@Teasel, this is sad news to be sure and will take some time to sink in and accept. However, I want to encourage you to look at the new title of your diary with hope. You are correct that there are no guarantees of it being lovely, but I want to bring something to your attention and as a reminder. I read your posts over the time you got the place you are in now...Been told I have to look for somewhere else to live. I'm so incredibly sad. I wish I could have had more time here, things being good, stable, safe.
I only just now started to feel like things are going good for me and to get the news the very next day that that will end is devastating.
Opening up this page to see the new title to my diary just did me in.
Life beginning at 51 can of course be awful, no guarantees of it being lovely.
YOU made it LOVELY. Life did not do that, YOU did. I watched with excitement as you found the place, I watched as you assessed where it had issues, but where it had promise, too. I watched as you used things you already had and watched as you bought new things to bring the place some of your style. I was excited for you as you packed from that home to camp, watched as you went to festivals from that home...YOUR HOME....YOU turned that place into YOUR HOME. AND, I danced with you in the kitchen that day you discovered your 'happy dance' and every time after that! YOU made that place home, don't ever forget that!
And, if you did it at 50, you can do it again at 51...and we will be here to read along, watch as you do it again, support you on the down days, celebrate with you on the UP days. And there will sure to be both, but we will be there with you!
You CAN do this, you've already done this! Take it one step at a time and believe that everything WILL work out. YOU will make it lovely. I believe in you.