Rise & Set

It takes love to hold on when you want to let go.

It takes love to let go when you want to hold on.

– Kate McGahan

We are moving.

Packing up this home of ours, downsizing , editing out stuff, distributing, donating, and cherishing.

We are letting go.

In preparation, I’ve read the life-changing books of tidying up and death cleaning. I’m following the rituals laid out therein. And, as much as I want this ( to rid my life of the unnecessary accumulation of material stuff), I’m here to tell you – it’s a gruelling process.

But we are getting there, certainly over half way now. Just a few more weeks before we are outta here, and there’s nothing like a deadline!!

We will be saying good bye to this beloved view, which has gifted us countless beautiful sunrises – each one uniquely breathtaking. There have been many mornings when all four of us have gathered at the window together to witness the start of another day. I bet I’ve taken a thousand photos of this view. Shared a few here, in fact.

But life is all about change.

The time has come for us to free up some time. For a new start. Our “empty-nester” house.

So! (Against my better judgement and) to my husbands absolute delight, we are building a new house. At the moment, it’s just an idea on paper, but once complete the new house will afford us views of sunsets. Here….

It’s going to be good. Trading early morning coffee for cocktails at sunset, perhaps? Sunrises for sunsets.

WPC – rise/set

25 thoughts on “Rise & Set

  1. EmotionalNotions March 31, 2018 / 2:11 am

    Ooooh, sounds exciting. Much respect and please update!

    • JanetRimmington March 31, 2018 / 2:34 am

      Thanks! Oh yes – there will be updates. โ˜บ๏ธ

  2. lexklein March 31, 2018 / 2:33 am

    Bittersweet times, I’m sure. We moved out of our house of many decades a year ago, downsized a bit, and know both your pain and excitement. Hope all goes well and that your adjustment is good!

  3. rethy March 31, 2018 / 4:56 am

    Today morning I was going through my sunrise-sunset folders for the wordpress photo challenge.
    Your beautiful post reminded me of a similar experience. When we had to move to Cambodia a few years ago, I was heartbroken to leave the gorgeous Saigon sunsets that I used to enjoy at my window. But the new home had much more to offer me! I’m sure the sunset experiences in your new home would be more exhilarating and rejuvenating than the sunrise ones…That photograph says it all. The Best is yet to be!
    Lovely post!

  4. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread March 31, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Been there, done that, have the t-shirt, and it is darn hard work both mentally and physically. It is kind of humorous now because I really don’t want to accumulate stuff again. I guess I don’t want to go through it again. Hope the building process goes well, and those sunsets become a reality soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JanetRimmington March 31, 2018 / 11:05 am

      Iโ€™m so glad to hear this, Judy. Thank you! It does feel good to get rid of this stuff. And the closer we get to leaving, the less of a pull I feel from this place. I do love it here. But. Onward and upward.

  5. Karen Toews March 31, 2018 / 11:04 am

    I empathize with your exciting and emotional experience as you embrace the re-scripting of life. Canโ€™t wait to see the photos of the process.

    • JanetRimmington March 31, 2018 / 11:06 am

      Thanks Karen. Stay tuned! There will be updates. ๐Ÿ˜

  6. lulu March 31, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Soon weโ€™ll be going through the same thing where I expect lots of mixed emotions.

    • JanetRimmington March 31, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Mixed emotions, yes. Expect s long old walk down Memory Lane. But, also a great lightening of the burden. Every load that goes out of the house – to storage or as a donation (even into the garbage) lifts my spirits a little. Good luck! Looking forward to following your journey.

  7. the eternal traveller April 1, 2018 / 4:50 am

    How exciting to have a beautiful new home to look forward to. I’m sure the new view will compensate for all the hard work to get there.

  8. Kelly MacKay April 1, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    You sounds so excited, I am happy for you.

  9. How exciting, Janet. I hope we hear more as you go along in your process. I know the feeling. We are downsizing, and it is — groan — not easy. Even when you’re looking forward to a new adventure, there is still a grieving process for what is being left behind. The door being closed. Good luck! The new view looks fabulous, too!

    • JanetRimmington April 5, 2018 / 12:58 am

      Thanks Elen. Not easy, indeed. I think youโ€™ve nailed it, though. Itโ€™s a grieving process. Iโ€™ll keep you posted.

  10. Deb Whittam April 4, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Good luck

  11. Denzil April 5, 2018 / 5:12 am

    That sounds a major change and a big construction project. I wish you well in your plans and implementation Janet.

  12. Julie@frogpondfarm April 6, 2018 / 6:51 am

    Gorgeous images! Just divine .. How exciting a new home … Best of luck with the downsize. Cocktail and sunset sounds perfect ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  13. Imelda April 9, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    All the best to you!

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