Sunday, September 10, 2017

  A lifestyle winding down?

Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck'? 

SEE *** at bottom

So today..

I am trying to finalize a book on travel. This book will be titled “Our RV Life”, a book suggested and started years ago.  We have been full-time for twenty years. I smile, when I think ‘that is longer than we ever lived in a brick/mortar home’. We started life together in a 26 foot trailer at the Camp Geiger trailer park at Jacksonville, NC. This girl has followed me to so many structures it is amazing. She has lived in a 42x8 trailer that she remembers thinking was a huge home. We raised two boys up to school age in that dude.

We lived once in a converted chicken house, the kitchen floor had about ten linoleums to keep the cold Missouri weather out. She once lived with me in a house with no indoor plumbing, yep she had an outhouse for the first time in her life.

 (Can you see Sherry up on that roof? Yep she helped roof it, hung drywall too!)

 Together Sherry and I built a beautiful 1800sqft split level home.(4yrs=sold it) From that we bought a lot in ‘Heaven’ (Belmont, Sherry’s home town). I built us a nice home with three garages and an indoor heated pool. (3-4yrs=sold it)

From that we built us  a 2800sqft home.  We loved it. I had my office there and stayed there all of 4 years, then started to get the idea to travel. We retired, and moved into a motor home.(Kept it=leased)

SOOO we are actually as happy in this Motor Home as any house we have owned. In 61 years I have moved my girl UP in the world. We started off in 26x8, Now we have 38.5 feet by 8. An increase of 12 feet or 2.36 inches a year. Definitely better than going backwards.

Sherry still owns 2 of those 2800sqft homes plus three smaller homes. BUT we agree we had rather live right here in this Diplomat.

In the next few years we must decide what to do. We both are nearing 80. I told Mr. Hunter, the next unit to come open to let us know before he rents or leases, we just MIGHT be ready to settle down.  It hurts to even say that.

But if you have followed the blogs lately, you know what is on our minds. OUCH (note: winding down we hope is 5-10 years lol)

In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, usually a buck knife, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next

 Nite Shipslog
PS: Since we have moved 26 times in this 61 years there are many other trailers and houses in the background. LOL.


Paula said...

As much as you and Sherry have moved I bet you don't collect junk like some of us do. I've been getting rid of a lot lately though. I remember seeing a picture of your home with the beautiful pool. Nice but I bet it was a lot of work keeping it up. I think you and Sherry would be happy anywhere you live because you both have a good attitude.

Lisa said...

Wow! Lots of living styles but I see what has happened here. The tighter you two get to each other , the happier you are.

Up late

betty said...

Your and Sherry's story reminds us that you don't need much space to live in to be happy, you are happy if you are with the right person sharing that amount of space with. I'm certain there must be a lot of pride to step back and see when the house you have been building is completed.



Sharing the same dream is important. that's what makes your situation work.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

No matter where the two of you live I think it would be called heaven...It's not a house that makes the home. Yes, as we get older we need to make decisions before someone else makes them for us as it was in my case. I was forced into downsizing and should have done it sooner than later. I do love my smaller place. It fits me to a T. What ever you do and wherever you long as you're together, it'll be just fine !

Dar said...

Your love of one another has carried you to and fro many a home but as long as you are happy, that's what's important. We have been in this ol' 138 yr old house for 37 yrs and expect it will be where we live out our lives together.
Bill turned 69 today and isn't one bit interested in change. Quite frankly, I'm rather content myself.
love n' hugs from up north where we are having a warm week...perfect for cleaning out the gardens and baking apple pies. I pray everything is good in your FL home and that you didn't sustain much damage. Home is where the heart is.

Mevely317 said...

In spite of my surprise -- you're really considering this option! -- I suspect the two of you could make a honeymoon out of any situation. It's comforting, having y'all to look up to. (*smile*)