We are closing on our new house in less than 3 weeks! I waffle between excitement and panic; and there are times I feel simply overwhelmed. It’s a lot to deal with selling our house and buying another house, all while trying to keep up with the daily routines.
Sometimes it seems like too much – trying to work with our fearful Luke (my hopes of having him in his crate in time for the move are fading…more on that next week for the Positive Pet Training Hop) has been challenging. At the same time we’re working on the crate, I’m trying to work with him so that I can trim his nails. We used to be able to do that, but for some reason the “peanut butter plate” method stopped working. Honestly, I’m at my wit’s end with it.
Then there’s having a dog with cancer. Sheba is still doing well right now, but sometimes I see her slowing down a bit, and I’ve been finding new lumps on her. We are not going to do additional surgeries, so mostly we are just watching them to make sure they do not make her uncomfortable (so far, so good). I try to do her grooming in bits and pieces since she doesn’t love it, so that’s an ongoing thing. Which reminds me – Cricket’s nails need to be trimmed too! My “to do” list seems pretty endless.
Our packing has been gradual, I’ve been basically doing it slowly since way back when we started de-cluttering for showings. On a good note, the dogs are not stressed out by any of that, except for maybe if I’m carrying a big box around – the type of thing that normally would freak them out anyway.
The only time I really freaked out was when the Dadz and I went in the upstairs of our garage last weekend. He’s made great progress in the garage itself. We have an oversized garage here with a huge place for storage. You guessed it….it is filled with junk. I said to my hubby “Did we ever throw anything out???!!!” We still have plenty of time left and I know we’ll get it done, but I did have a moment there.
The dogs and I are keeping up our daily play routines (the yard is finally ice free!), and I’ve been managing to get some walks in too, in between phone calls, e-mails with our realtor, and packing. I have bookkeeping work I’m trying to catch up on also.
I want to keep up with the blog for as long as I can through all this. It might seem that taking a break from or cutting back on the blog would be a good way to free up some time, but this blog is my creative outlet and I NEED it in order to stay sane. I did, however, put off any sponsored posts/reviews until the end of March. I am getting behind on visiting other blogs, but I’m doing what I can when I can. For me, visiting and commenting is not just a way to promote my own blog by being seen out there, it’s a way I keep in touch with blog friends, and I enjoy it. BTW though, it is a great promotional tool…I recently had a company contact me to review their product when they saw a comment I had left on a friend’s blog!
We will be closing on the sale of our house and buying the new house on March 18th, all in one day. We sell our house in the morning, and buy the new one in the afternoon. Yikes….we’ll be homeless for a few hours! Therefore, I will be “off the grid” for a days around that time I’m sure. We’ll be without internet over that weekend, so I won’t have a choice! (I’ll still use my cell phone to do some visiting when I need a break from unpacking though!).
Those will be the most stressful days. The dogs and Samantha will be going to my sister’s on closing day. Thank goodness for my sister helping us out! She is taking time off from work to do so and it’s greatly appreciated. Those few days will be the most stressful for Luke. There’s going to be a lot of strangers around, moving furniture out of the old house and into the new. But we will keep our baby gates handy so we can make a safe place for him to chill out no matter where we are.
Another issue is that there is no fencing at the new house. We’ve bought two new 10 x 10 kennels to get us started until late spring when we can fence in part of the yard. But we’re not sure when we’ll be able to put those up. The current owners of the house are in Florida, but they will be coming back to move their stuff out the week before closing. It is definitely high on the priority list though, the dogs aren’t used to going out on leashes to do their business!
Last weekend we took the dogs up to the new house, just to let them walk around the yard and get used to the area. They had fun sniffing out where all the wildlife had been, and the Dadz and I enjoyed planning where their yard will be and other things we will be doing with the yard. The pond site is already picked as well!
Ah, the joys of being a dog or cat, and having no worries! Even though the actual moving days and settling into a new home will be stressful for them, they don’t have to anticipate the stress that is to come. Even though I have my moments where it overwhelms me, overall I am doing OK (it would be nice if it didn’t happen at 3 am though!). As the day gets closer, I am feeling more emotional about leaving this house, and I know there are tears to come. Hopefully I get them out of the way before the closing. I wonder if anyone has ever cried at their closing? Now I just take a deep breath when I’m #feelingoverwhelmed and daydream about our new house and all of the exciting things it is going to bring to our lives! That’s exactly what I bet the dogs would do if they knew what was coming.