we’re selling the house!
This is getting real. . .
The pandemic experience has caused us to look at just about everything differently. We’ve always believed that life is short and moments are not to be wasted, but recently we’ve come to realize that our time on this planet is limited and we must not wait to start our next adventure. So. . .we decided to sell the house we love.
Our little piece of heaven
A real estate agent came over this morning to look at the house and discuss the listing. She sold us this house and was eager to see all the improvements we’ve made in our three years here. No major remodeling was needed, but we added a large patio and pergola, installed custom window treatments, had all the cabinetry painted, installed new lighting, and had a lot of landscaping work done. This is our favorite house (keep in mind, we’ve moved 18 times in our marriage!) and it will be hard to leave.
My raised bed garden. The sign cracks me up!
But the pangs of giving up our house are coupled with excitement about this next adventure. Since Americans are not allowed into France, where we plan to begin our roaming, we’ve decided to take this opportunity to roam the U.S. My job allows me to work from anywhere in the country, which is a huge privilege. So we’re planning to spend some extended time in some of our favorite places, and to discover some new ones.
- Since it’s likely that our in-country roaming will begin in late fall or early winter, we’re looking at some warmer locations to start. We love Savannah, Asheville, Charleston, and Raleigh-Durham, so one or more of those locations might be first on our list. We’ve started researching AirBnB options and would plan to spend several weeks or a month in each locale.
- Our son had the brilliant suggestion to spend some time in Dallas, where many of our oldest and dearest friends live. That’s where we raised our kids and where we lived the longest (including our record: 11 years in one house!). The COVID situation will likely dictate when we do that, as we’ll want to see our friends and not be isolated there.
- Our original idea, before we decided on roaming, was to do a “grand retirement tour” in a couple of years, visiting friends and family throughout the country and making stops in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and New Mexico. We’ll incorporate those locations into our U.S. roaming–at least we could have some socially distanced visits with dear ones.
- And, assuming we have sufficient time, we’ll want to visit our beloved New England, where we spent eight wonderful years. Moving to Boston in 2008 was the best adventure of our lives so far, and it’s where we learned that home can be anywhere as long as we’re together. We love the entire area and look forward to returning to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont as well as Massachussets, where we’ll also see dear friends.
We are going to miss this adjustable bed! But not as much as Baxter. . .
So, these are exciting plans. But a major obstacle remains, one that almost brings me to tears every time I think about it: Baxter. We love him and don’t want to give him up. We debated bringing him with us, especially since he’s very chill and has even done a road trip with us. But we know cats hate change, and putting him through constant changes, moving every time he gets comfortable somewhere, would be selfish. So we’re going to have to find him new humans. That will be the hardest part of this.
How can we part with this fellow?
So the first part of our adventure is about to begin. We’re excited, anxious, sad, and frankly a bit stressed. But mostly? We know that now is the time to do new things. We’re ready.