Not to worry. Two days later Betty and I found a home we immediately liked that is a mile from the grand kids and closer to our other daughter than where we live now. Of course, it broke two of the "rules'" we had established for the move: a smaller house and a smaller yard to care for. The new home is about 250 square feet bigger and the yard is almost exactly the size of the one we are leaving!
Because it matched the two most important criteria of being closer to family and being one story instead of two, we promptly ignored the other two guidelines and signed a contract. We close and can move in just one or two days after the other sale is completed. So, making the RV home will probably only last for 3 or four days.
Now, the exciting part of all this kicks into high gear. I am calling moving companies, filling out reams of paperwork, making a list of all the things that have to be shut down, switched, and relocated. Betty has pulled dozens of boxes from our storage shed that helped each of our daughters move several times...now it is our turn!
We have to become familiar with a section of the city in which we have very little experience. Where is the closest library, the stores and restaurants we like, parks for Bailey to run and play? Where is the nearest hospital and good urgent care facility, who will be our doctors and dentists? Where do I get my haircut? Is there a good pet doctor nearby?
Insurance, driver's license information, post office concerns? It is about time to renew our passports. Is it safe to start using the new address before everything is signed? The list that comes with a move is long.
What church will we attend and become part of its life? The new house is about 35 minutes from our present faith community which isn't too far to drive, but doesn't allow us to interact with our new neighbors and area. So, this is yet to be determined. We are close enough to an occasional Saturday gathering of friends and a pastor who lives and meets about 20 minutes away.
Betty has begun to develop all sorts of ideas for the new home: color schemes, where furniture can go, what we need and don't need to buy, where her long-delayed art studio might be placed, do we need a new shower, and should the bathtub in the guest bath be replaced?
I have stocked up on Rolaids. I know where the aspirin bottle is. Betty keeps me focused and grounded.
Here we go...a great adventure during my year of "move."