Tonight is the last night we'll spend in this little townhouse.
And it's definitely with mixed emotions that I'm leaving. The catalyst for the move was two-fold. Both Dave and I commute long-distances to work (at least 80 km one way). Not only did we not want to live in the cities where we work (Brampton or Etobicoke), we couldn't really afford to anyway - but we'd been talking about moving marginally closer and shaving a few km (not to mention minutes) off the commute.
Then, at the beginning of the year, we got the notice that out rent was being raised again. The condition of the unit,as well at the exterior maintenance of the property had slid in the last few years (and it was never spectacular) when new owners bought the complex. It was no longer worth paying what they were asking, while commuting all that way, for a poorly maintained property.
So the new-home hunt began.
And I'm excited about a lot of things about the new place - Dave gets a garage. I get a properly fenced yard where I can build a real garden. There's TWO bathrooms!!! And we'll each save 200 km a week on the drive - that's pretty big.
But - I do love this little townhouse. It's the perfect size for the two of us (and the kitties of course). Unlike many town houses, this one has large windows, so it's always bright and cheerful.
It's my first big-girl place - the first place I moved all on my own from my parents seven years ago. I was here for more than five years before Dave moved in permanently.
I came here with nothing more than a bed, dressers,a futon, a fish tank, and a tv. I didn't even have a computer when I first moved out. It was almost a year before I got one. Over the years, I was given a washer and dryer, dinette set, and couch and loveseat by kind neighbours.
I try to laugh at that as I'm navigating my way through the never-ending sea of boxes, and thinking about all the furniture we have to move now. It's amazing how things can change in a few short years.
But - all things must end, and it's time to say good bye to this little townhouse, and the sweet little town that surrounds it.
The new adventure begins bright and early tomorrow!