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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Our Heads Are Spinning Already

It's amazing how easy it is to get into things, yet it can be quite difficult to get out of them.  Back when we bought our house, we were shocked at how easy the whole process went.  Now that we're selling, it has become quite complicated.

Details, details, the Devil is in the details and I've just realized I've got a ton of them.  I've been laying awake in bed the last couple of nights trying to formulate a plan on how we'll get it all done.  Now that I've got a rough idea, it's time for lists, lists and more lists...and a big eraser.

Sunday we have the appraiser and the home inspector coming, I scheduled them at the same time to get them out of the way.  I wanted the home inspector to come as fast as possible in case he finds any details that need attention.  I don't think he will, or if he does, they should be minor.

The thing that bothers me the most is there are some things that I have to rely on other people for and I have a hard time with that.  Especially because the closing date is 28 November and there is the Thanksgiving holiday thrown in to reduce working time to get things accomplished.

Things are a solid as they can be, but you always have in the back of your mind when Murphy is going to show up.  In my Coast Guard days, we used to try and figure in some extra time for the "Murphy Factor" as we called it.  For example, replacing an engine, I'd tell the boss it would take three days when I was pretty sure I could get it done in two.  That way if Murphy showed up, I'd have time to handle his hi-jinks.  If he didn't show and I got the engine in place in two days, then I'd look like a hero to the boss.

This time I can't find where we can pad our time frame in case we get that visit, so everything has to go right the first time (Gulp!).

 I'll have to keep my pencil very sharp when I write my lists and leave my buddy Gumby (as in Semper Gumby - Always Flexible) in the Journey.

You look forward to your dreams turning into reality, then when reality's hard not to panic!

Hang with us, this is going to be quite a ride!

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


  1. one step at a time!..not time to panic just yet!!

  2. As you said, most of the stuff is done by others. Perhaps it is the lack of control that has you up at night.

    I managed to lock up that control freak and let those with a job do them. In the end, that was what was going to happen no matter what.

    It was hard enough dealing with all the stuff and letting the reality of actually becoming a nomad set in:)

  3. I'v followed several couples, and individuals thru this process. Everyone does it differently. But in the end it does get done.

    How I wish I were in your place!

    But our time WILL come too.

  4. It really does all get done. But it will go so much easier if you just take a deep breath and relax at least a little bit. This is all good stuff. It means you get to enjoy this great life style really soon. So breathe.

  5. When I sold my house to go on the road, I was reminded of the old joke about the boat. The two happiest days of a man's life are the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it. Hang in there.

  6. This is what you have been waiting for. Well, maybe not this part, but it is all part of the journey;o))


  7. Lists are good! It may not seem like you'll be able to get everything done, but in the end it will be done and you'll be on the road!

  8. Don't forget to smile at your good fortune of finding a buyer! :)

  9. First, it was hurry up and wait. Now, it's hurry up and hurry up! :)

    It will go surprisingly well. Take a deep breath. Make your lists. Work through them. Leave the professional stuff to those getting paid to do it. You have all day, every day, for 30 days. Piece of cake :)

  10. I'm a list maker too. That way nothing gets forgotten and it gives me the false that I am on top of everything. However, when you start erasing things off your list, it can also mean that you were worrying about too much. Remember ... only one worry a day. It'll get done and then you'll be happy it was a fast close. A new life awaits you. How exciting is that?

    I hate relying on other time schedules. They rarely coincide with mine.

  11. If nothing else...the one thing we learned when we were in the same position over 7 years ago is that no matter what it will happen. Please take a deep breath and enjoy it because it is part of your journey and you do not want to miss a thing by worrying your way through it. We wish we would have enjoyed that time a little more but that has been our learning journey. If it were to happen today, we would handle it so differently. Living this lifestyle has mellowed us to the point of enjoying everything that comes our way because those moments will pass and we will never have them again. Yours is just beginning...sit back, make your lists and ENJOY!

  12. Love the photos on this post. Where DO you find them?

    I'm not the least bit worried about you two. Look at all the things you've handled in the past with your jobs and your family. This is a piece of cake and it lasts about a month.

    You sure are off to a good start if you've got an inspector and an appraiser working Sunday for you!

  13. First suggestion, don't try and do everything yourself to save a few bucks. If you can get a professional to help and save yourself a few grey hairs plus a few more winks than it is worth it. Ask for help from friends or have a packing party one weekend. It would be a great way to finish off several things on the list and a final goodbye to the house.

  14. All this business will make the time fly!! Now to get Marti retired :)

  15. **B*R*E*A*T*H*E**

    This is what you were waiting for!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard