“Hit the Road Jack” ……. and Betty!

I started this blog when I retired from teaching in 2012. I didn’t post daily or even weekly, but I did post with some regularity. After a couple of years, my mom got really sick (which I shared in a couple of posts that you can go back and read), and I pretty much abruptly stopped posting. I was spending a lot of time traveling to their home to help out. Things with them have finally settled into a “new” routine and both are doing well considering their age.

NOW……on to the GOOD NEWS! My husband, Jack, finally retired from banking on July 28! Therefore, we are now BOTH “footloose and fancy-free” as the saying goes.  We have talked for years about what we wanted to do when we were both retired. We kept coming back to traveling around the country in an RV.  The big question was whether or not to keep a home. 

We finally made the decision to sell everything we owned (house, furniture, appliances, tools (except for a small tool box with the “basics” to keep in the RV), house decor, etc…..EV. ER .Y. THING!).  We were VERY fortunate and our house sold quickly, but what was even MORE fortunate was that the buyers needed to give 60 days’ notice to get out of their lease.  That was SO perfect for us!!  The details of selling everything would probably bore you to death, but let me tell you — it was a BIG job! I sold A LOT of our stuff on Facebook Marketplace, and we sold some things just by word of mouth.  After about 6-7 weeks of selling, we decided to have a garage sale to try to get rid of the rest.  I wish I would have thought to take some pictures during the selling process, but I was too busy to even think about it.  Oh, well…. I did take a couple of pics before the garage sale:

There was a lot more stuff that hadn’t been put out in the garage at the time I took these pics!  We had a great sale, and sold most of the stuff.  The rest we donated to local church missions organizations.  

The at the same time we were selling all our stuff, we were deciding what to keep and put in the RV for our day to day living.  The first chore was culling out clothes and shoes!  Everything I had read said people who RVed full time need VERY FEW “dress-up” clothes because everything in RV parks is casual.  We eliminated clothing based on that.  Jack had the biggest job.  His every day clothes were all suits, dress shirts, ties, and sports coats because of his job in banking.  Needless to say, he got rid of all of those except two suits, four ties, and a couple of dress shirts!  We took one or two dress-up outfits each, and enough casual clothes for 1.5 – 2 weeks.  Jack did better with that than I did.  I’ve already decided in the coming months I will probably be getting rid of more clothes!

I’ve also read that you shouldn’t keep a lot of breakable things in an RV.  So we have plastic or melamine everything (microwaveable ones, of course!).  I kept a couple of “real” coffee mugs and a couple of small corningware dishes to warm up leftover in the microwave.  Pretty much everything else is plastic and big items are collapsible (dish drainer, salad spinner, measuring spoons, etc.).  I’ve also gotten some super advise from several experienced RVers that I am making use of or writing down for later use.  

This will most definitely be a learning process, and I am positive that we will be doing some A LOT of rearranging (inside and under the coach) as we discover the things we need most frequently are not in the easiest places to reach.

We “moved” into the RV the last several days as we did the final “clean out” and “clean up” at the house.  At the same time I was  frantically trying to arrange things in the RV.  We spent our days running back and forth between house and RV.  Each night when we crawled into the bed in the RV we were so tired EXHAUSTED.  The “big” day came last Thursday, and we turned over the keys to the new owners of our home their house.

Needless to say, our poor little shih tzu, Zoey, was somewhat confused about going back and forth between the house and the RV. However, she seems to have made herself right at home on the couch in the RV!


Friday, September 1st, was the BIG day!  It was the day we were starting our big adventure and the next chapter of our lives.  We were pulling out of the town we had lived in and raised our family in for 27 years.  This was the town where we worked, went to church, and made many dear friends.  It was a day filled with SO many emotions: happy, excited, sad, anxious anticipation, and more.  


As we pulled out of Dexter, so many thoughts, memories, and emotions flooded our minds.  It’s impossible to describe.  We loved living here, meeting so many good people, and will cherish those memories forever.  We will definitely be back to visit!  Now on to our first stop:  the St. Louis area to spend some time with my family!  

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So, I’m FINALLY retired!

August 24, 2012:  My Journey Begins

Last May, 2012, I retired from a 31 year teaching career.  After submitting my letter of resignation to the school board in Novemer, 2011, the next several months brought inquiring comments from many people well-wishers.  Of course, the most asked question was, “What are you going to do when you retire?” (Now that is a novel idea: you have to DO something when you retire?!).  After being asked that question a number of times (too numerous to count!), I started wondering if I had made a mistake by resigning my job – a job I loved.  As the month of May last day of school approached, I HAD to begin to consider the answer to that question.  What WAS I going to do when I retired?

Since most teachers have summers off time away from their classrooms during the summer months, my first days weeks of retirement seemed like every other summer.  There was one exception; everywhere I went people were now asking, “So, how is retirement?”  How do you answer that question when it feels like nothing has really changed?  My response was always something about it feeling just like every other summer.  I filled my days with the normal summer activities (sleeping in, swimming, visiting family, cleaning out closets -UGH!) just like any other summer.  However, before I knew it, I was changing my calendar to August.

I began seeing vehicles in the school parking lots (I live in a small town, very close to the school).  My teacher friends were coming to school to get their classrooms ready for the beginning of a new school year.  It was beginning to “sink in” that I would not be going back to my classroom.  The hot, August days went by quickly, and before I knew it, it was the week that school was starting.  First there would be several days of teacher meetings and professional development seminars.  Then the students would arrive on Thursday. NOW I was beginning to  needed to was panick-stricken!  The question that I had been asked so many times had finally sunk in:  What WAS I going to do now that I am retired?

Throughout the summer I thought a lot about the answer to that question.  I have come up with numerous an overabundance of ideas of things I could do.  How would I choose what to do with my extra time new-found freedom?  I am embarking on a new and wondrous stage of my life.  I am finally excited about all the ideas I’ve come up with possibilities.  I hope to share in this blog through journaling and photos the things excitement I experience traveling along this new “road” of my life.

Won’t you join me?

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