“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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Busy Retirement – Oxymoron???

I thought, like most people, that retirement would bring a slower pace of life.  NOT SO!!  I seem to be just as busy as when I worked full-time.  I must admit that this has been a total surprise.  The difference is that I have some control over the craziness, so I’m not so stressed-out.  😀

About a month ago I wrote about going to work at the bank where my husband works.  You might be wondering how that is going.  After working for several weeks, I’m happy to report that I’m enjoying my work and things are going good.  The scanning of files started out somewhat slow because I was not only learning how to use the new program, but I was also having to learn “bank lingo” and banking document vocabulary.  I now have a better understanding about why there are SOOOO many documents to sign when purchasing a house!  I have gone to the two other banks and shown them how to use the program.  There was one new “development” last week.  There has been some discussion with the “tech” people about problems with the program that have been discovered through its usage.  The bank is now considering going to another, better program.  I look at it as another challenge to overcome.

When I retired from teaching, I did put my name in for substitute teaching.  Well, I finally got to sub one day last week.  Yea!  It was fun seeing the students and visiting with my teacher friends.  I miss them SO much!  Many former students seemed genuinely happy to see me as evidenced by the number of hugs I received throughout the day.  I’ve already got a three day subbing assignment for next week.

The biggest advantage of being retired is you have the freedom to DO the things you WANT to do.  This weekend I decided to have a “girls” weekend with my daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and sister-in-law.  This all came about because this weekend is the opening of firearms deer season in our state.  My hubby is meeting our youngest son and grandson and taking them deer hunting on the family farm (it’s unfortunate that the oldest son won’t be able to join them, but he just lives too far away for a weekend trip).  They will be meeting up with my husband’s brother, brother-in-law, and nephew.  I decided to take advantage of the men being gone and invited all the “girls” (who are “deer hunting widows”) to my house for the weekend.  The men will have their kind of fun, and the girls will have….well, A BLAST!!  I’m sure there will be pictures on the next post!

Until then, God Bless!

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