Category Archives: Retirement Journal

The Final Countdown

We’re leaving together, But still, it’s farewell And maybe we’ll come back To earth, who can tell? I guess there is no one to blame We’re leaving ground (leaving ground) Will things ever be the same again? It’s the final … Continue reading

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On feelings of loss and what really matters…

From a respectable distance down the street, I peer out the rain-soaked windshield of Bella-BOW ( Bella Box On Wheels, our RV)  watching pieces of my material life being loaded into cars, trucks, and U-Hauls. Yesterday, the first day of our … Continue reading

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Pricing my Life, Memories for Sale

As I type this, there are people inside my home putting a value on many of the material things that have made up my life. It feels very strange to know the sale value of my things won’t reflect the emotional … Continue reading

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Packing a Watermelon into a Walnut. The story of downsizing from 3100 Sq. ft to 475 Sq.ft

Right now I’m schlepping things down the driveway from the house to the RV. Then I’m schlepping the same things right back up the driveway, forced to accept the fact that I’m not going to be able to take some of … Continue reading

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Boxing up the Hallmark Moments

Today, still packing for the move,  I started sorting through the 11 filing drawers in my home office. I’m not sure why I’m calling them all filing drawers as only three of them were neatly stuffed with hanging files.   … Continue reading

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The Love Starter, Leaving a Spark

A friend recently commented that when we move from a well-loved home, we leave a little bit of ourselves behind as a starter for the love the new owners will have for their home. The thought that the love I’ve had … Continue reading

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Reflections On A Home

As moving day draws closer and I prepare to say goodbye to this house, the place I’ve lived longer than any other, the years play like a flickering slide show. March of 2000, moving in during a raging snowstorm.   I … Continue reading

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Retirement Journal-Adventures in House Selling-Drooling Dogs and Smoke Signals from Heaven.

When I was a little girl, cigarette smoking was the norm, and my daddy would entertain me by blowing smoke rings. He was so good at smoke rings; it’s one of my fondest memories. I have been flooded with memories … Continue reading

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Retirement Journal: More adventures in house selling- Candid Camera

Someone is playing a practical joke on me. Like a ninja in the dead of night, sneaking in and hiding old things for me to find in the ‘way-back’ of cabinets and closets.  I expect at any moment people will … Continue reading

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Retirement Journal-Old habits die hard or “Maybe we’ll need that someday”

Getting a house ready to sell is physically and emotionally exhausting. House selling Dave and I have worked non-stop,  twelve hour days, cleaning, painting, and clearing out since we returned from picking up Bella-BOW. I really had no idea we’d accumulated … Continue reading

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