Cordelia’s Mom Is Back!

Did that title give you a little thrill?

I sure hope so.  I’ve missed all of you, too.

So, you ask, what was the big deal that took me away from blogging for so long?

Well, folks, I just didn’t have time, or energy, for blogging.  I was busy with the full-time Job From Hell while trying to get my life settled again after ….

Buying a new home and selling my prior home!

The last day – both exciting and sad.

As usual, Cordelia’s Mom did everything backwards.  While most empty-nesters search for a senior apartment or a small ranch house with minimum maintenance, we opted to go from a 987 square foot, one-bath saltbox on 1/8 acre to a 1282 square foot, one-and-a-half bath colonial on 1/3 acre.

View from side of house

There are stories galore in that experience, and I’m seriously considering writing a book about my house-hunting adventure.  I’ve checked with a few, more experienced blogging friends, and they seem supportive of the idea.  I don’t know how long it will take to finalize the project, but you’ll see the finished product here first.  Are you excited?  I know I am!

Meanwhile, I intend to bore all of you with the ongoing household issues.  The house we bought was built in 1939, and we purchased from the original family (that’s right, we’re only the second family living in this house since 1939!).  The downstairs was never updated, and the upstairs dormer addition seems to have been built in the late 1950s/early 1960s.

The kitchen is so tiny that we had to buy apartment-size appliances and a small folding table.

We don’t cook much any more, so these are just fine.

The kitchen sink is in the original metal cabinet – it was all the rage back then, but not so much now.

Yup, this kitchen definitely will need updating!

Lots of work – but with a certain amount of cash and lots of elbow grease, we can make it beautiful.

It may be old, dirty and disgusting, but it has good bones, and definite possibilities (just look at that interior architecture!) – and it’s ours.

An arched doorway and built-in knickknack shelf. Who doesn’t love that?

Have you wondered the last few months why I was re-posting all those renovation stories about the old house?  Well, guess what – you’ll get to join me in doing it all over again in the new house – new windows, new bathroom, new paint.  And a new fence, so Puppy Cody – who’s used to running free in a fully fenced-in yard – can finally enjoy her new home.

View from upstairs window – I can’t wait until that baby is fenced in!

Puppy Cody and I are getting seriously tired of those walks on leash at 6:00 am every morning.  Puppy Cody definitely does NOT like walking on leash, and I think I may need rotator cuff surgery by the time we’re done, what with all the pulling and balking.

And you gotta know, based on how things generally go for me, that there will be lots of enthralling stories during the construction.

Stick with me, everyone.  It’s going to be another fun ride.

(BTW, I haven’t seen Not CM around in awhile.  I’m not sure she made the move to the new house with us … only time will tell.)

Love to every one of my loyal readers!


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55 Responses to Cordelia’s Mom Is Back!

  1. jdawgswords says:

    the best thing about the metal cabinets is they are nearly mice proof…the bad thing they rust…congrats on getting such a cool place…write your book…there’s never just one DIY book about flipping a house…yours will find a niche too

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Looks like the start of a grand adventure. I would focus on the fence. Let that dog run free.


  3. willowdot21 says:

    Welcome back really missed you 💜

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  4. Jane says:

    Best of luck with the new digs.


  5. Victo Dolore says:

    Yay! Can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂

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  6. joey says:

    Congratulations! Twice! I love the sink. I’d fall in love, too. We are the second family in our 1920 home, but only because three generations lived here before us.
    I think 1500ish is perfect for a couple and a bit cozier/crowded, but livable for a family. This is the smallest house we’ve lived in and we’re both THRILLED with it, so I think you will be, too.
    Lovely yard, gorgeous old bones! 😀 Hurrah!


    • Thanks, Joey. You house is even older than mine! Actually, mine was last lived in by the daughter of the couple who owned it originally. The daughter died earlier this year, and we bought it from her estate, We were able to get it below market value because it hadn’t been updated, and the heirs were in a hurry to get rid of it.

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      • joey says:

        It is my humble opinion that updates done to sell a house are not as desirable as updates done by those who live in the house. You will have things as you please and that’s even better than below market value 🙂

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  7. Diana says:

    So exciting! Making a home your own. Designing it to fit your needs and functionality of living is the most wonderful experience! And so worth all the work!
    If only designing careers were as easy! 🙂

    Love the architecture of the house —–the arch. Love that!
    Look forward to seeing the changes!
    Best of luck!


  8. It’s a beautiful house, CM! And I’m amazed it’s still in such amazing conditions. Looking forward to your renovation stories. (*’∀’人)♥


  9. Archon's Den says:

    We’re thrilled to have you back, and look forward to seeing you (and hubby, and Cody, and maybe one or more of the elusive daughters) and the new/old house in person! 😀


  10. Yay! Wondered where you’d gone! We are following suit and waiting for a completion date.
    Your new house looks great. I shall be taking pictures of ours too, but it will mostly be empty rooms! The before and after pics should therefore be quite spectacular!
    Welcome back!!

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    • You know I was just dying to say something while reading your house-hunting stories, but I didn’t want to jinx myself.

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      • I know the feeling. We kept quiet for a while after the first and second went tits up. Now we are STILL waiting for the vendor’s solicitor to get her act together. We are now into our 4th week, which is pretty good going these days, but have heard instances of 2 or 4 days for people in a similar position…….. ie only ones in the chain, cash buyers, etc. We thiught as the solicitors were the same company but different offices, it would speed things up a little. On a good note, it is actually sving us a bank transfer fee as the funds account is the same for both clients!

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  11. Congratulations. Our space is about 1350 square feet on the first floor where we love. There’s another 1000 feet downstairs, but we use it mainly for storage and doing the laundry. That’s not a huge amount of space, especially if you are going to have guest space and/or office space. And having extra space is fine, as long as you don’t let it get ahead of you. I just wish someone else would repair and clean ours! And we didn’t have stairs.


    • love=live — TYPO SQUAD MESSAGE!

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    • The funny thing is, Marilyn, that the new house seems smaller in some ways than the old house. Although, at least now I do have a dining area – and a pantry in the basement. We also now have an entry hall – at the old house, you walked right into the living room. But the best part is the outdoor space, and the fact that we seem to have good neighbors. I feel like I can sit out on the front stoop if I want without being hassled. That alone is priceless.

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  12. markbialczak says:

    And, so thankfully for you, the hubby and Cody … you’re rid of those nasty neighbors! I hope the tales of the new squad around this lovely house of yours are bright, my friend. Congratulations, CM. I look forward to great stories to come.

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  13. Kalista says:

    Oh my goodness – that is so awesome! Congratulations on this new adventure. I’m looking forward to updates.


  14. nickc324 says:

    Congratulations on your new home and I’m glad you are back! I would read your book,too!


  15. Karen J says:

    YAY CM! So glad to see you back 🙂
    Congratulations on the new house 🙂 🙂 🙂 and I don’t blame you for hiding out while you-guyz went through the ups and downs and maybe drug-out process of that.


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  19. mehak22 says:

    nice post👌👌💖

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  22. LOL Good luck, moving and getting your new home set up the way you want it is a challenge. Great post. I loved all the pictures!


    • Thank you for joining me. The new house is coming along nicely. Hopefully by spring, most of the renovations will have been completed. I plan to post “after” pictures – definitely something to look forward to.


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