On My Own Now

I have spent the better part of the past four months moving into a smaller home, thus the silence on this blog.

You can imagine it–all the sifting and sorting of what will fit, what won’t fit, either the house or me as the me I have become. My very patient son moved a heavy television console in and out three times. I am now quite confident with a power drill from all the putting up shelves and modifying that I have done. Wayfair and Amazon deliveries came every few days, and I spent what seemed a great deal of time nearly standing on my head as I assembled pieces of furniture. I’ve also become quite handy with a paint brush and can of spray paint.

The porch where the dog and I spend a lot of time.

Each day that has passed, I have come to love this house more and more. I got to choose the colors and the pieces that are particular to me now. There is great satisfaction in simplifying. It is the ‘out with the old, make way for new.’  Yes, even many books have been let go. Others I would let go and snatch back! What if I needed to read them someday?

One thing is quite a surprise, and that is how neat and tidy the house stays. There are no longer a son and grandchildren to cook for and clean up after. Only the dog and I live here.

And this is the first time, ever in my life, that I have lived on my own.

This is a situation that requires adjustment.  But I have discovered that I rather like it.

I am reminded of a quote read long ago:

“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”
~ Grandma Moses, artist




17 thoughts on “On My Own Now

  1. Embracing each stage of life makes way for more happy. I am thrilled that you are enjoying this new stage. The house looks like the perfect place for you to be … be happy friend.


  2. So glad you are happy and thriving in your new home! My husband and I just moved too. It was like jumping off a cliff because of our age but we love the new place. Congratulations!! Hope things continue to be happy and healthy for you and your furry companion!


    • By the time I had to move, I was ready. I downsized a bit in house size, but only because it is just myself now. What I downsized the most was the work of a pool and four acres of yard and gardens to manage! The change was unique in that my son and I traded houses. I didn’t have to be out by a certain time, and he and I still have stuff mingling. 🙂


  3. Love this. I can’t wait to see what you make of this new place and new time of your life. I’ve lived on my own since residency and I’ve been very spoiled by it! I hope you gradually discover all the pleasures that come along with a home that is yours (and a pup’s) alone. ❤

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  4. I loved your new home. The porch was so homey and all the rooms were inviting and warm. We all know life changes and rearranges, but when it happens to you, it’s a smack into reality. I love how you have not forgotten, but have adjusted to the new you. I love being part of your life. Hugs!

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