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Cha Cha Cha Changes

October 5, 2009

Well, sometimes it seems like it will take forever to get what needs doing, done, especially in the midst of changes. 

At least our wait for learning our fate is over.  It’s official – We’re moving!  I’m sure you’ve been sitting with bated breath dying to find out what has been going on, so here it is.  After 10+ years of faithful service at Regions Bank (formerly AmSouth) in construction lending, Mr. MaidenShade’s job was eliminated. The good news is that he was offered a different position about three hours from here, in Dunedin, Florida (as I have recently been instructed upon my mispronunciation, this is pronounced “Dun EE den”). 

The official start date for David’s new position in Dunedin is January 11, 2010 so our household move will be completed by January 1.  We will make our final move between November 1 and the end of the year, depending upon some variables.  During the selling of our house, we are most grateful for the use of the senior Hopkins’ Ft. Myers home where our cats and ourselves will be living (safely out of the way) during showings and open houses.  Also, thanks to my opportunity at the Promenade, MaidenShade is able to be almost completely insulated from the havoc being wreaked.  Whew, what a relief!

In anticipation of a certain need to move, and without any firm knowledge of what was going to happen, about 2 weeks ago we began an unrelenting succession of days and evenings spent in posting household items to sell, buying boxes, packing, buying more boxes – with a focus on getting our house ready for listing on the real estate market.  After letting the shock wear off as the news sunk in, this activity has left time for little else but the basics:  waiting to hear what was going to happen, planning, working, waiting to hear, changing plans, eating, waiting to hear, working, sleeping, and generally just wandering around the chaotic maze of boxes and uprooted household miscellany in an overwhelmed daze!  Where are those guys who are supposed to help us, you know, the two men and small boy???

To date we’ve sold or donated the majority of our larger furniture items including the master bedroom suite, our living room couch and chairs, the coffee table, my Stairmaster/clothes-holder, 3 different outdoor table sets, all of the cupboards and countertops from my studio, and packed what isn’t either necessary to sustain life or to be used in staging.  It’s all gone, jammed tightly into a 10×10 climate controlled storage space, it waits for destination, unknown – don’t we all? 

David has disassembled MaidenShade’s studio.  It was a bright green color called “Happy Camper”, and it held the images of our multitude of beloved family members in various sized black wooden frames on our ‘wall of shame’ as we called it.  The black against the green was so sharp, I loved how it looked.  I used to talk to those pictures as I was working on this piece or that, asking advice or showing off a particularly fabulous item I’d created as my far-away family looked on.  Having those photos around me made me feel less lonely somehow, almost like actually having my loved ones here sharing in my work, my life.

Taking them down one by one revealed the hundreds of resulting nail holes from displaying grandchildren, siblings, parents; from cats to grandma Rita.  Now patched and sanded, MaidenShade’s studio is a sunny golden yellow – did you know yellow inspires buying?  Today the smooth and empty walls hold only the promise of what could be, what will be.  They wait for the unknown (but eagerly anticipated) buyer, these once-personal walls are no longer ours.

How very strange it all feels – my house echoes hollowly and my cats slink jumpily around with a slightly frenzied look of fearful anticipation; of what, they aren’t sure, but they know something is afoot and they don’t like it.  It is painful and a bit heart-wrenching to watch; after all, they don’t understand why their purr-fect feline situations have to be altered.  The inevitable transition won’t be easy for any of them, and it won’t be the last one they’ll have to adjust to as we will rent initially, and place some of our furry beloveds with others.  I just hope our cuddling and treat-bribery will buy us passage into happy-cat land as we progress through the sometimes challenging stages of change, and they endure what lies ahead.

This past weekend we took time out from our preparations for a weekend trip up to our soon-to-be-home area and had a very thorough look around. 

I’d like to give a “shout out” to a swell guy and great realtor who so competently set up our house viewings, and then patiently escorted us through 13 of them from Holiday down to Clearwater in a grueling 6+ hour marathon.  I know what this exercise in organization, planning, and execution requires; it is monumental and we are grateful. 

He listened to us alternately rave and make our disparaging noises at this property or that, shared his experience and wisdom, and didn’t make comments or faces (or at least kept them hidden from me in a very well-mannered way) at the many “freshening up” stops I, as a victim of “tb” or “tiny bladder”, require.  He gave us his advice and a handy map at the end of our journey, and was all around professional, yet warm. 

Thank you Stephen J. Fischbacher from Weichert Realtors, in Tarpon Springs for your help. 

When our house is ready, we’ll be putting it on the market with an expectation of the ultimate, positive outcome – SOLD!  Here are the particulars:

House for Sale


10893 Sea Coral Court * Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

Wow, what a great home for your family!

Play in the pool, stroll the lush grounds of your tropical paradise and feed your fish.

This cul-de-sac charmer won’t last!

10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-From-Street     10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-Extra Wide Driveway10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-Back10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-Lanai10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-Pool-Cage   10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-Pool
10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-Pond-Area Pond Path10893-Sea-Coral-Ct-Pond-Area  Through the Wedding ArchShed and pathShed and pathPotting Cabinet and Rock Walk Area
KitchenDining-Wall-Kitchen-SideDiningEntryLiving-RoomLaundry 2nd Bath: Crystal Chandelier

More photos available – just ask!

Features and Facts

  • Built in 2000
  • 8448 irregular sq. ft. lot
  • Slab foundation, concrete block and stucco construction
  • Vaulted/volume ceilings
  • FRESH PAINT! Move-in ready
  • Great room, split bedroom floor plan
  • All hard-surface flooring (laminate and tile) throughout
  • Kitchen features Wilsonart solid surface countertops and sink with bull-nose edge, upgraded faucet
  • Oversized paver drive, walk
  • Attached 2 Car garage with attic (drop-down stairs) for storage (462.5 sq. ft.), door opener, shelving
  • 12′ Slider doors to lanai and solar heated pool
  • Enclosed 26’x13′ pool, and 207 sq. ft. lanai with speakers and outside shower
  • Aluminum gutters
  • Fiberglass shingles
  • Central heating
  • Municipal water/sewer
  • Double door entry with security screen doors and interior pocket shades
  • Security System
  • Sprinkler System
  • All Appliances Stay
  • Convenient washer/dryer dishwasher, range, built-in microwave, disposal unit, fridge with icemaker, electric water heater
  • Huge master bedroom suite with crown molding, tray ceiling, opens to pool
  • Walk-in closets, master features custom shelving
  • Plant shelves
  • Upgraded ceiling fans and light fixtures in all rooms
  • Wired for surround sound, rear speakers included
  • Quiet cul-de-sac location
  • Arched doorways
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 Full Baths
    • Spa tub, walk-in shower, dual shower heads and double sinks in Master; 2nd bath has pool entrance with shower, marble sinks – both bathrooms
  • ROOM TO PLAY! Private, fenced backyard with lush oasis-style landscaping features well-established Koi pond with 2 fish, mature trees including loquat, palm, fruit, oak; quaint paths, unique round concrete patio
  • 6’x6′ Storage shed with attached potting locker and shelf

Room Sizes

  • Living room – 16’ x 19”
  • Dining Room – 11’x15’
  • Kitchen – 10’ x 14’
  • Master bedroom – 13.5’ x 19’
  • Bedroom – 12’ x 14’
  • Bedroom – 10.5’ x 13.5’
  • Laundry – 5’ x 7.5’

Easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Total under air = 1,775 sq. feet
  2. Approximate total including garage and lanai (under roof) = 2444.5,
  3. Add the pool area = 2782.5 generous square feet of paradise!

Schools, Local Points of Interest

  • Bonita Springs Charter School
  • Bonita Springs Middle School
  • Bonita Springs Elementary School
  • Great Central Location – Walk to city parks, city recreation center (with skate park, disc golf, workout room and pool!), library, close to the beach, boating, and Fabulous Shopping!
  • Close to The Art League of Bonita Springs, Post Office, City Hall, DMV


Costs, Legal Description etc.

  • Property taxes: $2,100
  • Association fees: $35 (common area maintenance)
  • Legal: Coral Woods Subdivision PB 61 PG 14 Lot 13
  • ID: 26-47-25-B3-01300-0130
  • Unfurnished
  • Geo Area: BN10
  • Lee County


I’m sure you know someone who wants to move to their own piece of Bonita Springs, Florida paradise,

Pass It On!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2009 4:04 am

    i miss it already ;(

  2. October 5, 2009 8:18 am

    Good luck, Jennifer. How wonderful your hubby has a position lined up even though it’s January, there is a end to him being underfoot! I’ll tell ya!

  3. October 5, 2009 12:46 pm

    Wow. You HAVE been busy. No wonder we haven’t heard from you lately! I’m glad to hear your husband has another job already lined up. I know it’s tough out there right now, and I’m sure unemployed is not a situation you would like him to stay in, even if it means moving. Your house looks fabulous! I’m sure it will sell quickly for you, I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I am in complete sympathy about the tiny bladder, mine fits that category as well. It can be very annoying, more so to other people with you when you have to stop I think!
    I hope things go smoothly for you and good luck!


  4. October 6, 2009 3:56 am

    Hi Jennifer! My gosh it was good to hear from you! I am very busy myself, and trying NOT to be very angry that the landlord gave me only 30 days! I have little to no help so far, lifting, dragging, sorting, and packing 13 years worth of family belongings. Dear Son helps as best he can, but I do most of the work while he is in school; and by the time he comes home, I’m exhausted, and I’m DONE!… All the while, I’m praying I can find a new place to live in by the time I have to be out of HERE!.. I am trying VERY hard to be positive! (0; On a brighter note, I must say, I loved the photos of your house, and I couldn’t help smiling at how it seems we have very similar tastes in color combinations!! Loved your high ceilings and the open space you have there! The pool looks like fun too, of course!.. Good luck with everything, and I hope you stop by again and keep me posted on how you’re doing!.. With everything going on, I’ll try to do the same! ~tina

  5. October 6, 2009 8:22 am

    Hello Jennifer, I have been so busy these past weeks. first a week in MI and then 4 days in Atlanta helping my sisters move their antique business. whew, I just came home late today.

    You have had a major change in your life. My husband’s job moved us all over FL. about every 5 years over a span of 29 years, I know just what chaos you have been going though too well. You poor thing. At least you have a place to go and your dh has a job. All good news. I wish you the best and a happy move. Your home is lovely and in a wonderful location. I hope you find a buyer soon.

    I will be thinking of you.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  6. October 6, 2009 5:41 pm

    I’m a big fan of all your responsible hard work! This is tough and you two have been working so well together. It is inspiring and M and I have started doing stuff around here, too.

  7. October 13, 2009 9:56 pm

    Wow –that’s fast and intense. I don’t know how I could handle just packing for a move, much less all that comes with it! Good for you! And congratulations to David, too!

  8. October 20, 2009 4:59 am

    Groovy!We’re gonna be neighbors!!!
    Seriously,we must do lunch or something like that.Let’s have our people call each other,and set it up.
    Afteryou’re all settled in,of course.

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