Work, Work, Work…



This is a picture of the detached garage in the backyard and the dirt that will soon be lawn. We are building an arbor over that glass sliding door and I have a beautiful pot to plant a topiary to the left of the door.

Each day off work is a day to work. There really isn’t any time to just have a day off and recharge. We have set a very tight schedule for ourselves and it will take every spare minute we have to get everything done. We have two weeks left to get this house in perfect shape. The painters will continue tomorrow and Scott and his four workers will continue pulling the backyard together, while simultaneously finishing off woodwork projects that are not quite complete . Today (Sunday) we bought four beautiful trees to plant along the fence in the back. We already bought a lot of shrubs to plant and three vines. Scott plans to order the sod tomorrow. We are supposed to get some rain on wednesday so hopefully all the plants will be in by then. Today Mariah helped me empty the attic and haul my last load to Goodwill. The biggest project that Scott has to complete is probably packing up all his tools and transporting them to storage. There is a pretty long list of little details to address. I have taken the week of the 11th off work so that I can help pull together the moving out and the front yard planting as well as anything else I can tackle while Scott is finishing up all the details he is working on . We need to plant a bunch of color in the front yard. Our Realtor is coming on Wednesday with her cleaning person so he can give a bid. The plan is to be out of the house and moved into our short term rental by the 15th. The cleaners will be scheduled to clean on the 16th and then the stagers will begin on the 18th. Then the realtors will have photographers in here to begin a virtual tour and photos for marketing brochures and such. Then the Brokers tour should be the 22nd and open house beginning on the 23. The clock is ticking, we shall see if we make it! If not , then oh well, we will just have to push everything out a week or so, not the end of the world! This entire timeframe is our own, nothing says we cannot change it if we aren’t ready. Whew! Sounds exhausting, huh! Well, it kinda is!

About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

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  1. Wonderful! Just like on all the HGTV shows! We have friends moving this spring and have been doing nothing but talking about purging, cleaning, staging and selling oh my! Sounds like you have it together and so far, so AWESOME! Keep it up!

    • I’m so glad we found each other Allison. Your words of support and encouragement are more appreciated than you could possibly know. I just don’t have anyone here who can even remotely relate to what I’m going through right now. I know you still have a year until it’s your turn to go through all the details of this monumental life change, I hope you keep up your blogging so I can send you the same kind of generous , caring support. I think this house part , for me anyways, is proving to be the most challenging so far. Physically and emotionally I’m just spent and It will be a great relief to be through this portion of our preparation. We still have so much work to do around the actual physical move, documentations to gather and start completing, getting the cats checked out by the vet, selling a car,oh, and of course we have yet to actually find a place to rent in Boquete. I think I feel a blog post brewing….: 0 You said something so wise the other day about using this blog to vent , your right about that ! I cant wait to hear about your visit to Panama, I hope it’s a great trip and that you get some good research in around where you will end up. Cheers!

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