For those of you who wondered why Don and I have been doing so much work on our house in Madison (not that it didn't sorely need it!), wonder no more! Don filed his retirement papers Monday night! Yes, he will be retiring and we're moving to Interlochen, MI.
Actually, we closed on our Interlochen house a week ago, and I will be moving from Madison to Interlochen on Tuesday, May 21st. Don will be here with the movers, who pack up our house on Wednesday, May 22nd, and will close on the house with the buyers, Tuesday, May 28th. Unfortunately, he will not be joining me in MI right away because he doesn't retire until July, and has rented a room from a retired UW education professor, who seems very nice, so I think I am leaving him in good hands. ;)
We were very fortunate in selling our house. We listed it Monday, April 1st and had 2 offers in less than 24 hours! We took the one that was "above" the listing price. ;)
Our Interlochen house is on 2 1/2 acres, surrounded by woods. We literally can not see our neighbors. Here are some satellite views of the area. This 1st one, looking along the upper edge of the photo, shows the south end of both the Interlochen State Park and the Interlochen Arts Academy. The village of Interlochen is a bit further north.
Zooming in, you can see our little clearing in the woods. The "road", which runs East/West, connects to our driveway, which runs North/South, is a private road, and we are the only ones who live off of it, although there are several homes that back up to it. Since it is a private road, we have to take care of it, which means we will be plowing it in the Winter, and that, in turn, means we will be investing in some new snow removal equipment. Boys and their toys, eh? :)
In truth, the road and our driveway are really nothing more than a 2 track......literally meaning there are 2 tracks, one for each side of the vehicles wheels with dirt between them. ;) Yep, we're moving from the city to the country. :) In this photo, you can barely see the backyards of the homes which back up to our road. Our clearing is really larger than it looks in the photo. Besides the house, there is a large 1 car garage, which has an enclosed office space beside it, with a workshop across the entire back of the garage. There is also another smaller outbuilding, which was not mentioned in the listing, that was used as a warm weather yoga studio, so I am sure we will find a good use for it as well. ;)
I'll be posting more photos of our house and outbuildings soon, but wanted to let you know what has been going on in our lives.
I hope all of you are well. Sorry that I have not been posting much of late, but that will now change and I'll be back to posting regularly again.