This is a long overdue Life Lately post and for “recipe only” peeps, there will be a recipe tomorrow as we get back onto a regular schedule around here so feel free to scroll/swipe and come back tomorrow for something delicious that will be perfect for dinner.
So much has been going on, I don’t even know where to begin. I know this is not a usual life lately post but as I’ve been somewhat quiet, I wanted to share what’s been going on.
These past few months have been a series of highs and lows. On the positive, I decided that it was time to put down roots and this gal just bought her dream home in southeastern Connecticut. While I’m always going to be a Philly gal, I also have a love for Connecticut having spent a good portion of my childhood there. For the past year, I have been commuting back and forth to our family’s cottage in Connecticut every few weeks and while Philadelphia will always have a place in my heart, it was time to stop renting and buy a home.
When it came to house shopping, my bff, Meowmix gave me the sanest piece of advice “Aly – GET A REALTOR!” You know, I hate to say this but Meowmix was right. My legal eagle hat is more litigation, tax and estate law – not real estate law. Thankfully, I found an angel of a realtor that just got what I was looking for – Kat Luby from Coldwell Banker. Kat was a joy to work with. She had everything organized, found homes that had a kitchen that would either be turnkey ready with no demo, allowing me to continue working on the blog immediately after move-in or finding homes that might need a little TLC. If you need a stellar realtor in Connecticut, Kat Luby and the team at Coldwell Baker are the best!
Well, after looking at a lot of homes and spending a few months in Connecticut, I finally found my dream home in Old Lyme – about 20 minutes from our family cottage. Once Jeffie has the full blessing of his vet due to recent medical complications, we will be moving up to Connecticut full time. I shared a few snaps here from when we were looking at the home and during the closing. Obviously, once everything is settled and we are moved in, you will be seeing MUCH more of this gorgeous kitchen and space. Between this kitchen and my office, I’m hoping there is enough room for my cookbook collection. The only downside – there’s a small closet space so some stilettos will have to be relocated to new homes.
If you saw my recent Instastories and Instagram feed, you might know that Jeffie has been in and out of the vet hospital as his diabetes went haywire shortly after we got back from Connecticut. Add to that a life-threatening case of raging pneumonia and a touch of pancreatitis that he’s battling since late last week and Jeffie is a very sick little boy.
It’s a good day every evening when I get to go see him at the hospital and the techs tell me he has not tried to snap at anyone like a land shark. He’s been a hard pup to figure out at the moment. He’s quite frankly irritated that he’s been at the hospital for so long off and on and the techs told me he even walks up to the same cage where he normally stays. Last week, apparently it had another occupant and he about threw a fit. In addition to being an attack pug, he has a touch of OCD that has him channeling his inner Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. This pug has to have the same food, same schedule, same spot on the couch and apparently now the same boarding cage at the vet. Any deviation and he can’t deal. We are taking things one day at a time and praying that he pulls through this because the situation is critical with him at the time of my writing this.
Anyways – so that gives you a bit of an insight into what’s going on. Lots of packing, lots of angst and lots of “what if”. I’m trying to stay on the side of positive and am looking forward to this new chapter. I just might need to develop a few rum cocktails to go with this chaos.
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