Our version of retirement: Living a childhood dream

Keesha

Playful Scamp
Location
Canada
That’s what I thought. In fact I was sure I remembered you saying you got some cut trees brought in to cut up for firewood.
That’s how we get our firewood. A guy comes by once a year in the fall and dumps it at the suds if our driveway. We keep saying we are going to get a wood splitter but never do


That buying it pre- split must have cost you a bit.


Trees are wonderful. I love them too and have been known to hug a tree or two. Lol.
We also only cut down dead or diseased trees.
They are to be cherished.


At least you faced the challenge and succeeded. Now you get a new chapter which I’m sure will be equally as fun, just differently.
I’m looking forward to seeing what Mrs. Gary ‘O sews.


Goodnight
 

Seeker

Redneck Hillbilly
Location
Alabama
It just makes me sad......

I totally understand, as we set and have the discussions of how in the heck are we gonna keep this place going as we get older.

I know you are doing what is best for you but I can't help but feel the heartache of leaving it all behind.

Touches a bit too close to home for me...I wish you all the best in your new adventure.......I know you'll do well....:sorrow:
 

Gary O'

Well-known member
Location
Oregon
Original Poster
It just makes me sad......

I totally understand, as we set and have the discussions of how in the heck are we gonna keep this place going as we get older.

I know you are doing what is best for you but I can't help but feel the heartache of leaving it all behind.

Touches a bit too close to home for me...I wish you all the best in your new adventure.......I know you'll do well....:sorrow:

Well, I may have noted this before

But

I’m only content for so long, no matter where, and it’s time for new adventure

I had thought this place to be my last, but five seasons is more than plenty
One gets stale

Sure, visiting my son and his fam here will be fun
But that’s really just a side benefit
(I’m not that noble….sounded good tho)



I’m more than ready to move on

It gets a bit complex, as I’m no townie

But I need to steel myself for a bit
…and write

Who knows, maybe another place out on the edge is in the future

Or

A place on the coast

Or

Just a place in my mind

Don’t rightly know

But that’s how adventures are

(nice pics, Meanie…love ya, ol’ man)
 

Meanderer

Senior Meanderer
Location
Pennsylvania
John Denver singing "A Song for All Lovers" to Mardy Murie
John Denver visits Mardy Murie in her Wyoming home and sings the song he wrote for her and her husband Olas.
 

Gary O'

Well-known member
Location
Oregon
Original Poster
That's fairly cheap Gary. Ten years ago I was paying $175/cord in NH.
It’s still relatively cheap here, too
Hungry kid
I could get it in the round for $100/cord, but that lad was not all that dependable
Not that he didn’t try, but his rig needed a newer one, badly
Always broke down somewhere
Heh, it looked like he broke it in with an axe

Pretty hilarious guy
Lotsa stories
Ones worth listening to…whether true or not
Always arrived with a different woman, all Native Americans
Pretty rough around the edges
Oh, and his phone…whoa….I think he actually did break it in with an axe
Could not believe it still worked, or how he could see anything on it
 

Gary O'

Well-known member
Location
Oregon
Original Poster
We’re getting settled in to our new digs…..on the grid
Whoa
One gets a bit gritty being off grid for as long as we were
Simple things…like a shower…everday…..with the hand held…ohhhhh yeaaaahhhhh
No more tending the gennys for lights, for power tools…for keeping batteries topped up
No more hauling water
Just turn the tap…hot or cold
A pleasant surprise was the water quality here in K Falls…its good!
No more hauling wood

We ARE walking
Gotta do that
I’ll be hitting the weights
Just free weights right now

What’s also nice is not having to stock up
The stores here keep it all for us…when we want it

Still making trips in our moving adventure
Ever time we pull up, my little buddy comes running
I do miss that little guy
And apparently, he misses me…or the peanuts

Yeah, settling in

Nice

Really nice
 

Seeker

Redneck Hillbilly
Location
Alabama
We’re getting settled in to our new digs…..on the grid
Whoa
One gets a bit gritty being off grid for as long as we were
Simple things…like a shower…everday…..with the hand held…ohhhhh yeaaaahhhhh
No more tending the gennys for lights, for power tools…for keeping batteries topped up
No more hauling water
Just turn the tap…hot or cold
A pleasant surprise was the water quality here in K Falls…its good!
No more hauling wood

We ARE walking
Gotta do that
I’ll be hitting the weights
Just free weights right now

What’s also nice is not having to stock up
The stores here keep it all for us…when we want it

Still making trips in our moving adventure
Ever time we pull up, my little buddy comes running
I do miss that little guy
And apparently, he misses me…or the peanuts

Yeah, settling in

Nice

Really nice

Now you are freed up to do all that writing.....I'll be waiting for a best seller.....
 

Gary O'

Well-known member
Location
Oregon
Original Poster
Dang, Gary, Janet and I were looking forward to visiting you in your off-grid, verdant paradise. Well, I guess we'll see y'all in the city, next year. Enjoy your new digs, brother man.
I was looking forward to that too

Once you get up here, we can venture up the hill to the cabin, but....it surely won't be the same

However, we now live a half block away from a very well appointed little vegan eatery
 

Gary O'

Well-known member
Location
Oregon
Original Poster
Took another trip to the cabin to get most of the rest of my tools from the shop

(lawdy, I’ve got a BUNCH of stuff)

Guess who greeted us?

My little buddy truly missed us

He saw me from afar

Just as soon as I crossed the porch, there he was

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I’m confident it’s not just the peanuts, as he got up on his little hind legs and made eye contact. even though I hadn't grabbed a handful of peanuts yet

Of course I fed him

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Gary O'

Well-known member
Location
Oregon
Original Poster
Later, I gave him another snack

His little hands are so gentle, I can barely feel them as he steadies hisself when biting into the peanut shell

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When we were leaving, as I locked the gate, I looked back

There he was on the porch…looking

I think he waved

I truly miss my little buddy
 

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