When we were on our most recent, and longest, trip we began discussing moving west. Most of our friends live out west and the states we enjoy visiting the most tend to be there as well. My mother was our last tie to Fort Pierce; she passed away in February of this year. We're going to miss this house and all the memories. Suzanne, Izzy and Oliver were here a few weeks ago for one last visit to "home". Jennifer and Alex and their families are coming down for the week after Christmas for one last look. We're going to miss the beautiful back yard we created over the years. In 1999 Carol and I hand dug the Anniversary Pond as our anniversary gift to each other. Over the years we would bring home rocks and pieces of driftwood from here and there and put them by the pond as memories of our travels. Now we look at the rocks and simply can't recall where they came from but we enjoy them nonetheless.
|The Anniversary Pond|
The big oak tree out front we bought as a twig from an FFA sale shortly after we moved in. For many years, each Christmas I would climb to the top of the tree and string dozens of lights. It became a neighborhood landmark. With time I became too old for such things.
|The oak tree|
We're going to miss sitting out back in our shorts on New Years day. We're going to miss our long time neighbor Martha Harris. Her husband, and my friend, Byron passed away several years ago from complications related to Parkinson's disease.
We searched the MLS on-line listings for a month or so, but with Carol's special requirements, simply could not find a house that worked for us in a location we liked. Today we signed a contract to have a house built in Longmont, CO. Our casita is only a ten minute walk from where Suzanne and family live and very near two wonderful city parks. The house should be completed in April.
Now all we need to do is dispose of 45+ years of "stuff", sell this house and take off. We bought this house in October, 1972 for $28,000. Jennifer was five, Suzanne was not quite two and Alexandra wasn't yet born. I had just been transferred by Barber Lumber Company from West Palm Beach to become the manager of the Fort Pierce lumber yard. Carol was a stay-at-home mom.
Come April, we'll start all over in our new and ,most likely, our last home.