So, clearly I have been “absent without leave.”
The BIG NEWS is that I have decided to move to Charleston to be closer to my family.
When I got Jackpot puppy and was out twice a day walking, etc., I realized how VERY curtailed my life has become. All the richness I once knew here is just…gone. And this property’s upkeep needs and the physical labor of it all is now seeming to be more and more difficult to manage. The takedown of the mailbox and all it entailed to get one again, and the $$$$, just flattened me in what I now recognize is suddenly a way more vulnerable time for me.
I realized that I am alone—and have been alone—for pretty much the last three Covid years. I go days without talking to anyone, except here online. My support networks are also diminishing as we all age, and I will be 78 in March.
I don’t see most of my quilting friends or my fellow Lion members on a regular basis any more, and I don’t go to quilt meetings or other meetings as I don’t dare get sick here by myself. My friends are also afraid they will give me covid, so they are very careful about not coming if they don’t feel well. The days of Sit and Sews among healthy people are…gone. For me, anyway.
I love Maine so much—and will miss the cooler weather and the lovely seasons. But…. I’ve always known I would know when it was time to move. It is now time. My family is so excited, and I will also say that while I am overwhelmed with all that has to be done, culled, etc., I am also looking forward to starting a new life adventure.
I will sell here first, then buy in SC. Older son Mike is “on it” in terms of helping me find a smaller house within 15-20 minutes of my two sons and which is near one of the many big and beautiful parks with trails. The early looks at properties he’s sending show that that is quite possible to downsize but to have really nice living spaces. One of Tami’s oldest friends (who has ties to Maine) will be my SC realtor. I can go down to 3 bedrooms, one of which needs to be large enough for the longarm/quilt room. Maybe that will be something like a big bonus room over a garage that I’ll need in order to be able to plug in my hybrid car. Many of the new houses we have been looking at have big, open kitchen/dining/living room features on the first floor. And many are within HOA situations where I suspect communal mowing, etc., is done.
I’ll be able to stay with Mike and Tami until I can move into a new place in SC. And I’ll need to store furniture until I can move into whatever house I buy. The mover I’m going to use can pick up and store in Portland until I have purchased a house. There are a lot of moving parts—but my Innova dealer IS going to pack up my long arm, store it, and bring it to me when I’m ready in Charleston. Whew!! The longarm is not an item movers can take apart and move.
Family members will come if I need more help, but events are moving fast. In the last week a dear friend here has done major physical work with helping me cull, box, and move out what is not going. And family will help me drive to Charleston when the time comes.
The house was listed today. So…”it” begins in earnest.
And I know a whole new life adventure is beginning for me.