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Spring is here. There are flowers and little green things poking up in the garden already. The thought of putting away winter coats, boots and endless piles of hats and mismatched mittens, motivates me to wash them and get them organized. A friend said to me recently, “spring is hopeful” and it felt like a breath of fresh air. Yes. Yes indeed. Spring is hopeful.
I think I’ve been suffering from a case of the February blahs. It’s not that I’ve down, it’s just that all of a sudden I feel motivated to do things. I want to get the house in order, do some gardening, get out and be in the fresh air.
Things are also “up” around here. You know, everyone has their ups and downs; the curve balls that life throws at you. I make an effort to keep it all in perspective. Really, it’s nothing that is that big of a deal, but we have been under some stress lately. Let’s just say it’s been a tough winter. As much as I always try to remain hopeful and positive – I always knew things would work out for us – I guess I didn’t realize how much the stress was affecting me.
So here’s to a great spring. Here’s to more “ups”. Here’s to nice weather and new beginnings. Spring is hopeful.
This spring we’ll be putting our house on the market. Ugh. The process of getting the house ready, purging, cleaning, dealing with showings, packing and moving is completely overwhelming. Moving is stressful at the best of times. Moving with four kids could put me over the edge. I just keep telling myself that the end result will be so worth it. I’m keeping my eye on the prize. Our goal is to be within walking distance of our kids’ school.
We’ve only been in the house we’re in for about a year and a half. We still love the house. We downsized from a three storey, 2000 square foot home, to our lovely, modest 1100 square foot bungalow and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. I wrote about it in one of my first few blog posts: Downsizing. How much space does a family of six really need anyway? It remains one of my most popular blog posts.
It’s going to be difficult to find a house with a layout that we like as much as this one. It’s also going to be hard to give up our amazing back yard. If only we could take this house and plunk it in a different neighbourhood.
Have you ever checked your walk score? It’s a neat website where you can enter your address and see how “walkable” your neighbourhood is. It looks at the nearby amenities and assigns walk scores. Our Walk Score is 38 out of 100, which puts us in the “car dependant” category. Yup, we sure are.
Where we plan to move has a walk score of 91 out of 100 and is considered a “Walkers’ Paradise” where “Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.” Everything we’d need would be a short walk away: the public library, the school, grocery store, the park, local coffee shops and tonnes more.
Eye on the prize, eye on the prize, eye on the prize … bring on the walkers’ paradise.