Mile by mile, interstate by highway, town by town and city by city, is how we planned to explore northern New Mexico, Arizona, and southern Colorado and Utah. It was to be a pleasure trip with an eye out for possible places to live. Would you believe we chose the first house we noted had a ‘for sale’ sign posted in the driveway? Rather than keep looking we scurried to buy this love at first site 4 acre wooded lot with a cozy cabin like house on Buffalo Road. Purchasing our first home together was an iterative process for which we made a plan.
We transferred money from one bank to another then wrote an acceptable check to the realtor for the agreed amount of earnest money. Ron and a local builder surveyed the structure of the house. They climbed up onto the roof then, they crept on their bellies in the crawl space under the house. All the while I romped throughout the rooms and loft. I peeked in the closets, cabinets and drawers.
Together Ron and I drove back to Everglades City. He bought and installed window shades for the porch. He painted the porch, downstairs and staircase. I vacuumed, vacuumed, then vacuumed some more. We both packed, packed, then packed some more.
I sold my Windrider 17, my cute VW Beetle Convertible and a Fortress x7 anchor. I purchased a 2018 blue Subaru Crosstrek. I rented a 5 x 8 ft uhaul trailer and Ron rented a 6 x 12 uhaul trailer. We loaded both trailers. Ron left. About four hours later, after getting my dental work completed, I left. Ron arrived at his brother Jack and sister-in-law Amy’s house in the afternoon. I spent the night at Linda and Mike’s then drove to Jack and Amy’s in the morning.
We had a traditional breakfast with ham, eggs, potatoes and grits at the local Waffle House. It was fun visiting with Jack n Amy, Lauren, Kristen and Joan n Laddie. The next day we all attended the wedding of Jack and Amy’s son which honored the legal and pastoral blessing of two young adults, Kelsie and Dante. The ceremony also symbolized the new life Ron and I are embarking on without the legal entanglements of a marriage license or religious involvement. Despite these differences, both the young couple and us oldsters, have committed to love and cherish each other til death due them part.
Now after two days of driving, from Jacksonville to Little Rock, Ron and I already slithered into our sleeping bags. It isn’t even 6:45 pm. Yet, giggly as newlyweds, with our cherished good-night kiss we vowed to get on the road as early as 5 am. Being as we are half way to Walsenburg, why twaddle?. We are on a mission to cross the threshold of our new lifestyle.
Cheers and good wishes to all, , ,