Friday, June 29, 2018

Really...We are Still Around

June 29, 2018

Really we are still around...We have been busy trying to empty out the house. After almost 49 years of marriage and 24 years in this house it is a task. Some days I feel like we are really moving forward then there are days when I take a walk around and feel overwhelmed and just a little discouraged. Then I remind myself how great it will feel to shut the door on a totally empty house. The goal would be to get it on the market before we leave this fall. Regardless, it will be empty and we do not plan on living in it past this summer...fingers crossed that these goals are reached.

Quick overview of what we have been up to since we pulled into the driveway on April 27, 2018.

On May 5, 2018 we traveled to Mount Pleasant, MI to watch our daughter officially receive her Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University. A good friend of Rachel's from school, who now lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and daughter, and has a photography business came and took pictures. Two of the many excellent ones she took are below.

Her oldest daughter, who made the journey with her from day one, was there
to share her mom's accomplishment.

Charlotte with her cousins.Marcella on the left and Noah on the right.
They along with their Mom, our daughter-in-law Nadine,
also joined us for part of the graduation celebration.

In June we drove downstate to spend some time with our son, his wife, and their three children. While there we celebrated out son's birthday, and our grandson's, Noah and Jonah's, birthday. There were a few Beer Margarita's consumed after all we were celebrating.

Noah on the right turned 8 on June 19th and Jonah on the left turns 6 on July 21st.

Our son turned 34 on June 6th. Not sure where the time has gone.

Nadine and Thomas in our backyard last summer.

We have also taken the time to go out to dinner a couple of times with family and friends. No pictures because I failed to remember to take them.

Tom just got back from a few days of camping, fishing, four wheeling, and canoeing with a couple of his canoeing/fishing friends. They try to do it once a summer and he said the bugs were awful. Never the less he said they had a good time and he even caught a couple of fish, just no keepers. (Side Note: Mosquitoes never bite Tom so I do not think he has the right to complain.)

We are still waiting to hear about getting the damage done to the Stinger "B" when we were in Ajo taken care of. The body shop and the insurance are having a disagreement as to what it should cost. Since, this particular damage was in no way our fault we are not real "happy campers" right now. We just want the damage fixed and not just a patch job. We feel it should be done right. Hopefully, they will come to terms very soon.

We have someone coming to put the new pump, which the company sent free of charge, in the washer/dryer next week. So that is good news. Also, when I need a break from the house I have been going through the stuff in the motor home, re-arranging, and getting rid of what we do not need. Tom still has his part to do, plus, he has some work to do on the awning.

So going through "stuff", packing what we want to keep, letting our kids take what they want, and getting rid of the rest is our lives right now. Amazingly the more we do this the less we keep.

We have been busy and the goal is to be backing out of the driveway by mid-September.

I will admit we do have a few fun things planned in the coming months. So it will not be all work and no play.

I will try to update again next month, if not sooner. In the meantime we have been checking in on what everyone has been up to. Even if I do not comment I am reading and sharing with Tom.

Wishing everyone a continued wonderful summer.

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