GF and I had been planning to downsize for a couple of years now. The Great Loop was on my bucket list and, well, I’m not getting any younger. I wanted GF to have some good memories of me and our times together when I pass. The twenty years difference in our ages means that she, God willing and she don’t get hit by a bus, should have 35 to 40 good years after I go.
We both loved Rabbit Run and the life we had there, but she disliked the long drive to and from work each day. And I found that the mini farm was getting to be more than I could handle. Hence the downsizing.
I admit it was slow going. We had a willing buyer for Rabbit Run at our price , but what the heck do we do with our 20+ years of accumulated junk I , mean treasures. And 2, my physical father had passed a few years ago and after my sister got what she wanted I was still left with well over half of his 65 years of accumulated junk I mean treasures. Sis had just downsized herself and moved to North Carolina. She had no desire to take her share of 2’s accumulated junk.
The kids of course wanted all the antiques and near antiques, but just not now. “We just don’t have room yet. We are planning to move in a couple of years when the kids are grown. Can’t you just hold on to them until we are ready? All that really means is you take care of them until you die then we’ll worry about them.
It was at this point I believe that God stepped in and said “You want to downsize? Let me show you how it’s done!”
The Beauregard Tornado of 3-3-19 came up the creek bottom below the house leveling everything on Rabbit Run except the barn. And the barn lost the center section loft over the 1900 original structure. We also got a crash course in Insurance and what I regard as the deceptive practices they engage in. Your agent will tell you that your personal items are insured up to xx dollars. But he doesn’t tell you that you don’t get cash. They require you to buy back everything you list. Your house is insured for xx dollars but he doesn’t tell you that depreciation despite any improvements will lower that dramatically. Got $70,000 in fencing? your coverage will be 10k or less.
Read your policy. Then read it again. I promise you that if you think all the “whereis’s and therefore’s” and sub clause xx through you will be shocked!
We have an offer on our property with us retaining the now repaired barn, septic tank and four acres along with 250 feet of road frontage. We plan to accept the offer.
As noted below we have a conditional contract on the manatee to be named the “Kdelou”
All of this means that GF and I will soon be moving from our home area to where we will make our home port and set off on a new set of adventures. As much as I have enjoyed entertaining you with my tales of rabbit hunting and friends, it is now time for me to start writing about these new adventures so I will be starting two new sites, one for GF and one for myself.