Downsizing sucks. I knew this wasn't going to be easy but I had no idea how difficult moving could be. Sadly, now I know and I feel like it's taken years off our lives but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We downsized to a beautiful condo, albeit one smaller than our former home, so I expected to be surrounded by packing boxes for a while but I didn't realize that I wasn't going to be able to find anything even if they were perfectly labeled.
It took me three days to find my underwear (I know, too much info, but it's true). I still can't find Chuck's files nor can I locate our CDs. A little Cole Porter with wine right now would certainly do us a lot of good. Thank goodness for my stepson, Charley Jordan, or else we would still be breaking down boxes for recycling! Paul Gonzalez, who is a dear friend, was also our designer for our house on Menomonee. Gratefully, he is lending his magic here at our new place and it's actually beginning to look like a smaller (more manageable) version of our old house. Most of my treasured antiques and artwork look even better now than they did before. Paul and I find ourselves continually saying, "Where was that? I don't remember seeing this before", etc.
Chuck said it's like Christmas all over again for me opening boxes with new/old treasures and, in a way, he's right. We're still overwhelmed but the pros far out way the cons as we enjoy this elegant building with friendly neighbors, a beautiful patio (which the dogs LOVE), a heated garage, multiple doormen and so much more. The park across the street is an added bonus and it makes us feel like we're living on the edge of Central Park. It's a perfect location on a charming street and we're anxious to make new friends in this lively, wonderful part of Chicago.
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