Sorry for the lack of updates, but we’ve both been super-busy. Most of that has been because we’ve purchased a new home in Jacksonville, FL. It’s a bit of a Fixer-Upper, but we like it and we think it has a lot of potential. I keep telling everyone that “if it was in good shape, we couldn’t afford it”. 🙂
The actual purchase was a bit of a fiasco, mostly due to me traveling and my bank being pretty much useless. I may tell that story later.
Anyway, I just wanted to post a quick update filling everyone in on our status. I’ll probably post more about the house and what we’re doing with the RV (most likely available for sale in a couple weeks)… Things are starting to settle down a bit, so we should be able to keep up with fairly regular posts.
We’ll cover a bit about the house and what’s been involved there, some of the reasons why we’re settling back down, some of the activities over the past few months and what’s next.
The Star is still parked in Central Florida but we are both in Northern Virginia right now. Jonathan will be here for another week or so and I be here for two to three months. I’ve committed to a work project in the DC area and I will be staying with my family during this time. We’ll be going back and forth to visit each other.
Yes, it’s cold here but it is slowly warming up. It is early March and the crocuses and daffodils are out in the yard. These flowers are harbingers of Spring!
The year 2011 will see a lot of changes for us. So far, it has been quite busy already. Our 11th wedding anniversary is tomorrow. We will attend a friend’s wedding in Bruceton, West Virginia the following day. We will have to miss another friend’s Memorial Service that is taking place in Falls Church, VA that same day. It’s too bad we cannot be in two places at once. On the one hand there is hope and new beginning (wedding) and on the other there is death and sadness but there is hope too. That hope is the resurrection hope of a better future to come. Maintaining a balance and the right frame of mind can be a challenge sometimes when “life happens”.
We have been at Whispering Pines RV Park in Silver Springs, FL for about a month now. We will be here for the winter season. It is a quiet and friendly park. Juerg & Germaine Mueller bought this park in 2003 and they have done a great job in turning this RV Park around (we heard what it was like before). This park has few frills but it is clean, quiet and friendly. We like it.
We are reasonably close to our congregation, our family/friends and the city of Ocala. It’s good to be back to familiar places and friendly faces. As much as I like visiting new places and meeting new people, there is no feeling like being back “home”. Right now, home is Florida.
We saw Cirque Du Soleil show “OVO” at the National Harbor last night with my sister and her husband. It was entertaining and delightful. We have seen a number of shows in the DC Metro area, Baltimore, Orlando and Las Vegas. Our favorite show is KA in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel!
We arrived in Northern Virginia at the beginning of the month. We parked in the driveway of my sister’s house. The driveway isn’t level so it required some ingenuity (and trips to Home Depot & RV store) to get the RV leveled satisfactorily. It was such a hassle getting it leveled that we bought a portable macerator instead of moving the RV to dump its contents. With a macerator you can pump the holding tank contents into the commode in the house!
We helped rip out the old kitchen floor and put in new resilient vinyl tiles that look like ceramic using real grout. We finished the floor just in time for a family gathering the next day!
We have enjoyed eating some great food! One thing I love about this area is the great variety of delicious foods available both at home and at restaurants.
As always, it is great to see and be with our family and friends again whether taking in a show, eating out or doing fall clean up. It is great to be with the ones you love!
The weather is getting cool – high in the 60s/70s and low in the 40s/50s. The Star (I want to call the RV the “Death Star”!) will be heading south at the end of the month. We’ll be back with our other family and friends in Florida this winter.
That is the question!
This one is more for the ladies…No Jeep stuff here! 🙂
Since we have simplified our lives…I have attempted to do the same with my “beauty routines”. I have been letting my gray hair show for some times now.
In the past couple of months, I have done the following:
- I have experimented with natural hair care (coffee/tea color the hair, apple cider vinegar rinse and baking soda to shampoo the scalp/hair). I am no longer experimenting. I like my shampoo and conditioner.
- I have gone without makeup (other than lip balm/gloss and sunscreen/moisturizer). This is the norm for right now. It’s easy!
- I have gone without cutting my hair (for longer than normal for me). I prefer it short but hubby prefers it long. I have an itch for a hair cut!
- I have gone without coloring or hi-lighting/low-lighting my hair. I have a LOT of gray. I think the (initial) change in lifestyle and the stress associated with the change have exacerbated the gray.
Here is my dilemma:
Should I color the gray out or should I keep my gray?
I believe I will keep my gray. I wish I have one of those beautiful silver/white hair now! The in-between stage bites!
Now, I just need a short sassy hair cut! 😉
Note from Jonathan: Dasy forgot to mention that some of her ideas for natural hair care came from our friends over at Technomadia… credit where credit is due. 😉