One Month Home…
Backyard in June 2011
(Home from winter in the Southwest)
I’m in bed with the laptop resting against my knees, looking out the open window at a dogwood and Bradford pear. The pear has an abundance of green leaves, the dogwood’s buds are just opening and I am contemplating the upcoming changes in our life.
We met with a realtor yesterday…did not make any decisions or sign any contracts… just wanted to see what needs to be done. Little was mentioned that we did not already know. The kitchen wall paper with it’s brown and blue theme must be covered with paint, the paneling, (that I always wanted to paint) must be painted. The dishwasher that has not worked in years must be replaced. And there is more…but not a lot!
It always feels strange to return home after months of being gone. The first week is wonderful…marveling at hot water coming from the faucet, long showers, constant internet and a stream of news from the TV. We even binge watch our missed shows on Hulu Plus.
Then boredom sets in….not real boredom as we stay physically active with walking, the gym and bike riding but kind of a mental boredom. Kind of a “I’m not living life to the fullest” type of boredom.
So the journey begins. We are not trying to downsize into full timing, part timing works well for us. Love the southeast spring and autumn. Just need to rid ourselves of what’s not working in our lives; the yard is part of what is not working.
Our home after returning from our almost 4 month Alaska trip.
The realtor says one must let go of emotion surrounding one’s home. It would be so much easier if someone else came in and took everything away….maybe while we bask on a beautiful beach!
So we have been working on the house, sowing grass in the front, raking leaves, pruning, mowing.
Our annual visit to Townsend is less than three weeks away! This is our fifth year to attend this Annual Eggscursion (sorry, it is full!) and we can’t wait to see our old friends! (Townsend, TN is called the sleepy side of the Smoky Mountains as it very quiet compared to Gatlinburg.)
Not much else going on….doing some planning for the other Smoky Mountain rally which is in Cherokee, NC in October.
And the only other new thing is RVillage.com.
A dear friend sent me a link several weeks ago and, after joining, I’ve been having fun playing with this….just for rver’s….. new social media group. It is fun to see where my friends are staying and helping travelers as they visit my home area. Also very exciting to be on the ground floor of something that going to be very BIG! There are 4278 members as of 4/4/14….only a few weeks old!
Look for me in the Bloggers group, led by Eric and Brittany of RVWanderlust. Hope to get enough confidence to change/improve the blog.
Closing with flower pictures from last May……getting nostalgic before we even move!