There we were last night, Marti and I sitting side by side on the couch in our Journey. It was almost a romantic moment, except we were watching YouTube videos on how to replace a colostomy bag by yourself.
It has been a learning experience dealing with Krakatoa, my bag. I've mastered emptying the bag by myself, but there is a whole technique required to replace the attachment point (called a Wafer) that sticks to the skin around the opening in my stomach. I've got to get the hang of that so I can go on my motorcycle trip in July with my brothers. It is something you have to do right or you can end up with a...well use your imagination.
One other thing, Marti alluded to in her post. Yes, we are building a house outside of Columbia, SC a couple of miles from our daughter. We had plans to do it on the back burner for a couple of years and the time has come to put the plans into action.
First off, we are not going to stop traveling in our RV. We have no plans to sell the Journey, in fact we think we'll be using it even more than we have over the last couple of years because some of our granddaughters are moving to California this summer when our Coast Guard son gets transferred to a new assignment.
A couple of reasons have moved our plan into action, one is my dad, who is 95 and living well on his own may at some point need to have more hands on care. One of my brothers in New Jersey has a place for dad to stay part time and we can take him part time, too. Sort of a winter/summer rotation if it does come down to that. We felt it would be better to be ready in advance if the time should ever come rather than scramble to put something in place at the last minute.
We are building the house right near Marti's older sister, Gail. She has always been single but being some 15 years older than Marti may at some time in the future need some extra care with things, too.
Then as we recently found out, good health can change unexpectedly at a moment's notice, so we'll have a place to land if health issues should ever force us to hang up the keys.
It's going to be a small home with a tiny piece of property and we'll be treating it like a second or vacation home. It will give us a place to keep some of the things we carry now in the Journey to store as we won't need to carry everything with us. Projected completion of the house is slated for late August or early September.
We'll continue to enjoy our Journey and traveling for many years to come with just a new chapter in our life.
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