Will There Be More Grey Hair?... An Update


Stuff is happening...lots of stuufffffff!!!! If you recall, we are downsizing to a condo, which is currently being built and will be move in ready in late winter early spring 2015. I have spent many hours choosing finishes and designing new furniture on paper for the condo, with the plan to execute the designs this fall. Our unit is on the 15th floor, one of the units shown on the far left with the balcony under construction, with all the windows that butt up to the green. Our current home will go on the market when we feel the timing is right after conferring with our real estate agent.


I have also been working this past year with Sonya Kinkade Design on 7 Tamarack Model Homes. The original Grand Opening was to be this past February, which got moved to May, then Labour Day weekend and now mid September. SKD and Modecor have met every timeline, but there have been construction set backs which has meant furniture delivery was put on hold. We are now in the process of receiving the furniture and placing in all the homes. This has been a daunting task to say the least. Scheduled deliveries have been delayed, items are missing or incorrect, which means reordering, which means more waiting. We are also continuing to source the 'finishing touch' items such as mirrors, lamps, cushions, artwork and accessories. There are upwards of 45 rooms to be furnished and decorated before the Grand Opening...a huge undertaking but ultimately rewarding as we see the rooms come together as envisioned. Below is a very incomplete sneak peek of  the girls room in one of the models. Professional photos of the completed rooms will be on this blog and Sonya's blog a bit later. You will be blown away, I promise!

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Skip forward to July 11th when my husband found out he would be headquartered in New York City for up to 3 years and perhaps beyond. Ok then...what to do? We decided to expedite the listing of our current home, help our youngest daughter purchase a condo that she will share with a room mate and sell the condo in TO. Did I mention that we were also prepping to host our annual Break Family Reunion at the cottage?  My new mantra ..."let's get her done and worry about how I feel about all this later". After the announcement of my husband's new position on July 21st...my prep jets came on full blast. I had to organize in my head the things that had to be done first and proceed in a methodical matter. Thankfully our temporary accommodation in NYC, a fully furnished one bedroom/bath in Manhattan, was being looked after by my husband's office ....phew!

It must be noted that we were in a really great position in that we did not have to sell or move by a certain date.

1. prep for family reunion  weekend Aug 1st-4th

2. Contact our real estate agent ....THIS IS REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN ....NOW!!!

3. start looking at condos with Danielle...my baby is moving out on her own

4. begin purging basement and 3rd floor of our house...many many visits to Value Village

5. clean and tidy house for listing photos....has never looked so great so I hired my own photographer to take photos for my website

6. delegate my sisters to finalize menu for reunion.... we will eat very well

7. talk to agent about listing condo in Toronto ...out of my hands, but need to strongly suggest to daughter #2 that she and her room mate start cleaning

8. don't forget to eat three meals a day and go to bed at night ....also, wine helps

9. contact family and friends about our move to NYC ... great responses, made me a bit teary

10.continue sourcing and shopping and set up of the model homes...I can do this, I LOVE doing this

11. proceed ahead without Mike being anywhere near Ottawa...I can do this too, have been doing this for 33 years

...and last but not least, Grammo and Grampa had been asked to look after Jaxson one weekend, which actually made all of this madness much more bearable. As you can see, someone likes to lick the espresso foam out of our coffee cups, and I can tell you right now, I am not the one who taught Jaxson this new morning ritual....We are sooooo going to miss this blue eyed, never sits still, sometimes likes to cuddle, makes the best facial expressions ever, almost one year old life changer. Sigh!

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So the family reunion went off without a hitch, except Mike got stung by a hornet which had taken a detour inside his baseball cap and not 10 minutes later my mother tripped on our pathway upon her arrival and ended up with a broken bone in her wrist. Despite her very swollen and incapacitated right arm, my Mother who turned 87 a day after our reunion, Aug 5th, was treated like a queen (and rightly so) by all members of the family, including my 88 year old father, all of her 9 grandchildren and her 3 adorable great grandchildren.


Danielle's condo purchase was finalized the week after the reunion..yay! Our house went on the market August 6th, during our one week holiday at the cottage. On August 13th there were rumours of an offer. On August 14th, 2 more offers were in the works. On August 15th I signed on the dotted line...our house was sold within 8 days, no conditions with a closing date of Sept 30th. I was thrilled to learn that the couple who bought our house truly love it . For some reason, that put my mind at ease.  All of this was completed while Mike was in his NYC office, at the ready with a phone. I plan is to write a post about the process of selling our home. We had an excellent agent who walked us through the entire process.

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I have decided that for the next two weeks to concentrate solely on the Model Home set up. Next on the agenda...determine which furniture is stored for condo and disperse the rest to the girls. Although 'I am Woman' and I can do all this, I am not going to be a hero...I am hiring packers and movers for Danielle's move, and our storage move. I hope to move to NYC with no more grey hair than I already have.


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