It started with our wishing to own a home here in Lake City. We looked at real estate ads, both in the papers and online, and discovered we couldn't afford a place here. So we looked at other places - towns in Colorado, Arkansas, and even Texas (affordable, family, etc.). Over a two-day period, we came to a number of realizations:
1. If we want to keep our house in Forest Falls, I can't retire next June.
2. If we want to own a house ANYWHERE I can't retire next June.
3. All of our calculations that "allow" me to retire next June are based on being without a house and its accompanying expenses (propane, electricity, trailer storage, water, firewood, and so on).
4. The only way I can retire next June is if we sell the Forest Falls house and become full-time RVers.
5. It was fear of the unknown (about full-timing) that prompted Don to have the doubts that started the conversation in the first place.
6. If we look at full-timing as we do the first half of our lives, that is, if we embrace our nomadic military life that we really did enjoy, we will be fine. It's just that staying in one house as long as we have (only 10 years, but for us that's a long time) has caused Don to be a little unsettled about going back into a nomadic life.
7. I need to continue to be a "cheerleader," and to be positive about the upcoming change in our lives. That'll be easy - it's my dream, my goal, my hope - I get GIDDY thinking about it. I need to be infectious with that giddiness and not let Don's fears overcome his desire to travel and fish this continent.
If you've read all this, thanks for sticking with it. I needed to get it out. The countdown happily continues!
Another day closer...
p.s. the recliner's working out fabulously!