It’s been a long time since my last update. The reason is that I didn’t want to lapse into griping about how slowly everything seemed to be going. It’s been slower than I would like, but, it’s proceeding as it’s supposed to. Now that we are starting to see real progress, I want to update you on all the positive things that are happening.
Many rooms in our house are now empty and I cannot express how much lighter we both feel! I would never have believed it just a few years ago when I was caught up in acquiring stuff and anyone who tried to tell me would have been called a hippy. But, once we made the decision to downsize and pursue this dream, a switch flipped. Now, I see stuff as an obstacle to moving forward and I can’t get rid of it all fast enough. I’m almost to the point of leaving boxes of random stuff on peoples’ doorsteps, ringing the doorbell and running away. It actually has become addictive and we find ourselves looking around asking “what else can we get rid of today”!
We found a real estate agent we really like! It’s actually kinda funny how the process played out. We interviewed several agents and the third one was, literally, the charm. Now, with the agent’s advice we have prioritized work on the house to get it ready to sell, doing as much of it as we can before contractors start to come in. Our dining room is now storing new bathroom vanities waiting for installation by the contractors and every weekend finds me covered in paint.
In between house projects and getting rid of stuff we’ve also been doing projects to get the RV ready. We’ve hung pictures, installed additional hooks and a full-length mirror and, yes, we are now addicted to Command strips. We also just got packing cubes to start organizing our clothes to fit into the available cabinets and our spacious foot of closet. I still have other small projects to do, but it’s starting to look and feel more like us.
For our cats, leaving the house usually means a vet visit so it’s a traumatic experience. We brought two of them out to explore the RV while it’s sitting still. There was lots of loud meowing, but after a short time, fear gave way to curiosity and they each calmed down and began to explore their new home until they found a spot to settle down and groom themselves. A sign of momentary success! But, we are waiting to bring our third cat out until we are ready to stay. She is going to need extra support to make the move and it would be too hard for her to go back and forth from the house to the RV, so we have lots of treats and a dispenser of happy kitty hormones on hand to help her make the transition.
Finally, we have been out exploring our options for where to camp once we are out of the house and waiting for it to sell. Some of the best campground options around Nashville don’t open until April which leaves us with a choice of three commercial campgrounds, or if we want to drive quite a bit further to get into town, two state parks. We spent a Saturday driving around the city to visit each one and get a feel for them. The best I can say about that experience is that we had a great lunch out that day!
Maybe it’s the fact that it’s February and all the trees are bare, the ground is muddy and the skies over Nashville have been iron grey since Christmas. But, they all looked like sad, muddy parking lots with rigs crammed together in as little space as possible and at least one had some rigs that didn’t look like they ever moved. Plus, some of them are expensive! The downside of living in a city popular with tourists. Needless to say, neither of us were initially excited by the available options but maybe they will look better when we get closer to Spring. I know we will feel a lot better!
So even though I’ve felt like we were stuck in neutral progress has been trickling under the surface and now we are starting to see it and we are getting excited! It feels like the dam is about to break and things are going to start moving a lot faster. We are so close, now!