Out With the New, In With the Old

Yes, you read that title correctly.   My time on Mount Desert Island, Maine and Tilghman Island, Maryland have come to an end.   The combination of my desire to be geographically closer to my elderly parents and the need to “shore up” the bank account with regular work resulted in a decision to return to my “home” state of Pennsylvania.   Specifically, Lancaster, which is located in the south central part of the state.

 

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ABOVE:  My new domicile

 

I am fortunate to be able to rent a home from some friends in a nice location on the outskirts of the city.   One of the best features is the home’s proximity to a large county park located directly across the street.    Miles of hiking trails are available, and while it is next to impossible to match the beauty of hiking in Acadia, I will at least have handy access to hikes through woods and along a small river just steps from  my door.

The move itself went very well with two round trips of a fully loaded car and a quick relocation of all my “old stuff” from the storage unit where it had been snoozing these last 18 months.

 

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ABOVE:   All this and more (not including the washer/dryer) went into a VW Passat for the first trip.

 

My two furry feline friends, Pebbles and Bam Bam, made the 3+ hour drive from Maryland to Pennsylvania like champs, napping away in their carriers until we arrived at our new destination.  Considering the last two trips for them ranged from 12 – 15 hours of travel time, this must have felt like a very short drive.

 

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ABOVE:   Enjoying the sunshine on the deck of our new home.   Clearly, they didn’t have trouble adapting!

 

One of the more interesting observations I’ve made regarding this move is my lack of interest in unpacking all of the “old stuff” I took out of storage.     Although I downsized considerably prior to my year in Maine, I look at all of these boxes and think about how I have lived without 75 – 80% of these “things” for the last 18 months, so why do I need them now?     In previous moves, you would have found me furiously unpacking nonstop until everything was organized and put away.  Now, it seems more important to explore the park, or read a book; and of course, look for a job.

 

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ABOVE:   A work in progress, stuff, stuff, and more stuff.   Ugh!

 

It is a shift in perspective that I welcome, and an indication that some of the changes in how I approach life have indeed taken root.

 

 

 

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About Carol Page-Potter

I am a woman in the midst of reconnecting with life after the death of my husband.

Posted on April 30, 2013, in Pennsylvania and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I see a whole case of Jim Beam on top ……Take it easy! Hope you’ll adapt as well as Bam Bam and Pebbles seem to have to your new digs.

  2. The house looks nice, and the location seems to have a lot to offer. Interesting what you say about the belongings in storage, not thinking they are that important anymore since you got on so well without them. Your are definitely right!

  3. Welcome “home”, Carol.

  4. Good luck with the move and hope it all comes together quickly!
    Rita

  5. Christopher McDaniel

    Is there horse and buggy traffic in that area or is that just a false image I have from a distance?

  6. Good luck with your new residence and hopefully there will be lots of great opportunities coming your way!

  7. Looks quaint…and your mates look to have settled in very well…!

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