Sunday, May 31, 2015

Catching Up - Part 1

It has been such a long time since I posted and so much has happened. I never really intended to stop blogging, but a few things got in the way. First, I discovered Instagram in the late fall and have slowly been falling in love with it ever since. So yes, I've been cheating on my blog over on Instagram. I know I'm late to the game, but instagram fits me well as it is all about random photos of small details of life or your travels and lets face it that's mostly what I write about. If you are interested in checking out what I'm posting on Instagram my name is "aliasgracie", you can find the link on the righthand sidebar of my blog, or here.

So yeah, sorry blog. You've taken a back seat for the past few months. In addition to me spending all my screen time over there on instagram, we've also been super busy in real life. We bought a house and sold our current house and are currently getting ready to move in July. 

Here's a picture of our new (old) house. It was built in 1872, but has been been really renovated inside. It is located in a little village near a larger centre so we have the best of both worlds. We back onto conservation land and can walk to the centre of the village which has a little bakery and a book shop and an art centre, but aren't far from groceries and the train station. It is all the things we always dreamed of having in a home.

the front porch of our new house
the gazebo and tree-covered hill in our new home's backyard

The timeline was tight on selling our house and we had so much to do because we weren't really planning on moving just yet.  We had it on the radar to move to somewhere quaint over the next few years, but when your friend sends you a  listing with a house that ticks all the boxes on your list, you jump at the opportunity.  

Once we bought the house, then we had to do the mad scramble of decluttering, repairing, and staging our home (which included having all new windows and a new roof put on). It was a crazy whirlwind of a month.  Here's how it played out (I want to record those dates so I won't forget how fast/tiring/crazy that month was):

April 7th - a friend sent us a real estate listing of a house she thought we would like
April 12th - we bought the house
May 6th - our present home was finally ready to be on the market
May 11th -  we had 44 people view our home and two open houses and sold it with 6 offers and over the asking price. Hurray!  It was such a tiring month that I'm only now recovering from it.

And to make things even more fun, the husband broke his wrist a few days before we listed the house and we were still in the throws of sorting and tidying. Good times. He still managed to do an amazing amount of work with an arm in a cast. 

Here's a few photos of our current house after it was tidied up and the stager had made suggestions. The person we had come and give us suggestions on how to stage our house was fantastic. She was not a minimalist and did a great job of making our home look better than it ever had before. (Apologies for the terrible photos as I took them all with the iPad,)


I was going to put everything in one post, but it was just getting unwieldy so I'm going to post the rest in another post.  Stay tuned for Part 2 in which we go to Nova Scotia.

And as for the blog, I hope to post updates on the house once we have moved in. It will be fun to see its transformation. The new house isn't terrible now, but we do plan on putting our own stamp on it. I do know I won't be posting as frequently as before and mostly when I have something to share. In the meantie, feel free to keep in touch over on instagram.


  1. What a lovely surprise to find a post from you in my email this morning. Oh my gosh I am so happy for you! Sounds like life is good. I love IG too but find that I miss a lot in my feed. It goes so quickly...but I will try to remember to check out your posts more regularly over there. So are you still at school? I have no idea how you did everything and work too! Sending prayers your way for a smooth move and beautiful start to your new life in your new (old) home!

  2. I'm so delighted to see you back at your blog, even if your blog readers now need to compete with Instagram. I confess, because I'm still in the digital stone age (don't have an iPhone), I won't be able to follow you on Instragram, but I will eagerly await future blog posts.

    Your new house looks gorgeous, and your old house is so lovely I can't imagine how you can bear to leave it; however, new beginnings, new life, new adventures in your new/old home will surely be exciting.

    Cheers, M-T

  3. I kept checking to see if you had a new post. I should have checked Instagram but I'm just learning the ropes over there too. Your new/old home is lovely. That was a busy month but I'm glad that it all worked out for you.

  4. I love your new house and can't wait to follow along with the changes you decide to make to it! So excited for you and I hope your husband heals quickly!

    xo Kat

  5. Congratulations on your new home. It sounds ideal, Grace! LOVE the fact that you can walk for coffee and books. You are a lucky duck!

    Shanley Belle graduated Summa Cum Laude in communicative disorders and she got a fellowship for graduate school. I would love for all of us to meet one day (plus you could advise Shanley Belle :D )

  6. The new house looks fabulous, I hope you are happy there.

  7. The new house looks fabulous, I hope you are happy there.