Good News About The New Place


Yesterday afternoon the manager of the four-plexes called me and asked if I'd like some good news. Lord, yes.

She said that the man who was vacating the unit I was to move into has, for various reasons, backed out of moving. He said he has too much going on to be out at the end of this month. 

SO. I get the unit he wanted. And she caught them right before they were going to bring carpet out to put in. I want laminate floors.

I can't go into this unit and look because management has a rule that while a unit is being remodeled, no one can go in there to look.


The really good things about this unit:
1) It's all the way at the end very close to the fence that runs the perimeter of the property. Which means it's more isolated and therefore probably more quiet.

2. What he wanted was the parking space right in front. Instead of having to park in the parking lot out front, and walk to the first unit, which wasn't very far, I now will have spaces right in front of the sidewalk and thus the door. They don't have many of those set ups there.

3. The fenced yard is supposed to be twice as big! Yea! More room for the pupsters and my garden endeavors! I'm most excited about this.

4. Right across from the laundromat. Well, not right across. Down at the end of the row of the four plex and across from it.



I met a man out walking his poodle and he and his wife live right next door. In fact the whole four-plex is retired/older, which is just what I wanted. 

I asked if I was to buy the filters that go in the AC/heating unit, as I change them out every month and I get good ones due to my asthma. She said I just put a work order in whenever I want a new one and the man who works at the property will come change it out. No more climbing up and changing one in the ceiling!

I'm so excited not to have to worry about the repairs. That is always scary when you have a repairman out and you're watching the clock ticking away your hard-saved dollars.


I have Two Men And A Truck scheduled to come move most of the big stuff. 

There are going to be lots of little doggie friends for the pupsters. Walking back to the office we encountered a resident with her two pugs. Oh, they were cute!

So I'm going in sight unseen. I just know it will look much like the office where the manager works, which is just the first unit. 

I'm ecstatic over the extra yard space fenced in and private.


I'm buying some things for the unit. Due to my ankle, a taller toilet. Folks, if you're over 50, look into the taller toilet. I've had one for five or six years wherever I've lived, and it is worth the cost. Especially if you have a weight-bearing injury.

I'm buying a storm door. The other unit I was going into already had one. Looked like most of the long-term residents had put in storm doors. And a handheld shower head, which proved to be absolutely invaluable when I first had surgery.

I'm gimping along today, from driving yesterday. (Can't wear a steel boot when you drive and it's your right foot. You're considered medically incapacitated, and if something happens, insurance will not cover it.) I walked with a cane and so today I'm really hurting. I will rest much of today and get back to the packing.



Oh, and Jen from Muddy Boot Dreams answered my question I had about whether tall people have more pain or worse injuries when they fall. She is tall and said yes. I guess that kind of goes along with the saying: "The higher they climb, the harder they fall". Except they're not climbing. They just have farther to fall.

I am determined to get out there, the week of the move, and dig up some of the plants you all sent me to make sure I had a garden that first year. Lots just coming up now. 

I'd love suggestions on moving plants without putting them into a container of dirt. I can't possibly move big containers of dirt. And after the last move, I swore I wouldn't let movers anywhere near my pots. Much of it got broken.

Wrap bulbs like irises and daylilies and such in wet newspaper?  I have Lamb's Ear coming up. Guess I'll just dig down a ways and put them in something temporary. I also have mint that got really tall last year. And there's quite a bit of that.


I want some of the passion vine that went rogue on me. So far I'm not seeing any green surrounding the wood I cut back from it. I hope the winter weather didn't kill it. As it would look so pretty on the fence.

I get excited every time I go out and something new is pushing its way up. Spring is moving slow this year, but I can't wait to devise a new garden from containers, etc.

I am going to show you how pretty and varied a container garden can be with lots of different kinds of containers, staggered at different heights. I will take my four metal trellises to grow flowers on to add visual interest up the fence. And yes, the colorful sun for the fence.

Actually any garden looks better mixed with containers. It leads the eye around, up and down.

Oh, I promise you there will be a whole lot of visual interest! I can't wait to get my hands in some dirt.


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  1. I am so happy for you! It sounds like you have the perfect place for you and the pups. And a place to garden! I have a rather large patio area that I will be doing container gardening on. Take it easy on your foot. Can't wait to see pics of the new place.
    Hugs...

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  2. I'm very happy for your good news. The place sounds perfect for you!

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    1. Well, short of a senior retirement village, this is probably the next best thing.

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  3. sounds like the new place will be great - double the yard is nice when you know it is a small yard to being with and you want a little space for dogs and plants.

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    1. This place has bigger than normal patio space for these type places. But double means the dogs won't feel as caged in. They're accustomed to running the length of a big yard.

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  4. Could you go over to the new unit and peer through the window whilst the workmen are there? I know you can't go in but it would be great to
    get an idea of what's going on.

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  5. The good times - they are just beginning!!

    Judy

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    1. I kind of feel due for some good news about now.

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  7. This is just awesome news. I am so happy for you and the pupsters. This place sounds so wonderful, now we understand why people live there for so long. Can't wait for you to move in. What is your move in date? I guess you can't take cuttings of plants too early as they'd dry out, but we know you'll get some! The picture of all the plants in your living room is so pretty.

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    1. I've never heard of people living in rental places that long. Guess it happens though.

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    2. Actually I had a renter in my little house for 21 years! When he left it he left us a mess, too!

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  8. You deserve this good news! Oh Brenda, I'm so happy for you! A bigger yard means more room for the pupsters and your new garden. It's wonderful that you have a parking space right in front of your home. The more I find out about your new place, the more excited I get!

    Thinking of you...
    Gayle

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    1. I guess you do have to give up some stuff in order to get other stuff you want. And that's what I've done.

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  9. I couldn't be happier for you Brenda, It'll be like moving into a new home with all of the renovation they are doing.. I guess you could think it about like not know what a baby is going to be until it's born. ;o)
    I'm so glad my home (and your home) is all on one level.. I have two steps to climb to get in the front door, but I had wrought iron hand rails put in many years ago.. There is just one low step in the back to get on the deck.. Sometimes I use that to bring groceries in.. I can back my van right up to it.
    I'm sure wrapping any plants that you dig in wet newspaper will keep them until you can get them planted.. Maybe just wet the paper from time to time..
    Sure will enjoy seeing everything you accomplish in your garden and in your new "nest" I'm just tickled pink for you..
    Have a wonderful weekend.. Thinking about you !
    Charlotte

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    1. Judy said in a little slit in the fence she saw that the steps up to the patio door is actually a ramp. Charlie with his bad back and me with the ankle could use a ramp instead of steps.

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    2. That may be required as a handicap access. I know they've done that on the corners of sidewalks in our neighborhood and around town.

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  10. Yay for good news! Your new place sounds perfect for you. We've been in our home for 34 years and I often think I'd like something smaller (ours isn't big by any standards) and all on one floor. The thing that worries me is leaving our beautiful flower gardens and our gorgeous porch that my hubby built. I'm so looking forward to your pictures of the new place....I think they will give me encouragement! Take it easy on your ankle!

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    1. I've got the boot on right now. Taking it easy today. Yesterday driving and having to walk with the cane about did me in.

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  11. Such good news for you and your Pupsters!! I am sure you will love it there...it sounds just perfect for you Brenda!!!I am glad good luck is finally coming your way!!! xoxo Carol

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    1. You've been a wonderful supporter of mine for a long time, Carol. And I so appreciate it!

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  12. You sound so excited and happy Brenda, it's about time things went your way. I'm happy for you too! I can't wait to see what you do with your new place, I know it's going to be wonderful and colorful. I'm also interested in seeing what you do with the container plants, I could use some ideas as it's so hard to dig up the ground dirt these days containers would be so much easier. Very excited for your future!

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    1. Think my digging with a shovel days are over. It's going to be a small spade or digging in a container. Oh, I have lots of ideas brewing in my head.

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  13. Wonderful news! I can feel your excitement through your words. I know how anxious you are to get moved and begin gardening.

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    1. Now that it's warming up, I'm anxious to get started.

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  14. I've dug up hostas and clematis and things and simply laid them across with their roots in a plastic flat container with a little extra soil on top of the roots then a little wet paper towel and some saran wrap on top to keep them moist and they can handle a few days like that.

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    1. I'm taking note of your suggestion and will be using it. Thank you.

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  15. Hi Brenda, the new place sounds custom ordered for you!! As for your ankle could you change to your boot when you park for your errands and just drive in your shoes?

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    1. That's truly what I need to do. It just takes a bit of time to get it all laced up and tight that I hate to take the time. Going to have to for awhile.

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  16. I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago, but now I look forward to it every day. Moving is a lot of hard work, but it's also exciting. Your new home sounds great...I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing what I do with it! Got so many ideas! Thanks so much for reading.

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  17. Hi Brenda,
    Wonderful news today. Isn't it funny how life just turns around in a minute....and good things start to happen? You deserve a happy life...and it's coming.
    Blessings from Balisha

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    1. It is funny how things can change so fast. I was telling Dorothy that yesterday at the Rehab Hospital. One minute she's standing in Target looking at something, and the next she's on her way to the hospital.

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  18. I am so happy for you. You so deserve some good news. I sense your new place is going to be a happy home for you. Do you mind if I link to your post on my goodwill page. I like to share good news, it makes us all feel better?

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  19. Such welcome good news!! This is going to be such a great move for you and the pups. A new beginning in a less stressful environment, with a new garden space to top it off=fantastic!! I am thrilled for you :-)
    I am glad to hear you just have to pack your treasures and have movers to actually do the lifting/lugging. Good for you!
    I like the taller toilet idea. Good thinking on your part.
    I am looking forward to pictures of your first cup of coffee in your new place!!!!

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  20. Hi Brenda,
    I'm so happy for you! The move is getting more exciting; I can't wait to see some before and after pictures of your new home and the new garden.
    Lisa

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    1. The prospect of decorating is exciting. But when spring has sprung, I'm really ready to dig in the dirt. And really, I decorate the outdoors too.

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  21. Brenda, this is fabulous news,, wow and even better unit in a great neighborhood with lot of Safe running room for the pups... Your angels are surely hanging around close by and doing a wonderful job of helping make a new life for you.. I am so dang happy for you I could shout~! I see this as the start of something new and exciting and just might enhance your life in ways you cant even imagine yet... I can actually visualize you sitting out on that bak patio with a huge smile on your face and joy in your heart.. woooooooooooohooooooooooooo

    big hugs
    Sonny

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  22. Brenda, I have a big smile on my face as I read this! Fantastic news and so well deserved. Sounds like a better location, closer parking and laundry and a bigger yard! So happy and excited for you! I know this is the start of something good...I can feel it and so can all your readers! We love you and can't wait to get you moved.
    Linda

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  23. Oh, Brenda, I'm so happy for you! Yay! Yay! Yay! I do believe God is working all of this out for you...the unit will be all fixed up, the yard for the babies, new appliances, the parking place, nice neighbors! It's just wonderful. You take care of yourself and I know it's an expense to hire the movers, but is sounds necessary now. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend and her broken pelvis and arm! Hope she heals fast. Now about your little plants coming up...this is rather silly but have you thought of using large zip lock bags? Just dig up the plants and place in the bag and don't zip it up. They kinda help keep the moisture in too. Then you could just put all of your little bags in a box or crate and let the mover guys pick it up for you! Again, I'm just thrilled for you!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  24. I'm so very happy for you. Your wishes are coming true. I'm glad it's turned out this way for you. And a new fresh place to move into. That's always nice. Yes as we age we really need to rethink our homes. We never know what life will throw at us. Just stepping into a bathtub can be so difficult when arms and legs are not in good working condition. These are things we don't think about when we are young. Looking forward to seeing your new place and I know you will make it warm and cozy :) Hugs!

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  25. It seems things are really coming together for you, Brenda. With all the mishaps, you've been overdue for some good news!

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  26. this is just wonderful Brenda!! You are so deserving and I am so happy for you!!!

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  27. I am so excited for you I can hardly stand it! Boy, this is an answer to my prayers for you! I am truly doing a happy dancers I can hear it in your voice.

    I am so thankful we had a downstairs bath when I had my terrible fall. And bruises can be scary. We chronicled mine. I hope your friend is better soon!

    Take good care and rest that ankle!

    xo

    Sheila

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  29. I'm so happy for you, Brenda! You deserve it. I can't wait to see what your new place looks like and what you will do to decorate it. I know it will be awesome! ♥

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  30. Such great news, Brenda!!!! I'm so very happy that you get this "better choice" unit with the larger yard for your "fur friends".

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  31. I'm so happy for you Brenda!! What great news! Like everyone else, I'm anxious to see all you do. I think you will be happier there. It's a fresh start! Have fun, and take care!!

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  32. This sounds just perfect for you, Brenda...so glad you'll have more gardening space, too! SO happy for you!

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  33. I am so excited for you, Brenda, and I can tell you are happier about the move! How nice to have neighbors one's own age. I do hope you make new friends and enjoy your new home!

    Grace & Peace

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  34. Wow Brenda, congrats on getting the better place and I am sure it will ease some issues of worrying about maintenance and all. I am sure the pups will love it as well. :-) Have a great weekend and rest that ankle!

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  35. I am very happy for you Brenda!
    The year I moved I wanted to take some of my garden plants with me. I dug them up and placed them in containers with wet newspaper and very little soil. Surprisingly enough, most of them survived the move...also, it was in the early spring that I moved.

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  36. I am so happy for your good news!!!!! This past year, when I sold my farm, I dug lots of perennials and put then in plastic grocery bags for pots, dirt and all. There is a built in carrying handle. They sat on the ground at my friends all summer, until I could plant them. I kept them in the shade and kept them watered just like container plants. The only ones I lost were ones that got too dry or wet......out of about 200, I lost less than six. Good luck!!!!!!

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  37. Well, Brenda it sounds like God has put it all together for you, how awesome is that! I'm so happy for you and glad to hear that you have hired 2 men and a truck!!! Blessings, Cindy

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  38. Brenda it is so wonderful to hear you be so excited. I think this is all going to be perfect for you. xo Laura

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  39. Brenda,
    Congrats on this great news! Sounds like the perfect place for you.
    Blessings,
    Linda

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  40. Brenda I am so glad for this bit of good news. That is nice to get so many new thing in a rental. And yes taller people I think fall harder and more often and seem to have back issues. My hubby is 6'4" and says yes this is true. May daughter is almost 5'11" and she seems to fall just walking. Size 11 shoes.

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  41. Brenda- What wonderful news about your new place. I am so thrilled for you- a unasked prayer answered! Lovei it. It does sound like that couple should look for a ranch style (1 floor) sort of place to live. Have fun playing in the dirt and readying for the move! xo Diana

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  42. Sounds great Brenda! Wish you the best with making the transition to the new place!

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  43. I'm so excited for you. I have been a nurse for 22 years and a home health nurse for at least 5 years. I have been into so many two story homes that don't have bedrooms on the first floor. I have seen beds in dining rooms, living rooms, and kitchens. When we moved out of our 2 story home 10 years ago we bought a single story home. We plan to be in this home for retirement and didn't want to be climbing stairs after knee or hip replacement surgery.

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  44. Oh, Brenda! YAY! Such good news. We live near a lady who has a plant/flower small farm and sells them. She digs them up and uses plastic grocery/store bags. Digs the plant w/ a small dirt ball surrounding it and puts it in the bag. She has dozens and dozens of these set out for purchase. She says as long as you water them and keep them out of the hot sun you can keep them that way for weeks. Those handles built into the bags are nice, too, to move them around. I bought some last year and didn't get them in the ground for nearly 3 weeks and they were just fine!! The bags act just as a pot would while you need it to do so. The tall toilet is an excellent idea. We had one installed 6 years ago after my hip surgery. Now, when I go to someone's house with a "regular size" toilet, I feel like I am in a doll house!! Can't wait to see how you cozy up the new house!!

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  45. This is wonderful news!!! I was thinking plastic bags, just as Chris said in the comment above me :)

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  46. Sound like things are working out for your good. I am excited for you!

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  47. Great news. I can almost feel your energy has changed. This is a good time for new places and things as Spring is beginning.

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  48. This is my first comment and I have been reading your blog for quite a while. I am a 70 year old widow and for the last 3 years have been taking care of everything myself. It is not easy! This is good news for you and it is about time things turn around. I am also looking forward to your new adventure into making a new home for yourself and pups. Here is hoping the move runs smoothly for you. Stay strong!

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  49. I KNEW IT!! I hate to say I told you so, but I KNOW things are going to get better for you Brenda. :). This is only the first of good things to come your way.

    Question...you said the garden did NOT have a gate, but that the pups could run around. Was that a typo?

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  50. I am so, so happy for you, Brenda. The stars have aligned!! Spring is the absolute best time to move, I can't wait to see your garden and how you decorate your home. Don't transfer any of your plants in plastic...they will rot. And take care with that foot!

    XO,
    Jane

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  51. What a blessing for you! God works in mysterious ways.

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  52. Great news! I am so excited for you! Can't wait to see new pictures of your new home! ;)

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  53. I am a follower but not a commenter, so here goes: I so enjoy your synopsis of The Black List each week and also your Java Talk. For an upcoming topic, what about hints on smart packing for moving day and/or garden hints for moving? Both would be timely and helpful, and all of us could get some great ideas! Wishing you the best, Vicki in Louisville KY

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  54. You sound so excited and upbeat, Brenda! That makes me feel very happy for you. Your new place sounds wonderful and I'm sure it'll be cozy in no time.

    I know what you mean about the higher toilet. It's great - I put them in my house when I renovated and my 89 year old mother hates other people's bathrooms now. Too bad I did it before the government brought in a program to pay part of the cost when you do renovations to make your house more accommodating for seniors.

    When I moved, I didn't have enough pots to move my plants so I used plastic (disposable) grocery bags. I dug up some soil with the roots so I could leave them in the bags for a couple of weeks and just water them. They were easier to move because they were lighter and had handles. I bought a plastic tablecloth at the dollar store to put in my trunk for the actual move. That way the trunk didn't get wet or dirty. Good luck. J

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  55. Oh boy, what good news. I bet you didn't believe it at first. You so deserve a great place to live, and this certainly sounds like a GREAT place indeed. I can't wait to see what you do with your yard, and I can't wait to see how you decorate your new space. I just know it'll be cozy and so cute. Just reading your news today, makes me smile for you..I know how you love decorating, what fun it will be. Happy days ahead!! YEA!!!!!!!

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  56. I think I am as excited as you are, can't wait to see what amazing things you will do with this place, don't think I can wait to see the inside, God is good, and will be with you as always in your next Cozy Little House!

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  57. AMEN!!!! Things are looking so bright for your future Brenda!!! I am beyond happy and excited for you! I cannot wait to see your new cozy home! It will be spectacular!!! God is soo GOOD!!!
    MJ

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  58. Fabulous news! It is about time Lady Luck smiled upon you, dammit!

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  59. So nice to hear excitement in your voice!

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  60. Yay! It's about time you had some good news. This place sounds perfect for you and I know you're excited about being able to have a manageable gardening space!

    We live in a two story and when I started having knee problems a few years ago I said next house will be a ranch! No more stairs!!

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  61. Oh that is great news! Someone is definitely watching over you. I think you will be even happier there than you have been in the little blue house. I can't wait to see how you decorate your new cozy little fourplex!!!! Haha. And I agree with you that sometimes living in 55+ complexes is better. They are cleaner, quieter, safer, and I think you will make lots of new friends!

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  62. P.S. I live in a one-story house now, and all our toilets are "comfort" height (higher).

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  63. I love that good news. So excited for you. I can't wait to see what you do with your new digs. Hugs

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  64. I have actually dug up plants and instead of placing in a pot to transport I placed them down in a double plasic grocery bag. Just pick up and carry by the handles. Get some boxes and set the several "bagged" plants in the boxes to transport.

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  65. Such great news about the new place! You and the pups will be very happy there and it sounds like such nice neighbors are there too! Wonderful things for wonderful folks and it is unfolding perfectly ox

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  66. Oh how exciting! I can't wait to see what you do in the garden! Take care dear Brenda! xo Jen

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  67. Very happy to hear your good news - You certainly deserve it !!

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  68. This seem to be a perfect place! I'm glad to read good news. Good luck with all the packing... And just to cheer you up. I'm rather petite and managed to injure my ankle at the beginning of the month: I didn't fall, something fell on me...

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  69. It sounds like this was meant to be! Good luck on your move and don't push yourself too hard!

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  70. Your new place sounds wonderful ! I cannot wait to see it and how you decorate it ! I am very happy for you !

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  71. I think I know what you will appreciate best about your new place: work orders. Need a screen replaced? Work order. Need your shower drain fixed? Work order. And you don't pay out of pocket. You deserve some really good news and this is excellent news for sure. If I lived near you, I would be helping you for sure.

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  72. Brenda, it is wonderful news! Everything really has a way of working out for the best, I really do believe that. I am so happy for you, and I cannot wait to see how your new garden grows!

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  73. what a neat sounding place. I don't have children and 'over 50' working gal and I would love this neighborhood! I rent a townhouse which the stairs are getting to be a bit much on the knees but LOVE IT... dont need to do a thing for repairs, just call in work order and usually fixed same day I call. Love my little 'home'. Wish I didn't have carpets though but they don't do laminate in my place, always carpet. Oh well.... And I would LOVE a little FENCED yard - how nice that would be - I have a BIG patio but downside is our units face across a small green space right at other building's patios. Oh well..

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