    Last time we moved we got a new grill and it’s gotten a lot of use!
    HUGS!!!
    Carolyn 🙂

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  3. Humor_Me_Now said

    It looks great. Wow–so much room and space–nice neighbors and feeling safe. Happy for you.

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