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It has been seventeen months since I left my house and so much has happened.

There were the three months in transitional care, trying to 're-learning to stand and walk...which never really happened.

After Wayne died in April 2013, I didn't come up for air until about September.  Had I not been so lost in grief I could have moved long ago.

As I think back, I only needed assistance for the first twelve days that I resided in Assisted living.  If I had a one level house, I could have moved home on day 13.  But my house is a split level and I am on day 400+ in a place I hate!!

I have gone through six different people that said they were going to help me pack up my household so I could move, but nobody followed through.  I am determined that 2014 will be the year of many changes.

Was talking with the mailman and he suggested that I speak with his realtor son.  He gave me his card and he was right, this ambitious young man is different and willing to go above and beyond the normal boundaries.  He is sorting, donating, tossing and packing my things.  Yesterday he stopped to chat and I was chuckling when he was talking about my fabric over-load.  His eyes were big as saucers when he said, you weren't kidding when you said you have lots of fabric!!  :-)

Progress forward is slowly happening and the closer I get to finally moving out..well, I am starting to second guess my decision.  I just have to focus and remember that I am stronger than I think I am.  And maybe concentrate on being reunited with all my fabric.

Past time to close the last chapter, turn the page and begin a new adventure.

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Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 8, 2014 at 3:26pm

Keep pressing on, and try not to second-guess yourself too much.  Your heart knows what you need to do.  Best wishes!

Comment by Shannon, ON on March 8, 2014 at 11:42am

Wishing you good fortune in this new chapter. Loss can be immobilizing but eventually one day you look up, wonder where the time went, and move into present day. Good luck finding a one level home and time for creativity!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 8, 2014 at 9:45am

Change is always exciting and sometimes frightening at the same time.  Sometimes letting go of what is behind is painful, but pressing onward to something new can be so refreshing.  Here's hoping for a sense of peace about the changes in your life and acceptance of some new blessings down the road.  

Comment by Janet/MO on March 8, 2014 at 7:00am

You have gone through a lot in the past several months so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed.  Your new realtor sounds like a gem & I'm sure he will be a huge help to you.  Hopefully once you get moved and settled in a new home, your creative juices will start flowing again. 

Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 8, 2014 at 6:53am

So good to hear from you and that your season of despair is turning to a new found hope. Hooray for the new realtor! Sounds like he is a huge blessing.  I'm glad you will be in a home that is more accessible for you to get around in. That will be a huge help. Life will be different, but different can be full of great things.  May this year be one that brings much joy back into your life!

Comment by Bonnie on March 8, 2014 at 6:51am

Good luck (and start a new  creative project)!

Comment by Joan on March 8, 2014 at 6:46am

Just saw this morning that you had joined the 2014 Mystery Quilt group.  What a relief.  You are not going to believe this but I had been worried about you for some time, the last time you posted things were not going well.  Sounds crazy to be so concerned about somebody you've never met, but there it is.  Hope that realtor gets you into a home of your own soon.

Comment by Roxann on March 8, 2014 at 2:38am

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I lost my dad December 2012 and I still struggle some days so bad I just want to stay in bed. Grief is sometimes a lonely dark hole you feel like you can never dig out of. Keeping your mind busy is the best thing. I wish I were close to your area, I would bring you magazine and patterns and get those creative juices flowing. I peeked at your photos and you are a gifted and talented quilter. It's great that you are getting help and have set goals. You CAN achieve them and I'm looking forward to seeing where your new journey takes you. Blessings and prayers your way!

Comment by Marianne on March 8, 2014 at 1:18am

Good morning from UK,

I have just read your posting and how grief struck you have been since the passing of your husband.  I am sorry you have had to go through that, but it sounds as though you may have turned the corner.  You have someone to help you with the sorting, packing etc, that will help you have a clearer mind and another step in the adjustment phase of life.  

It is never easy when we loose someone close to us, but our lives do go on.  I really do hope you find your way to your machine, that in time will give you much pleasure.

Do you have any family close to you, geographically and felt you can talk to them also.

Keep your chin up, as they say, you will turn the page.

Best wishes and prayers from Marianne U.K.

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