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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yesterday I was reading Claudia's post at Mockingbird Hill Cottage about a Danish decorating term called Hygge. It boils down to finding a sense of comfort, coziness, and contentment in your home. 

Not a problem for me. That has always been my goal in decorating any space that I call home. 

When I walk in my home and close the door on the chaotic world we live in I want to feel that I am releasing my breath. That I feel love and safety in my surroundings. That it simply is home. 

I have found that in my small apartment. 

That being said, I have realized that I will not be in this apartment forever. Changes are happening. My older sister is moving out to Arizona to live with my younger sister. She will be gone in a few short months. It will be a good thing for her because she isn't able to adequately take care of herself any longer. It will be good for my younger sister because it will give her some needed help with finances. 

My mom is 92 and will not be here forever. She has said she just likes being with her friends. 

As for me, I have finally decided that I need to stand up for what I want, and that is to be closer to my daughters and grandchildren. I am tired of living in limbo. My grandchildren are growing up and I am missing it and I am missing them. 

I am going to Georgia in a few weeks and I am going to look at another retirement apartment. Their waiting list is two years, so it won't be a quick move, but at least I will feel like I am moving towards a goal that I really want. 

Life is too short and I believe we need to live it as we want. We all deserve happiness. 
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  1. Wow, Laura, your apartment looks great, I can't believe you're thinking of moving again!! Wishing you luck finding a great place in GA. Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Thank you. I hate moving, but I just miss my family too much.

  2. Best of luck in your search for a new apartment!

  3. Yes we do. Good for you for trying to make that happen being closer to your daughters and grandchildren. Happy Valentines day.

  4. You'll sure feel better with a plan. You'll make a beautiful home no matter where you live. Hugs, Diane

  5. I agree, Laura. We need to think about the future, decide what we want, and work toward that goal. It is too easy to just float and let life take you when and where you will. All of the sudden, the years have passed. Your home is lovely and I know you'll be happy to live closer to the grandkids. Hygge is a word I'm seeing everywhere this year. It seems to be THE word for 2017, and like you, I've always wanted things to be comfortable and cozy for me and for any who come to visit here. I hope you had a good Valentine's Day, Laura. xo

  6. Good for you, Laura. It really is hard to put ourselves first a lot of times, isn't it? I know that it will be good for you to move forward with your life. xo Diana

  7. Your home is lovely, and the next one will be also. I pray that you'll have a smooth move when the time comes.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  8. Hello Laura. Glad you are making plans to live exactly the kind of life you want. Your apartment is lovely. I think it's imperative to be near grands while they are little because once they reach the teen years, their interest in grammies, moms and dads kind of wanes, which is completely normal. If there's one thing in life I have learned, it is that we can expect change. We can buck it or accept it. The choice is ours. The very best to you. Love your visits to my posts, by the way. Susan

  9. Laura I know you will love being closer to your Grandchildren. They do grow up so fast and I know the blessing I have had living near mine. Be strong and take those steps! Hugs!

  10. Hi Laura
    I'm new to your blog. I follow you on IG. The Shabbi Gyspy. I hope your changes and plans go smoothly as you move toward what your heart truly wants. And you're right.. we need to live life the way we want. It really is too short not to follow our hearts. Thank you for that reminder.

    Tamara <3

  11. Your apartment is just how I like my home to be.... cozy and warm and inviting... and our "safe haven"... I always feel that way when I walk in the door... and when you do move, you will take that feeling with you as you set up your next space... our space is really "us" and who we are, no matter where that is. go for it as far as moving closer to your kids.. do it ASAP.. you never know what surprises or changes can occur. I let my hubby talk me into moving 5 hours away from my son, and I regret it. We used to live in the same town and I loved it.. he would drop in now and then and we could have some holidays together. I miss that and want to move closer to him, as soon as he settles somewhere! Hubby says you can't "chase your kids around"... but I beg to differ. They are our most important family.. our kids and grands (though I don't have any grandkids and may never)... but you never know.. it could still happen. Maybe you can find a place without such a long waiting list! that would be neat.... just do it! Hugs.. Marilyn

  12. Your home is lovely, Laura, and your next home will be too. I know how important it is to be near family and I hope you find a place there soon. Maybe that waiting list will shorten! xo Cheryl

  13. Hi Laura I guess I got lost somewhere along the way.....I thought your new apartment was near your is a lovely space you have created for yourself...but you must follow your heart! I hope it all comes together sweetly for you.

  14. Your home looks cosy and welcoming, like a place where it's nice to relax and shut the world away. Good luck with finding the place you want in Georgia!

  15. Your home looks lovely and welcoming, Laura. I really love it. I'm glad you're going to live nearer your grandchildren. Good for you! But in the meantime, you have this lovely haven you have created.


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