Week One – Done!

Week One – Done!

Week one – DONE!

I hate ends but I love new beginnings. Leaving the beach house was very difficult for me. I’ve been mourning the loss of the home for months, ever since we first made the decision to sell it. After all, every inch of the place held so many happy memories. It broke my heart to close the door the final time.


The morning of our departure, I took my paper cup of coffee and walked down to the beach. I sat down on the sand and sobbed. Then I called my mom who made me feel better. She said, “You can always find something to make yourself feel sad or happy about. You make the choice. If you want to be miserable and dwell on the end, do it. Or you can think about the new beginning and smile.”

I hung up and smiled, focused on the future. But when I walked into the house, and looked at my husband’s wet eyes a fresh wave of sadness washed over me. We left quickly after that. We both put on a happy brave face and tried to keep our emotions in check during the one-hour car ride. We didn’t want Lucy to pick up on our feelings after all; she was freaked out enough, as it was.

But Lucy was amazing. She took to her new surroundings pretty much instantly, and we have followed her lead. I’d lie if I said the new house felt like home. It doesn’t really yet. And it probably won’t for a few months. After all, we are still under major construction.


Each and every morning, a crew of at least five guys arrives around 7:45 AM and by nightfall the house transforms into a home a little bit more. The great room is now partially painted, the tile floors have finished being laid, the fireplace has been installed, and the deck has started to be constructed.

We have a temporary kitchen down in the basement. We have one little table and two dining room chairs we move about so we have a place to sit. The floors are all covered with drop clothes and most of our possessions are still in boxes. But despite the mess, life is way easier then it was during our last renovation project. You know, the one that was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy.

Each day is a new adventure, and we are enjoying every second. Lucy loves watching squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits run round the back yard. I am a much happier Hilary with a shorter commute. And my husband and I both love having so many stores and restaurants close by. Back at the beach our local supermarket was so tiny. I was shocked this week to find out that our favorite brand of ice cream had more then five flavors.

If I had to sum up the week, I’d liken it to being on vacation. I feel like I’m staying in a hotel. My bedroom and the gym area are the only rooms that are complete and properly organized. And everyday, we discover a little bit more about this town and our house.

24 thoughts on “Week One – Done!

    1. Beth Ann – Thank you! Each day something more gets completed> I am shocked what we accomplished in only 3 months

  1. I like the advice your mom gave you. That can be applied to so many different things. I have lived in this house for 15 years and it still doesn’t feel like home. I guess it’s because my husband bought it with his ex-girlfriend long before I met him. I can’t wait to see more of your new house when it’s complete.

  2. sooner than you think you are going to read this and laugh, you will be sooooooooo happy there that you won’t be able to believe that you felt like this! Sure, you will miss the beach, but…(you can always drive and visit)….and, the pluses you mentioned already outweigh the minuses!!! The shorter commute alone would be worth it! YAY for good stores and restaurants too! New haunts! xoxo

    1. Caren – I know you are so right.. And I knew it even when I was feeling the saddest. It is a totally different way of life (I don’t feel the stress of always rushing to sit idle in traffic) and it makes such a difference having so much close by. Living by the beach was a dream come true. But our town was really the perfect summer location. The rest of the year, not so much. The new house is perfect every season.

  3. I know how hard it can be moving but what a new adventure you all are on. Loving the cheery yellow color you painted the rooms. Glad to hear you are adjusting as is Lucy.

    1. Ida – thanks… I am loving the yellow too. It is a little more subdued then what we had at the beach, but still bright and fun. You are so right. Every day is an adventure…

  4. Lovely bright colour!! I can’t wait to see more. And I am sure that as it progresses and you settle in, it will feel more and more like home. It’s such a wonderful thing that you are sharing this adventure together and embracing it: that’s a beautiful thing in a marriage.

    1. Rorybore – I can’t wait to see more too 🙂 It is fun. Everyday, pretty much, something changes. It can be something big like the pantry being installed. Or it could be something smaller like setting up the stereo. Every day is an adventure and fun.

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