Little did I realize, when I told you last week we had vacated the Florida house, that the vacating process would take this long. . . We moved out, with our suitcases, dogs and laptops, one week ago. The estate sale happened on February 18. Somehow, I had visions of walking back in after the sale … [Read more...] about Countdown! When is Moving Out Not Really Moving Out?
Well, it's official. We've vacated our house in Florida. Even as I type this, the estate sales company is in there pulling everything out of cupboards and drawers, tagging it and getting ready to sell it all off on Saturday. And, frighteningly, even though we feel as though we're selling off … [Read more...] about Countdown! On the Move to Panama
Tomorrow is February 1, the day we had planned to move to Panama. But we're not going. Why? Still no tenants for our Florida house. Everything else is poised and ready. Once we get the go-ahead -- in the form of a signed lease agreement -- we're ready to whip into our last-minute action. Until … [Read more...] about Countdown: All Dressed Up and No Place to Go
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
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
Guest Post by Steve Harris New Year is a time when people take stock of their lot, with many pondering "would I be better off somewhere else?" Millions of Brits live abroad both temporarily and permanently, and if you are considering joining them for an exciting new life in the sun -- or just an … [Read more...] about Leaving the Country – is it Worth the Hassle?