Friday, January 23, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday - The Change Version!


I originally had a different picture that I was going to use for this Friday's fun new meme that Tisha at CrAzY Working Mom developed but changed my mind after taking this picture yesterday afternoon ...

Blue skies through my new tree

You can see a beautiful blue January New England sky through the bare branches of the tree that stands in what will be my new side yard at my new humble abode so I guess this counts as a "Looking at the Sky" picture, right?

In yesterday's post I had said that change was coming for Amanda and I and most of you were astute enough to figure out that I was referring to moving to a new home. This is a change that is long past due and one that - even though it's going to be a royal pain in the back and other body parts - is going to be well worth it. I vowed back in December that this was going to be the last winter I spent trying to get up and down two very steep hills and even though moving in January in Connecticut is not the easiest thing to do, the time has come to stop just thinking about it and do it.

I was very fortunate to find a lovely new place to move to which is not only within walking distance to Amanda's high school but that doesn't require the climbing of any hills to get to either! The neighborhood is a lovely older one (well, most neighborhoods in Norwich are old to be honest) and it's within walking distance of Yantic Falls and one my favorite Norwich haunts, the Yantic Cemetery.

Rather than living in a single family home, as I have been, we will be occupying the first floor of a large older house that is very well constructed and very well maintained. The hardwood floors are beautiful, the rooms are quite large, and there's even a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. With over 1,100 square feet there will be plenty of room for Amanda and I as well as Jamie when she comes up from Florida. There are things I'm going to miss about my current home - like the wonderful front porch - but it is definitely time for a change and I think this change will be quite beneficial for Amanda and I both.

The New House

This is a shot of the house from the front and, as you can see, the sky is just as beautiful and blue from this angle as it was from the other- the only difference here is that you get a few wispy clouds to boot! Speaking of beautiful skies, if you want to see other wonderful sky shots, make sure you check out Tisha's blog and visit the links!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go find some boxes!


  1. Call Big Y and have them set some aside for you.

  2. Congratulations! That is so exciting. You can usually get boxes from the liquor store and grocery stores. I moved a few times in the last couple of years and found the best advice to be LABEL every box, so its easier when it comes time to unpack. Best of luck! Wish we lived closer, you could use my truck. ;-)

  3. i do that numbering boxes thingy in order of importance. like kitchen i, or bathroom 3, then i get down to closet 684... where does all that stuff come from? anyway, the house looks wonderful!

    smiles, bee

  4. Oh I am jealous, the house looks lovely. I want so badly to move but it will be at lest another year for us. My apartment seems to get smaller everyday, so a house sounds wonderful. I hope the move goes smoothly and you get everything unpacked soon so you can settle in and enjoy your new place.

  5. Anonymous10:37 AM EST

    What a cute house! I love the roof over the loks so cozy and warm....


  6. Awesome Linda and you'll have hot water too. I'm so happy for you and Amanda. I'll bet she is jazzed too. It will be great when we get to see the inside too. HINT!

    Have fun moving and have a great weekend too. Big hug. :)

  7. Oh, I do love me some nice hardwoods! That is one of the top 3 improvements on my list. I cannot stand carpet, which is what I have in every room other than the kitchen and baths.

    Congratulations! It is quite lovely, Linda! Yay for hot water and no big hills. My parents had a very steep hill in the last house they owned in New Hampshire before they moved to The Deep South. They HAD to have 4-wheel drive or they never would have made it up or down in the winters.

    And a fireplace is a must for me, too. Nice and cozy! Can't wait to see it when you get all settled in! :)

  8. I should have been able to figure that one out, but I didn't. It sounds like terrific news. It is SO important to be happy where you live. Enjoy your Friday!

  9. I love brick houses!! and this one is lovely

    reminds me a bit of the house I rented a floor in back in Brooklyn - that was one of the happiest places I ever lived

    and I wish the same for you!

  10. Congratulations Linda! Oh, man, what a GREAT thing to happen to you & Amanda! You SO deserve it, too! Sounds like you hit jackpot...what with being so close to NFA and the Yantic Cemetary! "Favorite haunt", huh? What are ya? A ghost? lol! Seriously, way to go...and who knows, maybe this will be the start of many positive changes in 2009! If you need any help moving...

  11. The house looks lovely!!!! I cant wait to visit it :)
    Did you take me anywhere near it?

  12. I knew I was right ;o) Congrats, Linda! Happy moving and I hopE there'll be more house pics soon.

  13. cool little brick house - I'm so happy for you!
    are there some hot young emt's that you can hire for an afternoon or two to haul shit for you, to save YOUR back???
    I'm sure they'd work for pizza and beer!

  14. Moving is such a big event, although as I've been in the same house since 1966, you can see I'm not keen on doing it.

  15. Hi Linda,

    Beautiful pictures of the blue sky, especially the first one you posted.

    I don't envy you moving in January, but I hope the transition is smooth.

  16. That is a lovely old brick home and that tree will be marvelous in spring when it starts to leaf out. It should be good for years of pictures.

    Take it easy on that back. Isn't there a nice strong fireman you could call?

  17. sweeeeeeeeeeet!!

    lovely home! how big's the tub though? maybe you could entice someone to move the one from your current place along with all the furniture!

  18. I love the house but I wanted to tell you that I just looked at all your pictures and they are lovely. I have 2 family members Birthdays coming up in April and May and I think I may be in touch with you about getting a picture or two.

  19. It's Home! You did a great job picking out, I am so happy for you Sheila

  20. Love it!!! I really like all of the intricate woodworking. I just KNOW you'll be happier here.

  21. Anonymous9:06 AM EST

    Congratulations on the new digs, Linda. Moving is always such a pain in the posterior, and the longer you've lived in the same place the bigger the pain. But in the end, I'm betting you will be pleased.

    The sky pictures are nice, with the added bonus of seeing your new place. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Anonymous1:14 PM EST

    Oh, Linda I am super excited for you and Amanda! Hurray for hot showers and new horizons. ;)

    Thanks for playing along this week.

  23. Let me join your chorus of well-wishers, Duchess Linda!
    I'm happy to see this nice new abode for you guys.

    It looks cozy and homey. And the blue sky looks, well, cold.

  24. The side yard shot is nice, as the tree makes the perfect backdrop for skywatching in the winter and perfect shade in the summer.

    Congrats on your move, and the style of your new leafy neighborhood. A cause to celebrate (when you're not working that is!)

  25. Anonymous2:19 AM EST

    Congrats! Moving is a lot of work but the the outcome is worth it. Just think of all of the junk you'll get rid of when you start packing too (one of my favorite things).

    The new house looks beautiful and it'll be worth it in the end.

  26. Congrats on finding the new place!!


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