...and to those fortunate enough to witness the beginnings of Autumn, won't you inhale deeply on my behalf?
I so hope everyone enjoyed a satisfying holiday weekend?
Used to be, I'd regard any 3-day weekend as an excuse to hit the road. For example, on a whim I once traveled from Abilene, TX to Vail, CO in a roadster with no a/c, 'just because' someone offered us the use of their picturesque cabin.
... and I suppose it was that very weekend I began to grow up -- when, on the way home, exhaustion set in and I started 'seeing things' on the lonesome highway south of Lubbock.
For a host of reasons I've been reluctant to stray too far from home these last few years. Still, the idea of having of 5 unfettered days off -- not to mention my growing 'itch' to change course -- resulted in last week's getaway to the picturesque Verde Valley.
Now, I never properly said Thank You! to all who offered suggestions regarding my wanting to downsize. Each of your insights was really valued. Really!
Sadly, I have to admit (that) while DH and I are wholly committed to one another, if we were to try and coexist in an RV bloodshed might come of it. (JK!!!)
Actually, Jon's mention of a mobile/manufactured home began to make the most sense.
... and we began visualizing just that sort of abode, situated in one of my favorite spots in the state. A Field Trip was in order!
Not coincidentally, one of my favorite blog-pals lives in the Verde Valley and I was more than a little excited when Mary and her hubby invited us to meet them for breakfast. I'm not particularly fond of the over-used term, 'exceed your expectations' ... but that's exactly what happened! Mary is as genuine and caring an individual as you'd ever want to meet, and her handsome hubby just cracked us up with his stories!
As with any 'first steps', many of my presumptions about real-estate were WAY off-key. After all, Cottonwood lies practically in the shadow of Sedona.
Still, everyone we encountered just exuded this openness and warmth I'd not witnessed since having lived in West Texas. I can seriously envision our living in its neighboring community of Clarkdale ... which I (not-so-privately) christened, 'Mayberry.'
...see what I mean? (Stock images borrowed from 'Bing.')
|I'm not sure if you can spot them, but I adore those olden homes' front porches!|
Yes, they still pump your gas and check the oil! Love!!!!!
For a myriad of reasons, we're in no position to make a move right now. God willing and careful choices, I hope we're but a couple of years away.
Is anyone interested in purchasing a gently-used home in Goodyear, AZ? LOL!
Sorry to have rambled on and on. Can you tell, I'm excited? It's been a while I've felt that way ... and gosh, but it feels good.
Hugs from Phoenix!
PS - I've almost 44 hours remaining before Real Life intrudes, and I plan to spend a big chunk of it blog-hopping. I've missed you!