Friday, October 24, 2014

Downsizing

If you didn't read our last post ... we're moving!  Yep, we sold our house and signed a one year lease for a condo.  Why not move straight onto Nirvana?  If you've been following along for a while, you know that things have been tight for us the past few years.  Our finances, our time and our energy have been limited ... meaning we weren't able to work on our sailboat.  During the next year Ken's going to upgrade the electrical, plumbing and other things on Nirvana.  Living together on a 30 ft. boat while tackling those projects wouldn't be pleasant.  We want our life on board to start on a positive note, not with us wanting to kill each other!  Plus, even though our monthly rent won't be as cheap as a marina we're still going to be reducing our bills.

Moving from a 2200+ sq. ft. home to a two-bedroom condo under 1300 sq ft. (more about our new place soon) in two weeks is no small task, especially when one of us is in the construction business and can't quit work just yet.

Minimizing our household items hasn't been too bad so far.  Leaving behind the refrigerator, washer, dryer, and some other furnishings for the new owner makes moving a little easier.  A garage sale was contemplated, but time is money so we ditched the idea.  We donated things that the new owner wouldn't want to Goodwill.  Most of the items were small knick-knacks and not worth much.  It was a good feeling to just be rid of all the crap.

We've been sorting through our closets, cabinets & attic and left a big pile at the curb for the garbage collector.  Our recently married daughter spent this past Sunday emptying out her room ... another truckload to Goodwill.  Sentimental items like photos and stuff are coming with us to the new condo.  We have a year to figure out which lucky family member gets to keep these things for us when we're sailing.

We've kept a few things to sell on Craigslist after the move, mainly motorcycle stuff ... a seat, windshield, saddle-bags, and helmets.  Hopefully we'll get a little more for them than if we'd sold them at a garage sale.  We've also got two motorcycles (yep, I have my own) to sell, but until we get them running (the costs of letting them sit too long) we're keeping them at my dad's place.  Things like china & crystal from our wedding will be pawned off on our daughter ... we hope.  It seems nobody uses that stuff these days, I know we didn't.   

We're not done yet ... Ken's still tackling the biggest project, the garage!  Some folks use their garage for parking their cars ... we use ours to cram full of tools.  If it weren't for Ken's construction business, downsizing would be much easier.  Ken's gonna keep working while upgrading the boat this year, so he rented a storage shed and built some shelves to put in it to keep things organized.  The condo has a two-car garage, but it's really a glorified carport so it's not gonna do the job.  He whipped up these shelves before noon!


These shelves will make storage easier, but it's still tough.  We'd already been renting a small storage shed for Ken's business the past few years, and now he's consolidating the contents of our garage and the smaller storage shed into one place.  Ken's been steadily working on going through all of his tools and organizing everything ... that in itself is a major accomplishment.  Ken will admit that neither the garage or the storage shed was organized.  This is a good time to start the next year off right.  We've got a lot of use for those tools on Nirvana.


We've got a lot to do before Halloween ... just one more week before we have to be out of our house.  All of this is kinda surreal ... I guess because we sold our house but went back home.  We didn't turn over any keys, and we're still living in the same place.  I'm sure reality will hit soon .. I just hope that we don't miss our waterfront views too much.  Our hopes of renting a waterfront place didn't work out ... too expensive.  We just have to remind ourselves that living away from the water is only temporary.  Tonight we get the keys to the condo and start moving!

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hell Has Frozen Over!


Yes, hell has frozen over ... we sold our house last week!  We've been keeping our mouths shut until the deal was done.  We didn't even tell our parents until just before the closing.  You may be wondering how we sold our house when it was taken off the market a couple of months ago ...

It's weird how things work out sometimes.  You know that saying about things working out once you stop trying so hard ... it proved true for us.  Shortly after taking our house off the market, a long-time friend of ours called about a friend of hers that was pre-approved, looking for a waterfront home, and also needed a real estate agent.  She immediately thought of us, and within a week I was showing her friend waterfront homes in our area ... including our house.  

One thing lead to another, and now we no longer own the house we're living in.  We're renting from the new owner until October 31st (Halloween!), which will give us time to move to our new place.

As I've said before, it seems that everything has worked out as it should.  Looking back, selling our house any sooner would have been way too hectic and not really practical.   In just the past year we've attended our daughter's college graduation, renovated a barn for her to get married in (which she did), and sold a rental.  Selling our house, finding a new place, and moving during all of that would have been too much ...  especially while working.  Plus, we're glad we didn't have to sail here for all of that!

 It seems that "the stars aligned" for us.  I mean, who would have thought that a friend of ours would find the buyer for our house!  What's even better, he's a real nice guy.  Ken and I have gotten along really well with him, and he's been flexible in making the deal work.  Letting us live in the house until we found a place to live and move out was a big help.

So, where are we moving?  Somewhere nearby that we refer to as "Mayberry" ... or "The Twilight Zone".  It's gonna be an adjustment, but it's for the dream.  More to come soon ... we've got a lot to do before Halloween!

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scrambled!


Scrambled, lack of focus, in a fog ... these are all words to describe my brain lately, and I'm not even on drugs!

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and let you know that we've been busy with lots of stuff going on ... all positive.  I just can't seem to focus enough lately to write my thoughts down, but things are looking up!

Hasta luego .... until then.

Mid-Life Cruising!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Transfer Between Cloud Files ... Quick, Easy and Free!


A while back I discovered SkyDrive (now called OneDrive), a place to store files "in the cloud" for free (up to 15GB).  I thought this would be a great place to back up this site and store our music files.  I can't imagine losing everything on this blog, or all of our music!  Ken and I have grown up listening to songs from the 60's and 70's, as well as the "oldies" from the 50's.  As we grow older, music continues to be an important part of our lives and we enjoy most of today's music too.  We don't like rap, country or some of the teeny-bopper bands, but we like the good stuff!

After downloading over 800 songs a little at a time, I've continued to upload new music files as I got them.  I've had no complaints with SkyDrive, but was getting a little nervous about the limit of 15GB of free storage (although much better than the initial 7GB).  Our music files are at about 8GB right now and I plan on storing movie files in the future, which could quickly eat up the rest of the available storage.  So when Google's cloud, Drive, gave me an extra 50GB of free storage (for a total of 65GB) after activating my very first smart phone this month (woo hoo!), I wondered if it was possible to quickly copy my music files from one cloud to another.

After a bit of research, I came across Cloudsfer, a free online service (first 10GB then a fee) that doesn't require any downloads and quickly moves and/or copies your files from one cloud to another.  I figured I'd give this a try, and it worked!  It was very easy, and I was able to copy all of my music files in just over an hour.  An hour was a lot less time than I'd spent downloading all the files to SkyDrive!  Now I can keep all of my music and future movie files in my Drive cloud, while keeping my SkyDrive storage for documents and backing up this site.  I may even store my photos there, but so far I've been happy with Photobucket for that.

So, if you want to move your cloud files around or copy them to another cloud (even a friend's cloud with their account/password information), Cloudsfer is a great solution!  With all the free cloud storage sites and the ability to move or copy files, I don't see the point of paying for cloud storage.
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BTW, wanna know how to record online music for a one-time payment of $20?!  It's how we've gotten most of our music (we do support our favorite musicians when we can), and I've written a post here.  We've been using this for a couple of years and love it.  

Wanna listen to your own music on your smart phone without taking up precious storage space?  Look for a post real soon about an app I found that allows us to stream all of our music files directly from the "cloud" to our new smart phones!

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!
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