Saturday, November 23, 2013

Checking in

It's hard to believe we've been in our little apartment for almost a month now. Oddly enough, it has felt like home from the get-go.  While the apartment is hardly 1,000-square-feet, there's a master bedroom large enough for our bedroom set, and a dining area that holds our kitchen table (scaled down without any leaves), as well as the china hutch (to make up for the lack of cabinet space in the teeny-tiny kitchen). I was nervous about storing the cherry wood grandmother clock that my Dad made us for a wedding gift, so we brought it along. The hourly chimes fill our little place with the bright, familiar chimes we've been hearing for 29 years.

It's fun having a 'real' wood-burning fireplace again. The mantle is wide enough to hold some candles and seasonal decorations. Our small balcony holds two comfortable lawn chairs and a small table big enough for a couple of mugs of coffee or glasses of wine.

The dogs have been such troopers. I just know that Lilly is sad because she misses her yard and 'her' squirrel. However, the complex has nice grounds with lots of trees and a Bark Park where she can run. Abby is getting a workout going up and down the stairs to the second floor, but we tell each other that the exercise is good for us. We're both taking the stairs a lot more quickly these days. 

I've found the simplicity I've often longed for. Our pantry is small, so grocery shopping and meals are kept simple. I can clean the entire apartment in 45 minutes. The spare bedroom is set up with two desks for our shared office. It also contains the dogs' kennels and our largest bookcase. I'm finding that I really don't need as much stuff as I thought I did. I've been quite productive and even started an online class last week. (More on that later.) 

The best part is that we're only a few minutes from where we used to live, so we're still living in our old community.  And the other best parts are not having to shovel snow or haul 50-gallon trash cans to the curb and back once a week.

After the first of the year, we need to seriously find a house! In the meantime, however, I'm going to enjoy taking a 'breather' and just be fully present to where we are right now. 


Mari said...

I'm so glad it's going well for you!

Susanne said...

So glad to hear that your are enjoying and taking advantage of the little detour in the road, so to speak. It sounds like just the perfect place for the two of you until that house that's just right comes along.

Dewena Callis said...

Karen! I bet you've been so busy with all of this. I would miss my house but the older I get the more I think about the joy it would be to houseclean a smaller place. Just enjoy the simplicity of it all. I bet it will give you better informed ideas of what you really want when you're ready to buy again.

Mereknits said...

I love the positive outlook you have about apartment life. It is so nice to get a break, make things simpler and clean the whole place in 45 minutes. I will be thinking of you tomorrow as I clean my big house and it will take me hours. Have to get ready for Thanksgiving!

Karen I was thinking about Rizzi, is something wrong, have I missed something?

Melinda said...

Sounds like you are settling in.
Are you having Thanksgiving at
the apartment?


M : )

Lynn said...

So glad that this move worked out for you. We are in a similar situation, but you seem to be adjusting better than we are!!! LOL The cats keep wanting to go out and play, esp with the great weather we've been having.

I agree, look for a new house at the beginning of the year, but enjoy the smaller, homier feel of this new place.