Well….It’s official. We are homeless. Or should I say full-timers. Yes, that sounds better.
Our house officially closed today. We moved out last Monday and have been on the road. So we already said our good-byes. It was a hard, sad day pulling out of our driveway one last time.
Someone had placed balloons on the light post to wish us well. I’m guessing one of the neighbors.
Our best friends Joe and Lynn took the day off and came over for one last hug. Our new friends John and Terri had made a great sign that we discovered on our way out. I mentioned this a couple posts ago but it’s all coming back to me now as this is final.
We’ve waited and prepared so long for this, it still doesn’t seem real. I think it’ll hit us more, believe it or not, next Spring when we would normally be heading back home from our winter trip. But we are home. We are no longer on a “trip”. We are living in our motor coach. Full-time.
I keep telling myself that nothing is permanent. If we wanted to, if the need to be near family and friends pulls us harder than before, we could always find another, smaller house and set roots down again. Then I think about all the taxes in NY and rethink that settling down part. I also know that the road calls to us. We will not stay put for long. We’re sick with the travel bug and we’d be off again. Stick and bricks house or not.
I do know that not having to worry about the overhead of the house will be freeing and way less stressful. Once we get settled in our new motor coach (which is of course is running behind on delivery) things will be different. Certainly a different feel to the coach. A different lay out. Different noises. But things will also be the same. The kitties will settle into their new spots to claim. A different routine will be learned while packing up and driving off. A different route will be taken to different locales.
New friends will be made. New adventures will be had.
We look forward to coming back to Rochester to visit and share our tales of the road. We certainly will miss our family and friends. We will continue to Skype and talk on the phone. We will, of course, keep updating this travel blog so everyone can see where we have been and where we are going.
Other things that we will miss…
The Geese And Their Babies
Watching the neighborhood geese raise their babies and watching as they teach them to fly.
Enjoying Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Chocolate Almond Of Course
Abbott’s frozen custard. A Rochester tradition. Chocolate Almond of course. The only flavor in my opinion.
Wegmans Grocery Store
Wegmans grocery store. A family run Rochester business that has grown into a huge empire across several states but has not lost it’s family run feel. I don’t care. Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods. Whatever. Nothing is like Wegmans. When people leave Rochester and they come back to visit, they always have to go to Wegmans. It’s a must.
Pizzaria Americana On Long Pond Road In Greece
Pizzaria Americana pizza. MMMMMMM. With all the traveling that we have done, you’d be amazed at how hard it is to find a decent pizza. Pizzaria Americana is the best in our opinion. They even named a pizza after David that he created. And it was always delivered hot and fresh. They’ve truly spoiled us.
Plus he looks good in that chauffeur hat while he drives me around the country. (Just kidding, I drive too.)
I think I’ll keep him.
So…we, of course, will miss our family and friends. And our house that we made our home for 8 years. The large shower with high water pressure. The great neighbors who are now friends. The large hot water tank. The large washer and dryer. And obviously you can see we’ll miss the local food.
We won’t miss the maintenance a house comes with. The taxes a house comes with. The cleaning of 3.5 bathrooms, 3000+ sq ft of house.
But you know what? With our new coach we will have aqua-hot (on demand hot water). I still have a washer and dryer, just smaller. Water pressure comes and goes depending on where you are in the country. So no need for a pity party.
And our backyard view! Snow capped mountains or Saguro cacti or the ocean. Life is what you make it.
We will be back. For a visit. Then it’ll be off on the next adventure. Only life knows what’s in store for us. We’re trying to live life to the fullest as much as we can, while we can.
For life is short.
Please join us on this next chapter in our book of life. For without chapters, you only have a pamphlet.
When was the last time you got Outside Your Bubble?