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30 years today

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

So lots of news today. sorry again for being out of pocket but I was very busy the last 3 months turning our home in Mexico to a VBRO for rent by owner. I first packed up all our belongings...tons of stuff...how do we accumulate so much??? The movers came and then the house was just about empty. I challenged myself to decorate in my favorite style..i think they call it "southwest" with items I found at all the bazars in Ajijic/Lake Chapala area. I bought things that needed lots of love. So I used all the lessons I had learned from my father who was a carpenter to fix furniture and paint it to look southwest. if you are interested to see all I did, just "google" VRBO and then put in Lake Chapala, Mexico and dates and 6 guests (although there are 4 bedrooms so it can accommodate 8 easily). after you do that one of the listings (think it was the 3rd last time I checked). It is called Casa Panorama. if you do so, please let me know what you think.

then the next piece of news is that today my husband and I celebrate 30 years of marriage. wow how time flies by. and today is my husband's final chemo treatment for his colon cancer. he should be cancer free now. best gift ever!

and finally, I believe I told you all that my husband and I bought 40 acres in a "Norman Rockwell" little town we fell in love with on our way back from North Carolina where we thought we were going to settle next. The town is called Bedford and is in the Allegheny mountains in Pennsylvania. it is 3 hours from Washington DC and 3 hours from West Chester, PA where the grandchildren are...so close enough but far enough away that we don't become the taxi service, etc. if my DIL had her way we would live with them...yes what a nice compliment but I still need my own space.

Anyway, our real estate agent in Bedford who we were visiting in her office got a call to check out a home that the folks wanted to list. she and I have become good friends so she said would you and Tom like to go check this listing out as it has one of the best views in town. so we said, what the heck and went with her to check it out.....well, we bought it that day. it was like when I bought the house in Mexico.....when you walk in it has the best view. even better than the land we bought. so I know the style is opposite of what I like (I like a lodge/southwest style and it's all formal). We settle on the property on October 5th....and boy do I have my work cut out for me again to make this my style. I have put a lot of photos here so you all can see what I mean. one of the other big selling points to me was the big oak tree that is built in two decks. It was like my father was speaking to me from heaven saying you belong here. He built every house I grew up in and built decks around trees. So check out all the wallpaper (sorry so not me) and all the work I need to do. There is an upstairs great room as well as a downstairs great room. the kitchen with the little roof is a second kitchen downstairs so that is interesting. In one of the photos you will see an office/art studio area above the downstairs great room. one of our first projects will be to turn a space into a two tiered bedroom with enough beds for the grandchildren

so lots going on here.
Hope you all are doing great. hopefully when things settle down I can get back involved with sparks again. I bet during some of the winter days when I am stuck inside I will have more time...although it is going to take a lot of time to put my decorating touch on things.

And finally, this was my 30th wedding anniversary gift from my DH. He ordered it and it should come in about 3 weeks. Love the bright green color!

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