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June 27, 2021 I’m sitting here thinking of everything I have to get done in the next 60 days. August 27th is the last day in the Arizona house. I’ll more than likely begin making to-do lists for the next several weeks.
Let me first say, it’s not that I don’t like neighbors, I just don’t like the fact that they live next to my house, on both sides, in front, and in back. I never feel alone at my pool because there are 3~ 2 story homes towering over me. I can see them, so they’re close. I prefer to not see another house, I just want to see woods and green and sky. Our neighbors are very nice as are the friends we have made here, we will miss them. It was a great easy place for me to live alone for a few months, that turned into a year. It just was not the best for the dogs, not at all.
I am looking forward to being able to walk the dogs in the woods. They won’t know what to think. I am so excited for them to see snow too, Barrio will probably be afraid of it. Change is good. It helps that these dogs are so chill when it comes to change, it will all be for the best.
I can not wait to be in the woods again. We left 28 acres in Everson for the jungle in Roatan. The jungle was gorgeous, simply an amazing place to live. If you have not seen the video of our island house, click HERE. It was a very secluded home, despite the fact there was a house down the hill from the entrance to our driveway, we couldn’t see them and they couldn’t see us. Leaving there and moving here, I feel like I’m in a fishbowl. I don’t like it. Nor do I like the fact that my dogs can’t bark here, I try to keep them quiet because “neighbors.”
We really lucked out with the selling of the AZ house. Bill met a lady at the gym and after a few weeks they started talking. She’s a realtor and he mentioned that we were hoping to sell our place. She was interested in knowing more so Bill asked if she would give us a suggested selling price for the house. She said sure, she was happy to do it. In 2 days she came back with a price and we were shocked. THEN, she messaged Bill and said she had a buyer for our place. Her husband is a broker and he is working with the guy who will be managing the Texas Roadhouse restaurant here in Casa Grande. He’s been trying to buy and kept getting in a bidding war with all of the properties. The market here is on fire. He was excited to get the opportunity to make an offer and have it accepted without it getting on the market. We were thrilled because we didn’t have to deal with making the dogs vanish when people were viewing the house. He came and looked, (after he made the offer that we accepted) and 2 hours after he left we had the full price offer and he bought ALL of our furniture. I just bought all of the furniture new in Jan 2020. This will be the 3rd time since Oct 2013 that I have moved to a different house with zero furniture. I’m sort of looking forward to buying ALL new furniture again, sort of. Not really.
Finding the land in Kentucky was a fluke. I was haphazardly looking on Realtor.com and came across this land in Kentucky. Originally we were looking in Tennesee but as soon as we saw something we liked, it was already sold. I decided to see what Ky. had to offer. I saw this listing and thought it was too good to be true. I called Bill in to look, he was very interested and called the listing agent immediately. Even though we have never been to Kentucky, we made an offer on the property and the next morning found out it was accepted. It’s out in the boonies, sort of, not nearly as many conveniences as there are here, but it’s also not 110+ degrees every damn day. The dogs will be much happier.
The land has a newly built concrete foundation that was going to be for a house. It’s almost 40X60. It needs a concrete floor poured, the walls made higher and a roof, it will make a great shop for Bill. There is already water and electricity there, we have to put in a septic system, it’s been perk tested and approved for one. There is a gravel road also. The land is heavily wooded, lightly wooded and cleared, a little bit of everything. The dogs will not know what to do with no fences around them. Next spring we will put in a pool.
So, now the plan is to buy a motorhome here and Bill will drive it and I’ll drive my car, each with 2 dogs. We’ll go to the property and get the shop done and the house built. And, we’ll live in the motorhome. We initially planned to buy a camper to pull with my car; however, the weight limit really made it a no-go. The trailer would be the size of a postage stamp and if it were just 2 people it would be fine, maybe, but add in 4 big dogs and it’s guaranteed to make me insane.
Blame ALL OF THIS on these guys. We could have bought 5 acres but we wanted more for their running pleasure.
They don’t appreciate me taking their photos.
I went to get my teeth cleaned the other week. The hygenist started talking about the Water Pik flosser and how great it is. Of course, she had a captive audience, before I left the chair I had one ordered. She gave me one significant tip, lean over. Probably the 2 most important words ever spoken when having a water pik conversation. It came the next day and I was eager to try it. O M G. Seriously, O M G. And I thought the Sonic Care toothbrush was tricky to use. [I learned quickly that you can not set the Sonic Care on the counter and position your teeth over the brush (that is vibrating at 30K cycles per minute) while using your hands to apply mascara]. It doesn’t freaking work, don’t even waste your time trying it to see if you can do it. It’s a no for sure. The WaterPik is a similar challenge. The first time using it I thought I was going to drown. I had, what was surely 11 gallons of water in my mouth, drowning for sure. Then I realized I could open my mouth and just let the water run out. That seems so uncouth though. There must be a proper way to use this thing. Another thing, do not use the flosser pik on a high speed. This is important if you wish to retain the gums that are on your teeth. Do you know how hard it is to aim that damn thing at the gum line when you can’t look up because your mirror and sink area will look like they made a trip over Niagara Falls. It’s not easy, but my teeth do feel well cleansed after using it and each time is getting easier.
I have been spending my mornings in the pool. I sit on a chair on the shelf and read for 30-45 min, then I get in the pool with my hand weights and do water aerobics for 30 minutes, then I swim a few laps and get out and lay on a chaise until I’m dried off. I try to be back inside by 11:30-12. After that, it’s just too darn hot.
I am going to start packing my heavier winter clothes, things I won’t need until the end of October. We’ll probably have our stuff shipped to us, except Bill will trailer his tools that he will need with the motorhome. The motorhome we still don’t have. We’ll get one, no super hurry, we can’t park it here anyhow and will just have to pay for storage.
I think I will go in my closet and box some winter things. It will feel good to actually start packing, make it seem like it really is happening. And it is.
So so happy for you. Awesome luck and you are going to love your new home. Finally out if that awful heat. I love the changing seasons. You will love Kentucky and the privacy you will finally have!!!!
A good feeling!! So happy for you! Good thing you saved those winter clothes!!!!!
And you and Charlie will be close enough to visit!!
Congratulations! We just bought a lot on Camp Bay Beach and close on July 23. So we’ll be building on Roatan while you are building in Kentucky!
Congrats to you too. My best friend Jeanie lives at Wilkes Point on Camp Bay. It’s gorgeous out there.
Awesome! I’m looking on the map for Wilkes Point right now- looks like it is between Springwater and Living Waters. So we are in the same community. xo I’m curious how you found my blog?
I found your blog via the link in your reply. Where my friend lives is when you crest the last big hill headed to CB, she lives off on the left overlooking the water, high on the hill. I also know Chrissy from Dive Pangea, she’s awesome and Jimmy from La Sirena. Great place out there.
PS- figured it out 🙂 TY!
Great blog as usual – so happy for you guys and your “fur kids”! Love the pictures of
the property, can’t wait to see it in person!
I do hope you will really come to visit.
I love the pics of the furkids, especially staring down Bill in the kitchen. I’m so happy for you both and the pups. Living in the RV will be fun. You’ll get to watch your house being built?? Ex for the updates!! Stay safe in this heat, my friend.
The boys don’t even want to go outside, it’s miserable. I can’t wait to hit the road, but first I have to pack.
So happy for you! We bought 7 acres and are working on building a new home in the trees where we don’t need to look at our neighbors so close! Can’t wait to see the pictures!!!
I’m really excited too, I can’t wait for the dogs to be able to run around and bark.
Please be sure to check the dogs for ticks. They’re everywhere – check yourself, too. I already follow you so I won’t sign up again. I’m lazy.
We are very tick aware, we lived on Roatan for 7 years, ticks were terrible. Thanks!
Enjoy Kentucky!! Having the privacy and space for the dogs is key.. I lived there a few times, in college in 1977, and at Ft. Knox in 1984 and another time I have lost track of…..Beautiful place, but does get hot and humid (and in 1984 we had NO AC in our government quarters)…..Lots of green…..a little bit of seasonal affective disorder after leaving Colorado (sunshine) and moving there in the winter, but you can manage the lack of sun and gray skies…….lots of dog hikes!
Thanks Pam, I’m looking forward to it. I’m used to gray winters after living in Washington for 18 years. I just want land for the
dogs to roam and for a garden. And RAIN!!! I miss it so much.
I’m excited for you, Bill and the dogs. We live a few hours north of you near Kings Island Amusement park on 12 acres with our fur babies. Having privacy and serenity is priceless as we age. I love reading about your adventures and I’m looking forward to hearing about your motorhome and watching your new home build. Safe travels!
Your new property looks great — rolling hills with trees and open land. It sounds like another exciting adventure! Keep us posted on your motorhome and trip there. Best of luck to you!