WELCOME 2016—The Year of Changes

Those of you who’ve known me a while are aware that “Change” is not my favorite word. While I’m a whole lot better than I was when I was a young woman, still giving me lead time really helps me make a transition.

I wrote a post last year about our discovery of a lakehouse fifteen minutes from where we live now. Some of that follows. (Hang with me this really does connect. 🙂 )

…..Love, love, love the water views in Maine. photo(7)

(Boothbay Harbor. We’re returning next October. Setting for book releaseing this month.)

I’d begun to pine for a place to stay on the water in Maine for at least a month or two during the summer. (Have had much fun looking.) My husband finally told me as long as he was practicing law (and you know lawyers never really retire), he couldn’t go and stay on the coast of Maine (or any coast) for that long. I wasn’t willing to leave him.

I sighed and faced reality, letting the dream slip farther away. Then one day we were out looking at new homes that one of my husband’s clients build. Really nice homes, golf course views, the latest and greatest in kitchens and baths, but no water!. We decided we’d have to bite the bullet and get his client to find us a place with a water view and build us something.

That was on a Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday an email from our real estate daughter showed up on my computer with this subject line: Waterview??? A piece of property in Fort Worth on one of our smaller lakes had popped up when the price lowered. She told us later she doesn’t even check that listing often. IMG_1495I looked at the pictures and sighed. Went away. Came back, looked again, and sighed some more. So after the third time I figured I had to show it to Bob. We had to actually go look at it. IMG_1348(2) (We had beach because of severe drought.)

Long story short (which you know is not my strong suit), we bought a lake house! 15 minutes from our current home. It’s small and a bit run down. We can’t even get both our cars in the garage. And the kitchen is bare bones.

None of that matters because of this. 


Stunning huh? We can’t believe how fortunate we are to have this fall into our laps. (Not without some haggling. LOL) The plan is to fix it up and move out there full time. I know many folks with two homes, but it seems a bit much for us and with a view like this, we want to be there all the time. This whole thing wouldn’t have happened without the support of our awesome kids.

Of course, our kids and theirs will get to enjoy Waters Edge West long after we’re gone. A good legacy, don’t you think?

That post went live on May 28, 2015. (I’ve reprinted–and updated the photos–because I can’t give you the link to that post, since the old ones were all lost when I changed PR folks. Disappointing, but the change was worth the loss.)

On December 28th, 2015, work actually began on the remodel for the lakehouse. What’s happened in just a couple of weeks is amazing.FullSizeRender(41) (Gutted kitchen. Shades of HGTV) Now it’s real and we really are moving from our home we’ve been in 20 years this coming April. From nearly 2900 sq. feet to 1700! Big Changes are coming in very small ways.

Every time I look around my house I ask, “Can that go with us? If so, where can I put it?”

One of the things we like best about the lakehouse is all the windows. We love being able to see the lake from every room, but that means we don’t have many walls for putting up stuff. We took down one wall.


(Dining room and family room minus a wall between.)

How much of all our “stuff” are we going to take with us? What do we do with it if we’re not taking it?”

Goodwill is my friend. They have a drop off place that’s near. I’ve already made three trips and that just is the tip of the iceberg of our “stuff.” We’ll probably have a “Moving Sale” either before or after we sell this house. The logistics of that boggle my mind.

What really boggles my mind is all the decisions about stuff for the lakehouse. Where do I want the ceiling fans? What will they look like? What about the chandelier for the dining room? What kind of pendants should hang over the kitchen peninsula? (Fortunately, we earlier selected counter tops, back splashes, and cabinets.) Still we need to select faucets and door pulls for the kitchen and master bath. I’ll be dreaming about all of this for sure. LOL

Let me be clear. I am not complaining! I’m blown away by this opportunity to live on the water for the rest of my life.


(We added the poles and I added the turquoise!)

But we’ve got big changes coming and lots of decisions ahead!!!!!

Along with all this, I’ve got a book, ACT OF TRUST, to bring out this month another one to write and an old one to spruce up and release. Going to be a busy year full of changes.

How about you? Do you like change? How long have you lived in your current house? Have you moved a lot in your life? (The lakehouse will be our 7th home in the 40 some years we’ve lived in Fort Worth.)

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19 responses to “WELCOME 2016—The Year of Changes

    • Absolutely, Jacquie. It’s almost magical the affect the water has on my spirit! How fun to live on an island. Love those shows on HGTV where they’re searching for a home on an island. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  1. Wow, Marsha! Changes all around! First off, congratulations on your forthcoming novel. I always enjoy reading your stories. I think you are a wonderful writer.

    Unbelievable! You certainly are starting from scratch with gutting the house. I bet your new home will be beautiful when finished and I can’t wait to see the photos then. And the view is gorgeous.

    We plan on putting our home on the market May 1st. Mind you, it’s just a plan. I am looking forward to moving into a condo. Bill is looking forward to moving into a smaller home. We’ll see what happens. And we still aren’t sure where/what city that condo or home may be!!!

    I have moved many times! My parents lived in their home for 64 years.

    You sound very happy and I am very happy for you. 🙂

    Best wishes,

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    • Hey, Susan, thanks for your kind words about my writing. Wow! You’re putting the house on the market in May, but aren’t sure what city you’re going to move to? Now that’s faith. LOL I’m sure you’ll find the perfect place. I can’t even imagine being in one location for as long as your parents. Did they remodel over that time? Thanks for stopping. I’ll definitely share photos as the project continues. 🙂


      • My parents did some remodeling. Took down walls, built on to the kitchen, added a room to the back of the house. It was a big house, five bedrooms upstairs. During their later years, their bedroom moved downstairs to what we called “the playroom” growing up. It would be the equivalent of a family room. I have three brothers and three sisters.

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  2. Oh Marsha
    I love your new home. I didn’t realize you had to gut it and put so much work into it, but it’s going to be just perfect.
    The turquoise railings are magnificent. It’s so wonderful that you get to create the home you want and have a water view from every room. I’m so happy for you.
    And I know the peace and tranquility of your new home will flow into your prose.
    Me? I resist change, and that resistant grows with age, but I fight against it, because, as we all know, life is change.
    Your post is wonderfully uplifting. I sighed at every picture. Thank you for sharing.
    Best Wishes

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    • Hey, Jo-Ann. I’m surprised you don’t like change. You seemed to have embraced a lot lately. 🙂 All to the good, too. Glad you like the turquoise poles. The dock workers gave me the courage to do that. I was afraid the family would disown me. As it turns out, they all love them. 🙂 Sometimes taking a risk is rewarded. One of those things you never know until you try. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and for giving us Sisters of Suspense. 🙂

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  3. Oh my, what a view! Gorgeous. So glad you gave us a photo of the side of the house facing the water too. I thought maybe the outside of the house would be in bad shape, but it looks good. I love ranch houses…so much room and no stairs…I would love to gut a house and start fresh and NOT live in the middle of the reno. We’ve done a lot of that. Hard to live through, but so worth it. So many decisions to make. After 8 years living full-time in a fifth wheel camper, we bought a double wide in FL. I thought I had moved into a palace after living in an 8 x 32 camper!! A year later we purchased a ranch house in MI, so we have 2 homes to take care of. Thank goodness my DH is a handyman.
    Enjoy the change–a new chapter in your life. Congrats on your next novel coming out. You are a busy gal!!

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    • Hey, JQ. I do appreciate not living in the house during the remodeling. Every other time we’ve remodeled we’ve been in it. Definitely preferable to be out during the chaos. You know it strikes me that remodeling is a bit like writing a novel. There is a lot of chaos and upheaval before you get to the final, polished (but not perfect) model. I admire you being able to manage two homes. Just the bit we had from May until we moved out completely in late November, made me nuts. I always had something at one place I needed at the other. But maybe that was because we were weekending rather than staying full time at the lake the way you do in Fl. My neighbors have traveled the country in their mobile home. They love the freedom that gives them.Sounds like you’ve got the best of both worlds. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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    • Hey, Jerrie. Glad you got to see it before we do the work. Think you’ll really like the end results. Every once in a while I think, what did we decide to do? Then I look at the view and sigh and I’m good. Thanks for stopping by.


    • Hey, Steph. You’re right. It’s only one day at a time. One decision at a time. Today is baskets for under the bench that will run along the back wall of the family room. And one of my daughters is going to help. Always easier when more brains are involved. Thanks so much for stopping by.


  4. OMG, Marsha! This is wonderful (btw, love the turquoise). You are embracing a new life adventure and that is a very good thing. I love looking at before/after photos; so keep us posted. Have tons of fun!!!

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  5. Hi Marsha, what a beautiful home! I love the view, and it’s so peaceufl and tranquil. What a great place for a writer!
    When I was growing up we moved house a lot. I was determined my own children wouldn’t have to go through all that and so we lived in the same house 25 years. Now my daughters have places of their own, and four years ago we did what you are doing – bought a smaller place and completely did it up. I, too, had to decide what to take or leave, but it felt good to lighten my life of stuff I’d accumulated over many years and start afresh.
    Wishing you a great 2016 and a great start in your new home, and I’m looking forward to reading your next release!

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    • Hey, Helena. You’ve inspired me that we can actually do this downsizing thing. LOL You found a gorgeous place to live. The pics you share of the Moors are spectacular. Soul-filling for sure. Thanks for stopping by.


  6. Congrats on the new place! Looks like a lovely spot. wishing you many happy years there.

    We basically did the same this year. Hubs wanted to try something different, which required moving. We lucked out and found a wonderful new place, on a hill with open space beside and below (behind) us and a view of SF bay from our kitchen. Just love it.

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