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A Burden Lifted

Song Lyric of the Day:

Oh, and once it held laughter / Once it held dreams … If there’s love in a house, it’s a palace for sure / But without love it ain’t nothin’ but a house

Tom Waits / “House Where Nobody Lives

If you’ve read here at all the last few years or you know me personally, then you know we moved out of our A-frame when I was pregnant with Coraline — about eight years and five months ago, to be precise. You also know we were not able to find buyers for it, so we ended up renting it out. Over and over and over. In between tenants we would try to sell the house. Of the five real estate agents we had in six years, only one got us to a contract, which the buyer then backed out of at the last minute. Turns out the sixth time — specifically the sixth real estate agent* in 8+ years — was the charm as WE FINALLY SOLD THE A-FRAME.

To say Rich and I were on pins and needles as we approached the late-August closing is an understatement. We didn’t tell anyone — at least I didn’t — because we were afraid to jinx things when it was looking so promising (if you know me, you also know I can be irrationally superstitious). A young couple with two little girls who call the A-frame “the treehouse” are now the new owners, and we couldn’t be happier. The house was bought by people who truly love it. There won’t be any more renters causing destruction and chaos and stress in our lives. (Not all our renters were bad — the first were great, in fact — but it turns out there are things professional background checks just cannot tell you.) There’s now a new family to love the house and make it their own, which made finally selling the house a genuinely happy occasion for all of us.

Now that the A-frame is sold, we are looking forward to investing in the house we live in, now our ONLY house, which is more of an adjustment than I’d expected. Turns out it’s a hard habit to break, saying the street name of your house so you know which one you’re talking about. Now when we start a list of house projects that need to be taken care of, it can simply be titled House Projects. It’s a good feeling.

Rich and I are looking forward to taking care of things that our house needs taken care of — like new eaves and gutters, a drainage issue in the backyard, and chimney repairs, to name a few — that we had to put off while all our attention (and money) was focused on the A-frame. I can’t quite put into words what it means to finally be able to start truly making our house a home, but I look forward to trying.

A-Frame Exterior

Farewell to a beloved home

*Again, a MILLION thanks to Brandon Hutchison of Hutch & Howard with Keller-Williams here in Knoxville. Brandon and his partner Rob Howard and their right-hand woman Carrie Mays pulled off what, after so many years, truly felt impossible.

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The Neverending Move = Why I Dread the Weekend

Song Lyric of the Day:

And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street / So I’m not moving / I’m not moving

The Script / “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

As my 18 loyal readers (see what I did? I added one) know, the spouse and I are in the process of a move. A move which physically, officially began about four weeks ago, when we closed on the new house. Unofficially, it began months ago, when we rented a storage space*, started packing, worked on decluttering the house, worked on home improvement projects, and began the long kiss goodbye with our sanity.

This weekend promises to be more of the same: wrapping up knickknacks, packing, wondering how the hell we lost yet another tape gun. Our original plan was to move everything to the new house ourselves except the furniture. A few weeks and roughly half our possessions later, we’ve changed our tune because we’re exhausted. Not to mention poor Rich is having to do almost all the lifting/moving/loading himself since I can’t right now. Since we‘ve got the movers scheduled for next week, we’re going to let (read: pay) them move the last boxes along with the furniture.

At least this move is not only an in-state move, but an in-city one. To this day, I have no idea how the hell I survived the move from Chesapeake back to Knoxville. I vaguely remember calling the whole thing off at one point when about 90 percent of the house was already packed and ready to go — that’s how stressed out I was. Then, come moving day, I discovered the movers we’d hired were rogue movers (an emergency call to Mayflower and we dodged a bullet). Trust me — carefully research your movers.

So as stressed as we are right now, we’re grateful that it’s a local move, that our awesome family is willing and able to help out whenever possible, and that there’s nary a rogue mover in sight. Of course, once we get the A-frame empty, then comes the really fun part of shuttling between houses to finish up home improvement projects and getting the house ready to put on the market. Come back then and ask me how my stress level is.

*We used — and highly recommend — Nortshore Pellissippi Storage. It’s a brand-new, climate-controlled building with great security features, reasonable prices, and a very friendly, helpful staff. And, no, they did not pay me to say this.

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