Well, it’s February and our moving day has come and gone. I swear that was the shortest January ever! Now we’re all moved in…sorta.

Moving out…

Let me start out by saying the move went very smoothly. We were a little worried that everything might not fit in the truck. We had the contents of my condo and my sister’s possessions from her house in Thunder Bay sitting in a 10 x 10 storage unit at Dymon Storage. But Two Men and a Truck did a great job. Everything just fit. The guys were efficient, friendly, and helpful. Nothing was broken or misplaced. I highly recommend them.

We're all moved in...sorta by Colleen Kanna, Photo of the moving truck backed up to the entranceway and being loaded up.

Loading up the truck

The only casualty was a favourite vase of mine. Of course, that was one of the things we decided to move in the car to keep it safe. Lesson learned…let the professionals handle it. I’ve had this vase for probably 23 years. It has a heavy wooden base that it fits into perfectly. Does anyone know a good glass artisan who might be able to fix it? I don’t know. Maybe cut it down to make a shorter vase? I’m not ready to let it go yet.

We're all moved in...sorta by Colleen Kanna, Photo of broken vase on the counter with decorative red balls that usually sit in the vase, now in the background.

Broken vase

Moving in…

We stayed overnight at a hotel and moved in the next day. We’ve worked hard all weekend and our kitchen is pretty much set up.

Our new kitchen

Our new kitchen

View of our kitchen

Oliver claimed the window seat

This morning we looked out the kitchen window and saw horses. They’re our backyard neighbours. We back on to the Royale Ranch Equestrian Centre.

We're all moved in...sorta by Colleen Kanna, The view from our kitchen window. Through the trees, you can see a red barn and a couple of horses.

Can you see the horses?

We still have lots of work to do though. Taking it one step and one room at a time.

View of the dining area with empty boxes and full garbage bags.

View on the other side of the kitchen counter

Renovations…

And yet we decided we still need more chaos in our life. Now we are undertaking some renovations. We’re getting the ceilings unstippled. You know the popcorn ceilings that were once all the rage because it was easy for builders to install? Well, no one wants them anymore, including us. So we decided we might as well get them flattened and painted before we move all the furniture up into the bedrooms.

And then we decided while we’re at it, we might as well change all the carpeting upstairs. So for at least a few more weeks, we’ll live with this mound of furniture and boxes in the living room.

We're all moved in...sorta by Colleen Kanna, Photo of our living room filled with furniture and boxes.

Our living room

Oh and here’s what it looked like before we moved in…for comparative purposes.

We're all moved in...sorta by Colleen Kanna, Photo of our living room before we moved in.

Our empty living room

In the meantime, I’m temporarily sleeping downstairs in the family room.

Photo of our downstairs family room which is temporarily my bedroom.

Our family room: Currently the TV room, bedroom, and dressing room

We hadn’t planned to do any renos when we moved in. In fact, we bought this house because it was move in ready and didn’t require any renos. What can I say?

The neighbourhood…

We’ve met quite a few of our neighbours already. During our final walkthrough before we even moved in, Eric from across the street came over and introduced himself and told us about the beautiful front gardens maintained by the previous owner. I said, “We’ll have big gardening shoes to fill”. And he said, “Oh no, don’t worry. It will just bloom and look beautiful and you can weed or not. It will still look great!” Perfect!

The day of the move, people were driving by or walking by with their dogs and giving us a wave. That evening, Mark from next door came over and welcomed us to the hood.

On our first nightly dog walk, we met 8 month old Franklin and his owner whose name I can’t remember. But they’re from down the street and they love the neighbourhood. He grew up here and bought the house next door to his parents. They live side by side. I took this as a great sign because my sister did the same thing in Thunder Bay.

On our next dog walk, Libby was pulling out of her driveway with her dog. She stopped the car, rolled down her window and gave us a warm welcome. Yep, I think we’re going to be right at home here.

Just to circle back…

On our way out of the condo after doing the final cleanup and sweep through to make sure we hadn’t forgotten anything, we met up with the young new owner and her father. She seemed really excited and I assured her she was going to love living there. It gave me an opportunity to tell her about a few things like the code for the garbage/recycling hut, and how to park in the very tight spot right next to the garage door. They seemed like really nice folks. I’m happy to pass the condo onto a fresh new owner who will make new memories there.

And the previous owners of our new house left us a lovely note saying how much they loved living here and hope we will too! They left take out menus, plant tags for the garden, and the lovely window seat cushions. I’m looking forward to carrying on more good memories in this home.

Five years ago, I moved into the condo feeling shaky, a bit lost, and unsure of where life was going to take me. Now I feel like all has come full circle. It reminds me to always, “Trust the timing of your life”.

We're all moved in...sorta by Colleen Kanna, Photo of hand holding an orange leaf with a blurry background by Steven Ramon on Unsplash with the quote "Trust the timing of your life" ~ Brittany Burgunder

“Keep focusing on putting one foot in front of the other, be kind, and follow your heart. Doors will open effortlessly, but first, you have to be ready to walk through.” ~ Brittany Burgunder

I feel the positive energy and good vibes in this home and neighbourhood. I know we’re going to love it here. My heart is full of gratitude and love even if I can’t find the box with all my pants!

P.S.

One of the boxes packed by my daughter with a message for me. In case you can’t read it, it says, “Put in storage. Maddi’s old, unimportant (with a smiley face) Chinese memories. Trust me. Nothing you need.” This is how I know she’s still a teenager!

Moving box packed by my daughter lol.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.