Friday, August 31, 2007

Counting down the hours

Time is moving quickly and we're still packing, unpacking, repacking and it looks like a lot of stuff for only 2 months, and we could probably buy it there but why pay a 40%premium if we (Tom) can carry it as luggage! Trying to get computer setup and all the wires and gadgets ready and not forget whatever that one critical charger, wire or adapter needed to make all these electronics function that are integrated into our "simple"l ifestyle.

Received word yesterday that there is a firm mortgage committment for the family property in PA and that final closing is scheduled for 6 September. What a relief after so much effort and worry. Really excited that a young couple with kid(s) will be making the house a new home. In fact, Sarah is expecting a child due on closing day the 6th. Needless to say they are excited and anxious to get settled ASAP.

Nancy had her last shot in the knees on Wednesday. SHe's feeling well and as ready as can be. We're both anxious in general, but the long flight over will definitely be a concern for her back and knees and mine, too. Enjoyed a visit with friends on Wednesday night along with 112F temps in the Phoenix area. They've set another record with over 30 days consecutive with temps above 100F!

That's it for now...hope to get another update before we leave Tuesday. We're now cleaning out the pantry, cleaning up the house and preparing to leave it for 2 months. Never done this before...Happy trails and keep in touch, tom and nancy

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Two weeks to take off...

Just returned from NE Pennsylvania and a whirlwind visit to prepare our jointly-owned family homestead for sale. It was just 2 weeks from announcement that the house and 4+acres had a buyer and I was able to return. And yet, in just that time the subprime housing market collapse ripples had spread fast with now uncertain effects on the "sure-thing" sale we initially had. The house needed a good cleanup anyway, and enjoyed time with my cousin Bob and brief visits with old friends. It's a little shaky now but we're making ready again for Europe anyway. Nancy made good use of the time and started "practice packing" the suitcases. She also spent time sewing and modifying bed linens and other items for the trip. That's it for now...happy trails from back in Prescott.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A small detour on the way to Europe

Slowly our European travel plans are coming together and an itinerary is taking form. In the meantime, Tom is heading to NE Pennsylvania for a brief and difficult task of cleaning out the family homestead for sale. It's only a few weeks to departure time...are we ready, yet? We're enjoying the monsoon season in Prescott, AZ, although it's taking some getting used to the clouds and occasional rains...better we get used to it before Europe, though. Happy trails!