Preparing for an international move is tough people. The logistics alone are daunting and ever present in my mental to-do list. Then you ice cream sandwich that between with the intense emotions of leaving your hometown, your friends, family, and your church community. The task that carries both logistic and emotional baggage at the same time is that of selling our Portland home. The first house we’ve ever owned, the one we shed sweat, blood and tears (yes all three) to clear the garden of bamboo, the house I painted each room multiple times over to find the right colors, and the house where Piet built me my dream chicken coop, which I now have to part with as well. In fact, lets have a look at some before and after images shall we?
Big change! We have loved this house and it has served us well. No major problems (other than the bamboo), no major disappointments, the neighbors are fantastic, and it has been fun to be a part of an ever changing neighborhood. I really hope whoever ends up in this house appreciates it and loves it as much as we have.
The house went on the market Friday, June 3rd. We had 100° weather on the books, a cat that we try to keep indoors, and a big friendly giant of a dog to get out of the house for the weekend. Given the heat in the city, we were very pleased with our decision to take off to the Oregon Coast! We rented a cute AirBnB a block off Rockaway Beach with some friends and enjoyed the perfect coastal temperatures ranging in the mid 70’s° to 80’s°. We last minute booked the cat, Eskimo, into Meowhaus on NE Sandy Blvd. The fanciest of cat boarding places.
Having the weekend away to relax (and mostly work on revamping my blog) helped ease the sadness on my heart of selling our home. And Django had a pretty darn tootin’ good time running in the sand (before getting overheated like the delicate flower he is).
Now we are home, and the house is still having showings until mid-day Wednesday. Yesterday was a comical juggle having to periodically get myself and Django out of the house for potential buyers coming to tour with their agents. With the hot hot heat we had to run the car A/C and park down the street like creepers waiting for the potential buyers to leave. Thank God for Netflix on my iPhone.