In March our precious Mia came back from her morning walk and dropped dead of a heart attack. We were crushed! She brought so much joy to our lives and I didn't realize how much we arranged our lives around her needs - things that you do for one you love.
Without any pets for the first time in our lives together and a smoking hot housing market, we decided to put legs underneath our plan to downsize and build on the property we love. In three months we decluttered (not as easy as it may seem), listed, sold and closed on our home which had so many memories. Living in a rental sure makes you appreciate the roomy home we have enjoyed for 18 years!
Our first project was to install a mailbox so that we don't have to forward mail multiple times. Again, not as easy as it seems, as three companies needed to flag underground lines and "just how high should this thing be anyway?"
My detailed Engineer husband has drawn plans, staked out the building, secured labor, ordered materials and a soil test and we are waiting on permits and delivery of our order. Things are definitely underway.
If I could only let you experience the number of times I have wished for a chance to live with the vines and plants - to wake up with them and go to bed watching the sun set on them - you could appreciate how surreal this all seems.
There are still a lot of things that need to fall into place but, just as has been happening through this whole process, everything comes together just as it should. Getting mail from that box and looking at those stakes makes me smile every time!