The times, they are a-changing.

So many changes in this new year, my friends. I’ll start with an apology for not posting since before Thanksgiving. Your patience has been greatly appreciated. In fact, readership has actually increased, and for that I am truly grateful. That you choose to follow the random thoughts in my head is an endless source of amazement and joy, and I love you for it.

What’s happening? Lots. First, The Complete Package is retiring! He likes to joke that I retired years ago when our first grandchild was born. He is not wrong, although technically it was more like dropping out to play Nana than retiring. The fact that I never went back to work was just a bonus (for me). Now, at long last, he will be joining me in what I like to refer to as our “funemployed years”. What’s on tap? All kinds of things, starting with this:


Austin House - Street View with Banner
We found our ultimate retirement home in the rolling hills west of Austin. It’s a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath one-story home with all of the features we’ve dreamed of – an open floor plan, low maintenance, high ceilings, wood floors and sweeping hill country views. Oh, and did I mention the kitchen? I knew I was home the instant I saw it.

Austin House - New Kitchen

Austin House - Kitchen Island

Austin House - Kitchen Tile

That island! Huge is an understatement. By all estimates, I’d guess it should accommodate 40 pies, 400 cinnamon rolls (at least), and sleep 4 full-grown adults if we run out of beds. It’s insane. I also love the great windows, morning light, deep counters and that herringbone subway tile backsplash. I can hardly believe I’m going to get to live here. For real – it almost brings tears to my eyes.

I’m looking forward to baking with the kids and cooking big family dinners. The idea being close enough for regular Sunday Suppers with the family has been a dream since our daughter graduated from UT and settled in Austin. We’ll be able to take the kids for long hikes in the hills, ride bikes around the miles of paved trails, and spend quality time at the neighborhood pool & play areas. Something else I’m looking forward to – a covered porch where I can relax and enjoy a good book or a cup of coffee. Guess what? Dreams do come true, kids.

Austin House - Back Porch

Austin House - Hill Country Views

And because the new house sits on top of a hill, we have great views of our new neighborhood and the rolling hills out by Lake Travis. I can hardly wait to pick out patio furniture. Besides the new house, we are thrilled to pieces to be closer to our daughter, Jonah Bear and Lilly Bug. With her pending divorce, we’ll now be there to help out and that gives all of us greater peace of mind. The kids are already plotting weekend sleepovers and calling dibs on bedrooms. They’re not alone. The Complete Package & I are ridiculously exited, too.

Blog posts may be few and far between for a bit. We’re working to list and sell our home of 25 years in Houston and prepare for the big move to Austin. If all goes well, we’ll be moving in early April (fingers crossed). I’ll try to keep you posted on our progress, if you’re interested. My goal is to be back up to full speed by May, with as many posts as possible in between, until I’m firmly planted here:

Austin House - Kitchen Desk with Arrow

Once we’re settled, I’ll break in that kitchen, hit the back roads to explore, and bring you new content from our little corner of Austin. Oh, the places we’ll go!
If you live in the Austin area, be forewarned – I’M COMING FOR YOU!
And I could not be more excited. -jeanne



Filed under Family Stuff, Miscellaneous Thoughts, Things I Love

18 responses to “The times, they are a-changing.

  1. Pat Counts or oat punts

    It is truly lovely and although you will be missed so much by your friends here, watch out we will come to see you. You build it and they will come. Isn’t that the saying? See you on the 23rd for dinner. Pat

  2. Amy

    How wonderful and exciting!! Many good wishes headed your way for a smooth and happy transition, Jeanne! And yes – THAT ISLAND. And those gorgeous planked floors… ;-)

  3. Big Sis

    It’s looking great! Can’t wait to see it in person, it’s gorgeous and I love that there is so much natural habitat left around the area. Congrats!!!

  4. Congrats! What a beautiful home – love the hardwoods and yes, that kitchen!! oh, and the porch – soooo nice! that was one thing I didn’t get in our new house that I really wanted. sniff sniff. Sounds like the perfect house and location for you guys. Enjoy! :)

  5. Mary

    So happy to find you back in the blogging saddle again, Jeanne! I’ve missed you, girlfriend of a girlfriend! I love your new home, and wish you much happiness in the Capitol–where you and The Complete Package will be able to actually see those big and bright stars of Texas! If Smokin’ Hot and I ever make it your way with Kaki and Don, I call dibs on that lovely “sleeping porch!”

    • Hey, Boomer!
      We’ll have to see if the mosquitoes in Austin are as prolific as the ones in Houston. If so, we may need to screen that porch in order to have a proper sleeping porch or you’ll wake up in the morning a quart low. Now that Don’s retired and Kaki’s working on it, there’s no excuse not to come to Austin. Right? (:

  6. I love Austin! What a gorgeous view & all that natural light! The curved kitchen island is to-die-for! Best of luck <3

  7. Oh my gosh….what exciting changes are happening. Congrats to TCP….how I wish I could retire. I can’t wait for you to move and settle in so I can see what amazing things come out of that amazing kitchen! Your home is just beautiful and I wish you both much love and happiness in your new home! : )

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