Newbie with question
I've been reading for over a year, but never posted. Currently (and for the last 20 years) I live in a 1200 sq ft rancher. We were a family of 4, with various dogs and cats. When the kids were little, the house was always too small, and I spent years wishing for a larger one. But we had over an acre of cleared lawn and surrounding woods and fields plus a two car garage to spread out in. In the last 2 years, my husband got so ill he is now in a care facility, oldest daughter went away to college and we lost a dog and a cat. My last daughter leaves this fall for college. It will soon only be me, and two small dogs. The nest is emptier and much larger than ever! Its too big and too much for one overworked woman to care for. I find myself looking for a smaller place, with a smaller yard, etc. I retire in 6 years and this house is paid for. I have the luxury of looking in a 100 mile radius. Will always have a guest room for the kids and wherever I am will always be home for them.....but now they are VERY resistant to the idea of me selling the "homeplace"! It is a simple rancher, warm and sheltering but excluding our memories, nothing really special. Anyone else experience this and how did you handle it?