Saturday, December 30, 2017

Farewell 2017...Welcome 2018...

Saying farewell to 2017 is easy even though I feel like time is speeding faster than I can keep up.  Mr. C and I chose "Discover" as our word for 2017 and it did not disappoint us.  We discovered much in the past 12 months.  More on this as I post.  I managed to make Martha Stewart's Egg Nog Caramels. Click this link for her recipe.   It was almost a soupy disaster however I managed to cut and roll them into little bite-sized bits of yumminess.  Wrapped in parchment paper and bundled to give as gifts they were successful after all.

Having our home listed for seven months with the first broker and then 5 months with the second broker was a huge discovery for us.  We spent a ransom in upgrading everything from the landscaping to re-painting the exterior trim from blue to white and lots of indoor paint and carpet based on each broker's suggestions.  Well! We had only seven people actually tour in person and we had ZERO offers.  Not even an insultingly too low of an offer.  We became exhausted living in a fish bowl 24/7...just in case of a showing.  We also became very discouraged with the lack of effort put forth by the brokers.  December we removed our home from MLS.  As you can see in the photo above, we are not done spending time and money on trying to find a buyer who wants this beautiful peaceful serene home.

Our powder room will be current and hopefully appeal to the finicky buyers there are nowadays.  Mr. C is a very hard worker and he very much deserves to have this home sold.  He is so ready to move out of our native state.  We took a road trip recently to confirm how much our chosen destination tugs at our heartstrings.  Yes, Yes, Yes!!!  Now we merely have to overcome our rapidly declining purse strings and move on...PLEASE!!!
I have no witty year end post.  I do have some thoughts on how I would like 2018 to be kind to us.  I am not going to select a word as I have done in so many past years.  Instead I am going to be much more MINDFUL of how I spend my time and talents. I am in charge of my Creative Bliss...she says while stamping her feet!
I would like to share this quote by Sally Berger which I recently saw on a Mary Englebright image:
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."  How very fitting for me due to my always waiting for the right time or the right knowledge or the perfect situation.  "If not now...when?"
I have been so grateful for you, my faithful followers, as you share your time and talents with blogland and other social media forums.  I am inspired and humbled.
Blessings for Peace, Love, Bliss and lots more Creativity for all of 2018...xo <3


  1. Having done almost the same as you, I have to agree that it is no fun living in a fishbowl! It feels good to leave that dirty dish in the sink and not worry about the faucets having Windex sprayed on them several times a day so they look clean and sparkly. I'm sure someday I'll have to update this home to appease the fussy home buyer, but for now we are enjoying our time here. Hopefully, all your work will bring buyers! Happy New Year!

  2. I hope 2018 will be the year when you find a buyer and can move on! Happy New Year.

  3. Happy New Year Sherry! I hope you sell your home in 2018, but don't think shout it all the time. Live your life and the right buyer will eventually come. Don't drive yourself crazy with having a perfect model home at all times. The right buyer can see through any dirty dishes and clutter because they are trying to see their belongings in the home. Put out your best home selling vibes and then go about your daily and weekly routines for living and that buyer will come and make an offer. Maybe not in a day or a week or a month, but they will come eventually. When you least expect it and your house is not perfectly in order suddenly you will get an offer. Just wait and see.

  4. I do so hope that that elusive buyer will turn up for you both this Year. Mr C really is a trooper and I so admire you for not giving up. Here's to a healthy and Happy 2018. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. Ooh. I luv toffee! There has definitely been lots to discover. I am pretty excited about 2018 and have picked no word but l8ke you "if not now, when?" I am always procrastinating until perfect arrives bit 2018 is as good as it gets. I am planning the set up for my new creativity centre and by golly, I am going to use up supplies that have languished too long. I, too, waited a long time for my dream place and it is hard waiting. Wishing you all the best in this coming year. You are a very sweet blessing!

  6. I pray that 2018 will be the year your beautiful home sells and you and Mr C can move on! I always enjoy your posts and creations! Happy New Year!

  7. Wishing you and Mr. C a fantastic new year! I hope you are able to find your buyer soon and move where your hearts are leading you.

  8. My friend, I pray that 2018 brings the perfect buyer to you and Mr. C so you can move to your dream location. And I hope that it brings you a year of health and happiness!! Big hugs, dear friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. I too will pray for your home to sell and at a good price. I have been in your shoes. It took 2 years. and then I took a huge loss.
    Mostly because I put money into the building thinking it would be a good investment when time came to sell. Darly has the right idea.

  10. You know that my fingers have been firmly crossed for a buyer to fall in love with your home and hopefully it will happen for you soon. In the meantime just take time to enjoy all the results of the labour you have both put into the beautification - after all, you deserve to enjoy it. Happy 2018!

  11. I am sure your gifts of caramel were very much enjoyed. A true shame that your brokers did not do an adequate job on showing the house. I pray that you are able to sell and get to your dream destination. Wishes for a bright and sparkly new year.


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