Friday, September 30, 2011

We've Moved!

That's not really us!

My goodness, what a week! We moved out of our house on Tuesday and closed on the sale Wednesday. As one of my FB friends said, "Done and Done!"

As many of you know, this move is a two-step process:
1. Move to apartment here in Santa Fe for six months
2. Buy an RV  and hit the road in April 2012.

I learned a couple of important things this week:
1. We still have too much stuff! We threw away, donated and stored a great deal BEFORE the move. But as we loaded and unloaded the truck on Tuesday, it was clear that more had to go. Nothing encourages you to get rid of your stuff as much as having to carry it into a truck and out again! We are opening every box and tub with an eye to what else can go can go.
2. We are not as young as we used to be. 'Nuff said.
3. We are very, very fortunate. It's hard to sell a house in this market, but we did. And many people have had to move out of necessity, not choice. I know how lucky we are to have been able to do this as a positive choice, and I'm grateful.

I have slept better the last two nights in our cozy little apartment than I have for the last six months. Not just because the move was exhausting, but because of the relief of the stress of it all. I feel clear and uncluttered in my mind now too.

In the midst of all that, I got the second proof of The Christmas Village yesterday, and this should be (fingers & toes crossed) the thumbs-up, which means it will be up on by 10/15 and available from me for those who want signed copies, sooner.

I'll be doing a bunch of fun interviews and posts all over BloggiLand now through year-end, so I hope I won't annoy you too much with all that. I'll be asking you to spread the word about the book, and I'm very grateful for all the support you've given me and the smiles you bring to my face.

Hugs n More Hugs!


  1. Hi, Melissa!

    Congrats on the book and the move, both of which it seems you have survived with lovely grace and wisdom.

    Are you going to promote your book with Women on Writing? I recommend it highly, if you haven't considered it.

    Write me if you more info:


  2. Congratulations and congratulations:-) I look forward to the book release.

  3. I'm glad you are happy and comfortable in your new home! We have to move again in May...every time I'm reminded that we have too much stuff and that we are not as young as we used to be! LOL!

  4. Moving from large to small spaces sounds very appealing to me right now. We did the first step by moving out of our home with the huge gardens and fruit trees, flower beds, and all that. (but I missed it this summer during apricot and peach season!) But our current house is still quite large, a necessity due to the fact that we run 3 businesses out of it!

    Looking forward to your launch! I plan on buying a few signed copies for grandchildren.

  5. Here's to moving up and moving on! Glad to hear things are falling into place for you.

  6. Well DW you are still young - it's me who is not as young as I used to be nor as young as you are.

    However - that said - WE'RE DOIN' IT!!!!!!!

  7. HiEveryone!
    Linda - yes! I purchased the WOW blog tour and it will run from 11/7 into December. I'm very excited about that. Also have a few interviews/reviews set up on my own. The WOW folks are great.

    jabblog - thank you and thank you!

    Jingle - I will contact you soon - we had talked about a visit at your blog and a book giveaway. When the dust settles on the move i'll email you. Next week or the one after!

    KarenG - wonderful - thank you! I will miss my pretty garden, but I look forward to spending more time on beaches!! This apartment is a good interim step in learning to "live small."

    Donna - everything happens at once - like the Faye Weldon quote. :-)

    RV - xoxo

  8. Double congrats, Melissa! How do you go on with publishers sending you things when you are on the move? I've known a writer write in an RV touring around and that sounds wonderful. Good luck with it all!

  9. Catherine, that's a very good question! But our plan is that we will stay in some places for several weeks or even a month. So, I'll be able to have things sent. We don't want to be "on the road" all the time - we'll pick certain places that we want to stay for longer periods along the way.


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