I’m a little late on the New Year’s thing by about four or five days, but we’ve been busy here.  We had company New Year’s Eve and had great fun.  However, with the holidays over, we went full tilt into seriously decluttering for our upcoming move.

Yes, you read that right!  JLT Studios is moving to the east coast sometime this summer hopefully…depending when the house sells.  I have shut down the business in Saskatchewan as of the end of December.  I will still sell through the website and from the house for now, but expect some disruption of service the closer to the move date we get.

Hubby and I have been decluttering and making trips to charity shops to drop off items.  We’ve also been selling items online.  It all takes time.  On top of that we have been collecting boxes to pack and calling in movers for estimates.  It costs a lot.

Hubby is hoping we can move ourselves.  I think we have way too much stuff.  But we’ll see.  We have issued a challenge to ourselves.  To fit everything we’re going to take comfortably in the top two floors of the house, which amounts to approximately 1450 square feet.  That’s the size a three bedroom townhouse condo might be. It’s also roughly the size of a large three bedroom apartment.

We haven’t decided what type of living accommodations we want yet.  The area we want to move to is currently under a storm warning and has lots of snow.  I’m thinking Hubby isn’t getting any younger and won’t want to shovel all that snow.  Plus, I don’t want to be put in a position where we have to move if anything happens to him.  We’re keeping all options open at this point though.

This may seem like a bit early to pack up for a summer move.  It is.  We need to sell some large pieces of furniture here.  We also need to prepare the house for painting (old plaster walls), refinishing of hardwood floors, and relaying of carpet in the basement.  After 22 years things are looking a little worn and ragged.  It would be nice to put a new fence up too, but we shall see.  Depends on time and expense.  We’ve thought about staging the house, but aren’t sure that might be a bit of overkill.  After all, it is a 1928 house.  I’m not sure staging will help much.  We are hoping to have the house on the market sometime this spring.

Why are we moving?  Well it’s like this folks, we aren’t getting any younger and both our children are down east.  They are quite excited about us moving there.  I also have extended family in the area, as I was originally from the Maritimes.  And what rug hooker can resist the lure of living in Nova Scotia, only a few minutes drive from the Rug Hooking Museum of North America?!

I’m looking forward to meeting new friends, connecting with old friends, and reconnecting with family!

You will probably hear a lot about The Move on the blog for awhile.  My rug hooking is going to be packed up soon, for an extended period of time.  I will miss it terribly, but my main goal for 2018 is to get settled in a new place we absolutely love, that meets all our needs.  I think if I focus on that, and some knitting and smaller handwork (keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook), I will be okay.



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