So, as you might remember, we have to move out of the lovely Chez Q into some new digs. It has been a stressful couple of weeks, but mum found somewhere that we can live next week. Prices have gone crazy in our city, and mum was not sure that she would find anywhere for us. The place she has found is much smaller than where we are, so she has had to sell a few of our big items like her desk and bookcase which she both loved. All of our books have been sold or given away, except for a couple of cookbooks. Cupboards have been cleared and mum has tried to be ruthless.
The choices in finding a house was much harder than mum had thought. She thought there would be more choices available, but in a limited time period there was not much to choose from. Prices have gone crazy. The good things about the house that mum has found is that she can still walk to work, it is close to the supermarket, it has a little back garden for me and already comes with a cat door. There is also no traffic going directly past the house as it is up 30 steps between two roads, making it safer for me.
The things that mum is finding hard are that it is much smaller, and mum has had to rid herself of lots of stuff. Storage is limited, so she will have to be selective about what she takes and keeps. The house is in the middle of a large student area, so mum imagines it will be noisier than what we are used to, and there will be more traffic noise. She also worries that it is not as safe an area as where we live currently when she leaves work after late shifts. The garden is pretty tiny and there is not many plants, as I love to curl up in the shade under some plants and sleep.
She knows though that we are lucky to find somewhere that we can stay together, she was worried that we would have to split up. This move has forced mum to face some tricky issues about her budget and that she will now have to knuckle down and restrict her spending, and stick to the budget. It has been a very confronting couple of weeks, and mums stress levels have been at the highest point. She is trying to look at the positives and trying to consider this a new adventure for us.