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Old 09-24-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Yesterday at about 4:30 CDST Sandee and I left behind our S&B to its new owners. The closing went swiftly and before we know it, we no longer owned it after 23 years.

Today I am a little nostalgic about it. Perhaps the most poignant thoughts are for our big fenced in yard where 3 of our past GSDs ran and played. Major, Angel and Sarge grew up in that yard. Part of me wishes we had brought some of their ashes and left them in the back yard near the tree they shaded under. It is kinda funny that there wasn't that much else that affected me as deeply as those memories.

Sandee had a little bit of the tugs on the heart early on in May when we emptied the home and moved into our MH waiting for the house to sell. I think the fact that we had moved out of the house a few months ago made the closing anti climatic.

So...

Now we are officially a "Single Home Family" as opposed to living in a Single Family Home in the traditional sense. We now await Nov 27th to fire up the MH and head south for our first winter in TX. This is in prelude to our official retirement when both Sandee & I officially retire on Nov 30th.

Between now and then we have a couple family gatherings planned to say our "See ya laters" and listen to their concerns about our nomadic plans. We also hope Mother Nature cooperates and avoids seriously bad weather. Particularly snow and salted roads could be a bummer if they hit us when we want to be on the road.

But...all in all...
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:56 AM   #2
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Moving away from family and friends , is never easy, so many memories.
New friends , and adventures , await. Enjoy your retirement . Safe Travels ,and good weather,.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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Welcome to the family of full timers.

I occasionally will miss our last home but then realize it would have been a shackle had we kept it. I would have been concerned about whatever maintenance was needed, or about it's vulnerability to vandals (it was out in the country; neighbors were few and far between) and bad weather events, with no one there to watch over it, not to mention the ongoing tax liability. This way we're free to follow whatever whim strikes us at the moment.
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Yesterday at about 4:30 CDST Sandee and I left behind our S&B to its new owners. The closing went swiftly and before we know it, we no longer owned it after 23 years.

Today I am a little nostalgic about it. Perhaps the most poignant thoughts are for our big fenced in yard where 3 of our past GSDs ran and played. Major, Angel and Sarge grew up in that yard. Part of me wishes we had brought some of their ashes and left them in the back yard near the tree they shaded under. It is kinda funny that there wasn't that much else that affected me as deeply as those memories.

Sandee had a little bit of the tugs on the heart early on in May when we emptied the home and moved into our MH waiting for the house to sell. I think the fact that we had moved out of the house a few months ago made the closing anti climatic.

So...

Now we are officially a "Single Home Family" as opposed to living in a Single Family Home in the traditional sense. We now await Nov 27th to fire up the MH and head south for our first winter in TX. This is in prelude to our official retirement when both Sandee & I officially retire on Nov 30th.

Between now and then we have a couple family gatherings planned to say our "See ya laters" and listen to their concerns about our nomadic plans. We also hope Mother Nature cooperates and avoids seriously bad weather. Particularly snow and salted roads could be a bummer if they hit us when we want to be on the road.

But...all in all...

Hey Don,

I know exactly what you are talking about, we left our single family home on 7 acres last June and left the county in which we had resided in for 30 years in July. We left lots of memories, good, bad, and all ranges in-between but you can always hang on to those great memories forever and think back on them.

Now you can look forward to the future, where the "Destination is the Journey" where "even if you backtrack you are still moving forward" and you can go wherever it is that you feel pulled to go, or you can just sit and relax where you are, the choice is yours, first and foremost.

We have been having a ball so far and are now currently enjoying middle Arizona, before we head further south in November.

And when you go back to see family and friends in the warmer months you will have many adventures to share and tales to tell of the sights youve seen and maybe you will spark an interest to another, be it friend or family, to embark on the same incredible life style you have chosen.

Cheers !!!

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Old 09-28-2013, 04:30 AM   #5
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What all the above posters said and this, safe, trouble free, healthy miles. Enjoy your travels. We'll look forward to your adventures.
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Congrats on the sales of the S&B and I can relate to those memory thoughts even though we haven't sold ours yet. The memories, yes I think about them even though we are still here. For me (if or when) it will be hard to leave. Anyway Good Luck with your future travels and hope you both have a GREAT time. Keep us posted on your adventures.
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I am envious of you in a way, that you have worked hard and done the right things to be able to retire,,, and travel. Congrads !!! After reading here about "full timers" , I have had thoughts about it, although we are nowhere near that, even if we chose to. (we got a late start together) We both like the room of our S&B on a nice 2 acre yard,,, and Don, I totally understand about the 'kid' thing, as the ashes of 3 of our Danes are under the big pine tree And along the fence where they walked every morning..... Katie, Maxie, and Benny. DW has been waiting on 'the right time' to spread the ashes of her (our) Shelby. Anyway, I've read many of your posts here, I wish you all the best of travels,,, Safe and with no problems...
Oh ya, No way I'm leaving here right now, I just got my first garage ever, (after building many a hotrod outside), and of course it fits our little class A ...
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