Out with the old and in with the new

A New Year; a new house

2021 was a very unusually busy year. Here’s the short story.

We moved to Kincardine in December–a charming beach town on Lake Huron in Ontario–about two hours from where we used to live.

Here’s the long story.

For years we have been thinking of moving and looking at houses.

In January 2021, our oldest son bought a house in Hanover, Ontario and moved there in May. Our youngest son decided he would like to move as well, and moved into his new house in Kincardine in August–about 40 minutes from where his brother moved to.

Every weekend we would travel looking at houses, sometimes putting in offers, but every house had multiple offers and we kept looking.

Between helping with our sons’ moves: painting their new houses etc. etc. etc. we contiuned searching and finally bought our new house in October.

Next we needed to stage our house (no easy task when you’re a collector) to get it ready for the market. Then 10 days of having potential buyers go through our home, keeping everything spotless every day.

With the SOLD sign put up, the packing began (no easy task when you’re a collector). The list of things to do was endless and it felt like I was in a dark tunnel with no end in sight. Two weeks before moving day it still seemed a daunting task and I would stare at everything wondering if it was even posible to move (and did I mention, I’m a collector?)

Moving day came a few days before Christmas and it was an emotional experience. Thanks to good friends and family–and a lot of hard work--we made it and arrived at our new house. We celebrated Christmas with our boys and family. These days I am unpacking and organizing to make our house a home. So far only the living room is almost done, the rest of the house is in boxes and I’ll post photos in the future.

New Year’s Eve

Celebrating 10 years of this fun blogging adventure! Thank you to all who have stopped by to read, like and comment! It means so much to me!

Wishing everyone a very blessed New Year!

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26 Responses to Out with the old and in with the new

  1. Jodie says:

    It’s so exciting though to move. Sometimes you find things you’ve had for years and totally forgot about.
    Thanks so much for commenting on my scarf post.
    BTW, over the holidays I changed my website and have made the first page a static page. So if you are looking for my daily posts, I have a menu tab called Daily Posts.
    Can’t wait to hear more about the new place.

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    • carmen says:

      I’ve moved so many times in my life and not sure I will ever settle down. Every house / apartment has it’s best features and special memories. One of my favourite memories is living in Germany for a year in 1982.

      Being a collector means a lot of packing and a tendency to acummulate more things than we need. Someday, I may become a minimalist but until then, I will set up my museum again. I am planning a big garage sale in the spring and I actually sold quite a few things already, including furniture and decor.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Although packing and unpacking is a huge task but once you setup the new home, the heart just leaps with joy.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you for your encouraging words! I am enjoying setting up my new home, it’s a lot of fun and not as stressful as moving. I take my time and every box I unpack is like opening a present. 🙂



  3. Mthobisi Magagula says:

    Congratulations Carmen on getting a new house on a brand New Year.

    May you witness a shower of blessings even this year!💯💯👏

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  4. Nancy Dynes says:

    Hi, Carmen!

    I adore your New Year’s Eve outfit. You look so smart and elegant! The scale of your pendant perfectly compliments the buttons on your cardigan. If the pendant were smaller it would be underwhelming and lost against the buttons. And the pop of red with your shoes is festive and a great finishing touch. Did you carry a handbag or a clutch? And was it red, black or metallic? You always know how to perfectly style any outfit. Honestly, I sometimes try to copy your outfits and always get compliments when I do. I also want to wish you congratulations on your ten year blogging anniversary!! That’s a huge achievement, and I’m sending wishes for many, many, more years to come. Your blog is like a ray of sunshine in my day.

    Your new home is beautiful. The wood floors are glowing and welcoming. I love the symmetry of your room design. I’m a balance and symmetry girl myself, and for this reason favor neoclassical interior design in our Charleston home. I find symmetry, muted color palettes, warm woods, and cozy traditional furnishings a source of comfort. The piano provides a lovely focal point in your room. I grew up in music from a young age and play a few instruments including piano, and to me a piano really makes a house a home. I’m looking forward to more reveals as you gradually unpack and get fully settled in. It must be wonderful to live so near your children, with the added benefit of being close to the beach that you love so much. I’ve really enjoyed the beach shots you’ve posted over the past months. Such a perfect backdrop for your photos!!

    I live near the beach in Charleston, and I find the ocean brings me a sense of peace. For me, it puts things in perspective. Mankind can build skyscrapers and other marvels, but they can be destroyed in an instant—9/11 proved that. But God made the oceans, the forests, and the mountains, and no matter what you throw at them (aside from climate change and pollution—ughhh), they remain whole and unyielding. Even the hurricanes, tornadoes, and forest fires that devastate man made structures, actually cleanse the land and make way for new growth. Our structures just happen to be in the way of nature’s patterns that go back to the beginning of the earth.

    And now for another question… What do you collect? You mentioned it a few times—lol—and now I’m beyond curious. I have too many collections of my own, my art studio being the most obvious and containing all the bits and bobs that are irresistible to any crafter. Anything from paints, inks, brushes, die cutters, rubber stamps, papers, buttons, lace, embellishments, vintage jewels, etc, etc.. Then there is my personal library, stacked two books deep floor to ceiling on every wall of bookcases (because apparently I’m only truly comfortable when surrounded by books). Literally there are books in every room of my home, not just in the library. The books in the library are for reading, but the books in other rooms date back to the 1800’s and are displayed as part of my decor. I also collect antique and vintage sheet music, but it doesn’t take up the huge amount space that books do. And then there are the antiques that I keep finding at estate sales and antique shops. When we move it will be a nightmare. So my next question is how did you get through it and keep your sanity? And do you have any tips? We were supposed to move to a home on the lake last summer, but on inspection it ended up having terrible termite damage as well as other issues so we backed out. We’re still looking for the perfect place for us, but we’re not rushing it. Like you, we just keep living our lives and looking whenever something interesting comes on the market. I appreciate any and all moving advice.

    Thank you for sharing your sartorial elegance with us, as well as updating us on the excitement of moving into your new home. May your home always be filled with love and laughter, and may you make many happy memories there!


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    • carmen says:

      My dear Nancy, thank you ever so much for taking time to write such an encouraging comment! I didn’t have Internet since we moved, I will respond soon!


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    • carmen says:

      Hello Nancy!

      It’s great to have Internet again, I wrote this blog post at my son’s house and we had to go there to check email and blog comments. You are not only a good writer and interesting person, but also a very creative and caring person! 🙂

      You really made my day again with your kind words! I’m flattered that you have sometimes copied my outfits and that I can inspire you! You’re right about my pendant needing to be big because of the large buttons. As for red shoes, it’s my favourite colour for shoes, always has been since childhood. I carried a smallish black, white and red bag–nothing fancy but I like it and it holds a water bottle. 🙂

      We’ve spent some time looking at homes for sale in Tennessee, Texas and Florida and decided to check out Charleston. It’s a charming city! You are blessed to live there and close to the beach! I like water for the same reason, there’s a feeling of tranquility and yet water can do so much damage during storms, hurricanes and tsunamis. Your home sounds lovely, why do you want to move?

      The piano came with the house, long story short–I asked for it to be included in the offer because the hardwood floors are new and I was afraid moving it might damage the floors. It is indeed a beautiful piano, recently tuned and I am hoping to learn to play.

      I collect all sorts of things, like teddy bears …

      Teddy Bear Christmas

      and even take them to the beach …

      Turquoise and White for the Beach

      I collect vintage dishes like dishes from I LOVE LUCY …

      and Wild Rose, Petite Fleur, San Franciscan, pink vases …

      Redecorating our Summer Place

      and have enough various dish sets to feed an army! I like antiques too but only certain pieces. You have given me an idea to do a post and you’ll see what I have. We are bargain hunters and treasure hunters and it’s impossible to go to a thrift shop or flea market without adding something to our collection. I collect fashion jewellery, clothes and shoes. 😉 I confess that I have more clothes than I have room for (in my defence–half are thrifted). The walk-in closet in our new house is not big enough. I’m missing my dressing room that I had in my old house (it was a bedroom converted into a dressing room).

      Here’s an antique child’s school desk perfect size for my teddy bears, they are well educated and love reading Winnie the Pooh …

      I’ve always wanted to go to an estate sale, that would be interesting. I’ve been to a few auctions but everything sells for more than I can afford.

      From one collector to another, moving is a nightmare. Don’t move. But if you must, start packing now! I highly recommend a bridge loan so you don’t have to move out in one day. We had 4 days but should have taken a week. I also suggest renting a container that you can pack yourself and take time to fill it carefully. The company picks it up and stores it till you are in your new place and then they deliver it. You take your time to unload it.

      Have a lovely week!



  5. Hi Carmen !! Kincardine sounds like a blissful place to move to. It is nice both your sons moved to within 40 minutes of each other and that you now live in same town as younger son. It must have been hard dealing with the multiple offers on houses. I get the staging of the house, we did it on memorial weekend after lots of late night/early mornings to get it to where we had to. I get that dark tunnel vision too !!! But for you as a collector it was a lot of extra work. The last day must have been tough to leave , as it was for me last June. You have the living room looking so cozy and a feeling of HOME . Please do not overdo the un packing !!! I love your new years eve outfit . I am sure 10 years have gone so fast, I was here 5 in July 2021. It has been a pleasure following you on the journey! Best wishes for the year ahead, Terri xo.

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    • carmen says:

      That it is–a peaceful and blissful place, a slower pace of life in a small town, far from the madding crowd! No traffic jams, friendly people, lovely trails along the beach and charming shops in the main street. PLUS we have our boys nearby.

      Now that the stress of moving is over, I’ll take your advice and take my time to unpack and organize at my own pace, no hurry–no dead-line. If I unpack one box a day, I’ll be done by Christmas haha!

      Wearing black for New Year has been a tradition for many years, this time with a pop of red. I don’t have a dressing room anymore, but I have a walk-in closet.

      It’s been wonderful sharing this blogging journey with you! I’ll be heading over to your blog to catch up soon. We don’t have Internet yet, so we are at our son’s place at the moment, hopefully getting Internet tomorrow.


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  6. Congratulations on your new home! (And a big congrats on ten years of blogging! That’s quite an accomplishment.)

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  7. Debbie says:

    Congratulations on your move, Carmen. We love to visit Kincardine every summer. Who knows, maybe we’ll run into you there sometime. Enjoy the sunsets!

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  8. utesmile says:

    Carmen how wonderful to be closer to your sons’s too and congratulations to your new home. I can imagine it is rather daunting and a lot of work- specially as you are a collector. Well your frontroom looks lovely already! I am hopefully going through things like that soon too, we have found a house but it need work done to it which we are happy to do. I am really excited. Take your time to settle in and enjoy every day. Have a great time in 2022 and specially in your new home! Much love dearest Carmen ♥♥♥

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    • carmen says:

      Thanks very much! This house is turnkey–not sure if you use that expression in Britain–it means all you have to do is turn the key and move in ready. Of course, there’s a few things we’d like to change or still do–like build a gazebo in the garden–but that can wait till summer. When do you move into your new home? That’s so exciting!

      Happy 2022!

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      • utesmile says:

        Carmen I never heard of turnkey houses, interesting. You ususally do want o put a bit of yourself into a house and as you say add something. We will do a lot as it is a fairly old house from an old lady, so it needs updating. We look forward to it. We do hope to get it by end of this month. Solicitors need to do their thing first. Let’s hope! enjoy your new home! ♥

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        • carmen says:

          We’ve always bought houses before that need updating, painting and fixing, so it’s nice to have one that is so beautiful.

          I’m happy for you and hope all goes smoothly with your move. I’d love to see photos of before and after. 🙂

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  9. josep-maria says:

    Happy New Year, Carmen. I hope you enjoy your new home very much. Ten years? I think it was yesterday …

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much! It does feel like yesterday! I appreciate that you have encouraged me all through these years!

      Wishing you a blessed New Year!


  10. purpleslob says:

    Wonderful!! Congrats!!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. cindy knoke says:

    Health & Happiness in 2022 Carmen!

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