Up And Down

That has been me for the past week or so.  My mood seems to swing from being cheerful and positive one day then suddenly to anxious and fed up the next with long bouts of sleepless nights

I haven't felt much like writing any blog posts and have not been commenting very much on other blogs so my apologies if that has seemed rude.

I know that I don't really have much to complain about compared with very many people who have lost their jobs or face severe illness so I am telling myself to get a grip.  Sometimes it works.


On Monday we saw a bungalow that we liked and our offer has been accepted, so if nothing untoward happens, we may be moving house at the end of April.

The agents came to our house today to take photos and a video ready to put it on the market at the weekend.  A lady had asked to view it this morning before it was listed but it seems it wasn't what she wanted after all. The agent thinks that the non-standard construction issue is going to put off a lot of potential buyers. We shall just have to wait and see.  In the meantime, we are just going to cash in our pension pot (carefully saved over 43 years of hard work) to buy the new bungalow and pull in our belts until we get a sale.

Bread and dripping for tea every day!

Oh, and I still have the jury service ballot to look forward to next week. 






42 comments:

  1. The very idea of moving house is unsettling for anyone. But for you and Perry it is more than an idea. Doing it during a pandemic must add to the stress of it all. Even though The Isle of Man has got off lightly you are very aware that the thing still has teeth.

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    1. Yes, we have got off lightly so far and I am not taking anything for granted until this horrendous monster is behind us. (I am not referring to my darling P of course).

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  2. I think we are all treading water at the moment JayCee. I admire your courage to make decisive decisions at this very strange time.

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    1. Thanks Dave. Not sure if I am being decisive or foolish!

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    2. Jaycee the two are not mutually exclusive πŸ˜‚. Good fortune anyway.

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  3. You are not alone. I was looking back through your last few of posts... Plenty to weigh on the mind, there. And it's funny how feelings pop up even when you think you've put them on the back burner. As they say though, in the end, every storm runs out of rain. I just hope the same thing applies to snow.

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    1. Thank you, Carruthers. You have made me feel a little better 😊

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  4. Moving house is ever so stressful but exciting too. It gives a fresh new start I always think. It doesn't matter how many times you tell yourself others are worse off some days are just harder. x

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    1. Thank you. Yes, it is quite exciting and I am quite looking forward to a different way of life, moving from the countryside into a town, with pavements to walk on and shops to walk to!

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  5. I think that we are all having our up and down days whatever our situation. You must be pretty stressed about moving and selling your home so you have added pressure ..... I can understand that sleep is eluding you. If ever I feel a little low, I scold myself saying there are others far worse off than me but, it is all relative to each of us . Fingers crossed that all goes well this time JC. Thinking of you and keep your pecker up !!!! XXXX

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  6. Cross fingers the papers go through and you can at least settle in a new home.
    A bright light on a grey horizon

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    1. Thanks Linda. If all else fails, we can always sell our house as a development plot, although it would only fetch 25% of its value as a viable house. Anything is better than nothing!

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  7. Well, no wonder you are feeling up and down! You do have a lot to worry about and a lot to celebrate! Your mind is going a mile a minute, I am sure! My brother always says, "Things have a way of working out." Hope all works out to your satisfaction! Best wishes!

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    1. Life would be so boring without a little excitement!

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    1. Thanks Rachel x I shall be looking up at the stars this evening!

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  9. Hello JC,

    Well if a pandemic is not enough to give you sleepless nights, then moving house most certainly might. You have really added to the stress levels but, nothing ventured nothing gained as they say.

    A new house will bring a new beginning and an opportunity to start a new phase in life's journey. We think that it is a good idea to have jumped at the opportunity of buying the bungalow. You have worked hard for this and it will give other things to think about and new routines to be established. All of this is positive and good.

    So, onwards and upwards. Our catchphrase when things seem overwhelming is " we are not in Syria". This generally does the trick of making us take stock and keep on keeping on.

    So much to look forward to. Enjoy as much as you can!!

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  10. Hello again and welcome Jane and Lance.
    Yes, your catchphrase is one that I should adopt more often. It certainly puts things into perspective and should make me more appreciative of all the good things in my life.
    I had a haircut and a takeaway meal this evening so that has cheered me up!

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    1. Love the idea of your celebrating with a haircut and a takeaway..... now you should dance a happy dance. xx

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  11. we know what you mean about telling yourself others are worse off. My grandfather used to say I had no shoes and complained until I met a man with no feet. Constantly kicking oneself in the butt can be a bit brutal, and we should be allowed to wallow occasionally. Good news that you have found you new forever home and we have all fingers and paws crossed that it all goes smoothly for you. xxx F and Mr T

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  12. Thanks Tigger. I do need a kick up the backside from time to time, just not too hard please.

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  13. Sending positive thoughts your way that all turns out well in the end.

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    1. Thanks Chris. I can feel them coming my way, along with all that snow!

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  14. Is letting your current home not an option? I hope everything goes through OK, the whole business of house moving/selling is very stressful.

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    1. We may have to consider that option Cro if it doesn't sell. It would need some updating first to comply with our local private letting regulations but nothing too expensive.

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  15. Yes moving house in a pandemic is no fun, but no worse than not moving when you need to! That's what I keep telling myself!
    Hope all goes well.

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    1. Thanks Sue. Hope your house move goes well too.

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  16. How exciting, a new home to look forward to. It will help to take your mind off Covid! Lucky you being able to have a haircut. I need my colour doing as I am getting a bit " silvery" in parts. Might have to bite the bullet and get my OH to do it as I keep the colour tubes etc here so he could if desperate!

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    1. I don't mind all my silvery bits. It adds a bit of interest and stops my dark brown hair looking like "Lego hair"!

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  17. I think there is a lot of sleeplessness and anxiety about at the moment. The pandemic does it to you. I am glad you have found a bungalow you like and wish you luck with the move, especially in the current situation. .

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    1. Thanks Addy. I will be relieved when it is all signed, sealed and delivered.

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  18. Wishing you all the best with the new house and with a hopeful sale of your current one. No need to apologize for feeling the impact of these past eleven months...no matter what our situation, life is unsettled and the future hard to discern, so the downs are completely reasonable in what is a completely unreasonable time. Fingers crossed for better days and a smooth sale.

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  19. Cannot wait to see pictures of the new place. It's always so exciting...I know I've got one more move in front of me. It will be a rough one. I'll have to get rid of things. :(

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    1. Don't hold your breath Debby, the bungalow is not very exciting! We went for practicality over beauty.
      The last time we moved house was 30 years ago so we are not used to the upheaval.
      I hope your move goes smoothly. I read on your blog that you have been very busy with your retirement property so you seem to be well prepared.

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    2. Except...ww have no house there yet.

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  20. Fingers crossed and you get to move house. It must be very stressful for you. Will you be closer to shops and other amenities? Sending you good luck vibes....
    xxx

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    1. Thanks Vronni xx
      Yes, we timed it - 7 minutes to walk to the shops and bus station plus another 4 or 5 down to the beach!

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