Finding Serenity

Be assured, Rick and I have not lost our marbles, though we're certain some may feel we've done just that, when they hear we've sold our suburban Pittsburgh home, to build a farmhouse in rural northwestern Pennsylvania.  Granted, we're no longer spring chickens, and building a house is a considerable challenge, but we're confident that we have the experience and energy to pull if off.

Those that know us well, will tell you that we just can't stop squawking about how much we love country living.  When we purchased our cottage property three years ago, we were understandably apprehensive about investing ourselves in such a remote area.  After all, we'd recently returned to Pennsylvania from southern California, and though we hungered for the peaceful serenity of a rural setting, we were admittedly spoiled by the convenience of urban living.

In the end, having been enchanted by the magic of Mill Creek, we took a chance on serenity, and never looked back, When after three years, we found ourselves splitting time equally between our comfortable, four-bedroom home outside of Pittsburgh, and our tiny, unheated cottage, we realized it was time to seriously consider where we wanted to live full-time, and make the necessary adjustments.

Our decision to move to the country meant we'd have to find an appropriate buyer for our suburban home, which we'd purchased from a family estate.  We considered the house, a family-home, and hated to see it sold to strangers.  That worry was resolved when my daughter and her husband expressed their desire to purchase it.

So, at the ripe old age of 50-something, we embark on a new adventure.  We have about six weeks to pack-up the house, and transfer our belongings to a storage unit, before moving into our cottage, where we'll reside while our new house is constructed.  After that, the cottage will go-back to being what it was intended to be, a weekend retreat for busy people, looking for a little serenity.

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