Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Down to the Wire While Wrapping Up Life in the Stix-and-Brix


Over two years of preparation comes down to this final week. Our targeted launch date is June 3.

We are sorting the last things here at the apartment for what the kids are taking, what our friend is picking up, what goes to charity, and finally what we're taking in the motorhome. Seems like there's a lot in the last pile that can't possibly all fit, but we'll make adjustments if we have to.

Got all our last appointments done - dentist, optometrist, vet, bank, lab-work, DMV, Tessa's groomer, my groomer. All done. 

Good-bye-for-now visits with family and friends enjoyed. Paperless accounts set up. Address changed. Utility, cable and internet cancellations scheduled.

But naturally there are unexpected "issues". Everything has gone so smoothly for us that we really shouldn't be surprised. And while the timing on one end is frustrating, it's a blessing we were still "home".

The day after we returned from Lake Tahoe Bill was having trouble breathing. Urgent Care on Monday confirmed a potentially serious health problem, and he was sent home with new meds and a referral to cardiology.

Time to get serious about some lifestyle changes we have been "going to start" for far too long. By Thursday morning he was feeling 100% better and has had no symptoms since. We see the doctor tomorrow for any further instructions, but we're feeling pretty confident that there will be no delays in our launch as a result of this wake-up call.

In addition, our motorhome is waiting for one last part to complete the warranty work. Seriously, how boring would it be if it were already done?  Just sitting there ready to go? Where's the excitement in that?

Regardless of these last minute challenges, we are moving into Half-Shell on Sunday. Partly because all our furniture is getting picked up that day, but mostly because we don't want to wait any longer! We'll clean the apartment on June 1, and turn in the keys.

We will officially be full-timers :-)))))))))

The work to complete on the rig doesn't keep us from being able to drive it. It doesn't have to wait at Camping World. We also have a spot to mooch-dock at a friend's lot with full-hookups here in town.

So of course we're "down to the wire" with important things pending in our last scheduled week. But we aren't letting that spoil the excitement of recognizing the dream is just around the corner. We have no reservations until July 4 in Idaho. Lots of plans in between, but when, where and how long is still flexible. 

Guess I'll have to update the description at the top of the blog.......



33 comments:

  1. It has been fun following your journey ... well, the journey to full-time that is. Now the real fun begins and before you know it, this will just be memories. Keeping flexible is important.

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    1. Thanks for coming along for this part. You two are the flexibility gurus :-))))

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  2. Fantastic!! Awesome!! Congratulations!! Stupendous!!
    What else can be said??
    Best wishes to you both as you embark on life's greatest journey :-)

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    1. Thank you Renee! Can't believe it's here.

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  3. I remember it well. One if the mist exciting things inour life for sure. Really hope Bill's problem is not one at all and everything goes off "without a hitch". LOL!! You seem to have all the bases coveted and apparently, wisely, are not addicted to Livewriter for your blog. My wedding post has been ready to publish for two days but if google doesn't fix the blogger/Livewriter problem, it may never happen.

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    1. Yep, we are super excited :-) Nope, nothing fancier than plain old blogger here so far. It must be a big problem to take so long! They really need to figure it out, I can't wait to see all the pics and especially hear about it from Mom!!!

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  4. How exciting!! Hope Bill's issue isn't a serious one!

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    1. Thanks Janna :-) We'll know more this afternoon, but are optimistic all is well.

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  5. So exciting that you are in the last countdown. Life gives little glitches no matter where we are, and we deal with them.

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    1. Indeed Gaelyn :-) We're excited to be able to deal with them from our new home!

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  6. Wahoo!! The time is just days away! Hope Bill continues to improve:) You'll have lots of time now to make those all important life changes. This beautiful country lends itself to living a healthy life with lots of places to exercise and farmers markets to buy fresh veggies for great meals cooked at home.

    Can't wait for the first photo of your life on the road!!!

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    1. We're certainly motivated now, and with great things to look at and destinations to reach we know we'll be out there walking and scrambling so much more. I love the markets and am looking forward to new "local" selections.
      Can't wait to post it!!

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  7. Well thank goodness you got your grooming out of the way too! ;-)

    Dealing with health maintenance and issues on the road IS a pain in the tushy. It's good that Bill had his problem dealt with before you left, but I can imagine the concerns you had about the timing! I too had a health scare about a week before we went on the road, the stress was tremendous. We've had a couple of health issues while traveling, a couple were minor and one was potentially big...even though all worked out in the end it was still challenging to handle everything in new locations. Fingers crossed you both stay healthy for a good long time!

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    1. While it's cutting it close we are very happy it happened while we are still close to our regular doctors and healthcare system. We needed to make some real changes and being able to start our travels literally "on track" will hopefully keep us both healthy for lots and lots of miles!

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  8. It is great that all is going as planned. I think I would like to go full-time, but it takes two in a marriage for that to happen. I am happy for four months of travel. I will be watching your launch and travels. Have fun!

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    1. Thanks Doug :-) I don't mind solo travel and would do that as well if Bill didn't enjoy it, but yes it does take two to go fulltime. At least you now have Yuma to join you out in the wilds, and Dolly still lets you come back :-)))))) Glad to have you along!

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  9. YAY! OMG!! It's almost time!!! I am so excited for you two. So glad to hear Bill is feeling better. I can't wait to read about your travels!

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    1. :-)))))) Good news from doctor today. Green light baby!! I can't wait to share them :-)

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    2. WOOHOO!!!! That is excellent news! Now, get packin' and get rid of stuff you don't need. In the end, you can just toss it in the MoHo and decide later. :)

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  10. So excited for you!! You guys have done an amazing job preparing for life on the road -- and yet, no matter how well we prepare, there are always unexpected things that come up, whether on or off the road. You seem to handle it all with a wonderfully positive attitude. I'm so,so happy to read that Bill had good news from the doc! :-)

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    1. Thanks Laurel :-) We're relieved our optimism wasn't for naught! From reading you and others I know that rolling with the punches will keep us sane while out there living the dream.

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  11. Down to the wire !!.. How exciting for the two of you!!.. Hope Bill is feeling better!!

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    1. It's finally here! He is actually feeling better than he has in months so we're very happy :-)))

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  12. Glad Bill is feeling better...I'm sure the docs agree your lifestyle change will be good for you both. Exciting times these last few days before hitting the road, enjoy...

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    1. Definitely exciting :-) I've been saying our changes are cure for him and prevention for me - nothing bad about it for both of us.

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  13. Congratulations for (almost) finally being on the road!!! Of course things couldn't go completely smoothly - that would make life too easy, right?? Glad to hear your husband is feeling ok.

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    1. Thank you Terri - so close! We definitely won't forget our last days here :-)

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  14. Great news about Bill, Jodee! Glad the doc gave him the green light!

    Jim

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    1. Best news we could have gotten, and we're still motivated to make better choices :-))

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  15. Wagons HO! So glad Bill looks like his problem is solved, So excited for you both

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    1. Thanks Maura! We are very relieved and grateful for the nudge in the right direction for taking better care of ourselves :-) Will be a fun weekend of "lasts" for us!

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  16. We're just completing our first year, and you're just heading out. I remember how exciting that time was!!! SO exciting! Even after a year, it's still exciting. I'm happy how nice your plans have come along and that you'll be joining the rest of us on the road very soon. Also very happy that Bill's health worked out. We've found that almost nothing is difficult on the road. Well, we do miss the kids, family and friends. You're gonna love it!! Looks like we'll see you in Idaho!

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    1. It seems like you guys were just pulling out of the ranch a few months ago! So glad you're loving it as much as you thought you would. We're really excited to get out there too :-) Look forward to that meet up for sure!!

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