Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Settling In...Finally

To move or not to move?

That was the question I asked myself (and when I say "I" I mean my wife and I) several weeks ago. The answer--Yes, let's move!--seemed like a good idea at the time, but, man, in retrospect:

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

Actually, what I (and when I say "I," I, naturally, mean my wife and I, or, better put, "Yes, dear, whatever you want") was thinking was: Hmm, wonder what it would be like to move to a nicer, larger, more secluded and scenic homestead, with more land and less hassles? Not really considering the horrific and humongous effort and cost this undertaking entailed, I (and, of course, I mean "we") jumped in with both feet, blindfolded, on a wing and a prayer, wishing and hoping for the best.

The good news: I love this place! (and when I say "I"...oh, you know what I mean!)

The move was well worth the days and weeks of preparations and questions, of costs and cautions, of doubts and dreads. Am I exhausted? You betcha! Is there lots and lots more to do before we are back to normal? Undoubtedly! Was it all worth it?

You be the judge:

The Move! Before, During, After...and Why



I've said before that moving is a paradox, often juggling the upheaval, chaos, cost and frustrations with the hopes, changes, dreams, and plans for a better life. This move was no exception. I am thrilled and beat up, excited and exhausted, looking forward to many wonderful years in my new home (and when I say "my" I most definitely mean "our," meaning my lovely wife and the not-so-lovely Mike Foster) while dreaming of the day when my garage is uncluttered, my books are back on their shelves, and I can feel normal again.

That said, I wouldn't change a thing.

Stay tuned for several new posts and videos about health, personal development, and entertainment, and no more about moving. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Until next time...

peace,

Mike

18 comments:

PaulsHealthBlog.com said...

Are you flipping houses now, Mike? :-)

Mike Foster said...

Hey Paul, no, not flipping, just moving. Maybe flipping out...

peace,
mike

Rod said...

Wow Mike, bigfoot himself couldn't get a better look at the wilderness like what you have in your backyard! Congrats! and get some rest.

kRiZ cPEc said...

flipping out of your house? I thought you'd be dancing in it. :)

barb said...

Having moved from Florida to Georgia 3 1/2 years ago, I can relate. It's a major upheaval, quite exhausting but exciting at the same time. I moved from a fairly big city out into a more country-like setting.

I know you and the Mrs. will enjoy many hours on your gorgeous patio!

Sagan said...

Looks great! Sometimes those huge decisions are the best ideas.

Barry said...

Congratulations on the new house and for such a successful move.

After 30 years in the same home I'd hate to even contemplate a move. What we are trying to do right now is declutter.

Your new home looks beautiful. And that view!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Autism Insights said...

Aw, congrats, Mike!! The house looks beautiful and the view is magnificent! I wish you many years of happiness and peace in your new home!

~Andrea

Dori said...

Congratulations to you and your wife Mike! All the very best to you as you settle in :-) Have a great weekend!

Paul Maurice Martin said...

This nicely sums up the feelings around moving.

This one time I was out of touch with my feelings, I moved - and I moved back.

It's good to be in touch with your feelings about stuff like this...

Vegetation said...

Glad to see you're all moved safe and sound! Your new house is just beautiful (especially with your improvements!) and what stunning views. I'd LOVE to wake up to that scene every morning!

Mike Foster said...

rod: thanks for the bigfoot reference and the congrats. as for getting some rest...zzzzzzzzzzz....

kriz: i am dancing, just still recovering from all this packing and unpacking...

barb: yes, thanks, we feel like we're on vacation...except for the packign and upacking

sagan: true, it was a huge decision but one that we don't regret

barry: we've only been here for a few days and need to declutter, i can imagine 30 years of decluttering....

andrea: thanks for your kind words...

dori: happy fourth of july!!!

paul: my feelings are: look at all these boxes still hanging around! oh, and that view...

vegetation: we are very lucky and blessed to be able to find a place like this...thanks for stopping by...



and thanks for all of your wonderful comments and patience while i've been away with this move...


peace,

mike

suZen said...

I'm thrilled you have such a wonderful reason (excuse) not to be in the blogosphere Mike! What a piece of heaven you have there - I'd do that in a nanosecond! Came close, we had the house listed last summer and then the market died here. We missed the opportunity - darn - and I had several houses that backed up to parks and open land. A few more years in this yuppie subdivision will either kill me or make me stronger, right? Congrats on the most enviable of serene places to live! (I hope you can't feel my jealous rage! ha!) Peace!

Robin Easton said...

Dear mike, The house is amazing and all you are doing to "redo" it is incredible and looks fantastic. BUT the place in the video when your whole face just went all soft and glowed like I've never seen it it any other video, was WHEN you were on the deck looking out over the trees and sky. And then at the end you came back to that and it made me realize something new about you. You have a deep love of nature and connect peace with trees, space, skies. It touched me deeply. I am so happy for you and your wife. Good for you for having the guts to make this move. You inspire me as it is our dream to eventually move somewhere where the trees are right outside our backdoor. It's what we are working toward. Thank you my friend and enjoy that peace. Robin

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Jennifer said...

I hope your unpacking is going well -- it is definitely a process, somewhat painful, but worth it.

Mike Foster said...

suzen: it is an excuse, and i feel bad that i haven't had the time to do much with my sites, but sometimes life gets in the way, you know?

robin: you are so right, i have been walking around this place in a state of calm happiness...a good thing!

cbs radio: will have to check it out...

jennifer: the pain is slowly dissipating and i hope to be back to a semblance of normal very soon...


thanks for all the great comments...i am working on a new post that should be ready in a day or so...



peace,

mike

fedhz said...

Hi, Mike. Sometimes you just need to go out from something. I remember when we had to leave our small house because it's getting expensive by the day. I still miss our old house.

Anyway, I think I am ready to claim my prize, if it's still up. hehe. Can I have some EC credits and a videoblog? I need some traffic hehe. sshhh... ^^