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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Almost There

It's been a busy couple of weeks getting ready to close on our new home base.  We've spent quite a lot of time traveling between our workamping job at Thurmond Lake COE and the new house.  A myriad of things have taken place to line up all the odds and ends to make the bare lot,


into the new 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2188 sqft home where we'll spend time when we're not traveling.



I've got a whole collection of pictures documenting the entire build, so I can reference them if I need to someday trace an electrical circuit or a water line.  Following the construction, I've been able to keep an eye on the work and point out a couple of errors to the contractor before they became a problem.

We've lined up all our furnishings, getting them scheduled for delivery shortly after we close on the house next Friday.  It's been fun shopping and getting a theme for the different rooms.

When we sold our last house and hit the road fulltime five years ago, we sold all our furniture, keeping just a half dozen boxes of special keepsakes in our daughter's attic.  Our furniture was old and had been moved (and dinged, scratched and dented) a number of times while we were in the Coast Guard.  It was still good, but we decided against storing it, not knowing how long we'd have to keep and pay at a storage facility somewhere.  It turned out to be good planning, looking at the costs, not to mention moving it, we've been able to buy all new furnishings for way less than keeping the old stuff.

I'm glad that we'll be getting these things delivered, even though I'm healing well from my surgery and got a good report from the doctor on my progress, I still can't do much in the way of lifting or moving things around.  I'm still pretty sore and thankful for Tylenol at times.   I'm being careful, I'm told that it will be another 5 or 6 months before I can do what I could before the operation.

The one big sticking point was where were we going to be able to keep the Journey.  The neighborhood has an HOA (Boo!) and parking it at our house is not allowed.  We searched the local area and didn't find any storage lots satisfactory until this week, we found a good, secure RV storage facility just five miles down the road for a very reasonable price.  That was the last piece we needed to fall into place.

We'll be winding up our volunteer stint at the COE shortly.  It's been fun, but it's time to move on. We've got a bunch of travel plans in the works, we've already got some Disney World reservations at their Fort Wilderness in February to take our Jersey granddaughters there for the first time.  After that, a couple of weeks in Key West before we turn the Journey west to California to visit our granddaughters there for a couple of months.  A Disneyland visit with them is in the plans, too.  This summer, a trip north to Jersey for a month or two to visit with the Jersey grands will take place, along with my annual motorcycle trip with my two brothers (Do I hear talk about Nova Scotia this year?).

So the wheels will still be turning, even with a home base.  We've been RVing for many years, with many more years still ahead of us.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.



18 comments:

  1. I wish you the very best on your new adventure - sounds like you have some great plan in the works!

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  2. That is great it is all coming together, more years on the road would be wonderful. We are in our 11th year and no end in sight yet, But then again things can change at a moments notice. Goo choice not to store your stuff, we did the same.

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  3. Sounds like you have wonderful plans in the works. We wish you much joy and many wonderful memories yet to be made in your new home!!! Hope to see you two down the road one of these days:o))

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  4. Congratulations! So nice to see that everything is falling into place for you. Looking forward to a post on the house from the ground up. The house looks great BTW!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  5. The house looks beautiful but what are you going to do with all that space? 🤔

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  6. The house looks beautiful but what are you going to do with all that space? 🤔

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  8. The house looks lovely. I'm sure you will be happy living there when not traveling. As they say in Turkish, "Güle Güle Oturun" ... roughly, live there in laughter.

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  9. Looks like you've got all your ducks in a row. Very very nice to have found a secure place for the Journey so close to home and that your recovery is coming along so well. Sounds like two cross country trips coming up for you. Safe travels!

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  10. Congratulations on your new home.

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  11. Things are coming together for both of you. Before long you'll be looking for something else to undertake ... a yard, a fence (BOO HOA). Have fun this winter and maybe we'll be lucky enough to catch up with you someplace.

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  12. Seems like it went by very fast. How nice to have the COE job nearby to keep an eye on things. Love your future travel plans, hope we can meet up somewhere!

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  13. We live in an HOA also. NO RV, but really, I would not want to look at it everyday anyways:)

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  14. The house looks great. Wow, three bathrooms, it looks like you're ready for company.

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  15. And don't forget that Dogpound South is almost dead on a route from Florida to California.

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  16. Exciting times for you two! Glad to hear you are on the mend. We will also be in KW...we will look you up!

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  17. We'll be in Key West at that time, We'll look you guys up when you get there.

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  18. Nice looking house and how great to have a solid home base from which to continue your RV adventures.

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