After 2-1/2 months of preparation, the For Sale sign went up on my house and Ed and I have begun our waterfront house hunting trip. For the next few weeks I will be blogging from the road, showing you all the towns, places, and homes we check out in search of our dream of living by a body of water.
It’s an exciting time for us, but it’s also super stressful. I feel like I haven’t slept well in weeks trying to get the house ready to sell.
If you have been through the moving process after living in a home for a long time (for us it has been 22 years), you know it takes some time. We packed up a a lot of stuff and are storing it in a PODS container in our driveway.
My daily schedule went by the wayside mid-August, and I doubt that my racing mind will get a rest until we sell and close and then close on a new house.
I purged every room and needed to take the “studio” part of my studioffice apart. I also turned the fitness room I created in an empty bedroom back into a bedroom to stage the house. I will be sharing all the details about this once we return from our trip.
To get the house ready, we did the purging and cleaning, but had a few contractors in to update everything from carpeting to new kitchen counters and a master bath shower.
It all went smoothly, except for the master bath shower that I posted about last week. The stone tile looks beautiful, the problem arose with the new glass door.
It broke, not once….but twice! During initial installation it broke as the contractor was hanging it. If you have ever seen tempered glass break, it does so into a million little pieces for safety reasons. It was all cleaned up and a new one was ordered After the second door was installed, we showered in it, I took photos and posted them. All was good until I opened the door one morning to place a bottle of shampoo on the shelf and the glass exploded.
Even though tempered glass breaks into a million pieces when it breaks, it breaks with explosive force. As I stood in shock with nothing left but the door knob in my hand, I realized that the front of my ankle was splayed open with shards of glass sticking out of it. All I could think of was that I could not get blood on the new carpeting. :-)
Ed wrapped my ankle with a towel and off we when to the ER. After a day spent there and down time that was needed to keep my ankle raised to prevent swelling, it is healing well. Getting injured did delay the completion of my “to-do” list. It feels good to finally be on our trip.
Our trip so far has taken us to the eastern shore of Maryland, and the Edenton, NC area. Today we will check out the area around the Pamlico River. We have stayed with friends in Virginia Beach and others in Winterville, NC. Seeing them has been a nice perk of the trip.
Next we may head to the Charleston area, then westward to check out a few lakes in western SC and NC. We will then turn northward again to check out Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia and visit our youngest before heading back home.
If you live in any of the towns along our route and know of interesting places to visit, shops, and restaurants please let me know.
With all that I have had to focus on and do, things are a little quiet on my blog right now. I’m going to try taking it a little bit easier until we get home from our trip. When we do, I will document the changes we made to the house. Until then, I ask for your patience with me as Ed and I take the time to find a new home.
I hope you stick with me through the transition and once we find a house and get settled I will have tons of new DIY projects to share with you.
A fun and exciting adventure awaits…I will keep you posted. If you want to follow along daily, I will be posting on Instagram and social media using the hashtag #WHHWIMOS (Waterfront House Hunt With In My Own Style)
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