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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Fulltimers-no longer


We have been pondering a lifestyle change for months and yesterday we closed on a house in the panhandle of Florida.  It was a difficult decision for us to give up the fulltime lifestyle, since we have enjoyed it so much.  When we started out, we knew that for us, it was not going to be a forever situation and I had thought that three to five years would likely be the time frame for the adventure.  It is now been five and a half years and we would not likely have made this decision except that the desire to spend more time with our two grandkids.  We feel that the best way to do this is to have a fixed home base.  

So while continuing our babysitting assignment for another week or so, we are starting the process of thinking about such mundane things as furniture, since we really have none, and all the other things we had pretty much forgotten about  while on the road.
We are now working on just how we will continue our travels in what many folks refer to as “anytime RVers.  We hope to make a final decision on that tomorrow.  Perhaps that is why my brain is feeling a little sore:)

The house is nearly new and certainly very lightly used for less than 11 months. The couple that bought it new last year found It necessary to sell after less than a year. It is a bit larger than we need and located in a very quiet area on over a half acre lot that backs up to several hundred acres of wooded land.
This little project we will be keeping us busy for a few months, I am sure.

The pictures were taken during the home inspection.
















32 comments:

Judy and Emma said...

Congratulations! Have fun with all of that space. :)

Alan and Marilyn McMillan said...

Beautiful home -- congrats! We became fulltimers so we could spend more time with our kids/grandkids -- as they live in 3 diff states -- TX, OK and NC, but we hope to make the rounds to TX and OK next year.

Gypsy said...

It sure looks pretty and I hope you are very happy in it.

Fulltiming can't last forever, and the best thing you can do is recognize when it's time to quit. For me that has been very difficult.

Jim and Sandie said...

The house is beautiful and you'll have so much fun making it into home. Just hope you can also do some RVing part of the time.

Paul and Marsha Weaver...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Oh my goodness. What a gorgeous house. After being in your RV, I hope you two don't lose each other in that huge area. I hope you will update us from time to time on the blog what you two are doing.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Congrats on your new home base, it looks beautiful! Enjoy cutting that lawn... ;c)

Hope there is no rabid HOA that will preclude a motorhome. Grandkids trump RV travel any day of the week.

Peter + Beatrix said...

Wow what a nice and large house! Congratulations! So when can we come to visit? ;-))
We also found out that a home base would be good to have.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

That is so nice we are happy for you guys good luck..

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

It looks like a very comfy house, and you will have plenty of room to have the grandkids over.
It will be fun, making it 'your own" in your own style.
Happy Trails, Penny, TX

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Very, very nice. Congratulations on the next chapter of your lives!

Barry and Linda said...

Congrats, I guess, on your home purchase it looks nice & new. Welcome to the world of 'Anytimers'!

Elaine said...

gorgeous house!!! congratulations to moving onto "anytime' rvers...congrats on the beautiful new home...and heres to spending more time with the grands...

E Squared and Mui said...

Congratulations on the purchase of your new home. You've been hinting at a lifestyle change, so I wasn't really surprised to read this. Like you, we're not anticipating full-timing to be a forever thing for us -- at our exploration pace, it might be longer than 5.5 years though. As they say in Turkish, "güle, güle oturun" (live in it in laughter). Perhaps we'll still have a chance to meet someday.

Bob and Jo said...

You can't quit now you still have some states to visit :-)

Seriously we also know that sometime we will go from full-timers to part-timers with a home base we just don't know when that will be.

Have fun filling that beautiful home with furniture.

Hope to see you on the road sometime as any-timers

Nan said...

Nice house. Enjoy your grandkids.

Sherry said...

Looks like a lovely home. I'll bet it feels huge after 5+ years of full timing. Hope you'll love this lifestyle change.

Sherry
www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

Luci & Loree said...

Congrats on the purchase & new adventures in home ownership! Looks like alot of lawn to mow!!

Paul and Mary said...

WOW! Look at all of that beautiful space! I imagine the two of you dancing around, enjoying it all!!!!

Best wishes for good times making wonderful memories as "anytimers" with a perfect place to come home to.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Sue and Doug said...

not surprised to read that you took the plunge and bought a house!..enjoy the new found space, the yard and the grandkids!!

Carol K said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new home!

Bob said...

Nice place. I see a lawnmower in your future.

Anonymous said...

A house can't be "too big" while you have prospects for filling it up with grandchildren. Congratulations on your big decision! We hope this new/old lifestyle suits you. --Albert Nekimken

Karen and Al said...

Congrats on the new house. It looks very nice and the back yard is great.

Rick Doyle said...

Congrats on your new home, it looks terrific.

Nothing wrong with being anytimers either!

Laura said...

What a lovely home - you must be very excited. I wish you all the happiness in your new lifestyle.

meowmomma said...

Congratulations! And welcome to "our" club of anytimers!

That is a beautiful home! I can see lots of fun time ahead getting it all decorated up! I also see many, many hours of special time spent with your family and grandchildren!! That's what keeps us here in the sticks/bricks!!!

Have FUN!

Happytrails said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new home!! You guys will really enjoy all that space and the fantastic back yard. Have lots of fun making it yours!!
Mike and I became "anytimers" about a year and half ago. It is what works best for us. There is nothing better than being near your "grands." That is a true blessing!!

Katie said...

Can't wait to see my guest room! :)

Janna and Mike said...

Congratulations! It's a beautiful new home!

Rick and Orinda said...

Looks like a great home and I think you will love it. Look forward to learning how it works out!

Wayne and Roberta said...

A beautiful home it is. Being close to the Grandkids is special and you will love it. Congratulations!

Margie and Roger said...

I sure have gotten behind in blog-reading. Just now caught up on your blog from when you made the decision to give up the full-time lifestyle and buy a home. And also going from 39' to 24'. Sounds similar to our lifestyle changes. I may have missed it, but am wondering if you traded or sold the 39' and then bought the View. We've looked at a Via, but I think a View Profile will be better. I think we will enjoy the smallness of the View for parking, back roads, cheaper fuel, etc.