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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Awesome Pillows/Big News!

 Hi everyone! How are you tonight? As you can see by the Christmas pictures here that I am behind in doing posts.  For weeks now I have wanted to share with you these lovely pillows I got from Dan over at Yesterday Once More. Most of you know and love Dan as I do and if not you need to check out his wonderful Blog. Just click on his site name to visit Dan but not until you have finished reading my post. lol

Dan is so gifted and you will love seeing his beautiful pieces he and his partner Jeff make and sell on his site.

I fell in love with these little pillows and had to have them. Dan's pieces are high quality and just lovely. You would think he has been doing needlework for years when you see his work.

I had mentioned in my last post that Chad and Christi were coming for a visit Saturday and they did make it down for the day. I always enjoy being around my kids and the day was prefect just being with them. Awesome to spend the day with them and looking forward to the next visit.

Their visit was interrupted though by a surprise offer from my landlady/boss. Barbara owns property in a lot of places and has made the state of  Nevada her main home since I have known her. A few years ago she bought a gorgeous three story Victorian home in Georgetown, Texas which is about 90 miles from where I live.

She purchased it knowing that one day she would sell the Nevada business and move to Texas. Her niece and nephew have been taking care of the house and land in Georgetown like I take care of this place. Well they are going back to Delaware in June which is the month Barbara is planning on moving to Texas.

To make a long story short they have ask me to move to Georgetown and take care of this property and live in the guest house. What a decision because you know how much I love living out here. The work out here is getting to be real hard on this ole body but living here is truly a Blessing.

I ask them if I could get back with them after thinking about it for a few weeks but they don't put anything off like I tend to do and wanted an answer. They sent me the sweetest email and explained to me that they understood my hesitation and ask if I would do it on a trial basis and that they would save my home here for six months or longer and if for any reason I was not happy in Georgetown I could return here with no questions asked,

The exciting thing about this move is I would live in a 20 mile radius of my children and grandchildren. For years I have tried to figure out how I could live near them and God has opened up this door and I have to give it a try. So sometime between now and June I will be making the move.

Wish I had pictures to show you of the place in Georgetown but as soon as I can get there for the day I will take some to share with you. The Victorian home is painted the same color as the pink house out here. Also the guest house and her huge party house she built are all painted pink with green accents. Hard to describe but even if you don't like pink you will smile when you see the way these houses look.

It is five acres of land to take care of verses the 52 I am taking care of now. The five acres are manicured like you would not believe so it is very intimidating to me thinking they will expect me to keep these grounds like they are now.

I will have the country club to have meals at whenever I don't feel like cooking and there is a pool, tennis court and gym at the club too. I am sure I will enjoy a meal now and then but never was I good at tennis. lol

Lot's of pros and cons but I how will I know if this is what I need to do at this time in my life unless I give it a try. The little guest house is half the size of the ole farm house I live in so that will be an adjustment too but I am tired of trying to keep this big house clean but I really love my antiques and most of them won't fit in the guest house and the main house is full of gorgeous pieces from Europe so I know I can't put any there.

Just had to share with you what is going on now in my life.

A big storm is blowing in right now with high winds and rain. Since it is lightening I am getting off here.

Take care and be good to yourself. Drop by Dan's and check out his great site.

Love to all


Carol Z said...

I don't know all the details, but tonight I was listening to a show and heard this quote from "Julius Caesar," "There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune..." The commentary for this continued that opportunity is at the other side of fear. This is your moment to cross over hesitation. If I'm being too advice-giving please excuse me, but this resonated with me so much and my fears about moving forward at this phase of my life.

Shirley said...

Oh Maggie, Just being that close to your kids and grand kids, makes it worth it. You know how much you like your family. They could come see you in the evening for a little while. 20 miles is short in comparison to what some people go to see family. If I get to vote, I would vote yes to the move. Your previous post brings back memories and that is telling the age. It is a foggy mist, don't know exactly what we are ending up with. Take care. Hugs and Prayers Your Missouri Friend.

susanc said...

How wonderful that you will be so much closer to your children and grandchildren, but I know how much work packing up and moving is and also know that it will be so worth it! And it's great that if, for any reason, you don't like it, you have the option to move back! Love the pillows too!

shawkl said...

Life is full of change and challenges...but, also fun and mystery! Embrace your new adventure (as I know you will). Walk through that door with a skip in your step and a light heart...and give it a real chance. I'm betting that you will love a cozy little nest without all of the acres to worry over. Family is everything. Rejoice and be happy! Hugs,

yaya said...

Sounds like a "win,win" to me! The only down side I can see so far is the size of the guest house. I know you'll make the right choice and atleast you get a good "out" if it doesn' out that is! Plus being near family is a big bonus too good to pass up. Enjoy and I'll look forward to all the new adventures you'll be having!

Terra said...

This offer sounds like a God Thing, as they say. Close to children and grandchildren, a lovely smaller home, less land to care for, you can try it and see and they will hold your current home available while you try. How fabulous for you.

Debbie said...

Oh wow, to be 20 miles from my kids and grands would be a dream come true for me. I am so excited for you and can't wait to see pics!!! I hate moving but it sounds like something God is wanting for you.

God Bless~

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From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

It seems like the perfect thing to come into your life. I think when ever you can live closer to family, the happy everyone is. Just think of all the fun things you can do being so close. Can't wait to see the pictures.

PoetessWug said...

WOW Maggie! It sounds like a really big decision! O_O I would be a wreck over it, being a person that doesn't like change that much...especially not that quickly. But I can see the pros of moving there too...less lawn to mow, a pool, tennis courts, etc...I'll be looking to see what you decide!

gpc said...

I love Carol Z's comment -- it really resonated with me! Good luck in your new adventures. :)

acorn hollow said...

wow changes! sounds like you have to give it a try.
love the pillows.

Dan said...

Hey Maggie!! Thank you for sharing my pillows with your readers. I really appreciate it and I am so glad that you like the pillows.

The news of your move sounds so exciting! I know it is a hard decision to make, but living closer to your kids and grandchildren would be wonderful. Just know that I will be thinking of you and praying for you as you make this decision.

Love ya!


GerryART said...

Oh, Maggie.
Ramifications come with either decision.

Your decision will take all into consideration
This I am certain.

Love & Hugs

Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, what an offer. Downsizing is not a bad thing and being close to your family is a huge plus. I have always felt that your tractor days were a bit much for anyone but five acres landscaped can actually be much more work.
The fact that you can do it on a trial basis makes it an easier decision. Good luck lady.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This sounds like wonderful news, Maggie! I'm hearing lots of pros in your post about the move. I think it would probably be so much easier for you to deal with. Plus, being closer to your kids is perfect.

Always Nesting said...

Wow Maggie. Not only is the door opening, I think you are getting kicked through it. Girl! Go - go - go!!

Julia said...

How exciting that you've been made an offer that gives you a chance to be closer to your grandkids and family and less grounds to mow and that you've been given a choice to return to your present place if you don't like it there...

I wonder what are the landlady's long term plans for the property where you live now.

How is your lifestyle is going to change? More hours of work or less? Any chance of meeting the man of your dream there? maybe?

Maggie, you know me by now and that I'm a kind of a dear Abby type, hahaha... I hate that I give advice but I give it freely anyway, hahaha

Making this big decision is an agonizing task but I'm sure that after weighing all the pros and cons, you'll make that right decision for YOU.

When I have an important decision to make, I take a page of paper and make two columns.

Under column #1, I write all the pros and under column #2, I write all the cons and then I compare the two columns. This can take several days. anything that comes to mind is put in the appropriate column. Then I compare the two and make my decision that I feel has more pros.

I'm looking forward to know what your answer will be.

Dan's little pillow is cute.
Hugs and love,

A Tale of Two Cities said...

What an amazing opportunity has been offered to you! A door to a new adventure--blessings on you as you sort it all out and come to a decision.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

How exciting! Living close to the grand kids is a blessing...

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Delena said...

As soon as you wrote grandchildren and children I knew that if I was you I would leap at the chance to move.
Also to have that chance to try it out is very good too.
Good luck in whatever you decide!

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Jennifer Richardson said...

I am so excited for you!!!!
What a beautiful story
...unexpectedly doors open.
I love glad provision
found and surprised you.
Dreams coming true for you
and how glad is that!
excited for you as you follow
this next dream
and walk through the doors
thrown open for you:)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I made sure to read this post twice..

Sometimes God whispers to us through one of our angels on earth and I think for You, this is one of those times..
You are being offered a special gift in many ways and I hope you accept it with open arms and a open heart.
SOON, you'll understand why you got this gift and be so thankful you made the choice to accept it.
Go Maggie and be near family. Dont let STUFF stand in the way of happiness and peace.
Love your new pillows.

Forty Pound Sack said...

I'm so excited for you, Maggie! I know it's scary but I gotta give you props for giving it a try. Can't wait to see the photos!

Kim said...

Whoa, I missed this news. Maggie, I think this is a wonderful opportunity for you. It sounds like just the change you need.
Thank you for your sweet comments on Mom. I'm sorry I'm late in responding but you can imagine, there's a lot going on here.
Hugs, Kim

Mumsys Kitty Korner said...

What a huge decision for you to make sweet Maggie. I am glad they are working with you though and giving you a chance to give it a try to see if that is what you want to do. I will be anxious to hear how it goes. I know you would love living closer to your family. Love Dan's pillows. Wishing you all the best sweet Maggie and will be praying for you. Hugs, Maggie

Retired English Teacher said...

Wow, this truly is an awesome opportunity. As with all opportunities, there are challenges and changes that make decisions difficult. Your landlady must really respect you and have great confidence in your abilities. That is a big plus. I also love the idea that you will be closer to your children. That is always a huge plus. They are generous and thoughtful to let you have a trial period. I will pray for your decision. Hugs.