A Condo With A View – A Natural Stress Relief


This is the view I can wake up to every morning by the end of next month! And it won’t always be cloudy!

Yes!!!!! The hunt is over and we have a new home. The search is over and we take possession of our third-floor corner condo on May 19th. This was the first place we put an offer on but lost out to another bid. The subjects were not cleared by yesterday so we had a chance to resubmit and this time they accepted it immediately.

The news that it was again available came as we were standing in the middle of a townhouse (my preference on “style”) that was older than our current place, had a great price but needed a ton of work. We had seen 6 open houses just yesterday and they ranged from too much work to too much money. A couple of places that were in the running were okay, but we still weren’t sure on anything.

Until that call came from our realtor. It was such a no-brainer and a relief. We resubmitted and it was verbally approved shortly after. We finally had a home.

The Lord had this place in mind for us right from the building. However, like many things in our lives together, he did not let us get it the easy way. We had to learn lessons on what was really important before we got the “prize”. I always knew He would come through, even during the times I was positive He wouldn’t. 😉

“‘If you can’t?” said Jesus.“Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:23-25 NIV

As of Thursday, we became renters in our current property as the new owner agreed to let us stay until the end of May. So, to now know where we are going makes life a lot easier.

One of the reasons I haven’t written much in the last 10 days or so is I have been horribly depressed and anxious all at the same time. The change meter (OCD) was going off the scale and I didn’t want to move, I just wanted to stay where I was and make it all go away. Oh, I am still feeling the fear of the unknown (what if I don’t like it there? what if Violet(dog)can’t adapt to going down the elevator and out the front to do her business?) But I am at least not so depressed anymore.

I was dreaming we were going to have a house of our own with a yard for the fur-kids. As rising prices hit we started looking for townhouses but most of them had three levels – many more stairs than two arthritics (Violet and me) could handle on a regular basis. So, that brought us to condos. At first, I was adamant that it had to be on the ground floor, but look at that view! On another angle and with a clearer sky you can see Washington State’s Mount Baker, one of my favourite sites.

So, it is on to packing. We will need to get rid of a lot to fit into this space. It isn’t that much smaller than our current townhouse, but there is one less bedroom and no inside storage (there is a locker in the parking garage). What about my huge wool supply? Hubby’s spare computer parts? Do we sell, do we give away, do we chuck?

Okay, I better stop as the anxiety meter is getting up there again.

On top of all of that, I have a hernia repair surgery coming up on May 5th so I will have to have all my bending and lifting done before then. After that, I will be just arranging things for an efficient move and checking things off my myriad of lists.

So, how am I going to get myself through all of that? I am going to look at the above picture and imagine myself out there with a cup of tea, watching Hubby and Violet in the off-leash dog park across the street with Monkey by my side watching the world go by.

Feel free to pull up a chair and join me. The teapot is on the counter and mugs are in the cupboard.



17 Replies to “A Condo With A View – A Natural Stress Relief”

  1. Congrats to you, Lydia! Closing the deal on your new place is the best stress buster!

    As for your excess “stuff”, contact a local community center. Many will come pick up donations. I found one that assisted members of the community at no charge. I gave away dishes, linen, fabric, clothing and furniture knowing the center would get things to someone who needed them.

    And don’t get me started on computer parts! I knew there was much clutter in the mister’s backyard workshop, but had no idea he had ELEVEN monitors! I waved goodbye with a smile to that stuff! LOL!

    God bless!

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    1. Thanks, Felicia. When we left our previous house 10 years ago, my Hubby had a wall of monitors, printers, and CPU’s plus a cupboard full of network cards, cables, etc. The wall went to the recyclers, The cupboard was cleaned and purged. If he even tried to sneak something into the stuff for the new place I found it! ;-). It isn’t as bad here, but he is voluntarily purging anyway!. We have a group through our current church that gives things to single Moms or struggling couples with young children. I am sending a list to my friend that runs it to see if there is anything they might want. A lot of my kitchen & catering stuff is being offered to the church and the convalescent home my father was in. I am not going to be throwing parties for 60 or more in our cozy little place and catering is not something this ragged old body can do anymore! Oh, and some of the regular wool is being donated to a group who make things to sell for a hospital. I did slippers one year. They give you the yarn, you make them up, give them back and they are sold. The designer wool I will keep or sell as is. I was making photo props for babies (hats, cocoons, etc.). And we are feeling God’s blessings on all of this! 🙂

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