Colour coding keys for family & friends in my new working space at home
It happened! On Saturday we moved to the new house and as of Monday night at 11:30 pm we unpacked the last box in the main living spaces. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, and none more than the last few days. The move its self went smoothly, but when we got to the new house we realized that the sellers hadn't done a thorough clean before they moved out. Because my city is a big small town, Jesse was friends and used to work with the people we bought from so we knew that they had a hurried move for reasons they couldn't control – but scrubbing the gunk out of the house for 8 hours before we could start unpacking wasn't the best start surprise!
The best surprise (there is one!) came right as I was finishing with the kitchen scrubbing. I heard a knock at the back door and found my new neighbour, who invited us to a pool party & drink break so we could meet their family. We had so much fun and stayed for over two hours, feeling so thankful to make new friends and be making a connection to the new neighbourhood. And a connection with a pool, no less! It was a better break than I could have wished for :)
One of the most fun things to watch is how much the dogs love the new house and the yard, both of which are more than double the size of our old place. I've been amazed by how seamless the transition has been for them. Animals just don't have any baggage! While I've been watching my anxiety rising & falling every day and I've been careful to get enough sleep so I don't have to work so hard be positive & focused, my little dogs looked around, saw that their family & food was in a new place and that was all they needed to know.
Well, maybe that and where the best view of the street is. That's a habit I'm going to break, but I had to catch one photo ;)
Now that we're out of boxes in most of the house, I'm relieved to get back to a more normal routine that includes a lot more blogging & creativity than breaking down cardboard boxes & getting ready for the move has allowed! This week I'm breaking out all the art I bought this summer and adding it to the walls, picking up my parent's 1970's record player and record collection, and am stopping in at a few of my favourite thrift stores just for good measure. I'm even going to knit this weekend! While these would normally just pieces of a weekend routine, having them back feels so energizing. I've missed them incredibly! Since my my version of my dog's “family & food” essentials are taken care of again, I can hardly wait to put on that first record and put up the pictures. I'm ready to just relax and feel like I'm home.
What's your favourite everyday indulgence that centers you?
ps – The past months have been very light on posting for me, but I'm so excited to get back into my normal blog reading, replying to your comments & story telling here! I've been so surprised by the number of readers who have emailed me asking questions about past posts, offering guest posting opportunities and checking in to see how the move has gone. You are just amazing and I'm thankful for you making my corner of the internet part of your life and I wanted you to know that I'm working behind the scenes on making it an more engaging & inspiring part of your life :)