Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Reason For My Blog Break

Hello, Dear Ones.
I'm back and wanted to let you know why I needed to take a little break...
I've been keeping a secret from you.
In late January, we put our house on the market and now it's sold. We closed this morning.
After my little mother went to Heaven in October last year, we realized we really didn't have any ties to Galveston any more and decided we would sell our house. Things at our church had changed and not in a good way - so God disconnected us over two years ago from there. Saddens my heart. We had been members for 16 years and the imprint of my bum is permanently embedded on that piano stool and I'm not kidding. Things change sometimes for a reason and we don't always know why. The church has closed it's doors and is now for sale. Just breaks my heart!
We've never been at a point in our lives as we are now. Mr. Precious is retired (although he is a Realtor and sells a few houses here and there) and we're truly able to go do what we want and we want to travel in Kiki. When mother was still with us, I just couldn't be gone too long from her.
So stay with me, if you'd like, but be warned there are lots of pictures and this is gonna be a looooooooong post.
I thought I would show you the MLS listing pictures of our house.
Course Mr. Precious was our realtor! :)
After he retired he got his realtor's license and this gives him something to do. We want to take Kiki and travel as I said and a large house is just more vulnerable when left alone.
We have, well we did have,  long windows that almost reach the ground in the front and lots of glass and french doors in the back that are just easy to break into. Not that we're paranoid or anything! :)
So this was the reason Mr. Precious installed those darned cameras so he could check on the house while we're away.
 We have lived in our house for 18 years, longer than I've ever lived anywhere before.
I believe Mr. Precious' real estate partner, the photographer, enhanced the colors just a bit. No, no Nannette, it wasn't me!
This is the other side of my sun porch that is separated with the folding scenes. I haven't shown it much because it's usually a mess. Kinda messy even in this picture. It was filled with boxes and bubble wrap for the last few months.
I have loved living here and it really has been home. But I'm ready to do other things too.
Mr. Precious' office really was a working office and it always stayed a bit messy. See his tiny weights to the left side of his desk on the floor? :)
I never did hang anything on the wall between the mirrors in the master bath. Oh, well.
Are your most gorgeous peepers tired yet of looking at all of the snaps? :) I know you've seen these snaps of my house many times through the almost 8 years that I have been blogging but I thought you might want to say good bye with me.

So now you know why I needed to take a little break to get everything done. We've been decluttering and getting rid of junk since January! That's why I wasn't really able to sew or craft because I needed to keep the house 'ready'. Then we'd pack up some things, then try to keep everything clean and neat for the lookers, then pack some more things. Then we got an offer the first week we put our house on the market. We were so excited! Then the next day they came back and said the kitchen was just TOO small and they didn't want the house! Oh, well, it just wasn't meant to be. So back to packing up some more little things and then we got another offer. This time is was a cash offer! Yea! So the inspection came next and we had a few little things to take care of. The biggest and scariest was that our electrical panel box was so old. They called it a 'fire box'. The inspector said if something had happened nothing would have shut down, the house would just have burned to the ground! I don't know the technical lingo, but Dear Ones, that's scarey! So a few thousand dollars later, we have a new electrical box that won't burn the house down!

I've been cutting my strings to my obligations, well, God has been helping me do this. Seems every time we've moved He has backed me away from the things I was involved in and then we would find out we were moving.

We're excited about our next chapter in life. We aren't totally leaving Galveston at the moment. We own a couple of condos here, one is on the ground level and the other is right above it. Mother lived in the ground level one for 10 years until hurricane Ike hit us. After she went to the retirement home we started renting her unit. We've been renting the one upstairs too. So...we've kicked out our renter in the upstairs unit who had been there for 8 years! :) and we'll be moving over there for a home base. It's small...really really small and we'll be putting most of our stuff in storage. But this will be a safe and handy place to call 'home' until we get tired of traveling. Do you think this is a bold move? Some of my relatives think we're crazy. It probably is but heck, we're adventurous! I am looking forward to this and I'll be showing you our little condo, which we call The Little House, where we'll be moving to soon.

Are we crazy? No no, Nannette! Life is just too short not to 'go for it'!And guess what? After we're tired of traveling for a bit...are you ready...get ready to jump up and down with me...are you ready now...we're going to buy a house in New York by our grandbabies! Oh, I'm so excited about that and want to get this show on the road! :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Our House

I'll light the fire, you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me.

Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is done.
Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the
Evening sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you.

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy cause of you, and now, la, la, la...

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy cause of you, and now

I'll light the fire, while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.
~ sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

85 comments:

  1. Oh WOW! What big giant news! I'm so happy for your adventurous spirit and optimism! I think it will go well for you because of this cheerful outlook. But a move from the sunny South to New York?
    Okay. This I've GOT to see! Hahaha! Buy grits in bulk, grab some warm boots and go for it!

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  2. Shelia I am so happy for you!! Loved getting the full tour of your home. You'll have to email me and let me know what part of NY your moving to...if it's close we can meet up YAY!!

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  3. Shelia, I was so happy to see a new post from you! What exciting news! Seems like the perfect time to embark upon a new journey in life. Can't wait to follow along with you!

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  4. You sneaky lady! I bet your house did sell in a heartbeat. It's so beautiful. I know you are a nester and traveling won't be a permanent thing for you. But how fun to travel awhile and then move closer to your daughter and babies. Congratulations!!

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  5. Wow, I can't believe you were able to keep something that big a secret, Shelia! I would have burst within a week. : ) Congrats on the sale. I think it's great that you will be traveling and seeing the country a bit. Something nice for you and your hubby to do. Meanwhile, I'd look at the price of houses in NY. Having come from there I can tell you that they don't come cheap!

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  6. I am so happy for you! I felt like something was going on, and changes can be great! I know you will love having a home near those Grands. Traveling in Kiki will be so much fun also. I know you will miss your house but it's also time to downsize and move on. Just take us with you ok?? Big Hugs my sweet friend.

    Linda

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  7. Some exciting news for sure! Let me first just say that whoever bought your house has gotten a treasure...it is GORGEOUS! I understand about the church thing too. My church has just recently gone through a major change (for the good, actually...we are among those who stayed) but it could have been a disaster. God has been there with us and things are looking good for the first time in a long time. I was just thinking the other day how much fun it would be to live in a motor home and travel all around...good for you! Keep us all posted on your travels and your new home. Thanks for the update and sharing your heart as well!

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  8. I think it's a great move. Yes, life's too short! Enjoy your time together. Since my parents have been gone nothing has been the same. The church that they started is now not home. The people and pastor are distant to me now and I don't feel like I have a place. After 35 years of service as a teacher and director of various things, I am isolated. I have tried to leave and have visited other places and I go back again. Our children are in Nashville. My husband's family is still here and so he feels like he needs to stay, but I know that if and when something happens to her, we'll be leaving. It's hard to wait on God's timing. I so want to be near the children and grandchildren. You go for it and enjoy every minute of it. Prayers for you. Will listen to see what direction this will take you. Have fun!

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  9. Oh how exciting! Not crazy at all!
    I'm so glad you get to do this together.

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  10. Oh Shelia, what wonderful news!!! Your home is just stunning, loved the tour and no wonder it sold so fast, it's a jewel! How exciting to move closer to your children and grandchildren, it's what makes our world go around! I know you'll have the best time traveling, do it now and while you can! I'm jumping up and down with you sweet friend!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  11. Wow! Big changes! Exciting times! I know that the "best is yet to come" for you and Mr. Precious!

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  12. How exciting!!! This is a big beautiful home but you'll make another house perfect for you both. You have so much to look forward to and even a BIG move! WOW! What a change that will be. But you'll love it! Can't wait to find out what's next! I'm very happy for you my friend! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  13. I am cheering for you, these are big changes. How good to move to NY to be near your grands. Your house is lovely by the way, and I can see how it was hard to let it go.

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  14. Well, I'm happy for you that things are finalized. And that you have a place to go without having to look and buy or rent. I know you can't wait to get to NY!
    Brenda

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  15. Shelai,
    YAH!!!
    I am thrilled that you will be moving to be nearer to your grandchildren, dear friend!!!
    We made the move from the other side of the Prairie 13 years ago, and it has been the biggest blessing of our lives to live only 5 miles from our son and daughter~in~law!!!
    I don't think you're crazy. You and Mr. Precious have been through so much over the past few years.I agree that it is time to enjoy each other, travel and persue a new home. . .one filled with grandchildren and laughter!!
    I only ask one thing of you, dearest one. . .please, please take us along on your journey!!!
    I don't e v e r want to think of The Land of Blog without Y O U!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  16. How exciting!! Congrats on selling your beautiful home. I am thrilled for you and your hubbie in this next chapter of your life. You are going to have so much fun!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  17. Exciting!!! Congrats on the house sale and good luck as you move into the future. Keep us posted. I miss you. xo

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  18. Great high adventure!!! Love it...

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      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  19. Oh Shelia, I am so happy for you. I think it is a terrific idea to sell your big beautiful home, travel for a while, and buy a home close to your daughter and grandbabies - they grow up so quick.
    Just keep us posted dear friend and I wish all the very best life has to offer.
    Lots of hugs
    Mary

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  20. Congrats on selling your house. I am setting here right this minute waiting to hear if you have a offer on ours. We want to down size as well. It will be great getting to travel....and do as you please for a while.

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  21. Be blessed on your new, great adventure!! Hope you don't intend to quit blogging all together. You'll love living close to your grandchildren. I've loved having mine close by, and now already my oldest has just one year left in high school. I'll suffer 'empty nest syndrome' terribly when she leaves - I don't even want to think about it. So, get out there, enjoy life to the fullest with your family. Sally

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  22. Your home is beautiful Shelia, I can totally see why it sold so quickly. Congratulations to you on making this very brave and bold decision, I am sure that you will make it into a great fun adventure for you and your lovely hubby and your family too. Sometimes life comes along in a direction that we might not have expected, but it turns out to be totally amazing and I am sure that this is what will happen for you with this new adventure. Just keep us posted from time to time so that we know that you are still there! I look forward to seeing what happens next for you and I hope that whatever it is you love it!! xx

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  23. Shelia,
    I am very happy for you! Can't wait to follow along on our new journey!!!

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  24. How exciting for you! I know you will love being near the grands! I would love to travel if I could just be home every night! Hope Kiki is getting homey to you! Your home was and is beautiful. Praying this change will be "plum" full of blessings!

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  25. Those who bought your house found a beauty! Please keep us posted on your next adventures.
    The church thing made me sad, as we can totally relate. Last year God moved us out of our church too, after 56 years! But praise Him, we found another where we are very much at home.

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  26. Wow! That was a shocker. I didn't see that one coming at all. :) I think it's great that you will be downsizing so you can travel and then later (and this wasn't a shocker at all) move closer to your grand babies. Awesome idea! You'll get to have 4 distinct seasons of weather too. Can't wait to see where your travels in Kiki lead you. Blessings to you! Pam

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  27. You are SO not crazy! You are smart to experience all the joys and fun and travel while you can and fortunate in so many ways -- that the house sold (why wouldn't it -- it's gorgeous!) and that you have a spot to be now until you finish the next chapter and figure out what is coming up. Congratulations! It will be fun to follow your new life!

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  28. I'm so happy for you. I think this is a terrific idea~!!

    enjoy every single moment in good health and happiness.

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  29. Exciting news and so happy your beautiful home sold! Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures! xo Heather

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  30. What a fun adventure you are about to embark on! I think that it sounds wonderful! Congratulations on your quick sale and closing and I can't wait to see where your journey takes you next! :)

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  31. Shelia,
    You sold your home! It's so beautiful, but I can totally understand, as we sold our BIG house too and are ready to downsize. It's such a process, isn't it? I loved browsing through all the rooms in your home, and the people who move in will be lucky, indeed. I love your stairway and the entry, and LOVE LOVE your kitchen. I have bits of red in my kitchen too, and I think red makes such a charming kitchen.

    I'm so sorry your mom is not with you any more, but she will be in your heart always. Good luck with the move, Shelia. It's never an easy thing to do, but once you get settled, you will be rejoicing.

    love,
    ~Sheri

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  32. Oh Sheila, I am SO very happy for you!!!!! I do NOT think you are crazy, we believe you have to DO THINGS while you are still able!!! If traveling is your thing GO FOR IT!!!!! It will be thrilling and give you lots of wonderful memories! Then you can move near your GRANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOO HOO!!!!!!! I can see why your house sold quickly. I am SO glad ours is done, finally. What a relief! Let us know where you are going first!!!!

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  33. What a beautiful home you had and congrats on your sale and your next big adventure!

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  34. I loved your beautiful home but life is short so good for YOU and Mr. Precious...have FUN! Looking forward to seeing what's next...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  35. Dear Shelia, Was thinking of you and your post just popped in my email as I was about to turn it off for the night. Congrats on the sale of your lovely home. I can see that it is a Texas home too and so much like some here in North Texas. Every detail is beautiful. I think it will be a wonderful new adventure and I can so relate in many ways with all our moves. We too have lived in our current house for 18 years and the longest we have lived anywhere too. It is wonderful you have the condo to live in while you travel and prepare to house hunt in New York. I am so happy for you to be with your grands. God is directing your path and placing you just where you need to be. So sorry about your church closing too. I know that has to be difficult. But you will find a new one with your move and it will be a blessing.

    Enjoy this new adventure. Thinking of you and keeping you in prayers along the way.
    Thanks for sharing your good news.
    Love to you my friend!!

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  36. Blessings to you!
    All the best.
    Love this song,
    d

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  37. Blessings to you!
    All the best.
    Love this song,
    d

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  38. So happy for you Shelia! How neat to travel in Kiki♥

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  39. I think you are very brave for following what your heart tells you to do. I keep trying to get my hubby to buy a camper and just take off traveling around for months at a time. But then we do something crazy like plant a big garden that holds us here.

    I hope you have lots of fun adventures.

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  40. I always admire older people who are not afraid to move or make a drastic change in their lives. It's so tempting to be stay in the rut of life....it's comfortable and safe. But sometimes the Lord moves us out of our comfort zone so that we can do far greater things for Him. May the Lord bless you in your move and new life!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie so much for your visit and your kind words. I appreciate them so much.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia :)

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  41. I commend you for your gumption! This is a bold major step - but how wonderful it will be to enjoy your retirement travelling and just "living lighter." Seriously comes a time that less is more - and I wish you the very best, from my heart.

    Congrats and best wishes - i will be watching out for you!

    Big hugs of happiness for you both!

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  42. My gosh, what exciting news!!! I knew something was up with you and I even mentioned on one post about you moving to NY state!!! What about your son, where is he located?? Good for you guys, go for it!!! That home was so very beautiful, but you will make any home beautiful...

    This is such a wonderful new chapter in your lives, no, you are not crazy!!! Enjoy yourselves..........we may get to meet yet in NYS!!!

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  43. Shelia, how wonderful. I do envy you. Our plan had been to travel the country when we retired, but alas it is not to be, not yet anyway. Hopefully in the next year or two we will be able to do it.
    So you two go away and enjoy yourselves and have a wonderful retirement. And come back to your wee condo when you need a break.

    blessings,
    Diana

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  44. I say you are one lucky girl to be travelling and then to settle near your children. What could be better? I wish you all the very best on your new adventure. xx

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  45. Oh, my dear friend, I am SO happy for you! I completely understand what you are doing - and why you are making such big changes. Our hearts long to do the same some day. Knowing you've forged the trail makes it even more exciting to think of doing the same. I can't wait to see your new, little home. And I'll be thrilled to see where you travel. When I read that you had sold your home I suspected a home near your grandbabies might be in your future! Safe travels. Let me know if you come to the Pacific Northwest - we could get together for hugs and a good, long chat!
    ~Adrienne~

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  46. Congratulations! I can't say that I am at all surprised, because I know you love those grand-babies! I am thrilled that you will get to live near them once your wanderlust has been satisfied. This sounds like a grand new adventure, and I have to tell you I am a bit envious! I think LeslieAnne gave you some good advice when she told you to buy grits in bulk! When I lived in Colorado, we couldn't get them there, and I would load up every time I went back to Alabama. And I don't even care for grits all that much! I think it was just the idea.

    At any rate -- I hope you two have a ball, and you will have to share some of your adventures with us.

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  47. Sounds like a new season is coming and that is exciting! Your home is/was lovely!

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  48. This news is bittersweet. I'm going to miss seeing your lovely home, especially how your Christmas tree lights always reflected onto your foyer wall every holiday season, making it look like tiny twinkling stars everywhere. (I think I comment on that every year! ::wink::) I've been reading your blog since Day 1, I think, so I kind of feel like your home has been my home, you know? You had so many beautiful things, I don't know how you ever decided what to keep and what to part with.

    On the other hand, I'm really excited for you and your hubby. What a great adventure you are about to embark on! Since I'm not much of a traveler myself, I am looking forward to experiencing this vicariously through you. Of course, being close enough to spend more time with those sweet grandbabies is wonderful...the icing on the cake! Good luck, Shelia, and safe travels!

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  49. Hi Sheila, Wow, that is a big news report.....I had really been wondering if you were okay, but now I understand completely!! Having your house on the market is so limiting.....and such a lot of work!! My husband is now a "retired' realtor also. We love all things house!! When he retired, we moved back to the town we had been in for so long and considered home......and by this time had grandbabies in.....so I get it!! We rented for 3 years before building our home here, and half our stuff was still in the moving company van that whole time....so I can relate. Sounds like you have a wonderful adventure ahead of you and so exciting.....so happy for you!! Enjoy it to the full with your husband....life is too short to not go for it when you can!! Congratulations on selling your home.....but I can also relate to leaving a home you love and turning over the keys to someone else. We always do so much to our homes, they truly become part of us. So sorry about your church situation.....so hard, but God will lead you to another place to use your gifts!! Have a wonderful summer doing the things you love to do! Singing His Praises, Linda

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  50. More time with the kids, grand kids and Kiki? What could be better!!! Wishing you happy trails and the best of times to come! Now that that's said...I will miss seeing your lovely home, but look forward to seeing future posts of your new one. Happy Summer!

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  51. Oh Sheila, I am so happy for you and your husband. I am sure you will miss your home and you all right too...it is beautiful! Change is hard for us there is no doubt but sometimes very, very, good. The exciting thing is being close to your precious grands...And my granny would have said..."Baby, my home is where my family is! Have a great day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  52. Life is so short! Now's the time to have an amazing adventure! I'm looking forward to moving close to my grandchildren as soon as the Lord's timing is right.

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  53. I had my suspicions! Congratulations on selling the home! I think it's fantastic that you are willing to try something new and not just sit around letting the retirement years tick off without having some fun. That's so fabulous that you will move to NY to be closer to your daughter and grandkids. I know it will be a bit of culture shock but there will be so many good moments and ones that you'd be missing out on otherwise. My son is in Oregon now and my daughter wants to stay in Michigan. We'd like to move but how do you handle it when both kids live so far apart! Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

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  54. Oh Sheila dear, I feel for you. Changes and moves like this is bitter sweet - exciting, scary at times but nonetheless and adventure we all will face someday. I love your beautiful home, inside and out and I enjoyed the short time that I've seen all your little cute vignettes and projects, I know, big or small, your home will be as beautiful, warm and of course filled with things to share. I wish you the best dear and will be glad to follow along on this new adventure! CHEERS!

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  55. Congratulations! Have fun traveling and enjoying your lives. I am sure once you live in the condo for a bit you can decide what your next step is. That must have been a hard decision selling that gorgeous house. Enjoy life sweetie Grace xoox

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  56. Hi Shelia,

    Good for you!!! follow your dream and follow your heart see where it leads you. This is your time and your time alone to explore and own your life.
    Gary and I are retired but at this point in our life we want and need to be by our parents (you know)
    Have fun and enjoy I know you will.. Keep us posted!
    Sending love and hugs, Elizabeth

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  57. Good for you! I know you will miss your fabulous house but you will have a wonderful home where ever you and Mr. Precious live. What a blessing to be financially able to do this. Have a blast but please keep blogging.

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    1. Hi Sylvia! Oh, thank you so much for the visit and the good wishes! We are blessed to be able to do this at this time. Keep coming back to visit as I am still going to post.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  58. You have a beautiful home. We travel in our 5th wheel every time we get a chance LOVE IT.

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  59. Shelia, I missed your break since I was on my own! Wow, go have fun, travel and enjoy life. Your are blessed to have a husband who wants to and do it while you can. Your home was beautiful and I so enjoyed seeing it over the years. I look forward to following your new adventures!

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  60. HOW EXCITING for you!! Your home was lovely, but new and wonderful venture await you! And how fortunate that you have your condo as a home base for now! Where in NY are your grandchildren? Any special places you plan on traveling? Enjoy!!

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  61. Have fun in your new adventure, Sheila!

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  62. HOLY MOLY!!!!!

    Your home is beautiful and it is no wonder that it sold. I totally understand what you are doing. I always wanted a bigger home but that was never meant to be and now I am glad because my barely 1000 sq. ft. townhouse is big enough for the 2 of us. I would not want something larger right now.
    And moving to NY eventually.... is a great thing because you will be near your family.
    You have to do what feels right for you and if this is what you want then GO FOR IT and ENJOY!!!!

    Congrats!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  63. Sounds like a perfect plan!!!
    Wish you all the best in your new adventure, Shelia

    Take care,
    Carolyn

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  64. Lord have mercy!!! So happy for you!! I know you can't wait to be near your grandbabies. I've always had my 2 nearby and wouldn't take anything for that! Rheagan, my 7 year old granddaughter now comes down on daily visits. She found out I wasn't feeling well this week, so she brought me some yogurt. Then she sweetly said, "Mimi, I have to keep you and Papaw well"! Why, I felt better immediately!! Much luck and safety in your travels. I'll look forward to seeing your "little house". You two are amazing!!

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  65. Go for it! Time is a gift and we have no idea how much we have ahead of us so go and do all the things you want. A beautiful home but very large and the upkeep I'm sure is difficult. Who wants to spend all their time cleaning, doing yard work, replacing various & sundry things like the electrical box? I'm sure you're going to feel lighter and freer ~ :)

    xo
    Pat

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  66. What amazing news, Shelia! You guys are going to have so much fun! I can't wait to follow along! :)

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  67. Congratulations on the sale of your house! You'll be so happy traveling around and then looking forward to buying a home in New York. That's something to cheer about...to be near your grands. Love and blessings to you and Mr. Precious.

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  68. What a lovely home! Congratulations and good luck on your next adventure! Sounds fun.

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      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  69. Congratulations on being an adventurer...something tells me you are beginning the best years of your life...very exciting and are you really going to settle in NY??....we were going to move back to Jersey to be near our grand and daughter but low taxes and a good quality of life in the South changed that decision...but I still terribly miss our girls....Best of luck to you and Mr Precious :)

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  70. Wow, Shelia, I am so excited for you. You have been keeping a big secret. I don't think your crazy at all. I would love to hit the road like that and then to move close to those babies....how wonderful!! Have a crazy wonderful time!

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  71. How wonderful, Shelia! I am so very happy for you. That was a gorgeous home to spend 18 years in. I am so glad that it sold and that you can get on with your lives. My hubby and I plan to do something similar when he retires....before we are too old to not enjoy traveling The road has always called my name and as long as I can be close enough to see the kids/grands often I will be happy.

    I am SOOO very excited for your, Shelia. I thought maybe one of you was ill-so I am glad that it is just a happy move instead! Blessings...I can't wait to follow along on your adventure! xo Diana

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  72. As you may know, we sold our home of 40 years....yep...4.0. years..last winter and God moved us right along on that decision. We've never looked back and LOVE our new home.
    Good good luck to you....
    xo bj

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  73. Sounds to me like you have it ALL under control.
    I am sure your house will sell since it's such a nice show place
    I'll see you when your back in blogland posting

    Janice

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  74. Oh Shelia, I'm so happy for you!! And Mr Precious, too! I just knew when you took the break that you were going to come back and tell us you were MOVING. I wondered why I was thinking and feeling that. You'd never mentioned it before. I just "knew" it!! So, this is no surprise to me. Best of times in the new place!!

    Hugs,
    Jan ♥

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  75. This is an exciting new phase of your life. I think you are brave and strong. Enjoy, ENJOY!

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  76. Hi dear friend. I have been catching up with blogging tonight. What a surprise to read all of your changes. I am happy for you and wish you both so much happiness. John and I moved yesterday (about 20 miles) and we are so very tired/sore!!! May God bless you!

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  77. Congrats on a quick sale, best of luck on your adventure. Life is too short not to enjoy it.. fondly ~lynne~

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  78. I am so thrilled for you! Sounds like the next chapter of your life is going to be an amazing one, enjoy!
    Some family got a gorgeous new home.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  79. Hola Sheila, hace tiempo que no dejo comentarios debido a un cambio de trabajo que hice, pero me alegra mucho la decisión que han tomado. Renovar pasear y renovar energías es seguir viviendo. Son ustedes una pereja muy hermosa. Me alegra esta decisión. Cuesta dejar una casa tan hermosa y grande, pero el estar cerca de sus nietos también va a ser una nueva aventura. Saludos desde C.R.

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  80. Wow, Shelia. That is really big news! I know you must be relieved to have the house sold. My hat is off to you. We've lived in this house for 9 years, and my husband would love for us to live such that we'd be ready to put the house on the market at short notice--he hates all my clutter!! I'm trying to get rid of it slowly, but it's hard!

    Congratulations on your adventurous spirit! How exciting to travel and then to buy a house close to your grandbabies!

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  81. Congratulations Shelia! Your home is beautiful! You will have many wonderul adventures ahead!

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