Scott is making great progress on all the remaining cabinetry for the kitchen and dining room. All the interior door trim , baseboards, and window trim is installed. He is currently working on the range hood cover. The upper cabinets for the kitchen are being processed, there are 21 doors currently being prepped for assembly. The front door needs to be finished off with moulding and trim. We finished the design of the built-in entertainment center in the great room . That will be the last big piece of interior work for Scott.
On Monday we had a consultation with a stager to get an idea of exactly what that will entail. Next Monday we have set up two more consultations with two other stagers . This should give us a good idea of what to expect in terms of packing up our remaining household. We need to know what furniture a stager will likely bring in and what pieces of ours will need to stay. It would be really good to have a paint consultation as well because my paint choices definitely won’t appeal to the masses! Our goal for listing the house for sale is still pretty on target for March. I’m being told my many different realtors that houses in my neighborhood are selling very fast so our fingers are crossed! Yesterday I was told that a house was listed for sale on Monday and there were ten offers the very same day! Yowsa! We seem to be hitting the real estate market at a great time! Maybe we’ll be “LUCKY”! Lol!
My big job has been to get rid of all the junk we don’t need and to minimize our material possessions . I’m good at this job! Scott has to just get outta my way cuz’ I’m like the Tasmanian Devil when it comes to clearing out! I made two trips to donation centers over the weekend. That’s two trips with Scott’s truck filled ! I have one, maybe two more truck loads remaining and I’m planning to get that outta here net weekend. Obviously I decided against doing the yard sale! Thinking about all the work it was going to take to pull off a yard sale just gave me a stomach ache! Nooooo! I was in search of ‘Immediate gratification !’. I like to donate to an organization called The Bargain Box. All the proceeds from the thrift store goes directly to the Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto which I am thrilled to be able to support with all our excess stuff.
As soon as Scott finishes up with the cabinetry he will get started on the clean up and landscaping in the backyard. While he’s working on that we will have painters and stagers inside getting ready for listing the house. At the same time as all this physical labor is going on we are talking to an attorney in Panama City about the process and timing of the documentation for our residency visa. Also consulting with financial planners about the money part of this adventure. Whew! I think one of the hardest decisions we are still going back and forth on is what to do about our two cats. I’m just not convinced that taking them with us is the best thing for them. Scott and I have decided to just start putting out feelers to see if we might be able to find a good home for them and if we do then we will feel good about that. But if we aren’t able to find a good home for them then we will just take them along with us. Yikes! It’s a hard one! I know that whatever is meant to happen will happen in the end. Our Adventure is continually evolving and the only sure thing is that our plans will be constantly changing and morphing and we need to keep our minds open to all the possibilities and different scenarios. If we begin to limit our thinking and get too caught up in everything being exactly the way we plan for it to be, frustration will set in and then our Adventure could turn into a nightmare! So onward we go with open minds and open hearts ready to take it on and enjoy the journey! Stay tuned!😁