A Year in Review

With 2017 and Peterborough in the review mirror, I realize just how much our life changed last year. When 2017 began, we were still living in a stick and brick home, we owned a business and we were still making our plan to hit the road. Then, something happened and it all changed. Accelerating our plan to move into Waldo full time a year ahead of schedule required quite a lot of work. First, had to decide what we wanted to keep and what needed to go, then we had to get rid of all our belongings that weren’t going with us…

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One of our many yard sales

We had to get the house ready to sell. Clean, paint, new flooring…

unfinished

kitchen cabinets

And, of course, the we had to wait for the weather to warm up…

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Sometimes, you just have to take a break!

Then, there was all the work we needed to do to Waldo before we could leave. My favorite “upgrade” was our new curtains…

Curtain A
What do you do with family photos?
Curtain B
You turn them into iron-ons and make curtains!

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We said goodbye to family and friends…

the family

goodbye

Finally, Florida bound…

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By far, the biggest improvement we had to do was get a new roof. We decided Florida was where we should get that done. The benefit of being able to stay with my dad while the repair was done, made the decision an easy one…

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Steve began to adjust to not going to work every day…

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It was July before we truly ready to hit the road. We had a job waiting for us in Texas and it was time to go…

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Our first meal living full time in Waldo.

And then, our new temporary home in Texas…

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The next 5 months seemingly flew by, bringing us to December and the impending new year.

How things can change in 12 months! From this view…

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To this view…

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From using wood for winter heat…

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To using wood for camp fires…

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It’s been a year of major changes, all for the better. We’ve visited beautiful places and made some wonderful new friends. It means so much to me to have you along on our journey. Thank you.

May 2018 be your best year yet!

10 thoughts on “A Year in Review”

      1. We just got to Quartzsite, AZ, last night. Not sure of the plans after that, but will be here for a few weeks (in Arizona, not Quartzsite). Are you guys planning on staying in Texas for a while, or do you have plans for the near future? Love the curtains, by the way! I had blankets made with our family pictures, but the curtains are clever!

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      2. Ohhh, I love Quartzsite! We are back in Florida at my dad’s house for a while. We’re going to visit south Florida next week. We have to be at our next job (in Alaska) in May. Nothing really planned until then.

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  1. What a year it has been for the two of you! Your ability to downsize and began a new chapter in life is inspiring. Looking forward to following your travels and perhaps seeing you in Canada! Happy New Year!

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      1. April could work well for us. We have plans to be away the first week. It still could be snowy here and especially in the mountains but often a great time to visit before the crowds go bonkers.
        Just packing for a trip and yes back to the carry on. 🙂

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