Jan 012023

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had a safe and sane New Year’s Eve, and if you didn’t, I hope your hangover doesn’t last too long.

I’m going to start the new year off with a quickie, but get your minds out of the gutter because it’s not the kind you’re thinking about. At my age, a quickie thrill is what happens when I stand up too fast.

No, I’m talking about a quickie blog post because we spent all day yesterday loading our cargo trailer and the back of the truck with stuff to take up to our new place in Alabama. Terry and I are both bruised, stiff, and sore, and we keep telling each other it’s all going to be worth it. It will be, right? 😊

Thank you, everybody, for your wonderful congratulatory comments on yesterday’s blog announcing our big news, as well as comments on Facebook, e-mails, and text messages. All of you make us feel like we have a huge extended family in every corner of the country, and we love you all.

We will be hitting the road this morning, headed for our son’s house in Gordo. It’s about a 10-hour trip in the truck or van, and we normally break the drive up into two days, stopping in Troy, Alabama, for the night. That leaves us about a three-hour drive the next day. I’m not sure how much longer it will take us with the trailer, because I’ve never pulled a trailer that far on a trip. I’m hoping we can still make Troy, with any luck.

The plan is to arrive in Gordo on Monday, do a final walkthrough of the house Monday afternoon, and close on Tuesday. Once the closing is done, we have to go to a utility company about 25 miles away to get the water transferred over into our name, and then unload the trailer and truck. The way it’s looking, we will probably not be able to finish that on Tuesday, so we will complete that task on Wednesday and then head back to Florida to finish packing for the big move on the 13th. Wish us luck. We’re going to need it!

Thought For The Day – The older I get, the tighter companies are putting lids on jars.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  6 Responses to “A New Year’s Quickie”

  1. We moved exactly a year ago from Tucson (LOVED IT) to be closer to a daughter in Hickory, NC. Omg, it was brutal, and I hired a company to move us. That did not include the wrapping and packing and purging and giving and donating and such … I handled that with the invaluable help of very good friends. It was the right thing to do, as my husband is not in the best of health and having the back-up of family 10 minutes away is such a comfort. But … the very best advice we were ever given by a mentor is,”Do things before you HAVE to, so you are not at the mercy of urgent circumstances.” I very much hope you have many years of happiness and fun and good health in your new home. I hope there is a outstanding Veteran’s hospital near you. We have been fortunate to always have excellent care at those facilities. It is an emotional wrench to leave good friends and neighbors, and sometimes difficult to find your feet in a new place. But having lived on the road for 5 years was a great tutorial on how to manage a new grocery store and how to settle into a new place with some ease. Can’t wait to hear your new stories!! Vaya con Dios!!

  2. At our age our bodies can’t always take that kind of punishment. Advise you get help in the loading and unloading part. You’ll be much happier. Drive carefully.

  3. I agree with Jerry. Take your time and don’t overpunish your bodies. Getting muscle help would ease the pain and stress.

  4. Safe travels and remember you don’t have to get all done in one day. I know for a fact that is why they invented tomorrows and even the next days. Happy New Year.

  5. Wonderful decision. . .congratulations!

  6. I hope you love your new home! The move – now that’s no fun!

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