A New Chapter

Monday, December 9, 2019

Oscars - Front Elevation

To think that we are entering another decade, well, that just blows my mind. This year was truly a blur as we uprooted ourselves in February from Cheektowaga, NY after 13 years to completely change our lifestyle. It wasn’t a distant move but turned our world upside down (in a good way!).

Let me back up a bit. Back in 1995 before my husband, Rob, and I were married, we went to a Bed and Breakfast in Santa Barbara, California, called The Simpson House. That B&B was where it really all began. The simple touches and delicious breakfast had us enamored, and the owners really made us feel special. The seed was planted. Owning our own Bed and Breakfast was a very distant dream, we never actively pursued it.

Yet, fast forward to 2018, the property at 288 Linwood Avenue popped up for sale. My husband conveniently worked next door and noticed the “For Sale” sign almost immediately. I won’t forget when he first brought it up to me, as I was out of town visiting my parents. He sent me pictures via text and my first thought was: “Are you crazy?” When I got back to Buffalo, in order to please him, I agreed to look at it.

That little bit of excitement from back in 1995 returned. I tried to suppress it, after all, how in the world could we do this? A couple months passed, and it was still waiting for us. There had been a little interest but no one serious enough, I guess. We decided to take our fifteen-year-old daughter, Kim, to see it and take a second look. We weighed the pros and cons and decided as a family to take the chance.

It all made sense, the more we thought about it. Kim was and still is attending Buffalo Seminary which is only a little over a mile away. Rob always talked about moving into the city and with him working so close it was definitely an advantage. I’ll admit, I had a few sleepless nights wondering if we were doing the right thing for our family, not to mention, if we could actually make it work! During the period before the move took place, my husband and I both had moments of feeling that we were doing the right thing. Mine happened when I had The Price is Right on one day while doing some housework. The Simpson House was in one of the Showcases! If only you could have seen the look on my face! I wish I could have seen it, because I was shocked. Never, in all the years that I watched this game show, had I EVER seen The Simpson House on it before. That was the moment I knew we were making the right decision.

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