Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chuck and Geri are moving to Florida!

After much discussion, Chuck and I have decided to move back to Florida. We have a wonderful daughter and son in law and four wonderful grandkids living there. Family is important!
So is good seafood! All they have out here is frozen seafood, and it just does not taste anywhere near as good fresh Gulf of Mexico, Franklin County Seafood! Yum! Looking forward to fresh shrimp, oysters, grouper, scallops and flounder!
We already have a buyer so that detail is taken care of, now we are busy sorting, discarding, donating and packing!  But today, Chuck finally got busy removing the 2 sharp, spiny Cacti growing out of the gutter.
These 2 have the longest, sharpest spines we had ever seen on any cacti!  Chuck needed to take extra care removing them!

He was lucky, not a single scratch!Both cacti are now safely planted!  We have been trying to clean up and get ready for the new buyer to take over.  There are many things we will miss about living here, we really like this quirky little town of Truth or Consequences New Mexico.  We will miss seeing landscapes of blue mountains in the horizons, we love the scenery out here! But to be truthful, I think we have better Mexican restaurants in Florida! I have never gotten used to flat enchiladas served with a fried egg on top!
This is a South West Bird of Paradise  that I started from seed last year!  I started with about 6 seeds and only this one sprouted! The South West version of the Bird of Paradise is very different from the tropical variety!

After getting the cacti down from the gutter, Chuck rakes the gravel with his fancy folding gravel rake.

Not to be outdone, I planted 2 varieties of lavender in the big pots. They grow well here, surviving the dry climate and the winter frosts and they smaell so beautiful! By this time next year, both pots of lavender should fill these large pots and probably be overflowing!  I hope the new owner will like lavender!
We will be heading back to Florida around July. We will just sort of meander our way there as there are a lot of friends to visit along the way and some favorite stops to hang out for a few days.  We are in no hurry to arrive in Florida mid-summer!
Wish us well!  We are looking forward to the new adventure of being full-timers (living in our RV full-time) and not being tied down with "stuff". Chuck is so lucky...  he cast off most of his extra "stuff" before we met! Me, on the other hand, I am sooooo attached to the things I have collected over the years! I have family heirlooms that Chuck's daughter has graciously accepted for her home. But I have so much art! I have been collecting SW art for over 30 years! Kachinas, pottery, Navajo rugs, photography.. oh my!  But the local art gallery is having a special show of sorts, everyone can bring their own art or can, like me, sell the art that has been collected over the years. The sale at Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery will be May 3rd and 4th!  This should be the best way to find good homes for my art.
I hear other folks talking about how hard it was getting rid of their "stuff" to, but after it was all over, they survived and felt lighter, more free than before.
I am hoping for that feeling soon, right now, it is painful! I am so glad Chuck is so understanding about it all and helping me through this! I have been procrastinating, just because it is so hard for me to do.  If any of you have advice.... I'm needing it!
Happy Trails from the crew of the MotherShip, Geri, Chuck, DoogieBowser and Radar!


  1. I remember when you got the seeds for the bird of paradise. Yes,I think the lavender will be appreciated and beautiful next year.

  2. My best wishes to you for a safe and happy move! May your travels be blessed and your new freedom enjoyed to the fullest! You are indeed a brave, BRAVE Lady in choosing to let go of your belongings, I applaud you! Happy Trails, P.

  3. Planting to make the place nicer for the new owner. How special. Have fun on your trip east. You both are in our thoughts as you travel. Take care.

  4. Good for you. . .

    Advice I read long ago in a book called Declutter your life by Don Aslett. . .take pictures. . .really good pictures of the things that are important to you. . .just because you don't have the thing, doesn't mean you can't have the memory.

    His comment that struck me so deeply was. . .folks spend hours getting to a fabulous destination, so they can rush into the gift shop to buy stuff to remember it by. . .and never really see the destination. . .

    Enjoy the destination. . .not the stuff!

    ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing Blog

  5. You asked for advise and here is a bit that will surprise you. Keep some of the 'stuff' you were going to get rid of. Wait to discard everything until you have been on the road 6 months to a year. I am now regretting some of my decisions....especially the artwork.


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