Archive for April, 2010

Dare to Be Naive

Spring is almost (officially) over and I realize that it has been far too long since my last post.

Since you last heard from me, we made the remarkable decision to move back to the city. Doesn’t that sound simple?

Foolish me – while moving to the city made great logical sense – be closer to our families, closer to my medical support team and have less to look after – logistics were much, much more daunting than I ever thought possible. We put our house in the country up for sale at the end of January. Because we were selling a country property, we were advised to expect six to eight months selling time – well – our sale took 22 days from beginning to end!!! Some said this was great bonanza (and of course they were be correct) BUT the work just started! We found ourselves without a next step home and very unsure about where we might look and what kind of home we would be interested in.

Our success continued and we found a very special apartment near the center of the city which we absolutely love. So having made that decision, our next project was to decide what we would take with us and what we could easily do without. Remember the title of my post. I thought I had grown out of the trap of naivety – well my friends I am here to tell you when it comes to moving, I am now a firm believer that we should all take the plunge at least every three years. Waiting longer than that only guarantees that we collect more stuff and dust collectors than we ever will know what to do with.

Since we sold our home, Michael and I have had a LARGE garage sale, consigned numerous pieces to the antique auctioneer, given clothes and collectibles to the local woman’s shelter and donated ALL of our office furniture to the Habitat Re-Store in town – that sounds like a lot of purging – right? Not even close enough!

We have spent virtually all of our waking hours for the last 10 days opening boxes and asking each other “Why did we keep this? and where are we going to put it?”

It will take us some time yet to feel truly at home – we are going to explore our City again and look forward to enjoying the galleries, theatre and food that it has to offer. Obviously, there is a lot more diversity here, than in beautiful, downtown Alliston – on the other hand, we will miss the privacy we enjoyed in the country and of course we will miss our friends (it’s not THAT far) – we are excited about the fact that simplifying our lives will support my ongoing rehab program. With fewer chores and responsibilities in the managing a house, our time is much more our own and the pressures are only those that come from walking my miles, and choosing how we will market our travel business in a new setting.

With all of this activity, the best news is that my health continues to improve and I now look forward with anticipation to what life has in store for us.

I am sure that you will understand that we want to avoid any more junk mail in our email boxes so I set up a new email address for you to ask for our new mailing address and phone numbers. Please write me a note to slbtravel@gmail.com

By the way – it was originally Buckminster Fuller who encouraged us to “Dare to Be Naive”!

Try it some time – you never know where it may lead you!

Lots of love – Susan

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