We have had a wonderful week, topped off with a quiet and wonderful Christmas with our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons. It is wonderful to spend time with family, reaffirming our choice to leave the hectic and crazy life we lead, for a life that focuses on family.
Truth be told, it is tempting to contemplate buying the house right NEXT door that is for sale from my daughter's house, but..... that would likely mean one, or both, of us would have to keep working. Ugh. We are young enough, admittedly, to continue with careers, but... call it burn out, or what-have-you, we are looking forward to less commitment, and MUCH less stress, with MORE time with family and each other.
So, tomorrow we head back to our crazy life. We now have to focus much more on getting the house ready to show.. it is a mere 3 months before it goes on the market. Thrown into the let down after Christmas, we now have to drive through a nor'easter, that is dumping snow all up the eastern seaboard. Yup, that is the way we head home... so it is more than likely going to turn an 8 hour trip into a 12 or more hour trip.
See? If we were already retired, we would be hanging here until the weather and roads cleared. But, due to our commitments at work, we must try to get home. If the roads are too impassable, we will have no choice but to stay (yeah, would that be a darn shame? *wink*), but I have a huge inspection due at work, at any time, plus in bad weather, I typically spend more time at work - or at least being the transportation for my staff - so I feel compelled to get home, if possible. I will not put us at risk, no matter what, of course.
Lord willing, next year at this time it won't matter...
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, focused on the things that truly matter in life. God bless, ~Marti