We have SO much to tell you!
First off, we are officially moved out of our house. That’s one big milestone that we can scratch off our list. We really didn’t think it would take so long to find renters for our house. It certainly wasn’t for lack of interest, but we just wanted to be certain that were putting the very best people possible into our home. Trouble at home is certainly not something we want to be worried about while we are 2000 miles away – so we took our sweet time in making that decision.
Now, we are living in “the dungeon” – also known as my momma’s basement. The space was lovingly given the title of “the dungeon” by my father, I suppose because it’s dark, damp, moldy, smells of old cheese, and is infested with scorpions that have acquired a taste for human flesh. I’m joking, of course, about all that stuff – except for that part about living in my mom’s basement… that part is real… very real indeed.
Anyways – let’s get you caught up.
Ben finished the storage building in late November. He worked very hard on it for days on end until it was finally done! He also painted the newly enclosed side to match the existing side.
Once completed, we noticed that birds were getting inside and pooping on the ground. I certainly didn’t want bird doodie on our safely stored belongings, so I had the brilliant idea to put up some type of screen on the openings at the top. The people who renovated our house before we bought it, left the original storm window screens in the attic of our house, so Ben re-purposed them as bird-proof-barriers for the storage building.
After he finished the building, we were able to start filling it with all our belongings that we just couldn’t part with, kitchen stuff, and some of the things that we didn’t want to have to purchase again after we got back from our adventure. This newly enclosed part of the building is not “mouse safe” like the back part of the building, so we have to be very selective as to what we put where.
Pillows, blankets, and important things we’ve had to put in the back side of the building. Other things like kitchen supplies, and furniture we were able to put in the front. We also had a lot of plastic tubs, so we were able to put our clothes and other things in those and store them in the front. Hopefully we choose right and we don’t come home to some big family of mice living in our stuff! We worked very hard to keep things organized and it took MANY trips to get everything up the hill and put away into our private mini-storage facility.
After months of searching we finally found our renters! We were so excited to have Kathy and Jim contact us looking for the perfect rental home! They moved from Pensacola Florida to be closer to family in the area. When we met them, we instantly knew that they were the ones we wanted living in our loved home. They moved in on January 6th. We went over that evening when they got into town and helped them unload some of the truck. Ben went the next day while I was at work to help unload the rest. I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship with this couple!
It’s a bit weird moving someone else into our home. We searched for months for the perfect first home years ago and we have LOVED it since the day we spotted it on the market! It’s a pretty bittersweet thing to do. On one hand, you know you are doing the right thing, you know you have the perfect renters, and you know that you are taking one more step towards your goal. On the other hand, you are going to miss your house and the life you have built there. I just keep telling myself that this is what is right for us, and that we have so many exciting and fun (and challenging) adventures coming!
Along this journey we’ve had to part with some things that are definitely difficult to part with. Take this potty seat for example, we won’t need it on the boat, and really didn’t need to bring it to moms. You wouldn’t think of a potty seat as such a hard thing to get rid of, but for me, it has literally supported Molly’s bottom for the last 3 years. She was toilet trained on this seat. But alas, I can’t scrapbook a potty seat can I? So, we had to say goodbye and we sent it out with the trash (I mean really, who wants a used donated potty seat?).
After we locked in our renters it was time to start packing up the rest of the house. We had already started packing up and moving things up to the building that we were not currently using, like books, summer clothes, most of Molly’s toys, and other sentimental things that we didn’t want to part with. We also packed up some kitchen things that we didn’t necessarily need at this time. But we had a lot left that needed to be boxed and moved up into the building.
We also sold our bed and were sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a while. We kinda liked it better than having a huge bed taking up space in the room.
The day after Christmas we MOVED into my Moms. My mom and Jimmy (her hubby) have been so generous to allow us to move into their basement! Even though our renters were not coming until the 6th of January, this was just much easier than trying to live in our house while also trying to pack up and clean. So we packed up everything that we thought we might need at moms and took it over. It took us about 3 or 4 trips to get everything there. The basement also needed to be cleaned a bit, before we could fully move in, so we cleaned up over there before we were able to unpack. Here is Molly in the back with the first load of stuff to take to moms.
At moms we have a nice space downstairs. We have a bedroom which we share with Molly, a bathroom, and a living area. In the living area there is a counter top with a small bar sink and a mini fridge. We eat most dinners as a family upstairs, but it’s nice to have a “mini kitchen” downstairs for breakfast and getting coffee in the mornings before work (also, late night snacks). It’s really nice to have this time spent with family too before we head off. Ben’s parents live pretty close to my moms so it’s nice to be closer to them as well.
Before our renters could move in we had a lot of cleaning that needed to be done! After we were moved out and officially sleeping at moms house, and we had everything packed and in the building, we started the task of deep cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, floors and everything in between! Here is a photos of what Molly did while we were working hard! Playing in the leftover cardboard boxes.
I was on the floor scrubbing the tile, wiping down cabinets, deep cleaning all the appliances, scrubbing toilets, sinks and showers, cleaning kitchen counters and wiping down all the baseboards, walls, and doors for a good four days.
While I was busy doing all that, Ben had the task of
patching up the many nail holes (including drywall puddy, sanding and painting), fixing light fixtures (BIG JOB THERE!), he also had to touch up scrapes along the walls and baseboards with paint, vacuuming and steam cleaning the carpets and so much more!
We had already taken most of the food from our house over to my moms, so while Ben was at the house cleaning while I was at work, he didn’t have much to eat. What he did have was a few cans of Vienna Sausages, beef flavored Ramen noodles, and some cans of pineapples.
In fact, I got this text one day while I was at work.
We tried selling our TV and Couch on some local for sale sites on Facebook, but we didn’t have any takers for the prices we wanted, plus we were on a pretty tight time crunch. We figured that we would get just as much of a write off for them as we would if we sold them, so we called the Salvation Army and they came right out and took them away. It was a bit sad getting rid of the couch. It kinda has some sentimental value to me. You see, that is where I gave birth to Molly. Yep, right there on the couch. We had a (planned) home birth.
Wednesday, January 6th was the renter arrival day! They were expected to arrive around 6pm. That day we put the finishing touches on the house. Ben and I went around the house and found any little spot that needed to be touched up with paint, made sure the walls were clean, wiped down the baseboards, cleaned the hardwood floors and did anything else that needed to be done. We wanted it to be perfect for their arrival. And it looked better when we left it than it did when we moved in.
So, what’s next? We will get settled and into a routine at moms and quite possibly start looking for a boat. Right now we are also just trying to work as much as possible and save as much money as we can. We are also trying to spend as much time as we can with friends and family that we will miss dearly while we are gone. We probably won’t see most of our loved ones for the full time we are out sailing unless they make a trip to see us.
This was a big step for us on our adventure, and one that I am happy that has happened. Until next time folks!