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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Marti's Musings: Checking off the Lists

So, Paul's multi-colored lists are getting checked, and items crossed off little by little.  Today was a pretty productive day.  Our son, Corey and DIL Amanda were in town for a wedding, and came by today to take their share of stuff back to NJ.  Yeah!  The garage is emptier, the storage unit is now half empty and we can see progress!

I guess we better, huh?  By Thursday we will be moved into the RV, so time is running out.  Paul had the RV home for a repair he had to do (I'll let him post about that); so Amanda and I took some loads into the RV for sorting and putting away  later, when the slides are out, and closets are more accessible.  I will have to now plan on a week's worth of work clothes, so.....  closet space may be at a premium.  The coat closet has been weeded out, and selections made.  Again, closet space....we will need warm coats for an Oregon Christmas, something we hadn't originally planned on.  We were going to keep the winter stuff in NJ...  Semper Gumby.... 

Next weekend is the estate sale.  Tuesday, Caring Transition's Carol, and her team, will be in to set up for that.  Remember that huge pile in the basement who talked about?  They will be setting all the stuff throughout the house to sell it all.  By the end of next weekend, the house will be empty.  Either by sale or by donation (of which we will get the tax deduction). 

The following week is Thanksgiving, when we will head to South Carolina to spend it with our daughter and family.  We will be renting a truck to bring her share of  goods.  We return to my final week of work.  WOW!!!

If we had time, we might be getting excited....ha ha!  Really, there are so many details to work on, the excitement pokes through the craziness at odd moments.

Yes, as many of you predicted, many of my co-workers have expressed their jealousy at our plans to retire and travel for an indefinite amount of time.  There are those, too, who cannot quite grasp the concept of getting rid of everything, and just walking, er driving, away.  I guess they can't see what we are driving TO! 

So, soon, very soon - we will be seeing many of your folks down the road!!

It is exciting that we now have 100 followers!!  Welcome aboard, and thanks for joining us!

As always, thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.  ~Marti

19 comments:

  1. the purging sounds like great fun!!..good luck with fitting all the stuff in the closets in the RV!..I know you will do a post about it to show us all how it is done!!!

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  2. The closer it gets, the more exciting it gets. Anticipation is worth a lot too. It'll keep you going to your close date ... my birthday so it's got to be a good omen.

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  3. Look forward to meeting up with you guys soon and really look forward to reading your blogs next year. It is so amazing how lives change when all you have is what you have in your RV...life is Grand!

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  4. I'm so excited for you. Brings back memories of the excitement I felt when we were getting ready to head out. Looking forward to meeting up with you on the road.

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  5. The 13-month-to-retirement calendar went up at our house today ... colorful lists are a little ways off for us, though. Nice to hear that progress is being made towards the realization of your dream.

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  6. It's right around the corner and you two are just so well organized. BRAVO! And 100 followers is fantastic. Not many blogs can boats that! Congrats!!

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  7. I wish I could be doing more purging right now.

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  8. Getting rid of more stuff is great and soon you can get rid of the lists too. Fitting everything into the RV is like a jigsaw puzzle, but I know you can do it. All of this will be behind you soon and you'll have the freedom of the open road ahead of you. We're so happy for you two!

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  9. Well, if you don't have time to be excited, we will be excited for you;o)) Just wait until you are 'houseless' and experience the huge burden that lifts off your shoulder!! We can still remember that wonderful feeling and can't wait to feel it again!!

    Enjoy the journey....

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  10. We finally decided we needed to have clothes for all weather with us. We just put the sweaters and coats under the bed in those space saver bags. It has worked out pretty well.

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  11. You are doing the purging the easy way. We did it the hard way with many garage sales! Time is getting close!

    I don't remember, where are you planning on wintering? Will we see you in Florida?

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  12. Oh I know you're excited ~ I so remember us starting out while reading your blog... It is a wonderful life and I don't see us stopping it for a good while yet. We are going on our 8th year!
    Have fun & Travel safe
    Donna

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  13. Just think..only one more week of work clothes, then you can purge them too! We'll have so much more space in the closet here when I can purge out the work clothes. Hmmm, now to convince George that he doesn't need 20 pairs of shoes.. ;-)

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  14. I think the excitement and anticipation is *almost* as much fun as the reality :) Enjoy these last couple weeks. Your dream is about to be realized.
    And, yes, spacebags under the bed for winter stuff!

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  15. the loading, planning..and lists are almost as exciting as the 'leaving'...wow your almost done work...purging is great fun..I also did it the easy way...let all the kids come and help themselves...so at least we get to see our 'stuff' whenever we visit...keep on eliminating those lists...

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  16. This gives another meaning to "you can't take it with you", doesn't it!

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