Sunday, August 1, 2010


Rocky Mount, NC

We're kinda tired but we have made progress on the remodel.  We got here Friday and set up our MH.  It felt like we forgot something since we didn't pack groceries and didn't pull the Suki.  We quickly started back on the flooring and found our rhythm.  We got almost all of it done.  Saturday morning we finished the floor and went to Lowes to get some cabinets for the kitchen.  After putting up the corner cabinet, Gin did some calculations to see what other ones we needed.  We all piled in their suki and off to Lowes we went with a utility trailer behind.  After filling up three of their flat carts with more cabinets, we went to the checkout.  That's when Odie (Gin's dad) realized he had forgotten his wallet.  Guess who else had left the house without theirs?  That's right, all of us.  Senior moment times four.  Judy (Gin's mom) drove home to get the credit card while the other three stooges stood outside the store.  We took it all in stride.  Today we have worked on the putting in the cabinets.  It is a detailed job and slow going.  They are putting a microwave over the stove and it is so heavy that the mounting bracket is having a hard time holding it.  I think they have it figured out so tomorrow we should finish installing the cabinets.

When I woke up today, I realized that it is sort of a milestone date for us.  My official retirement is 12 months from today.  That is, if I don't get sick and nothing else pops up.  I know we won't start full-timing exactly on that date but hopefully it won't be too many weeks after that.  We're planning to put the house on the market a few weeks before then.  I don't know what the housing market will be like then, but I hope we break even.  We built the house in 2000 as our forever home.  It's a nice place but we don't want to be tied down to a place anymore.

Well it's time for these brittle bones and moaning muscles to hold down the bed.  Tomorrow we do more cabinet work.  Wish us luck.


Cruzin2some said...

Wow! you guys are really busy. One year to go! Hang in there, a year will fly by.

Stay Safe

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I'm impressed you've got a date set. We're wrestling with that right now, watching the house values, 401K's and the pension. It's thrilling to think about and terrifying at the same time. Once I send in my retirement letter, there's no turning back. I have it typed up in the computer, all I have to do is fill in the date and hit send...