Oh my goodness we moved again. We somehow managed to move from Tasmania back to Melbourne in a jumble of logistics and false starts and sleepless nights. Now we are back. Back in a whole different world where COVID is all around and most things are a short drive away. It’s been an adjustment! We arrived on Tuesday and have been getting used to the busyness of a city and suburban life, swarming carparks, flat terrain and fewer trees and rivers and moody skies.
It’s been so lovely to have the kids all together again and the dogs are very happy to have a big grassy backyard to do Zoomies in, rather than the more rugged terrain we had in New Norfolk. Initially we had signed a lease on a small house in Coburg North, but when Rin went over to do a FaceTime call with me, we realised that the video inspection we had before the lease was signed did not show the extensive water damage at the property!
With our things already en route, we quickly secured another house through the same agent the very next day and the Coburg lease was voided. The next day the moving truck pulled up – with the change of address processed in the nick of time. It was all such a scramble but we have a roof over our heads now and are living in a cute little house in Fawkner. It needs a lot of garden-planting and some TLC, but was within budget and looked nice and cosy. If you think about the house in Edward Scissorhands, you’re kind of on the right track.
We’ve been in since Tuesday and we are really enjoying living the suburban dream! We’re very close to a train station and ten minutes from the Preston Market. And it’s (weirdly) quieter than our house in Tassie – no logging trucks, no roosters crowing, no bush hens!
I am sure I will have more stories to tell soon, but in the mean time I thought why not TAKE STOCK?! It’s good to take a breath before the holiday season truly sets in, don’t you think?! Let’s do that …
Making: A house a home. Sort of.
Getting: A crash-course in ‘living with COVID’
Cooking: Things on the charcoal grill. I am bad at it. I think I need a charcoal chimney?
Sipping: A bolstering glass of cold white wine.
Reading: Cookbooks from the op shop. (Have started replacing the books I had to cull to move already!)
Thinking: About what might lie ahead. I hope it’s good. Or at least fine.
Remembering: How it feels to have alone time. I have not had much of that over the past year or so.
Looking: Forward to feeling more settled.
Listening: To Justin Bieber in the car with the kids.
Wishing: I could sleep for a week. Or at least rest.
Enjoying: Living Northside.
Appreciating: The double Bosch oven and grill in the house, but not too sure how it works yet. I made a focaccia yesterday and it turned out okay, but I am still wondering what all those symbols on the oven control panel mean.
Wanting: To catch up on my study.
Eating: Bahn Mi. Laksa. YUM!
Finishing: Not much. Lots of starting though!
Liking: New op shops to explore.
Loving: My little bedroom.
Buying: House things … sticky hooks, a clamshell pool for the dogs, garage shelves from Bunnings to use at bookshelves (for now), op shop crockery, pink carnations.
Watching: 90 Day Fiancé. I am a sucker for it. So bad/good.
Hoping: Everyone reading this is faring okay.
Wearing: A flowery cotton dress.
Walking: On the creaky floorboards.
Following: This cool new development at the Australian Women’s Weekly.
Noticing: All the fresh new-to-me things in my new neighbourhood.
Saving: Very, very little. It’s a spend-y time.
Waiting: For our modem which was delayed. We only have our phones for internet at the moment.
Bookmarking: This piece by Liane Moriarty. I had a ‘please come back to see us again’ mammogram the year before last and had to spend Christmas not knowing what was happening, as I waited for my follow-up appointment. It was very stressful but I was lucky enough to get the all-clear in the following January.
Coveting: A less virus-y world.
Feeling: Tired, pleased.
Hearing: The air-conditioning huffing away.
Here’s a blank list for you to copy and complete, in case you want to do that!
Love to you, dear reader.
See you back here very soon.