Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's That Time of Year Again

Moving time.

I knew there was a good reason not to unpack everything when we moved from Florida to California last August and settled in our rental home.  



Yes, we are moving again. No, not back to Florida.  A much shorter, but necessary move.  Down to Orange County, CA.  Yep, the OC, the Orange Curtain, whatever you want to call it. The northern/mid part of Orange County is where we will look.



Mr. T has some new territory to cover for his job and fighting the infamous LA traffic would be an incredible time waster and gas waster.  

Cons first: 
 Bye bye mountains. At least close by ones that I can see everyday driving around.  
Familiarity goes out the window again. Won't know where anything is.
Got to pack.
Got to find a new rental (wait, that could be a Pro. And fun).
I will truly miss living in the San Fernando Valley, I've really come to love it.
Can't call myself a "valley girl" anymore or casually say "I live in the valley".




Pros:

Get to look for a new rental.
Closer to the beach!
No more 405/Sepulveda Pass traffic (although I will miss driving through that pass regularly)
Same distance from the kids, just in the opposite direction.
Mr. T will not have to spend half his day driving to appointments.
Summer temps aren't as high as in the Valley.
New places to explore and new people to meet.
Closer to the dog beaches.
Lots of great biking trails.
I will be an Orange County Housewife (Yikes!  does that mean I need to get "some work" done?)




In about two weeks The Maven and I may start going down that way a couple of times a week and scout out some rentals.  We will have to see how her recovery is coming along.  Which, by the way, is going well.  We have been walking twice a day and she goes further each time we go and now is able to walk without a cane.  Facial muscles are still affected, but even that seems to be easing a bit.  In fact she is feeling well enough to meet a new friend for coffee this weekend. So good to see her improving day by day!

So, get ready friends and family for the next great house hunt!  We will be on our own this time.  No realtor, just a map, Zillow, a phone and a GPS.

We march on into unchartered territory!

Things were getting a little boring around here anyway - you know that's not true!

Panda is not going to be happy to see that big yellow truck again, is she?


18 comments:

Razmataz said...

SOOOO happy to hear the Maven is improving daily.

That is exciting about the move. I could be a habitual mover...I love it, but the Raz Man likes to stay put.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I hope things go well for you! And I saw in the previous post that the Maven is feeling better. That's great news! Take care my friend!

Blackberry Lane said...

So thankful that your daughter is improving each day.
I've moved a lot and I don't envy you. I pray you find a perfect place and that you'll enjoy the new scenery and perks!

Heather said...

We moved a lot in my younger years..I hate the packing and unpacking, seeing what "junk" you've accumulated! Sometimes I dream about living by the sea again, but I am happy where I am so it's okay... wishing you all the best in finding a new home... glad to hear the Maven is doing well! Cheers~

rottrover said...

CON: Further away from Lisa.

PRO: Cooler. New places to explore. I have friends and family there!!

Good news about the Maven.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

How exciting!!!
I can't wait to read all about it...every last detail.
The good news...? So glad The Maven has made improvement. :) I'm so, so happy for her.
Poor Panda...maybe this time she'll get to ride in a passenger car while y'all venture out in the truck.

I'm giddy for you... ;) Pat

Chatty Crone said...

I can't wait for the next adventure.

Edilma Weissmueller said...

it is good that wendy will get togethr with afriend. i hope you will find a nice place soon. is there a big difference in the terrain down there.

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Ann,
Truly, I just know you are up to your next move.
So good to hear the Maven is doing so well, and stronger every day.
Brenda

Mr. Connor said...

Yeah ~ Maven ( aka Wendy ) is going forward. This, moving, is going to be a lot of " fun"? ? ? PLEASE be very careful of " fingergate"

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your going to be a lot closer to me which means you have to come over and see me!!! You will be making those trips into LA to see your family like we do with Adam and Tristen. Have fun looking at the new places. I'm happy to hear that The Maven is doing better. Debby

the cape on the corner said...

moving again? yeesh. how far is it from where you are? that map didn't help me, lol. i'm so glad to hear the maven is doing well!

Sue said...

You will love it down here. Yes, we have traffic but NOTHING like the LA traffic. And it IS cooler and the beach is so nice! And you can shop more at Country Roads ;0) I'm glad to hear the Maven is doing much better!

Take care,
Sue

Leslie said...

I have heard that orange county is gorgeous! Lucky you! Now we all know a REAL housewife of O.C. : )

Kit said...

Glad to hear your girl is doing better. Yay! Good luck on the search, and no you do not need any work done. You are perfect the way you are! I must say, I am glad to be staying put. I had to move every year for 10 years and I had had enough. Take lots of pics. I want to see what you see. Kit

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Glad to hear that your daughter is improving..good news is always welcome.

Another move, you might consider hiring yourself out as a expert.

Hope all goes smoothly.

Jen

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Greetings from Newport News. We are here to celebrate Father's Day with Mr. Decor who is working here.

Here's hoping that the next home is even better!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Well sounds like you are off on a new adventure again, Ann! Lots of moving boxes in my house right now, too. My son, DIL, and family closed on a house and are moving out...we will be empty nesters again...