Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ch-ch-ch Changes

Life is filled with changes, challenges.  Some good, some not so much.  During the winter, my mojo went missing.  I felt tired, sluggish.  A nasty virus attacked me, and then I was diagnosed with a lung disease, that causes me to be winded.  I can't go like a house on fire anymore.  But, I can still GO, and I'm learning my limitations and how to live with chronic illness. 

The end of February, my husband and I decided it is time to sell our home of 28 years and move from the island where we live to the mainland.  Although we both think of ourselves as young as the day we married, we are not.  Health issues are ever present.  Our interests have changed through the years, and our life is not here anymore. We want to be closer to our little family, not so remote and isolated.  We want to make the move together, while we're both able to enjoy making a new home for ourselves.  Some people wait too long, get too old.


Our home sold fast-caught us off guard.  Then the hunt for another house.  We found a sweet ranch in a great location.  Things are moving quickly now.  We have closed on our current home, and closing on the new one next week.  Packing.  One thing on our priority  was a place for my sewing room and husband's workshop.  There is a large family room/Florida room on the back of the house--about 15x40 which will become our play rooms.  Windows ceiling to floor all the way around.  Love.

I've been scouring Pinterest for sewing room ideas.  I'm taking my cutting table/cabinet and pattern cabinet with me.  I'll have another counter-top/cabinets built.  Lots of decisions to make.  Someday, I'll be in the sewing room again, happy and content.  Until then, I'll be reading your stories.

I'll be back.

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Uta said...

That sounds exciting, I can't wait to see your new sewing room! Have a good, uneventful move; I'll be looking forward to see what you sew when you're settled.

Linda T said...

New place sounds wonderful! Moving is not fun, but when it's all done, sit back and enjoy (and sew!).

Coco said...

Oh, Gwen, I'm glad so much of this is behind you and you'll be settled soon! Being able to sew and have your things around you will surely be so nice for you and DH. You have really been challenged this past year. Hang in there! Your playroom sounds wonderful!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Congrats on selling the old house and finding a new one! I hope you come up with wonderful ideas for the new sewing room!

Mary Beth said...

Hey Gwen, glad to hear from you! Congrats on making the move now, finding your new home and your new workshops. Have fun setting up your new sewing room :)

Corinne said...

After the health challenges in recent times you deserve a fresh start. Moving is really hard, emotionally and physically but I think your reasoning is very sound. It is hard to sew when so many issues are taking your time and energy. Once settled, it will come streaming back. The new space sounds great. Lots of light. Here is hoping it all goes well and you are soon settled. Take care.

Mary Beth said...

PS: the thought of a sewing room surrounded by windows and husband reminded me of the time a girl friend roped me into making fabric covered screens for her.

Ann said...

So excited for you on selling your house and finding a new one. Can hardly wait to see your new "play room". Packing can be so much easier if you have a treat at the end of it all.

Lori said...

Gwen, it all sounds very exciting, thinks seem to always work out like they are suppose to. Your new sewing room sounds like it will be a wonderful playroom. Good luck packing.

Claire S. said...

A 15 x 40 playroom ? ENJOY !!! Things seem to be moving right along - pretty soon you'll be all done, settled in and sewing. Good luck with the move.

shams said...

Oh, Gwen, congrats on finding the perfect new house, closer to family and other amenities! Good luck with the move, but it sounds like you have it well in hand.

Jilly Be said...

Congratulations on the sale and new home, and here's to your health improving - I know that the advice to "take care of yourself!" during times like this is always present; do remember it! Look forward to seeing your new setup :)

Sister said...

Congrats on the quick sale, and good luck on a quick move! Yay for a new sewing space - that'll rev the mojo up. Mine was gone a couple of years ago, and when I bought a new sewing table and cutting table, that made all the difference.

Gwen said...

Great news on both the sale and the new house! I'm so happy for you both! :)
Good luck with the move... They are never fun, but it will be worth it in the long run. :)
All the best,
Gwen

The Hojnackes said...

Best of luck with the move!

Faye Lewis said...

So glad your house sold so quickly. Hurry up and feel better.

Bunny said...

How, exciting! Very similar to the move Ern and I made about 8 years ago. We downsized to a small ranch as well but no regrets. My thoughts are with you as you deal with this lung illness, something that I saw my own Mom deal with for many years. I hope you have lots of help for moving day. I have often thought if we move again, and we will, I will just call the auctioneer and let him get rid of everything and start new, well, except for my machines,etc. I know you understand. Good luck with your move and your health. I look forward to seeing that new sewing space.

Nancy K said...

It sounds like a wonderful sewing room for you. I am sorry that you have to deal with a lung disease. Not fun to realize you can't do what you've always done. Enjoy your new home.

Sharon said...

Oh wow what a time for you and by the sounds of things your new sewing room will be a joy to be in. Take care of yourself with the move.

joan71 said...

Gwen, big changes indeed! The plans you and DH have implemented sound like just the right ticket for you at this time. I do hope the physical thingy can be held at bay. Enjoy your new home and hope we see you soon on SG/

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Gwen, I think you have made some positive adaptive changes to your life here, and you will probably have many years of good life ahead of you, just in a different lane. Not fun developing diseases of senescence, as my husband calls them.

Vicki said...

Sorry to hear of your health issues, but a new house to play in sounds good.

becki-c said...

It is good to hear from you again, it sounds like you have been busy and have a good excuse.
So sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well, that sounds awful!
You really are doing well with the home sale, now if you can just get moved!

Patty said...

Wow...things are moving fast, yes?
Sorry to hear that you've not been well,
but maybe turning over a new leaf will
spur things on. Good luck with the packing,
and the move, just don't do too much at
one time. Can't wait to see what you do with
a new sewing space!

Rose said...

Congratulations on the quick sale and finding a house that sounds so nice --- and close to family. The new sewing room sounds exciting. Take care of yourself!!

Diana said...

It sounds exciting and exhausting. (I think we are the same age). Good luck with all this . Looking forward to seeing your new sewing room.

Kyle said...

WOW! Your house sold FAST! That's great! Good luck with the move. I might go look at Hawaiian quilts today.

Lynneb said...

Hi Gwen. So many changes! I am happy to know that you are settling into a smaller place close to family. No doubt as the years pass, you will appreciate the many blessings that will come at this time in your lives. We all look forward to seeing your new sewing room! Best of luck with the move!

Irene said...

I wish you a smooth move into your new home. Have fun planning all the details in the new place!

Marji said...

oh, how do I find you on Pinterest? I too am pinning ideas for a new sewing/knitting/crafting studio like mad.

Happy to hear you're moving forward on the changes you've decided to make. I know it's scary and exciting all at the same time. good luck with it all.
Marji

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Linda said...

So glad you were able to sale the home and find something else. I look forward to seeing your new sewing room.

Gernella said...

A new lease of life I think in your new home. Just don't forget to post pictures of your sewing space, which sounds great.

At least a move means you can get rid of all the stuff that has got buried out of sight and start lean and clean.

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KimP said...

Gwen, I am excited for you, and sad that you have been suffering. I can't wait to "see" your new sewing room - maybe it will inspire me to whip mine into shape! Please keep us up to date on your health and progress . . .

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