Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Well the garage sale was a success. Not as much business as I would have liked, but we sold a lot of stuff. What we didn't sell, we took to Good Will. The best part was that my Mom and Dad came every day, starting on Tuesday and helped set up, mark and manage the sale. We had a really good time being together. My sister came for 3 of the 5 days and it was great to see her and spend some time with her as well.

We got a lot of stuff cleared out of the basement. That is where we have been hauling and storing everything from this house. We got about as much out as we could at this time. Next year when we get back from spending the winter months in WARM weather, we will start going through it all again and actually find a home in the house for stuff we don't want to part with. But at least the house is liveable and I don't feel like I have to walk through a maze anymore in that basement.

We are back in Mooreland now. We are living in the motorhome and making the last push to empty this house and get it on the market. I called my friend, Irene, yesterday who is a realtor and she is coming out Wednesday to talk about the house and get it listed. I hope we can get it sold soon.

Plans are to leave the 22nd of September for the Escapade in DuQuoin, Illinois. For you "non-rv'ers," the Escapade is a big rally of people in the Escapees club. Escapees is for people who love the RV lifestyle. A lot of Escapees are full timers as we now are.

I must get moving and get things packed up. Time is getting short and we must get this done.

Till next time. . .


Monday, August 22, 2005

Garage Sale!

The kids left yesterday morning on their trek back to Virginia with their new dog in tow. He is such a sweetie. Great Grandma and Great Grandpa even came to meet him. I think they wanted to see the kids, really, but they got to meet Jerrico as well. He sure is such a sweet dog. Loves everybody. Barks loudly when anyone strange comes in, but then wags his tail and licks them to death. Once when the carpet layers were here, I went looking for him. He was on the floor on his back with the carpet guy rubbing his tummy. Such a watchdog.

Well, we are getting ready to take another load to Goshen. Garage sale is this week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Hope we get rid of a lot of stuff. Mom is coming over tomorrow to help mark stuff.

The barn is beginning to look sparse. We have hauled out enough stuff that it is beginning to have empty areas. How strange after 30 years. We had new carpet laid in the house and it was finished yesterday. So we are not putting the furiture back in. We have 2 lawn chairs in the living room. The other stuff will go to Goshen, but we don't have room for it today. Trailer is FULL mainly of tables and sawhorses for the sale. It will all be pitched afterwards.

I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope it continues. Some guys are coming at 9 a.m. to load a couple of Terry's saws for the sale at the fairgrounds. That will happen when we are gone.

Terry told me to call the realtor and set up an appointment for a week from today. Yay!

Till next time. . .


Friday, August 19, 2005

Grandma and Jerrico

I'm a Grandma!

Yep, that's right. Daughter Jocelyn and hubby Tom are the proud parents of a 6-year old black standard poodle! Wow. He is so handsome. No details on weight or height, but he is a fine dog. They came from Charlottesville, VA, to Indianapolis to adopt him. He is a very special dog and is really lucky to have been adopted by them. He follows them very closely, not letting them out of his sight.

We spent today cleaning out the barn. Took a lot of stuff down to the sale barn. There will be a sale in a couple weeks and hopefully it will all find a new home. We aren't taking any of it back anyway.

Till next time. . .


Monday, August 15, 2005

New Toad!

We recently purchased a new Toad! We probably won't take it with us anywhere this year, as it is a little heavier than we like to pull behind the motorhome. Once we upgrade to the "diesel" motorhome, we will be able to pull it easily.

I am going to try and include a picture, if I can figure it out.

Oh, BTW, school started today and GUESS WHO DIDN'T HAVE TO GO???????

I love this being retired stuff.

Till next time. . .


Saturday, August 13, 2005

Work, work, work

Wow, what a month. We have been working on the house almost non-stop while we are here in central Indiana. We have it emptied of everything except that which we are using every day. We have it all painted on the inside. We have it measured for new carpet. We went shopping for new carpet, but the store had few selections. They are getting new shipments in and ready to look at on Tuesday, so we will be picking out carpet and setting a date for installation. We intend to be out of the house when it is installed.

That just leaves the barn. Our little town fair is over today, so the auctioneer who is working with us to get rid of some of Terry's tools will be able to get into the building at the fairgrounds and set up for an auction. So that will help to empty out the barn. We have a place to store the boat, jetski and trailer, so we will really be getting closer to our goal. We hope to contact the realtor next week about listing the house for sale. What a job this has been.

Mom and Dad were down this past week and helped immensely. Dad did a lot of taping for painting. He didn't seem to mind doing that and Terry hates it. Daddy really does a good job, so it was a big help to Terry. Mom helped me pack the kitchen cupboards up and go through a bunch more cabinets in the laundry room. Plus she cleaned up rooms as we got painting done. She and Daddy helped me take down two large shrubs which had grown too large for where they were. That part of the yard off the deck really looks better. Mom and Dad also dog-sat for Bailey and Neal. They are lucky to have such great grandparents to take care of them!

In between times, Terry and I made a trip to Goshen with another trailer load and when we got back we all went to the fair and walked around one night. That was the only night we did that and today we watched the parade. That is the last time we will be around for that fair. We are moving on to a new chapter in our lives.

Today we drove to Ohio to get our new (to us) truck. It is our future "toad." For you non-RV'ers, that is the vehicle we intend to "tow" behind our motorhome. It is a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport-Trac. It is pretty sharp and we have spent the evening putting a heavy duty hitch under it. That was quite a job. The worst part was lining up the holes to bolt it down. It was heavy, but we used a floor jack to raise it up under and that worked quite well. So there really was no lifting or heavy work, just tedious lining up, etc.

We are running up to Goshen again tomorrow. We have several appointments this next week and I have already moved some paperwork I need up to the house in Goshen. We have to go up in order to get that paperwork. Stupid me. We also need to check on the apartments. That is the other thing taking up time. We have a new renter in one apartment. Yay! We have another vacant apartment which we are renovating and is almost done. We hire most of that work out now because Terry is not able to do a lot of it anymore.

Monday will be a milestone for me. It is the first day of school at New Castle, where I taught in a former life. (May 31). No longer will the ring of school bells require my getting up and going to work! I am glad to leave my working life behind, although, from the sounds of this post, I am working MORE! But that will be over shortly and Terry and I will be off on a great adventure with our Scotties, Bailey and Neal.

Till next time . . .