I’m Still Standing!

Hey, I thought that it would be a little while between posts, but I didn’t expect for it to be this long! It’s all good. If anyone missed me, thank you. If anyone was concerned that my absence was health-related, thank you also. I’m happy to report that I’ve been “away” for mostly good reasons! Not only have I bought myself some privacy and peace and quiet, but in between real estate demands I took my first trip out of the country with cancer as my sidekick, and enjoyed another holiday with my niece in South Carolina. In between all that, I’ve been moving, a thankless necessity for the most part! The best things about moving are that I’m getting rid of things I don’t need anymore, and I’ll hopefully never have to do it again! At least that’s what I’m shooting for.

As for the traveling, I’m shooting to do that a lot more! But let’s talk about what has kept me from blogging, and just about everything else normal, in the order that it happened. Starting with my new house!

If you’ve never bought real estate before and anyone tells you that it’s fun and a dream come true, don’t believe them. The end result should be a dream fulfilled, but the road to get there is full of disappointment, annoyance, and demanding people who don’t care that you have a life outside of their sphere. If you’re a dummy like me and decide to be nice to a brand new agent and help her get her first sale, you’ll be even more miserable. I can’t even count the times I wanted to ditch the entire transaction and rent for the rest of my life. But I stuck with it and am the proud owner of a beautiful home in a retirement community, a major chip off my Bucket List and something I’ve been planning for some time.

Ten days before my scheduled closing day I flew to Ireland to get away from it all. Yes, the timing was really crazy! But the truth is that I planned the trip way back in March and it just happened to come up in the middle of all the house buying madness! Here I am showing off at Giant’s Causeway. As you can see the weather was quite favorable. The sun was out most days, and if we got rain it was only a passing shower and didn’t ruin any plans. The rainbows were pretty great!

Amongst other things, Ireland is well known for its pubs. I swore that I would not fall into that mold. But guess who spent a lot of time sipping wine in pubs every night? Yeah, you guessed right! And I loved it! Ireland is a triple threat in my book: a beautiful country, with nice people, and great food. What’s not to love?

So then it was back home for more madness. Packing and moving time! I had been in my duplex for nineteen years and had accumulated a lot of stuff. What a job! I also had yet another trip on the schedule, to pup sit my dog children in South Carolina, Jaxson and Chevelle, while my niece visited her in-laws in Florida. This was some much needed rest and relaxation, and I had the good intention of putting out a blog while there, but guess what? WordPress wouldn’t open! I have no clue why. So, no blog. But plenty of dog.

Back home, my move continued. It’s interesting how you can get a taste for something even though it’s grueling, and I got a good taste for gathering boxes, deciding what was getting packed and what was going in the trash, and being ready for the mover, who was so great and helpful. In the end, we got a big job done in about a month, doing three small moves instead of one big one.

Deep sigh.

That wasn’t the end of my challenges. My precious sister Jeanne had kidney surgery and was laid up in Boston for two weeks. She just got home today and I get to see her before Christmas!

As I type this I’m supposed to be landing in Greenville, South Carolina. But my flight was canceled early this morning because of the huge storm blanketing many areas of the country. I’m rescheduled to fly in on Christmas Day, so all has not been lost.

And oh, I retired from teaching yesterday!

Are you dizzy? Yeah, me too! When your head stops spinning have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I’ll will too!

Be back soon!

Author: barblee

Barb Lee is a native of Western Massachusetts who loves to write, travel and hike the world, and hang out with her beautiful Jersey Wooly bunny Muffin. Her whole life changed when she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in October of 2019. By January of 2020, she was bouncing back in a major way. Now, in addition to all her favorite activities, she wants to help others make the most of life following a devastating diagnosis, while she continues to beat the odds.

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