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in this pandemic mess, my wife and I visited a new development just down the road from us and fell in love with the numerous attractive one story cottage like homes.

 

Our present home is a farmhouse style and with our grown sons now in their own homes, it is way too big for just us two.Also

i watch my wife struggle  with maintaining it , though she enjoys the yard and garden work,it is too much. So, we struggled with the decision, then just went ahead as everything fell into place.The builder gave us a great deal, a realty company offered to buy our home for a good amount, and so on.

The best thing is the zero entry shower with built in seat and grab bar, beautiful kitchen, tech upgrades like super insulated foamed walls, video doorbell, wifi enabled control over thermostat and lighting. Gas filled windows that are highly insulated. All on one level, no stairs.We are excited but now covered up in shaking off so many things we don't need, to downsize.It is a challenge but we've already committed and started.We close in mid to late June and move on.

I am excited and mildly apprehensive, with the fact that this will likely be my last home, though suitable and comfortable.Meanwhile I got my new Trike to ride around our neighborhood.     its all good .

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Congrats on your new home,Alan. I hope that you will both be very happy there.   Becky

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Brilliant move Alan, best of luck with it, tell us about your new triped.

Deigh

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Oh that is so exciting! Enjoy!

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Fantastic!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! :bravo:

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How exciting!!

It will be great for you, being single storey and having an accessible bathroom. 

Your wife will love a brand new kitchen!!

All the best with deciding what NOT to keep!

 

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cleaning out and selling stuff like crazy, its kind of saddening to see tools I've had for so many years go. but we are paring it down.this is hard, realizing what I cant do anymore, spent years restoring cars and trucks and motorcycles

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Oh so hard to do, but supposed to be freeing for the soul too. Best of luck with the move and new house, it sounds perfect.

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Congratulations Alan, you have made a life changing decision in a difficult period of time. I hope it is a great place to live and you get a new lease of life from it.

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congratulations Alan  great move, I bet you both are going to love it in there.

 

Asha

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thanks for all the nice comments.Much appreciated. We have cleared out a ton of stuff getting ready to move at the end of the month.

I dumped most of my cassette tapes. 200 or so.Sold a lot of collectables, including my hipster leather jacket from 1967.

holding onto my turntable set up and about 250 record albums.Just cant let go, though I did purge 6.Sound of my wife laughing here.

Sold all my tools , keeping only the essentials.Quite a lot gone,but it does feel good , in a way..lol.

I am excited to move, and all our visitors to the construction have loved it.

New chapter in the old book.Still keeping guitars...hopeful.

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That must have been heartbreaking dumping those tapes,I had about a hundred of them, mostly jazz which had to go to make space, I advertised them for free in our local Probus club magazine but had no takers! I ended up putting them at the back of the shed for posterity!

 

Deigh

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The old cassette tapes do not archive well conditions need to be perfect for the magnetic medium to stay properly bonded. Add that to the limited number of available devices to play them now and they are not worth keeping.  records on the other hand may wear out but are otherwise very robust, and have even come back into fashion with the young set who like the extra depth of sound you get from analogue recordings.

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i know , I know, I know........... but I hadn't the heart to dump them, hoping they would find their way into a fellow enthusiast. I had copied them all onto DVD and USB for my own use anyhow.

Deigh

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yep I'm the same with books. I love my paper books even though they take up room and I can't read them much myself, I just can't dump them. They are full of "old friends" and I hope that one day someone else will love them. ebooks while much more practical are so much harder to share and don't seem to have that same emotional connection. I have some tapes that I have not been able to get transferred yet, and I'm so aware that time is running out to do it.

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I buy books through my church Op Shop, read them , keep a couple and donate the rest back. Then on our Market Day as I work on the book stall I have the pleasure of reselling some of them to people who are pleased to have "found" them. It is great to recycle them if it is possible where you live.

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On 5/23/2020 at 5:17 PM, Deigh said:

Brilliant move Alan, best of luck with it, tell us about your new triped.

Deigh

my trike is a Trident Spike1,I rode a competitor to try the concept, Atlanta has a 20 mile beltline trail formerly railroad that has a bike shop right on the access,  they were very accomodating.I could not buy the one I tried it was 3x the cost of the one I ended up ordering,I also wrote a large shop in Florida where the stock many brands and asked for suggestions.since I am new to all this and not going to race anytime soon, this was one of their suggestions.I contacted the builder in  North Carolina, placed the order and it arrive a few days later. bought a helmet and tried riding in my driveway, When I ventured out on the street, the neighborhood kids were all excited and rode alongside me.Until we got to the double hill up the road, I tried to make it up, but no luck....left leg was just too weak, and the crank and stop method for using the right only, was exhausting.By the third day I made it up the hill, struggling, then crused down rather fast, maybe too fast! I realized I could only operate the right brake handle, so...my trike( though no canopy on mine) I set about researching alternatives.I joined a trike...bent rider  forum, and would u know it a member 

told me he had the solution, left from after his wrist was broken, long since healed.    He offered to send it to me free, and its bow on the way.Its a single handle with dual cable attachment to activate both front brakes.Should be the answer.

I also ordered a headrest from a dealer to support my neck better, no onto riding the thing....oh and my new neighborhood is mostly flat. 

my trike( though no canopy on mine)I got the silver model.

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