Details, Details, Details and Some Beer

From Marylu

Of the 8 days we spent in Sioux Falls, most of our mornings were dedicated to catching up on details.  (Although we attempted to complete most of our paperwork tasks before moving, getting together with family and friends took priority.  So grateful that Alan and I agree on priorities!)

Details – Aack!  But they were the center of transitioning from 17 years in our home to being homeless.  We prepared by making lists of things to arrange – banking, credit, mail, overall paper management, insurance (auto, health and property), taxes, social security, doctors and dentists, memberships, and packing for changing weather.  Fortunately, there are lots of RVers who have blazed the path.  Unfortunately, not all the answers are there or suit your situation.

It helped that about 4 years ago, before we even considered our current travel plan, we set up an email account just for our bills.  By going paperless in that area, more options became apparent.  We are still hauling around a medium-sized plastic basket that has copies of some things we are keeping….for now.  But what a relief to have eliminated the three-drawer file cabinet!

In the possession reduction department – clothing; dishes; excess houseware, such as Costco sized bags or containers of plasticware, paper plates, and cups; linens; and, duplicates of various kinds of bakeware accumulated over the years, were the easiest to give up.

Books were difficult for me to eliminate because I’d acquired quite few that I wanted to read during my retirement years.  Yes, I have a Kindle, but that was a retirement gift – the book collection came first.  Well, to be honest, my daughter is storing a couple of boxes of books (and yarn, and CDs), but the rest – gone!!!  It was tough.  In the end, I gave up most of my collection of depression glass.  Some of those treasures became gifts for good friends; and, I thank you for adopting them.

Anyway, we are each traveling with a large rolling duffle, a carry-on suitcase, and our golf clubs in a “Sunday” bag.  We still have some excess baggage – primarily consumables purchased in our “Costco days” that we figured were worth carrying around for now, i.e. a box of breakfast bars, Tums, nuts, and such.  Once we travel with our entire wardrobe, we will undoubtedly reduce the number of socks, pants, shirts, etc.  For now, we figured since we already owned the stuff, we may as well take it with us and leave behind what we find is unnecessary.  It’s a learning experience – going from a home with all the comforts we accumulated to living under a variety of circumstances.

About Sioux Falls, Alan insisted we take afternoons off to explore the area, its breweries (of course),

Fernson Brewing

the cathedral,

St. Joseph's Cathedral
St. Joseph’s Cathedral

and the butterfly/aquarium house.

Aquarium

We both really enjoyed Sioux Falls; but, when winter started to poke it’s way in, we were happy to head south to Omaha.

 

We don’t have any excursions planned in Omaha – just  visiting family and a brewpub (of course).

Nebraska Brewing Company Tap Room
Nebraska Brewing Company Tap Room

Next stop – Branson, Missouri.

 

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We are two recent retirees who decided to sell the house, pull up stakes, and explore North America. We are both being tourists and looking for the right blend of people, place, and geography that makes for the perfect place to retire.

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