My parents both had hoarding tendencies. Oh, I don't mean their house was like some of those horrible places you see on TV shows -- you didn't have to weave your way through towering piles of old newspapers or anything like that. But they held onto stuff. After my mother died last summer, we … [Read more...] about Holding On and Letting Go
Countdown! Uncertainty Rules
As we approach our planned exit date, uncertainty has taken over. No, not uncertainty about whether we should go, uncertainty about the timing. Until we have a signed lease agreement for our house, we're not buying tickets or going anywhere. Our rental agent had been very sanguine about … [Read more...] about Countdown! Uncertainty Rules
Countdown! Less than 30 Days to Panama
Wow, the time is really flying by as we get closer to our move to Panama. It seems just last week When I started this weekly recount of all the preparation steps we’d taken toward our upcoming Panama move. But actually, it was two months ago! Now we're within 30 days of our projected move … [Read more...] about Countdown! Less than 30 Days to Panama
Countdown: Why Did I Ever Think Moving Right After Christmas was a Good Idea?
Last week we skipped the Countdown post because we were doing the 12 Days of Christmas guide to expat gift-giving, so we'll combine weeks 6 & 7 this week. In this installment we'll review the steps we took over the last two weeks toward getting ourselves moved from Orlando to Panama. At this … [Read more...] about Countdown: Why Did I Ever Think Moving Right After Christmas was a Good Idea?
Countdown! Week 5 Already!
Wow, I can't believe this is the fifth week of Countdown! posts. When we got within the 90-day window for our move to Panama, I started this weekly recount of all the preparation steps we'd taken during the week. Any move is a big undertaking, but the first overseas move is ginormous, so I … [Read more...] about Countdown! Week 5 Already!
Countdown! Sleepless Nights
I think this week's countdown can be described as "sleep-deprived zombieland." The end of our fourth countdown week saw us taking away our dogs' big wire crate where they've happily slept at night for several years, and putting them in their spacious travel kennels to sleep. It wasn't a happy … [Read more...] about Countdown! Sleepless Nights