Ah, Moving

It’s happening again.

Nearly four years ago I struck a deal with a woman who has since become a friend. She owns a nice townhome, but wasn’t able to live in it at that time because she was caring for her mother. I needed a better place to live, but had a limited budget. She was willing to rent the place to me at an affordable price if I accepted a month-to-month rental agreement. If something happened to her mom, I’d get a decent amount of notice to move out.

I got that notice earlier this week. Catherine is changing the living arrangement with her mom. I’d been preparing for the inevitable, although I didn’t expect it to happen this soon. And I’m really bummed. This is a nice place, and any move that I can afford will be a step down.

I put in my application to some apartments in my price range. Being affordable, there’s a waiting list, so I don’t know if this will work out. All I can do at this point is wait to hear whether or not I qualify, and if so, whether or not there’ll be a unit open in three months. Not that they can know that this far in advance. This complex requires a 30-day notice, so I’m potentially in limbo for awhile.

As with any move, there are benefits. I’m trying to focus on the positive and not think about what the smaller space will mean to my cats. Everyone says they’ll adjust, and I believe they will, but like any pet lover I want them to have the best possible living arrangement, and this townhome is much better than an apartment.

But back to focusing on the positive. I’ll be closer to work, most shops, and the grocery store. If I get into the apartment complex I’ve applied to, it’s in a wooded area, bordering a golf course. I have a friend who lives there and she tells me the management is responsive and caring. I’ve driven through the place from time to time and it seems to be a quiet, settled place with good tenants.

Man Covered In Cardboard Boxes - Moving Concept
Packing! Augh!

I don’t want to move. I like it here. Still, I find myself wishing it could happen sooner rather than later, just to get it done. Packing! Augh! So much to do, so much to think about. I’ll have to sell my dining room table, which I love. I have no idea what it’s worth but I’ve been told it’s “worth a lot.” So what do I ask for it?

I plan to make the most of this move. Yes, it’s disappointing. I live in a quiet neighborhood with good neighbors, and giving that up for the unknown is scary. But I can’t focus on what I’m losing. I need to look at what I’m gaining. I have a strong faith, although I don’t necessarily believe every change is God’s plan for improving my life the way I want. But I do believe change is an opportunity, and I do believe God is in my life.

Yep, every change is an opportunity for growth, right?


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14 Replies to “Ah, Moving”

  1. Oh, Belinda–I am sorry to read this. I know you liked living where you are now. And Walter and Mimi (are they back to speaking to one another?) liked it, too. I’ve lived in the same house for 25 years, but I know when we moved, it was a great opportunity to purge my accumulated ‘stuff.’ Maybe that can be a bright spot. I will keep fingers crossed and prayers said that you get the apartment that you want. And yes, somehow we grow in ways that we never even thought possible.

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    1. Thanks, Lois. It’s been a bit of a grieving process. Yes, Walter and Mimi are getting along well these days. I’m a little concerned about Mimi in the new place (wherever that ends up being) because I think it was the site of another cat that set her off originally, and there likely would be cats hanging out around an apartment complex. But I’ll deal with that if and when it happens. Anyway, I keep looking for the positive. I’ll be closer to the yarn store…easier to buy my next knitting project. Thanks for your concern!

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  2. Wow, Belinda – this is a lot to deal with. You have such a positive attitude, which makes a difference. Still, I’m sending you loving wishes for a great apartment and an excellent outcome!

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  3. I think you have the right attitude, Belinda. I’ve found that some of the worse things that have happened to me in my life have ended up leading to some of the best ones. Attitude is everything and I think you’ve already decided to see the good side of this.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I refuse to let this get me down, although I am allowing myself to grieve the loss. It sounds weird to put it that way, but this really is a loss for me. Still, I’m sure I’ll be happy wherever I end up.

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  4. I think it’s exciting! Which, I love moving. I’m purging my home this year, so I’ll be ready for the next one. I’m happy for you, and look at it as a great adventure! Four years is a long time to be in one place. There is better in store!

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