Monday, December 19, 2005


Getting Closer to Getting Farther (away)

UPDATE: The kitchen remodel is done! Yippeee! I'm enjoying using the new appliances - especially the water spigot on the front door of the refrigerator. Such a simple pleasure.
Today the grout repair men are working on the two upstairs bathrooms. We just need to have the grout replaced in the shower & tub, plus they are going to clean the grout of the ceramic floor tiles. Such a yucky job!! It's worth every penny to me to have someone else do this.

I'm still working at a paying job, but retirement is just around the new year!! The current plan is to put the house up for sale the first part of January. We've been getting rid of "stuff" - lots taken to the local thrift store that sponsors hospice care in our area. Lots of stuff has been thrown out, and a few things have sold on eBay.

We have been cheering each other on as stuff leaves the house - measuring it by the square footage! Nothing but food basics (milk, beer, etc.) comes into the house.

We have moved all of our 401K, investments, etc. to our account guy at Smith Barney so that all our money is in one place. They are connected to Citibank so we will have access to money everyone we go. Not that we'll need much. So many of the anchorages are FREE even in California. In Mexico, the same is true.

Also, we have a "public mail box" at the local postal center. They will accumulate our mail for us, then forward the works to us with just a phonecall or email from us giving them our location. Shouldn't be too much mail as we won't have any bills (except for the boat insurance).

We sold our beloved little 22 foot boat to our friends a couple of weeks ago - so now we are boatless!!! Agh! But I know it has a good home now and will be well used. We have had so many good times using that boat - sailing, swimming, watching the sunsets, knitting...

So, our plan is to buy one of the boats we are looking at, and sail around southern California for the summer & early fall. Then we plan to join the Baja Ha Ha floatilla to sail from San Diego down to Cabo San Lucas next October. After that....who knows....the adventure begins.

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