The Business of Getting Ready

Here it is, Christmas 2014, and we are taking a break today from the business of getting ready to move onto AfterMath.  We have been very busy clearing out things we definitely don’t want or can’t take with us.  The huge artificial Christmas tree we have used over the past few years is going to Kelly and Craig’s house and this year we have a small real one that can be put out and taken away on brush day.  The ornaments on it are either tropical or sentimental and all of the others are being delivered to Kelly’s house with the tree.  Jeff and Sarah will take the Christmas tree stand built by John’s father when we were first married.  We are glad to see it go to them as it will be appreciated by the next generation and probably more generations to come.

We held a garage sale a couple of weeks ago and said good bye to a truckload of possessions.  One was the crib that was used by all of my children and grandchildren.  I expected that to be a sad moment, but a nice young man showed up who needed a crib as his baby was outgrowing her bassinet. He was so happy to be able to buy ours that we both felt really good about the situation.  After the sale, the car was loaded up with the leftovers and a very nice donation of goods was made.

John has been prepping inside the house for painting and he continues trimming the trees and bushes around the house that never stop growing in our tropical climate.  We hope to have the house on the market in a couple of weeks.  It’s a lot of work, but the payoff will be worth it when we actually move on AfterMath.  People ask us what we will do if the house sells quickly, and the answer is, we will figure it out.  We will probably have to rent somewhere if that happens.  We’ll keep you updated but, for now, we wish you a Merry Christmas and an adventure filled New Year.

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