It’s now been one week since we closed on our house and have been officially “house-less.”
To Mama’s relief and surprise, it truly has been smooth sailing.
The new owners have been in touch with us and met their new neighbors, who we love very much. As expected, they really like their neighbors and feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.
Not a single tear has been shed, and there’s yet to be any feeling of sadness or regret felt by anyone.
Time and again the boys get excited that this is truly our home and that we’re doing something we never though we could…or would.
Despite it’s now May and the temperatures have climbed well into the 80s, only a handful of times have we turned on our air conditioner, simply because June has so many windows and is parked under the shade of a large oak tree, so we constantly have a steady cooling breeze blowing through the open windows and doors.
Just last week a new pair of volunteers moved in, so it’s no longer just us. It’s been nice to have another couple here again, both to chat with and share the duties. They’re very nice folks from Arizona.
The population of turkeys, squirrels, armadillos, and deer visiting the Village remains steady, and now we have a baby racoon that stops by nearly every night. The wren chicks in the nest on our site are being taken care of by the parents very nicely and are getting big quickly.
One day we even came across a very large yellow rat snake that had clearly just swallowed a meal that will probably keep it content for a few weeks!
We continue to learn new things and take part in more projects, and it’s been amazing. The only problem we foresee is that this park and its staff are so wonderful that they’ve raised the bar so high we’re concerned we may be disappointed anyplace we go after this!
Something else our boys love is that they are finally able to play in dirt. It’s not that we didn’t used to allow them to play in dirt before, but rather that our house was built on a mix of fill dirt and sand that they never had dirt in our yard. When it rained, no mud formed. When they tried to play in the yard, they had issues with ants nearly everywhere. They are positively thrilled to finally have dirt — and when it rains, mud — to play and dig around in.
That’s not really something we’d considered before. It’s one of those things you just take for granted, we suppose.
Now that we’re officially full-time RVers we’re making plans to redo the galley. We want to replace half of the dining area, get a new loveseat, and set up a better work station for Papa ‘Skiy. Ultimately, we’re going to make it more homey.
So yes, it’s safe to say it’s been smooth sailing since we sold the house. It’s gone better than we’d imagined it would, and we’re genuinely looking forward to what the future brings, no matter the wake.