Thursday, January 28, 2016

The announcement .....

Getting right to the point.

Our home of twelve years, in the town in which we have lived since the Eagles released Heartache Tonight, is going on the market.  And we are, for the time being, replacing it with a 40 foot motorhome.  This is something we've researched and thought about for a quite a while as you already know, if you've followed this blog.
The Beast
The current plan is to do a bit of traveling (nothing drastic) and figure out where we want to settle next... because ... to put it simply ... we can.  Our children, all successfully launched years ago, are of varying opinions of this plan.   But hey, we're still around.  I mean, nobody has died or moved to Fiji.  And we very well might find our next home right back in our current zip code.  Our manufacturing business of 25 years is firmly rooted here.  Husband (in his current status of semi-to-mostly retired) stays connected as needed on consulting and advisory basis and therefore, we figure we need to stay planted within a two to three hour radius.  So ..... who knows?   Old age is approaching, the years are ticking down and, at the risk of you all getting sick of hearing my favorite motto, ..... if you never try, you never know.  My entire life, except for two years at college, has all happened within 20 miles of where I grew up.  Sometimes a soul needs a change of scenery.

There are, of course, plenty of unknowns:

Will our house sell?
Where will we go?  
Will I ever gain the confidence to drive a bus the size of Detroit?
Will our marriage survive shrinking to 350 square feet?
Will I learn to use a convection oven?
Will the GOP ever regain the White House?
Etc.

This is downsizing with a vengeance.  The pool table and two bikes are sold.  Miscellaneous other stuff .... gone.  Goodwill is scoring big time with our discards.   My wardrobe will go from occupying most of a large walk-in closet and dresser to about four feet of closet space and three drawers.  And, sadly, Craigslist produced some buyers for our dear little trailer, who promised to love it as we did.

We have spent our forty years of marital life living according to The Rules.  We have literally defined Establishment.  We have reared four fabulous society-contributing kids (our greatest legacy); built, bought, and sold several homes; tamed acreage; started and ran a successful business providing many jobs and livelihoods; paid enough taxes to support every government worker and program on the continent (it seems); and contributed to the spiritual and physical welfare of generations.   So although certain responsibilities and obligations never cease, as soon as life's details are tied up, handed off, and/or stored away, we will take a brief hiatus to see what this land has to offer.  Together.  Husband and me ....  and the motorcycle.... somehow .... 'cause it's NOT going on Craigslist.

And you -- 'cause you're all invited along, via this blog.


10 comments:

  1. I'm torn between shouting "NOOOOOO!" and wishing you happy travels.

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    1. I'd feel the same if you ever moved.

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  2. I'm so happy for you! You and Bryce keep doing what we have planned only always about a year ahead of us! This is good in some ways because as I follow your blog I will get good advice. It's bad because I'm jealous you are on your way and I'm not yet! You have a lovely home, I'm sure it will sell quickly. Good Luck

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    1. Wouldn't it be FUN to meet up somewhere ..... like Mt. Rushmore, or Yellowstone, or wherever?! We could camp next to you and have some fun adventures together.

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  3. Good for you! I hope this adventure is a wonderful one! In 39 years of marriage, we have lived in the west, the midwest, the south and New England. We have found that we are happy everywhere. Right now, I think we would like warmer weather year around. I hope you have a great time!
    Kelly M.

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    1. Thanks! Except usually there are swimming pools in the warm-weather regions and I know how we both feel about swimming! ;-D

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  4. I already miss you! BUT....I am sooooo excited for your many adventures ahead and strongly think...I want to say "know" you have some really, really good times ahead with this new change. However, please anticipate us visiting regularly if you find "home" 2+ hours away :)

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    1. Oh yes, lots of visits! LOTS and LOTS.

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  5. Here I was looking forward to getting you back in the ward!

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  6. Here I was looking forward to getting you back in the ward!

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