Project Simplify – Part 2 – Letting go

Everything is going very well with the home I’m under contract to purchase. My inspection went really well. The home has new plumbing and wiring throughout, the roof is less than 10 years old and the property is in great shape. Some minor repairs and I think it’ll be a great little place for the corgis, the tortoise, and I.

While that’s been going on I’ve been organizing and cleaning out other rooms of my current home.  The garage has been completely gone through and setup to collect yard sale items so I can get them out of my house until the yard sale is held. I’m getting rid of a lot of stuff. Some of it is easy to throw into the yard sale pile and other things… like my collection of stuffed animals… is much more difficult to let go of. I need to do it because I just won’t have the room to store it in my new home and I need to let go of these things.  A lot of them are in great shape so I’m hoping they will be loved by someone else.

This is my Heather doll. I’ve had her since I was a toddler. She actually accompanied me into eye surgery when I was four years old so I didn’t have to go into the operating room by myself. They put a cute surgical cap on her and laid her next to me so I wouldn’t be scared. It’s things like this that are really hard to let go of.  I have the memory of her though so I don’t feel like I need the physical item anymore.  I might keep her apron or part of her dress as a momento for some sort of quilt.


Here are a few photos of the backyard of my home (the hot tub is going away before I move in since I really don’t want to have to take care of that):



Most of the backyard has privacy fencing and I’ll be adding the portion that is missing between my home and the neighbors.  I did love the giant great Dane that was in the home when I took a tour and she was also there during the inspection.  She was very gentle and sweet but huge! 


The corgis are all doing fine.  We had a little scare with Byron a few weeks ago when he had some major GI trouble but he is feeling all better now.





Cornwallis is doing great.  Here he is playing dead.  (He’s really sleeping – tortoises do a cute starfish pose when they bask and sleep in the sun.) 


This is a photo of my future sewing room. Currently it is setup as a baby nursery. I love the wall color though so I think I’ll be keeping that. Untitled

And some yummy chinese buns I had at a great sushi place in Tampa a few weeks ago!

Thanks so much for all the comments, e-mails and Facebook messages.  The outpouring of support from everyone during my stressful life change has definitely helped and boosted my morale!


  1. Mandybadger says:

    I love all your posts and seeing you so happy! <3

  2. Your new backyard looks great!!!!! The corgis will love it!

  3. That great dane… So tall the corgis could be chasing under her belly 🙂 The sewing room-to-be is gorgeous, I love the big windows! Is the right side looking out to the porch? Great job on the purging, one day I’ll have to do it, too!

    • In the sewing room one window looks out at the front yard and the other window looks out onto the side yard. Not sure if I can see the river from the front window but I might be able to.

  4. Your new house looks fabulous, best of luck with your New Beginning.

  5. KathyinMN says:

    In love with the color of your new future sewing room. The house is adorbs. Good luck through this next stage.

  6. Amy Laura says:

    It’s great to see you writing and podcasting again. Jumping back into the world with both feet! I’m glad that you are getting support in this tough time. I imagine it can feel really lonely, and it takes a lot of strength to get through it. Stay strong and enjoy the process as much as you can! I’ve got a tough class this year, so I am working on finding joy in the little moments and letting go of the difficult ones. It does seem to help….

  7. bobbi dougherty says:

    what a lovely place! I would love to have a sewing room, lol. One day. I think you need to hold on to the doll. 🙂 You are right, in that it is a ‘thing’, but what a comforting memory of the little doll. Here is to new beginnings!!! 🙂

  8. Your new home is beautiful and what a great yard. Congratulations!

  9. Hi. Katie, Love the photo updates with comments. How many corgis would it take to make up the size of a great dane? 3-hmmmm 4? If the great dane fits into your cottage and yard then you should be okay with your pups. The yard is a nice size and I agree about the hot tub….too much bacteria for me, would rather do without. I am happy to see Cornwallis is moving too. Do turtles hibernation period during the year? The baby room wall colour is just great for a studio room. Love the windows – I have my sewing machine in front of a window and just love it. When it is too bright, I put the ivory blind down and that cuts the glare on those days, but usually it provides the extra natural light that is so good for quilting. Sorry about your baby doll, but maybe a couple of small patches could be made from her dress and put into a quilt project. You will get there Katie and will love it. It is such a bright charming cottage – love it! Cheery bye for now.

  10. I love your spirit! and the new home is beautiful. But I would have to keep that baby doll. You have great history with her and you may need her at some point. Bless you in your new adventure!

  11. Jenny Faasavalu says:

    LOVE your simplifying. It has been great to go along this journey with you.

  12. Katie,

    I just learned about your podcasts a couple weeks ago and have listened to almost all of them. You are such an inspiration to me and I thank you for being you. I pray that you, the corgis, and Cornwallis are all doing well.