Sunday, July 26, 2015

I can't hardly believe that I'm saying this.....but....as of last night we have an accepted offer on our home.  A full price....clean offer!  We are so relieved and yet still a little nervous.  Although we don't expect any surprises with either the appraisal or the inspection....ya  just never know.  Our closing date is set for Aug 28, just a few days before we will be leaving for Virgina for my nephew's wedding.  Finger's crossed that all goes according to plan!

We have been full timing for over 7 yrs.....for a variety of reasons we just couldn't sell the house.  It is going to be so wonderful to continue our full time journey without the burden and worry of what will need to be repaired or replace next....although I think in the past two years we did replace just about everything that could be replaced.  New roof, new furnace, new water heater, new garage door and opener....the list goes on.  The only downside to the sale is Capital Gains....because we have not lived in the house for the past 7 yrs the government in all its infinite wisdom seems to think we owe them money from the sale.  It was never a rental....our son continued to live there.....and we own no other property with the exception of our fifth wheel.  Unfortunately, none of that makes a difference....the key wording in the tax law is 'owner occupied' so we are 'screwed' on that one.  We have made some improvements over the years....trying to locate all those receipts so we can at least minimize our tax burden.  BUT....we are not going to let that dampen our spirits.....still doing the 'happy dance'....just get us to the closing table, put the check in our hands,  and we'll be  'happy campers'!

Now we have an opportunity to seriously look into that motorhome idea we have been a thinking on.....LOL! 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Indiana.....Let's Do This!

It has been a whirlwind of activity around here in good ole Indiana.  Mostly it has rained, rained, and then rained some more!  The big news is my son and his beautiful bride have purchased their first home.  I spent the last week helping them to get some painting done before they moved in this past weekend.  I was; however, smart enough to "lay low" on actual moving day.  They had plenty of help.....younger and stronger....then me.

Now that the 'kids' have moved out, we can sell our house.  Of course, we have a bit of 'sprucing up' to do before we place it on the market.  It seems the last few years have been particularly hard on our ceilings.  Ceiling lights have been moved and/or replaced, we moved the utilities to the garage which left a few rather large holes in the ceiling, and someone (not naming any names here) managed a bit of a slip in the attic which resulted in a rather large crack in a bedroom ceiling.  Then there is Mesha....my beloved granddoggy....who decided to do a bit of chewing on some of our woodwork.  A bit of 'touch up' painting may also be necessary.  At any rate, the next couple of weeks are going to be pretty intense because we plan on putting the 'for sale' sign up right after the July 4th holiday!  Wish us luck!




Thursday, April 30, 2015

Marshfield, MO

Well here we be in Marshfield, MO....we only spent one night in Texola and then on to Tulsa where we spent a couple of nights waiting for the rain and weather to pass.  Marshfield is about 20 minutes west of Springfield Mo.....where we found a Culver's!  Culvers is home to Butterburgers and frozen custard....we have one back in Lafayette and just love the food.  They are hard to come by out west....so it was a long deprived Culver's winter....LOL!  Tasted so good!
We decided to 'hang out' here in Marshfield at the RV Express, right off  I40.  Nice sites...back ins and pull thurs.....
Nice big concrete pads, but you are a little close to your neighbor.  Plus you are right next to the interstate....so there is road noise, but we didn't find it too bad.  Things quiet down in the evening and night time hours.   Our reservation back in Indiana doesn't start til May 4th so we decided to stay here 5 nights.  Our next stop will be a familiar campground in Litchfield Illinois called Kamper Kompanion.  We have stayed there several times.  It is literally in the middle of nowhere, but a great overnight stop and it is also a passport america park.....$17.50 a night Sunday-Thursday.  We will spend just one night there and then it is back to the ever lovely AOK in Indiana.  Not our favorite place to stay, but pretty much the only game in town....and they know it!  Oh...if you want a little more info and some photos of Tucumcari check out my Art Blog.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tucumcari, New Mexico....

Yes...we made it out of Sedona and on down the road to Albuquerque and now we are in Tucumcari New Mexico.  That is a mouth full so I started calling it TuCan City!  LOL!  Interesting little place on the historic route 66 highway.  Had a fabulous dinner at Del's Restaurant....great salad bar included with the meal.  Billy had his fav Chicken Fried Steak and I had a NY strip.  All very tasty and modestly priced.  The town itself has seen better times, but they seem to be hanging in there with a few more restaurants and a couple of tourist type shops.  We are headed out to another interesting restaurant called "KIX"....a 50 style diner for breakfast!

We are at the AOK...nothing special, but certainly fine for a night or two.  The winds have  been really bad......25 to 30 mph with 50 mph gust.  Looks like rain is on the horizon as well.  Plan on staying put one more night then we are on our way along I40 to Texola, Oklahoma.  Keeping an eye on all the nasty weather.....hoping to avoid the bulk of it. 

If ya want to see some of my Albuquerque zoo pics and a little about Jerome AZ  and the Ghost Town click on the link to my art blog.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sedona

We certainly have enjoyed our visit here at the Distant Drums Rv park.  The layout was a little different and there are some tight turns.  In fact, we are still not sure just exactly how we are getting out of the site we are in.....
 They give you the street signs in English and the native language.....neat!
We are on a corner lot...you can see that it is kinda a jack-n-jill set up, but your neighbor's rear only comes up about 1/4 of the way.  Unfortunately we can't just "pull out" the turn is too tight either left or right and the street ahead is a dead end with no turn around.  So I think our plan will be to pull forward down the dead end street and then back up into the street on our right.  Then we can make the turn!
Lot spacing isn't bad...but once the truck is parked you don't have much 'patio' room for chairs and such.
The surrounding view is pretty awesome!
We took a day and headed over to Red Rock State Park....truly spectacular views there

Birds are lively and everywhere!
Yesterday we headed over to Jerome....what a neat place that was.  I have a ton of photos and I'll share some next post......

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

North we go....

Today we head north to Camp Verde and an rv park called Distant Drums.  Before we go, we are going to have our rig weighed here at North Ranch.  We are both really worried about the numbers.  We know we are over....but by how much?  Could get scary....we shall see.

Much to do.....so I'll sign off now.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

North Ranch

Well here we be at North Ranch and it has been a very good week.  We reacquainted ourselves with the little town of Congress and Wickenburg.  Wickenburg seems to be a growing community which does have an interest in the Arts.  Next time we come, I'm hoping to have an opportunity to check out the Art Club.  They have their own building and offer classes as well as exhibits.

North Ranch itself doesn't seem to have changed much.  It is still a very friendly, well maintained community.  We saw several 'lots' for sale, some vacant and some with small homes and we did meet with a realtor to talk with her about the area.  I don't think we are quite ready yet, but eventually this is probably where we will end up.  At first we both thought we would like to be 'out' in the country on at least an acre of ground, but we really like the sense of 'community' here in the park. 

Many of our rv friends have also settled here in North Park.  In fact, last night we were invited over to Jim and Ellie's home for happy hour and a fish fry.  We meet some "new" rv friends and had a wonderful meal.  I hear this kinda thing goes on quite often here!

We will say our goodbyes and be heading up to Sedona on Tuesday.  Looking forward to doing some hiking there and checking out the beautiful scenery.