Staying Right Here

I was reading a friend’s blog this morning about the trials, twists and turns of buying a home. They’ve finally signed up to buy a home and now just have the waiting ahead of them before they get to move in.

This particular blogger friend is in the US but I know that here in Perth the statistics suggest that we tend to move house more often than most.

Personally I’m more than happy where we are. We’ve been in our current house for a couple of years and we lived in the one before that for sixteen years. That’s a lot longer than many people stay in one place. I can’t see us getting the moving bug for many years.

How about you? How many houses have you lived in over the last twenty or so years? Do you get itchy feet if you live in the same place for any length of time? When do you think your next move will be?

With all the hassle of selling, buying, packing and moving I’m more than happy to be pleased for friends that are shifting house, but I’m so relieved that it’s not me.

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Get Moving

We went and looked at someone else’s our new house yesterday.

It’s a strange experience. We were walking through the house that we’ll call home in just a few days and I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t looking with interest at someone else’s home, I was looking at our home.

It was our final inspection. We had to make sure everything that should be working was working. The gas hot plates lit up, the oven heated, the water game gushing from every tap, the garden reticulation worked. Everything was great.

Wednesday is the day for the big move. Over the next couple of days we’ll be frantically packing and getting ready for the final push to get out of the place we’ve called home for over 16 years. This has been the home where we’ve experienced the highs and lows of life for so long. It’s the only home our children have ever known. In a few short days we’ll be saying good bye.

No doubt there’ll be a mix of emotions. We can’t wait to get settled in the home we chose over two and a half months ago but we know we’ll be leaving behind some amazing memories. We’ll say good bye to the familiar and start to explore our new environment. We’ll say farewell to friends who we won’t see quite so often. We’ll say good bye to some acquaintances who we’ll probably never see again.

Yesterday, while we were talking to the current owners of the house we’re buying, we were told of all the wonderful people in our new street. People they assure us we’ll get on with so very well.

This week promises to be a week of good byes and hellos … and we’re looking forward to everything that our move will bring.

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Making the move with a Kindle

kindle.jpgI wonder how much easier moving house would be if we had a couple of Kindles instead of a few bookcases full of books.

Even though I don’t get to do nearly enough of it, I love reading. I enjoy grabbing a book and a coffee and sprawling out on a couch to disappear into another world as I leaf through the pages.

I’m not entirely convinced that the Kindle would give the same experience as a book but I know it’d be easier to move your library from one place to another.

If you haven’t heard of the kindle before, it’s Amazon’s wireless electronic book. It’s kind of like an iPod for books. It’ll hold a couple of hundred books, magazines and newspapers and is said to read just like a book. The big news for them at the moment is that Oprah has jumped on board and named it as her new favourite gadget. That should move sales along nicely.

Unfortunately they haven’t made them available in Australia yet so I guess we’ll just have to pack all our books into boxes and move them the old fashioned way.

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