The continuous hassles of home selling have finally gotten to us. The constant back and forth between agents and lawyers, the inspections, the nickel and dime-ing, the nervous first-time buyers who backed out on us, the signing of sixty-two legally binding documents that we realized our lawyer didn’t even read (yeah, that makes us feel confident)… It’s an ugly process and we can’t wait to just have it done already.
On a more positive note, we spent this weekend purging our house of all of the “stuff” we’ve collected over the last few years. It felt good to give many of our things away to others who may have a use for them. We had stuff lining the sidewalk in front of our house, but after posting to Craigslist, an e-mail to our town listserve, and hanging a few signs that said “FREE TO A GOOD HOME,” pretty much everything has been taken away and re-purposed instead
of heading to the landfill.
It’s a nice feeling to simplify and start fresh. After all, simple, sustainable, community-based living is what we’re after. It’s one of the many reasons we’re making this move. Here’s a few things we can’t wait to do:
– Grocery shop at the organic or farmers’ market instead of Whole Foods
– Take trips to the independently-owned hardware store instead of Home Depot
– Buy furniture from local artisans instead of Jordan’s
– Grab a morning pick-me-up from the local coffee shop instead of Starbucks
– Support the Saranac Lake Community Store
– Have a proper compost pile
– Plant a native species garden
I know there will be times when we miss the conveniences of city living, but overall we can’t wait for the simple, healthy, low-impact lifestyle that’s in store for us.
Here’s a photo from our last trip to the Adirondacks. Soon enough images like this will become a part of our everyday experience.