Packing Like We’re Moving

Well- we are moving. Like- NOW. It was all unexpected. Not the move, but the timing. So, I have been thrown into the trenches of sorting, packing, donating and selling. Quickly.

packing and movingBut wait- I haven’t told you the best part! We don’t know where we’re going. Oh the exhilarating feeling of living life on the edge- the freedom of just letting the wind carry you, without a care in the world!  The previous sentence was deep sarcasm and I don’t recommend that you try this at home with normal, sane people. To be honest- this is all just the cat’s ass. (Thank you Linda at Tales from The Cabbage Patch for that term. I shall cherish it and try to use it wisely. It seems to fit here.)

Let’s see, how can I catch you up? I’ll give you a little mini house tour and I’ll tell you what I know.

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The current packing station situation. I try not to look at it. (Also- I will NOT miss the kitchen(to the left) in this house-HATE it)

So……. Europe seems to still be looming large, but our current lease is almost up and we don’t want to commit to another year here. Meanwhile, my husbands opportunities are exploding in a really great way. It is actually super exciting to see him this way. It’s amazing when you take a leap of faith and you get out from under the seemingly “safe” option, and you just leap out there for all you’re worth……and  the doors just swing WIDE OPEN. It is all quite incredible. It all just FEELS right and we have a lot to be thankful for.

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Slowly emptying out 5000 square feet of house. The top floor is almost done! The futon comes with us.

That whole part is all really exciting when I think about it. But usually I am just thinking about things like our next landing spot and wether or not I actually NEED 3 crockpots. I think about our kids mostly and all of their plans and endeavors. We try to take an advisory, back seat role in their plans, piping in when we are asked. And we try to be sure that they have some kind of safety net should they ever need it. Much like it was when they would go across the monkey bars when they were little.

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One of the things I loved about this house was that it had a dedicated gym.

I am also missing my family in Virginia. I want to get home so badly for a visit. At the moment, that is going to have to wait. I really miss them.

I have about a thousand posts in my head to be written, but not much time to write at the moment. My current goal is to schedule a once a week post until we are moved to the new, magical, mystery spot.

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This emptied out sunroom is my current favorite place to write!

It turns out that 5000 square feet of house is a lot to pack, but I’m on schedule and after moving 5 times in 5 years- I’m practically a pro. Honestly, except for my carefully packed memories, I think I would just pile the furniture in the yard and set fire to it.  After 5 moves, you are ready to live your life out of a backpack.

OH and here’s a fun thing- today I realized that after packing all of our big mirrors and just being stuck here at the house by myself, I hadn’t gazed into a mirror for 3 days. THREE. DAYS. PEOPLE. But fret not chickens, I shall return to my reasonably high maintenance self after we get moved,but right now I’m in “get sh*t done” mode and I guess it’s just not pretty. This is what sturdy girls do. We go all in and get it done. Our freak outs are few and the ones we do have are kept under cloak. We organize the daylights out of a situation, lay out a plan and then roll up our sleeves and make it happen. And thats where I am.

I’ll be honest, I am not getting in any real work outs in right now, except running up and down the stairs with boxes. We are down to the point that we are eating for convenience more than anything else. I make a couple of large casserole type meals at the beginning of the week and thats lunch. I still make dinner each night but it’s usually something that doesn’t take too long: fish tacos, steaks, chicken enchiladas, etc. Winston and I still take a long walk every day to our favorite spots out here and I truly feel blessed to have spent time in this beautiful place. I truly love Colorado.

Taking an early morning walk as the sun rises and splashes on the mountains is one of my favorite things.

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And then there are the lights of Colorado Springs in the evenings. This is the view from the house, looking toward the city.

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As we prepare for our next hop, I guess I am feeling more excited than anything. I will miss it here. I will miss the friends that I’ve made and I know I will see many of them again. But the way forward feels good. It feels right. It feels like a new adventure and I am happy to have my family to experience it with me. I’m beginning to think adventure just may be what we do best!

I’ll leave you with a picture taken today of my favorite feature of this house, the back deck. It stretches across the entire back of the house and has a beautiful view of the mountains.

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A blanket of fresh, spring snow.

Thanks for allowing me to get a little personal on here today and thanks so much for reading and commenting. I truly have the best followers. Let me know if you like seeing the inside of the house- I’ll be sure to add more and give you a good look at wherever our next abode will be!







Melissa is an unrepentant shoe hoarder who is obsessed with travel, wine, good food and her family. (Not necessarily in that order!)

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  1. April 2, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Well done, Grasshopper! Your use of the term “cat’s ass” was definitely the purrfect choice for your current situation. I can’t imagine any other words working as well in your post as cat’s ass.

    Good luck with your move; I can’t wait to read about where your next journey takes you. Hopefully, it is somewhere where the views are just as spectacular as the ones you have been blessed to enjoy while living in Colorado.

    All the best,
    Linda (the original cat’s ass or should that be the originator of the cat’s ass??)

    • melissa
      April 9, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you Linda!I am excited to get to our next destination and update! I’ll refer to you as the “originator”…..yes….that sounds right. LOL

  2. Yvonne Evans
    April 3, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    You do everything like a CHAMP! I am so proud of JBA. And, you.

    • melissa
      April 9, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Awww Yvonne- thanks so much!

  3. April 3, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Pitch perfect delivery on the sarcasm, too, my friend. You’re in my prayers for a quick transition, a solid landing, and a magnificent adventure!

    • melissa
      April 9, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much Dy! I am excited for what is to come!

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