Sunday, July 2, 2017

Plot Twist, or, Be Careful What You Ask For

I picked up a small, hand painted sign at Vintage Market Days, held in Colorado Springs, last week.  
I went to the market twice: once on my own and once with Rebecca!  It was an event I'd been looking forward to for a long time.
Here's that little sign:
I bought it because, there has been an unexpected development in our lives.
In writing, this is called a plot twist.
We have decided to put our beloved home on the market and move to a more urban area, North of Denver, where jobs are plentiful and pay better.
It's a move we've been contemplating for a long time,
but love of our home and reluctance to make such a change has always overridden the decision.
Until now.
As you know, Dennis has been out of work for more than 5 months.  I've been working for a temporary agency pretty steadily, but have not had a permanent job for 8 months despite applying everywhere, too.
It's not that there aren't any jobs here -- it's just that there aren't any jobs that pay living wages.
 Dennis and I have both endured being under-employed for many, many years now.
Even though it has felt, at times, degrading -- especially for Dennis -- it was a compromise we were willing to make because we loved where we lived, and hoped for something to get better.
But it hasn't gotten better, it's gotten worse.
So, we made this tough decision.
We are both very sad.
Just yesterday, we took a break from our frenzied packing to do some semi-serious looking around at properties.  It's a seller's market right now, so we are contemplating an apartment for a while.
This is actually something we don't agree on; I'd rather just buy a small house now, but Dennis wants to wait.  Stay tuned to find out which way we go!
It's a lovely area we're looking at, but it will be a huge adjustment.
Meanwhile...
I'm working a four-week temporary job, 40 hours a week, and we are trying to have our house on the market within the next two weeks!
There is MUCH to be done!
You cannot imagine how hard we've been working to get rid of clutter/stage the house!
On July 4, we will have friends over for what will likely be our last get-together in our beloved home.
Thankfully, Ben decided to come for a few days and will be here, too.
I hope you have a fun holiday as well!

8 comments :

Claudia said...

Wow! Lots of changes coming up for you guys. I know it will all work out. I'm sure you will find the perfect new home. Best wishes and good luck in your search.

Createology said...

Very good luck to you on your new adventure. We just re-listed our home and property so that we can relocate and live out our final chapter in Happy Bliss! It is not a seller's market here in Rural Small Town Northern California however we remain hopeful. I completely relate to the frenzy of working hard and purging and packing and...<3

Linda Sue said...

oh man! that is a lot on your plate!!!Sounds like a good idea, and getting rid of stuff is always great... if you are ready to do so. I t took me years and years to let go of stuff!! IT seems to be a steady process. I wish you luck and the very best. Challenging to say the least!

Linda said...

As the saying goes ... "when one door closes, another opens". Wishing you both nothing but the best of everything you've got going on. Keep us posted, please?
Little dog is cute celebrating the holiday. We just did our Canada Day celebrating, lol

Sami said...

Happy 4th of July Laurie and all the best with your move. Hope you find a better life and jobs.

Kelli Davidson said...

Hugs and kisses to you! Enjoy the 4th and party likes it's 1999!

Maggie said...

You never know what might be waiting for you around the corner....best of luck on the adventure that awaits you, and hope it's good stuff from here on out!
Purging and staging and stressing, oh my! Stay strong and positive...sending lots of love and good vibes your way! Best wishes to you ❤

Marrianna said...

I'm totally impressed with your decision to move and sell your home. The yard sale addicts are going to love you and your decluttering and "stuff." I agree that it's a toss up between living in an apartment or buying a small home. I look forward to your updates.