I realize I haven’t updated you on The Great Move for several weeks. I apologize to the 654,381 individuals out there who have been pacing the floor fretting about it. I know, I should have given you an update sooner than this. So here’s a bullet list of how goes the great move, includng some background info for any of you just discovering Marc’s Blog…
- Last spring, Rosemarie and I decided we need to downsize now that the reality of a paycheckless retirement has been well established in our humble household.
- We figured we’d sell the house and, with ca-ca-cash in hand, we’d go shopping for a new place with the idea of paying in full, thus reducing one major monthly expense. The challenge is in the timing–we have to be able to close on our current house at the same time we close on the new one. If there is a gap it means the moving truck has to be parked in storage and we have to find a temporary roof over our heads. It’s a nutty way to move, but it’s put a lot of suspense and excitement in the process…along with a good measure of anxiety.
- Since we’ve lived in our current house for 23 years we have accumulated a lot of stuff that had to be “attended to.” I assumed the role of “purger” while Rosemarie maintained her “hoarder” status. Let the wars begin. I’d throw something out; she retrieve it, insisting it retained priceless value in our lives and how could I even think of gettng rid of it. Well, you can imagine how this impeded the forward progress of packing up this three bedroom/+den property with the goal of squeezing everything into a small condo suitable for the two of us, plus Bill the Dog.
- The prep work involved in getting the house ready for sale has been exhausting. Rosemarie switched from painting canvases with brilliant sunsets to dabbing a fresh coat on all the baseboards and doorways. I proceeded attacking a list of plumbing, electrical and construction items that needed repair or cosmetic work. If Lowe’s and Home Depot don’t award us with a Customer of the Year honor of some sort, I will be extremely disappointed.
- We have decided to “go west” although we will do it in the Toyota Sienna and not the covered wagon (another thing Rosemarie insisted we hold onto). We currently live in the Fort Lauderdale area of Florida. Going west, means the west coast of Florida. We have made several trips there to sort of get the lay of the sand and have decided that the Naples area is where we would like to live. The trick will be finding a place we can afford in this, let’s say, prosperous community of Floridians.
- By now, a lot of our prescious belongings are jammed into 37 boxes stacked in the garage. Most of the pictures are off the walls and bubble-wrapped. The bookcases have been emptied as have the china cabinet and a few other warehouses full of things. “Things” are defined as any items that exist and take up space and need a go/no-go decision rendered upon them. There are sooooo many of them.
- Oh, almost forgot…as some of you know, in the midst of all this chaos and calamity I had to stop for a little spinal surgery. Is there such a thing as little spinal surgery? I had to have a bunch of screws, rods and spacers installed in my lower lumbars. Lucky for me, Pep Boys had all the parts in stock. Do you grasp the dilemma one faces having had spinal surgery whilst packing up boxes? As you exit the hospital, they give you stern medical directives that dictate that I shall not lift, push, pull or otherwise move anything heavier than ten pounds?
Well, okay, the big news has been saved for last. The house went on the market this past week. We have had two visits so far, and another two are scheduled for today. In the meantime, we have a few communities we are interested in over in the Naples area. As they say, don’t you just love it when a plan appears to be coming together! “Appears” being the operative word here.