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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Journey Continues


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A bitter/sweet moment. The last picture we will ever take on our front porch. This was taken right after we turned over our keys to the new buyer's realtor.

Moving sure can take it out of you! Whew! We are beyond tired, but by golly we did it, and lived to tell the story.

If you have read any of my previous post you know we just moved out of our family home of 37 years. To say it was an emotional roller coaster would be an understatement.

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So many of our family members, and close friends were a bit saddened by this move as well, but like us, they knew it was a good move, and time for us to start a new adventure.


I know everyone was so curious about the WHERE and the WHEN of our move. I was not trying to be secretive, but I did not want to say anything until I knew for sure that our home would sell.


Boy did it sell, and very, very quickly at that. We were very fortunate to have 7 over asking bids. We chose the right bid for our situation, and the rest is history.


While we were getting ready for the selling of our home we were also looking for a new place to purchase as our next home. 


We are pretty logical people, maybe I should clarify that, my husband is beyond logical. 

He is the one that had researched, and punched the numbers to makes sure this was all doable before he showed me a house he thought we would like.


He might take a long time to process all the angles of a situation, but once he has done that he is ready to jump forward. 


So literally one day he told me he had found a home he thought we both might like, and he was ready to go and look at it.

Even though we had talked about moving for over 4 years, I was still in shock because this time was different. He was READY to make the move. 

I immediately started asking questions, and doing the back stroke. He was more than ready so we went to look at the home, and needless to say we decided to sign on the dotted line.

We had our list of priorities, and at the very top of the list was to stay close to family. We will be living about 20 min. closer to our family, the second priority was to be in a gated community with an HOA. Of course there were other things on our list, but these were the most important to us.

So I am purging my existing home, packing, and signing very important documents all at the same time. 

Our home sold within the very first weekend so this was a definite GOOOOOO!!!

Our brand new home is in a beautiful little community. It is in an over 55 community, but they like to refer to it as an, "Active Lifestyle Community."

The area is surrounded by hills, and grape vineyards, very peaceful, and beautifully planned. 

We are still pinching ourselves, and can’t believe we will be spending the rest of our retirement years there.

Here is a little video link of the community, if you are interested in seeing what it looks like…….

We are downsizing just a bit to 1590 sq. ft. home, and we found a floor plan that will work well for the way we live, and for when our family visits….


What we loved about this model was how the kitchen and great room related to each other. 

The kitchen has always been the hub of our home. I like seeing my family when I am in the kitchen, and I also like to have a view of the backyard while in the kitchen so this model fulfilled all the criteria for our needs, and most of our wants.

There are three different elevation choices……

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The Mediterranean

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The Vineyard Cottage

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The Napa

Since this community is surrounded by hills, Oak trees and grape vineyards it has a California wine country feel so the homes are aptly named, and the elevations reflect that style.

You all know by now I am a cottage loving gal so we chose The Napa

Our home will be flipped so the garage is on the right. The paint color, and roof will also be different than in the picture. 

You get to choose from 5 choices of combinations of house, trim, door and roof color. 

I felt very, very lucky because the one I wanted was offered for the elevation we chose.

We had driven around the existing homes, and I kept pointing out one color combination that I loved, and it was offered with the elevation we chose.

Here is the color combination that we chose for our new home …….

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I know all monitors will read it a bit differently, but it is a grayed/blue/green color The roof will be a gray……

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We chose our lot……..

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We are now the proud owners of DIRT!!!

You can see the vineyards on the hills behind our home, of course once the other homes are built we will not be able to see them from our yard, but on our walks we will get to see their beauty.

So for now we are residing in a very nice 1,200 sq. ft. apartment for the next 6 months while our new home is being built. We settled in very quickly and feel very comfortable here.

To say it has been a fast, crazy month would be an understatement.

This past week while moving I was also having to make ALL of the interior and exterior design choices. 

I would NOT recommend doing it this way. I was so mentally, and physically exhausted, and I had all my design meetings the week of the move.

Decisions did not come easily due to the available elements to choose from (am I the only one in the world that does not live with earth tones?), but I think we made the best decisions for us, or at least I hope we did.

We are going to take this next week to catch up with you all in blogland, and rest my body and my brain.

We now have the time to truly get excited about this new adventure. 

I hope you are ready to take a ride with me on the journey to a new lifestyle, and the designing process of our new home. 

Oh and just one more thing!! Trilogy has a blog and guess what the name of the blog is??? Coincidence? I will let you be the judge!



to be cont
And I am determined to …….



Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Congrats! I'm looking forward to taking the journey with you. I know this is one of the most exciting, mind boggling times in your lives. fondly ~lynne~

Sarah said...

Kathysue, we are in the process of doing much the same. It's a daunting experience, but something life takes us down a new road. Good luck with the process of building a new home. The town house we are buying was built in the 1970s, but has been completely redone and updated. Hoping our home sells quickly, but we didn't have the first show rush you did. Congratulations!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Perfect spot Katysue! We live in an "Active" Adult Community also! You are going to love it.
Your floor plan is ideal! I know what it's like to go through the process. Have done it a few times and it can be overwhelming.
Can't wait to see it all come together....and maybe by Christmas! Have done the temp apt bit also!
That is an omen on the name of the communities blog!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Congrats! As I was scrolling down looking at the different elevations of your new home, I thought the last one looked like you! I wasn't surprised when I read that's the one you chose..It looks like a great floor plan! Moving is exhausting! Rest up and I hope you can enjoy Memorial Day!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Well, we are building a new house too and leaving our home of 34 years. We are downsizing our yard and going from a two story to a one story. We started building last June 12th and will move in between July 1 -15th. It has been a very long process but hopefully well worth it in the end. I've been packing and going through stuff for months and months. Amazing the stuff one can accumulate in 34 years. Wishing you much happiness on your moving journey.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Ooh I love the new home that you chose. It sounds like it will be a perfect place to live. I like the style you chose and the floor plan looks like it will work out perfectly for your lifestyle. The view and location are wonderful. We had two homes built so I know the stresses and excitement that come along with it. I will enjoy watching you go through the process of having your new home built.

Victoria said...

Congratulation, Kathysue. Now the fun begins, making all the design choices for your beautiful new home. I am looking forward to following along with you.
XO, Victoria

Karena said...

Kathysue I am so very excited for you and your family. love how you have whole-heartedly embraced the next chapter in your life, so exciting!!

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nancy2 said...

Kathysue, We have visited The Vineyards, very nice choice. We have friends who have lived there for a year, we attended a summer concert there with them. much happiness in your new home!

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Oh KathySue, I am so excited for you with this new move. We downsized a few years ago and bought a house that the Lord had already designed and built just for us. We cannot imagine living anywhere else. Our 2,000 sq ft Garden Home in a gated community is perfect for us and I know yours will be for you as well. I can't wait to follow this new adventure along with you.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Congrats, Kathy Sue, I've been watching your progress and am very happy for you. Looks like a great new place to live!

Marty said...

Congratulation on the sale of your beautiful home and the decision of your next place to live. It looks perfect for you. Since I'm in Southern California, I'm not sure where you will be, but I love the idea of being near the beautiful vineyards. I'll enjoy watching and learning from the process you go through.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How exciting! It looks wonderful and to start out with a brand new home will be great.

Melissa said...

Congratulations on selling so quickly. Your new community looks amazing and I love your floor plan.
What a very exciting time for you.
It is so serendipitous that their blog is the same as yours. It is an excellent omen.
Have fun with the process.

La Dolfina said...

What a fantastic decision!!!!
Your new neighborhood looks amazing.
Can't wait to come visit!!!
When the dust settles let's meet up and have lunch!
I would love to take a tour with you:)
Congrats on this new transition!!!
Lots of Love


Sue said...

I think your new home looks perfect and can't wait to see it going up Kathysue. Building a home is fun ~ and I know you will have lots of good ideas to share with all of us:-) The 55 and over community looks great, and I keep hoping for a new one to get started so we can make the move in about 5 years. Looking forward to watching all of the activity.

designchic said...

I am so excited for you, Kathysue. Just love your choice! Can't wait to follow along…

Mumbai said...

due different reasons I haven't been on your
blog a while but now I am back again and ..
what a surprise. Congratulation Kathysue, it
looks perfect for your retirement and I'm pretty sure you did the right decision and will like it. My best wishes for your new lifestyle.

michele said...

congratulations on this big decision which i understand all too well. the new place is going to be incredible, and i can just imagine the wonderful new friends you will make and the sense of community that will nurture you. we are still renting month to month and have found two homes that might work for us. both require a LOT of work and love. on tuesday we will have the more promising one inspected and decide if we are willing to tackle the problems it presents since it is sold as is. bravo to you for taking the leap, and best of luck to us both!

Merlin said...

WHEW!!!! franki

debra @ 5th and state said...

jaw dropping gorgeous, watched the video and i want to move there!!

also love your home choice and exterior colors. all flowers will look great with that backdrop. i am solo excited kathysue, congrats!!