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October 31st, 2012

You may remember that we put our home in Ohio up for sale at the end of August. We’ve had lots of people walking through it and had great feedback. About a month ago we had our first offer, which we didn’t accept because it was too low. Last Friday we received an offer, we countered, and the people accepted.

We spent the weekend working out the details and signing and initialing contracts. Everything has been signed and we’re on the road to closing. We even sold our additional lot along with the house, which was a huge bonus!

We’re optimistic that everything will work out and we’ll be closing at the beginning of December. If so, it will certainly be nice to finally be able to close out that chapter of our lives and feel like we’re 100% here!

How many different houses have you lived in?

Back to Normal?

September 24th, 2012

Yesterday we took our neighbor to the airport in the early afternoon and started unpacking when we got home. So far, about 10 boxes have been emptied! It will take a long time since a thorough cleaning must precede the emptying of boxes.

Thankfully, our new neighbor brought us all kinds of delicious food. We’ve been feasting on her good cooking for the past couple days, which has allowed us to not worry about unpacking all the kitchen items.

It’s a daunting task to be sure, not just the unpacking, but trying to figure out where to put everything. How our lives will fit into this new space. No doubt, things will be moved several times until they settle into their spots.

The office is the first space that is being put in order. My desk and computer were set up last night so I could download these photos and write this post. Being without my main computer and my photos has been a bit of a challenge. We also need to get back to work.

How long would you last without your computer?

Boxes, Boxes, Everywhere

September 22nd, 2012

We found this note on the table of the new Maine house:

There are boxes everywhere, stacked to the ceiling and filling the rooms. Now begins the long process of cleaning, unpacking, and figuring out how our lives will fit into this house. In essence, we will set to work making this house a home. My computer is still packed up and thus I can’t download the photos from my camera yet. Tomorrow we’re off to the Common Ground Fair!

Hitting the Road

September 19th, 2012

This morning we were up early and ready to hit the road. Mr Chiots is driving the big moving truck towing the MINI behind. I’m following in our other car with all four cats and Heather, one of our neighbors.

No doubt it’s going to be a LONG day, but we have walkie talkies so we can chat and audio books to listen to. On the recommenation of a friend, Bossypants on the iPod as is Travels with Charley in Search of America (my favorite all time listening material for traveling).

If you’d like to keep up with our trip and the adventures that follow in upcoming days, I’ll be posting to the Chiot’s Run facebook page when I can throughout the day!

Do you like road trips?

Quote of the Day: Walt Disney

September 16th, 2012

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

Walt Disney (found at Brainy Quote)

Moving forward, that’s what will be happening this week. On Wednesday we’ll be headed east, down a new path to our new home.

I’ve had so many people asking if I’m going to miss this place. Maybe I will, but probably not. I grew up accustomed to moving and leaving things behind. As a result, I find myself more often excited about the possibilities ahead rather than bemoaning what lay behind. I find change to be rather exciting and exhilarating.

I’ve always said that change is good because it keeps us from getting stagnant.

Do you like/enjoy change?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.