Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NEW HOME

We settled here in Punta Gorda about a year and a half ago. It seems like yesterday, doesn't it? Yet it also seems like we've been here a long time. We've been happily renting a very nice condo and enjoying the freedom that renting allows.

Relaxing on our lanai
 I've been teaching yoga at a beautiful local studio. Here I am practicing on the lanai.



And of course, I wrote and published Return to Canterbury during our first year here. Was that really just last year???? Now that seems long ago....



This year I've been teaching a lot and I've been working on our "How-to" RV book. It's almost done - hope to have it out this fall!

We didn't know anything about Punta Gorda when we landed here - it was really pure chance that this is where we stopped RVing and settled down. But it turned out to be a great stop.

Our friends Al and Elaine have a home not far from here, my niece attends college a few hours away, and we have other family within driving distance. Friends and family have come to visit - it's the kind of place where people like to come and visit you! Sunshine! Palm trees! Beaches! What's not to like?

That's Al and Elaine
Marylou and Jim

Family gathering in Naples


Boca Grande, our favorite beach

As nice as renting has been, we've gotten the itch to have our own home again. Renting is carefree, but carefree can be a little ... boring! We miss decorating a place and making it our own.

And home prices are so affordable here and interest rates so low that we can pay less for a mortgage than we pay for rent! It makes sense to buy.

We started looking around April, but weren't finding anything we liked. So we've decided to have a new home built here in PG! It will be ready around March of next year.

Here is the land on which our house will be built!

Our house lot

Next year we plan to go to Santa Fe to arrange for our STUFF IN STORAGE to be moved here. Remember this? 

Our stuff in storage

We closed the door, locked it up and haven't seen our STUFF in over two years. Some of it we'll be glad to see again, but I'm sure we'll look at some of it and ask, "WHY THE HECK DID WE KEEP THIS??"





8 comments:

  1. I just hope the wheel of smoked Gouda we put in the storage unit is OK!!!!

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  2. It should be aged to perfection... if the mice haven't eaten it.

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  3. Dear Melissa, so much has happened for you in the past three or four years that I've been reading your blog. New beginnings and endings as well. And soon you will beginning again in a new home. Ah, to have a lake in one's back yard! So lovely. Peace.

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    1. I know! I always think I want things to be smooth and easy, but when they are...we shake things up a bit! Funny how that happens...

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  4. My goodness you are brave. The mere thought of building a home makes me cringe. As does moving. Perhaps I need a jolt out of my 'set-in' ways.

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    1. I know what you mean! I'm hoping this is the start of a "set-in" phase :)

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  5. I DO KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN IN WANTING TO BUY OR BUILE YOUE OWN HOME. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW VENTURE. THIS WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT.

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    1. Yes, there is something about a home being your own :)

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