It's been three weeks since we decided to downsize again and give our landlords notice that we were moving at the end of October ... luckily there's 31 days in this month! Since giving notice and finding a smaller, furnished condo to rent we've been slightly busy.
During the pasts three weeks we finished the final preparations for getting Nirvana sprayed with primer (the prep is a PITA!), sprayed the deck with Interlux Primekote, and then sprayed Interlux Perfection on the smooth areas of the deck. I'll have a separate post about this process soon. Ken also started messing with the stuffing box, removing some very old packing. This has now lead to him trying to remove the transmission coupling (no luck yet) in order to remove the peeling shaft (does brass peel?!) ... the projects continue!
We also posted our bedroom set, dining room set and several other pieces of furniture on Craigslist to sell. We had a couple of U-Hauls in front of our condo this past weekend ... taking our possessions away. We gave our daughter & son-in-law our wedding china & crystal, assorted kitchen items, and several lawn items. I've gotten rid of two car loads of clothes (just mine, Ken is next), and will probably have a garage sale if time permits. If not, I'll be making another trip to Goodwill. The only large items left to sell in our condo are the sofa & love seat loaned to us by our daughter & son-in-law.
In between all of this, we've been working our regular jobs and even found time to attend the annual picnic at our "old" condo this past Saturday evening. We wound up meeting a man that cruised for 15 years on a Hunter 31 ... imagine that! He said "go while you can", as he stopped about 10 years ago when his (now deceased) wife got cancer and passed away after a five-year battle. We really enjoyed talking with him, and only wished that we had met him when we first moved in a year ago instead of right before moving again.
Yesterday and today, Ken and I are both back at our regular jobs ... along with a quick visit to the boatyard by Ken this morning. He hoped to remove the transmission coupling with a new trick he heard about ... no such luck. While at the boatyard, he's determined that he's not happy with the paint job! We're about over this boatyard, so spray painting again is not an option .. sounds like we may be rolling some smooth areas along with the non-skid areas in the marina soon. First, we have to address this stuffing box issue before going back in the water .. ugh! We want to hit the lottery and buy a new boat!
With moving, selling stuff and working on Nirvana while holding down a job, I haven't had much time to panic about getting rid of a lifetime of possessions. I think the transition has been more difficult for Ken, but it's about closing his business more than getting rid of stuff. It's probably also about the constant stress of boat projects!
We've been sleeping on the sofas since our bedroom set was sold this past Saturday, and we plan to start spending the night in our new condo this Thursday. Our little bit of kitchen and bathroom stuff has to be transferred first ... and the cable gets installed Thursday morning. Gotta have the important stuff before living there! I know, I know .. cable sucks. It's a terrible habit that we're sure not to miss. I think we just like the noise and the picture on the tv.
After living at the new place on Thursday, we'll have one week left (and one weekend) to remove whatever's left that can't fit in the "new" place. Between my dad's huge shed and a garage sale and/or Goodwill, we'll get it emptied. We'll have just enough time to clean the "old" condo really good so we get our deposit back. Time flies when you're having fun.
Hasta luego .. until then. Mid-Life Cruising!