The next big milestone for us will be the closing of escrow on the sale of the house. We don’t have a firm date on that quite yet! Originally the paperwork said May 24 but the buyers are going on vacation on May12 so we are hoping they will be able to close before their vacation, maybe May11? That will mean we need to vacate the house just as soon as that date is determined, so either by May 24 or May 11. The last few days or weeks of our stay will be spent in a pet friendly hotel.
We still have a few things remaining in the house that we are hoping to be able to fit into our storage unit and then into our shipping container. We have our couch,coffee table, king size bed,washer/dryer,patio furniture and three more big tools that Scott just ordered. Unfortunately this is where we begin to re-prioritize the things we are bringing. Why? you may be asking? Well, our storage unit is just about full already and as you may know, the two storage units are equivalent to our 40 foot shipping container so that means that whatever fits into the storage units should also fit in the shipping container! And Whatever ‘doesn’t’ fit will surely not fit into the shipping container! Yikes! There are already a few things that I know we can abandon, well not abandon exactly, but find a home for. Like a desk and printer stand,a wine rack, a corner metal bakers rack thingy,an upholstered chair, and I’m sure I can think of a few other things we can live without. The last things on my list of priorities is the couch and coffee table, although I’m pretty sure the coffee table can be disassembled and then it will fit better, I love that table! But the patio furniture is something I really want to be able to bring and the washer/dryer are non-negotable as well as the bed. Scott thinks he will have to completely unload the storage unit and repack it more efficiently. Given the fact that we had to pack it little by little, it was impossible to do a very efficient pack job. So we shall see how much more room we can find in there and just what ends up not making it into the container.
We’re jumping through hoops and checking off To-do’s with each passing day. Pretty soon we will be walking out the door of our house for the very last time. Big Sigh! We’ll have a short stay at a pet friendly hotel nearby so that I can finish up all that I need to do at my salon. Stephanie is getting really excited about taking over the salon and adding her touches of creativity to it. I can only imagine how excited she must be to finally have found a place to make her mark and to call her own. She officially takes over on June 1 and I know my precious little salon is in really good hands . Change is in the air and not just in our life. Our decision to retire in Panama has created opportunities for others arounds us to also embrace change and hopefully lot’s of surprising, positive possibilities will come. I believe we all have the power to attract the type of energy that we put out into the world and It’s my hope that everyone we know is able to find beauty and happiness and peace in the changes around them and maybe even embrace something new that comes their way as a result of our decision to embrace our new adventure. If you can get past the sadness of our change of address, you may be able to also find it within your heart to focus more on the positive like , hey, now you have a new, beautiful destination to visit! And , come on, you gotta admit, a new perspective on that haircut or hair color will be a great thing! Depending upon how you choose to look at change, you can embrace the saddest parts and hold onto that with all your might or you can feel sad for a bit and then move along to find that sweet spot where the good, and happy and optimistic part is waiting to be embraced! Come on! Let’s all have an Adventure!