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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

We Have Ignition

For all you nail biters out there (us included), the house closed today at 4:30 EST.  We are now officially houseless.  Sometimes it felt like we'd never see this day come.  Now that it's behind us, we've spent the evening making a big dent in stowin' and throwin' the "stuff".

We've come at it with a new angle, we don't need more than two of most anything.  We filled another big bag of giveaway things to drop off at the Salvation Army donation center and a couple of bigger bags at the dumpster.  After the drop offs, we'll actually have room to sit, lay down and most importantly, see out of the windshield to drive.

A couple of busy last days lie ahead.  Tomorrow we have a follow up eye appointment for Marti.  We're also going to stop in at my old agency headquarters and get fingerprinted for our application to Sowers.  They require a complete background check before they'll accept you to do volunteer building projects for them.  We plan on doing one or two a year, to give back (or pay it forward).

I have to run by our Honda dealer and get a trade in price on Marti's car.  We no longer need the Accord, I had it appraised at Car Max and they offered to buy it at a fairly low price.  After the dealer gives me a price, I'll know if  we're going to sell the car to Car Max.  I have a friend that would sell it for us, but it could be a long time in selling and it may be best to just let it go.

Tomorrow night is Marti's retirement party.  So far the guest list has topped 100.  Her staff is going all out and it should be quite a shin dig.  She deserves a nice send off, she put her heart and soul into her facility and staff and has already received some heart warming cards from some of the staff thanking her for her time spent with them.

I've gotten the final insurance quotes from Milers, thank you all for your suggestions and help.  I'm amazed that my current company, Nationwide couldn't be bothered to even return repeated phone calls.  So I'm taking my money where I'll get service.

We've stopped for the evening, we are now relaxing, listening to Christmas music and enjoying each other's company.  We're looking forward to many more times like this.

Thanks to all our blogging friends and RV "family" for all you kind words and encouragement as we struggled to get the house sold and reach this goal.  Now that we're going to be on the road, we hope to visit many of you in person (as long as you won't be embarrassed to be seen in public with us! ;c)

23 comments:

  1. So glad you finally got this behind you. You're almost footloose and fancy free! Nothing but fun times ahead for you.

    I can't believe Nationwide didn't even give you a quote. I guess they don't want your $$$. It's definitely time to take your business elsewhere.

    Congrats to Marti (and you both). We'll definitely see you on the road.

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  2. Wow! It's a done deal! What is Sowers? Do you have to pinch yourselves to believe it has happened?

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  3. WE are so happy for you and Marti, glad everything worked out. Looking forward to your coming journey. 17 months left for us. Now you both can really enjoy her retirement party.

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  4. Whew after this morning post I was wondering If I could get thru to Wednesday with you both...what a sigh of relief for you both!! (me too)...this will make the part even more eventful :) enjoy!!!!

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  5. we are so happy for the two of you!!..finally!!..it has all come together for you both!..congrats!..enjoy and happy trails!..we know that one day our paths will cross..and we would be proud to be seen in public with you both!!
    :*)

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  6. And thank you for writing about all the things you have had to do to make this happen. I've learned a lot from you and other bloggers. I hope that I too can help others with my story.

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  7. Sometimes it seemed like it would never happen and now all of a sudden, it's all done and you're free! Congrats.

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  8. Well, glad to hear you have hurdled that Speedbump;o))

    Now enjoy yourselves...you've earned it. Marti's party tonight should be a wonderful time. Nice to leave the work, but how nice to know you were loved and appreciated for all you put into your job!!

    We can't wait to follow your journey and see things through you eyes ;o)) Somehow Paul, you are able to put a new spin on many things!!

    Enjoy the Journey........

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  9. with your biggest hurdle behind you the road just starts to smooth out...

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  10. Yay!! Have a great time at the retirement party. Take lotsa tissues :)

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  11. Congratulations on sealing the deal on becoming "houseless." We know how good that feels; now we're looking towards learning how good it feels to be getting on the road ... 365 days and counting to retirement.

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  12. A BIG congratulations from us too!
    I know it felt like it would never happen, but soon, it'll feel like that was a completely different life and this is what you were meant to do. Enjoy the ride!

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  13. Well, I guess it is real for sure now. I'm grinnin' for ya!
    Syl

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  14. Oh Happy Day!!! We are so happy for both of you! Glad you found a method of sorting, two by two, sounds like a plan first used by Noah. Enjoy the Retirement party Marti, you deserve it!!

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  15. Congratulations Paul and Marti. The Next Chapter begins.

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  16. How exciting. Now let the fun begin. Sure looking forward to meeting up with you guys in Q this January.

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  17. Happy you have all that behind you - You have a lot of fun times ahead of you to look forward to. Hope to see you in Quartzsite - you may have a constant parade of fans coming by!

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  18. Congratulations!!! Hope Marti's eye appointment goes well today, and have a great time at her retirement party tonight!

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  19. Would you ever have thought in that "other life" that you would be so excited to be houseless. I'm waiting to hear the investment advice next!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  20. Wow - it's been a long time coming, congratulations. I hope your new life turns out to be all you expected.

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  21. Well, thank goodness, now my nails can grow out. I was worried right along with you, but of course had to be upbeat.

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