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.