Let’s Talk with Lois Winston

Could Life Get Any Crazier?
By Lois Winston

My last Booklover’s Bench post was seven weeks ago, and right now my head is spinning over everything that has happened since I last posted. First, the good news:

My husband and I are now fully vaccinated. We’ve even ventured out to a restaurant for the first time in thirteen months and also visited with friends we haven’t seen in more than a year.

Also, those of you who read my March post will remember my ongoing refrigerator saga. After a year on order, the fridge still hasn’t arrived. We recently cancelled the order because last month we decided to sell our house and move out of state to be closer to family.

Deciding to move during a pandemic sounds crazy and is not something I would recommend. The funny thing is, though, of the seven authors on Booklover’s Bench, I’m the fourth member to pull up stakes in recent months. We had been toying with the idea for some time now. We’re getting older and no longer have a family support system nearby. But when the pandemic hit, I figured we’d hold off until life was back to normal.

The universe had other ideas. My husband recently became ill and landed in the hospital for several days. Luckily, his condition is correctable, and he’ll be fine once he has surgery in a few weeks. But this episode made it clear to us that waiting another year or two before moving was no longer an option.

Pandemic aside, much has changed in real estate since we last sold a house. For one thing, HGTV didn’t exist. Now it seems like everyone is staging, renovating, and flipping homes, and they all have their own TV shows. Joanna and Chip Gaines even have their own network! Thanks to HGTV, home buyers are brainwashed to demand Carrera marble kitchen islands the size of my bathroom and walk-in closets the size of my bedroom.

Our charming 1600 sq. ft. 1935 Craftsman bungalow is ideal for first-time buyers looking to find a reasonably priced home in a town with a great school system and an easy commute into NY. After only thirteen days on the market, a young couple fell in love with the house, despite the lack of an enormous kitchen island and walk-in closets.

However, we still have weeks of craziness ahead of us. We have to get past the surgery and recovery, as well as buying a new home, settlement, and moving. I’m looking forward to the day I can settle into my new office and return to the craziness of the murder and mayhem of my imagination. I’m only about 20,000 words away from finishing the tenth Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery. I’m not happy about having to put my writing on hold, but I’m certain Anastasia is enjoying the reprieve.

So, readers and friends, please share your moving tips. I’d love to hear them!

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