House For Sale-Change is in the Air

Search-Colorado-Springs-MLS-Homes-for-SaleThis past Monday, my realtor and I went “live”. My home is up for sale. I have been working on the house since February getting it ready for this moment. My broken ankle slowed the process down for a few months. Now that I am walking and doing better each day, it is time.

Today, Tuesday, two interested parties came to view the house. When I received the first call, I was nervous and excited and a bit anxious and scared all at the same time. There are so many mixed feelings with this move.

UnknownEver since I was diagnosed with breast cancer I feel as if my life has been tossed up in the air, like a deck of cards. While I was picking up the cards from this incident, Jim was diagnosed with cancer. Up went the cards again. Eight months later he was diagnosed with a metastasis from the original cancer, up the cards went once again. With his death all those cards have been taking their time coming down. I have been slowly picking them up, one at a time. Picking up each one has certainly been taking time. No set schedule here.

I thought I would sell our home 3 months after Jim died. I now understand that was way to soon. Grief needs time and I needed somewhere comfortable and secure and safe to manage the initial stages of grief and loss. There was nowhere better than the home where ourĀ relationship flourished.

Janet driving in the alley in Chicago(3)I have been trying to figure out what is next in my life since Jim’s death. I have been waiting for a grand moment of awareness. It has not arrived. I am going looking for it. Miss Elsie the Cat and I are going to make my sweet little Roadtrek into our home for the next year. It may be longer than a year or it may be shorter but I have decided to go traveling. I love to travel. I enjoy learning and meeting new people and exploring this grand country I live in. And to create some expansiveness, I am including Canada in my travels, as well.

I don’t plan to set out until the house sells, unless it is on the market for a while. If that happens then I will be heading out before it sells. Maybe I will figure out where I want to live. If not it will be one grand adventure. I look forward to seeing friends, friends who I have known forever and newer ones as well.

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The nervousness and anxiety comes from the unknown. It is a little overwhelming to put my trust out there in the universe that all will be OK. I have moved several times in my adult life. Each time has been just a wee bit harder than the last one. I am not sure why that happens, but I do think it has to do with age. Maybe as I have gotten more mature I have found myself more settled with each move. I do have friends in so many places and I hope to meet up with as many as I can. It is time to catch up.

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I am getting ready to roll. What should I take? What should I leave? Where am I going? Is this crazy?

Then there is the house. It takes a bit of effort to dismantle a house. I have been in the process of doing this for the past few weeks. I still have a ways to go, yet even this is manageable as long as I don’t get too stressed.

Miss Elsie wondering what the heck is going on.

Miss Elsie wondering what the heck is going on.

And then there are the memories. Sigh. Even this is OK. It can even be therapeutic. And the bottom line here, is I need move ahead with my life. I want to create adventure and exciting, happy challenges. I am ready. Miss Elsie, well who knows but she is coming along for the ride.

Getting ready, change is in there air.




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  • Bob Dawson

    Wish you the very best on your travels,God speed.Maybe if you come to Md again,my wife and i can meet you for lunch.We love north beach.Bob in Md

  • Gene Bjerke

    Janet: I understand your situation. When my wife died I planned to go full-time in the RT. But first there was a house filled with 36 years of memories (as well as a lot of tools). I spent the summer throwing out, selling, and generally getting rid of things, many of which had sentimental value. But you can only carry so much in an RS. I couldn’t afford a storage unit, so what I couldn’t carry with me and couldn’t bear to part with permanently went into storage with relatives.

    As it turned out, I didn’t go full-timing. I ended up in another house, with another woman (an old friend). Luckily she loves travel as much as I do. I am gradually bringing back things stored elsewhere to clutter up this house. It sounds like you may well end up in another house some day (we nomads generally do). So my advice is to put what you don’t have room for, but would rather not part with, in storage somewhere. Someday you may want it again.

    Meanwhile, best of luck in your travels. If you find yourself in central Virginia, we have room on the farm for another Roadtrek (and can provide 20 amps of power). We would love to have a visit with you. Just call (757-876-4521) to make sure we aren’t on the road.