Sunday, December 30, 2012

Last big construction project is done!

My goal for 2012 was to finish all major construction projects on my house.  I'm happy to report that the final project was completed the last week of December.  Now I can finally relax and begin to enjoy my new home.

The last phase of construction made my home more energy-efficient, replacing two doors to the garage, replacing single-pane windows in the living room, master bath, and quilt studio, and installing a programmable thermostat.

Living room windows.

Quilt studio windows. Once I get the construction dust cleaned up, I can put up some wall quilts downstairs.

Rain glass window in my bathroom.

One of my new doors to the garage. The old doors had spaces between the frames and doors letting in the freezing air.  I'm so happy that my downstairs is warmer now!

I also had the finishing touches added to the newly-painted guest bathroom - new white lights and a new sink faucet. Much more pleasant for guests now!

Time to think about goals and New Year's resolutions for 2013.  What are your plans for the New Year?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

One brave moment?

Looking back over the past year, I'm not sure where I found the courage to leave my entire old life behind and make a new start at age 55.  Perhaps "bravery" is just another word for taking the plunge on faith alone without over-analyzing the consequences.

Last December, I accepted a job offer at CLIC, and one year ago this week, I was house-hunting in Minnesota.  In the past year I found a house, bought a house, moved into a house, had many overnight guests, sold my Michigan house (phew), and started the never-ending process of fixing up my new house.  At the same time I was learning a new job, new people, new church, new neighborhood, new doctors, new dentist, new hairdresser, new vet, new stores, new lakes, and new restaurants. As well as attending my niece Catherine's plays, musicals, and concerts; meeting my cousins' new babies; and making a few unexpected trips to take Mom to the ER/hospital along the way. Some good times, some bad, some energizing, some exhausting, some overwhelming and some underwhelming. Life goes on.

All in all, I'm glad that I had "one brave moment" to make the decision to move closer to family. And I'm looking forward to what next year has to offer.

Happy New Year, friends and family!