Sunday, December 28, 2014

A look back at 2014

A look back...
I'm sitting here thinking about the new year that is just days away.  I'm doing a little reflection. I always like to set goals for myself.  I always want to be a better person.  Sometimes it just doesn't happen for me. But I want to and and I try to.  I thought I would start by looking back at what I wanted to accomplish in 2014 and see how that turned out.

I went HERE to read my 2014 goals.  So, I didn't accomplish everything and I would say that most of those goals will be repeated this year.  I'm a work in progress and what I wanted then I still would like to happen again this year.  So when you ready my New Years post you might feel a little deja vu, I'm just saying...

One thing I did accomplish, and it's a big one, is to get my house listed for sale.  It happened much later in the year than what I would have liked, but what can you do?  It took many months of hard work by everyone to accomplish this.  I have to give a big thanks to my two nephews who spent many days and weekends here working and making extra cash to help their poor aunt and uncle get the house ready to go on the market.  They did an excellent job and some of the work they did would have cost us a lot more if we had hired professionals to do the job.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  We couldn't have done it without you.

We've had two open houses, several house showings and one offer which we countered but never heard back from.  We feel like things will start picking up again closer to spring and I am praying that our home will sell then, if not sooner.  I've already found the house I like, but I don't think it will still be there by the time ours sells.  She keeps lowering the price and someone lucky person is going to scoop that up.  I'm really learning to be patient.  It's a virtue, you know?

So, maybe I didn't accomplish much in my personal life, but I did accomplish something I have been wanting for a long time, years really.  Getting this house on the market was such a relief for me.  It was hard work.  It was for us anyway.  We are hoping our next home will be our forever home and we won't have to go through this again. 

My husband is continuing to work at his most excellent job! (Yes, I watched Ted and Bill's Most Excellent Adventure recently, don't judge).  I don't mean to brag, but after 3 years of unemployment, I can't say enough good things about the job he has with TVA.  It is a real blessing.  He lives at the lake (Aunt Pat's lake house), as it is closer to work and he has our four cats there so they are not in our home while it is for sale.  He comes into town on his days off.  I miss my cats terribly and may drive out to see them tomorrow.  But it sure is nice not to have litter boxes to care for here! Can I get an Amen?  All you cat owners know what I'm talking about.  Uh huh...

Robyn continues to make new friends and enjoying her sophomore year at her school.  She is my greatest blessing and I love that girl so much.  She is going to join me in losing weight in 2015 and we are very excited about that. She is growing and maturing very fast.  Time has really flown by.

We have big dreams and plans for our new home.  I'm excited to get moved and to unpack all our boxes that are in storage.  We have filled two storage units and I dare say there is still more that could leave our house to make it look more presentable.  We have nearly 3000 square feet and we managed to fill every square inch of it in the last 15 years!  Yep, that's why I named my blog Chaos Cottage.

My parents are doing well and I enjoy being with them and visiting them more than ever.  I have the most wonderful mother-in-love who loves us very much.  She is loved by us all but by Robyn more than anyone!  She has spent the last 3 weekends at her house and I'm afraid she is going to move in with her!  Just kidding, I think.  But it is her 2nd home!

So goodbye 2014 and welcome 2015.  May it be a good year.  Thank you my readers for stopping by and leaving comments.  Please come by again!



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