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Feeling Frustrated

It’s amazing how unsettled not knowing where you’re going makes you feel.

I’d hoped that this post would be more along the lines of “Yippee, it’s going to be….”, but instead we’re still more or less where we were. We did think the decision was made last week, when it seemed one of our options had all but vanished – but no, it’s still there.

We could, of course, take matters into our own hands and walk away from it – choose to go with the other plan – but neither of us wants to do that. At least, not yet. Fingers crossed we should know by the end of the month, all being well.

For now – we just have to live with the frustration. There are a hundred and one questions we have about each potential destination, not to mention arrangements we can start to put in place. But until we know where it will be, there’s no point.

We’ve started making friends with people on the forums, asking some exploratory questions of those who live in each place we could be relocating to. Everyone is so helpful and supportive, and offers to introduce us to contacts…. Not being able to take any of it forward or wanting to waste anyone’s time means we have to draw back. For now, anyway.

So, instead, we do what we can. Decorating, de-cluttering, writing notes and making lists, all the while with fingers crossed that matters will be resolved as soon as possible.

My sights are fixed on the end of September. Please, please let us have an answer by then.


First Steps

The decision is made. We’re moving overseas. We don’t know where yet – there are several factors that will affect that decision, not all within our control. Hopefully, we’ll know in the next few weeks.

But we’re definitely going, so we need to start planning. It’s all very exciting and scary at the same time. Sometimes I can’t quite believe we’re doing it – but in my heart, I know it’s right.

We’ve made lists of what needs doing and I have to say it’s rather daunting. There’s so much we can’t do yet, but we’ve made a start on decluttering. The garage alone has taken two full weekends, never mind a house we’ve lived in for more than 13 years, and we’ve started offloading items we know we definitely won’t need at car boot sales and online auction sites.

At this stage, it’s a case of clearing out, redecorating and sorting out those niggly little things that you put up with when it’s your home but which won’t be attractive to prospective buyers – like a dodgy tap and that light fitting that the kids broke ten years ago when one of them was pretending to be Darth Vader with a stick as a light saber.

This weekend is wallpaper-stripping. Wish me luck, I’m going in.