THIS IS HARD!
I’ve been using that hashtag on Instagram. #fromfarmtoflat #urbanliving Aside from being a fabulous, positive move it has been one of the hardest things we’ve done in 30 years.
We are physically spent.
We are cash broke.
We are mentally tired.
We are spiritually invigorated.
That’s us in a nutshell.
We went from 14+ acres to 14+ stairsteps from main living to office loft…not counting the 19 steps from the front door of the building to our front door! If I come in the front door of the house, into our flat and continue up to the office loft – I have climbed 34 steps.
My knee hurts!
Has it been worth it? Absolutely, YES! When I look out the door from my desk in the morning while the sun is still in the east and I’m looking north, this is what I see:
The crepe Myrtles are blooming and I can plainly see the tops of the trees. From my desk, I cannot see the sidewalk but I do see the church in the distance and its beautifully manicured side yard. The hanging plant on the balcony is the only gift
my hubs I mean I got for Father’s Day. The bird feeder? Is empty but I intend to fill it and enjoy the chirping of a few seed eaters! There is a huge holly tree in the northeast corner of the front yard and if there are holly berries? One can expect to see a Cedar Waxwing — and we did, Sonday morning while sitting on our third floor balcony.
photo from fine art america.
As soon as I come across our mini field glasses, I’ll place them on the balcony for bird-watching. In the meantime, North Carolina wrens are perusing the hanging red and white Vinca and eating little bugs off its leaves. The cardinals are proficient in the neighborhood and the couples are busy feeding their young. And, does Statesville ever have a squirrel population – I’ve never seen so many squirrels!
The church we have decided on is Grace Covenant, a Four-Square church. Our daughter’s family attends and it’s a perfect fit. The pastor is new, so I have given the four of us the title of “the new kids on the block.” This coming Sonday we will take part in a pot luck lunch and a Q&A session with the new leadership.
THINGS YET TO DO
We continue to await delivery of our couch and I’m still figuring out where to hang pictures. The platform beds, made by hubs, are up and I ordered mattresses from Amazon. Still need sheets and spreads. Dining chairs still need recovering. Bedroom window treatments are desperately needed. Yet, we are having the time of our 60 and 70-something lives!
We should close on the house sale NEXT week. Prayers are appreciated and (always) needed. A couple more balcony photos and we’ll call this update DONE!
A few more flat updates and we’ll be back to reg’ler. Thanks for coming along on this very exciting journey with us.