The year 2012 will be remembered as "The Year of Change". It was the year that DBH and I sat down and looked at each other and asked "Are we still enjoying our chosen lifestyle?" The answer we both gave was a firm NO! It had been five years since, we retired from MI, and built/moved into our dream house in warm sunny Florida. The everyday physical work of keeping up a small hobby farm was taking a toll on our bodies, and mind. It was time for a change. I looked at DBH and said "WATER!" He looked at me and said "WATER!" We listed the farm for sale and had a contract within two weeks with a closing date set right before Christmas. We'd be homeless for Christmas.
With family living on Marco Island and in Fort Myers FL, the search for a home began closer to those areas. We focused in on Cape Coral, a town with over 400 miles of canal waterways with access to the gulf and river. With help from our Sellstate realtor Diane Folwer, we found our next home. It was nestled into a small community of homes, within easy walking distance to a 200 acre ecological park and two miles from shopping. Though the house needed updating it had good "bones".
DBH and I had found our WATER! right out the back door. With an easy ten minute boat ride to the river and a bit longer ride to the gulf, we look forward to the day when we can take "the yet to be purchased" boat out. For now, we are happy remodeling the house with many breaks taken to "enjoy just another day in Paradise" on our lanai overlooking the water.
Future remodeling updates will follow. Did I mention? My "new" sewing room is 5 feet bigger than my past sewing room, has a ten foot ceiling and HUGE windows to let the light shine in. A sewers dream in paradise:)
Sew Happy, Karla
P.S. We were homeless for Christmas, but were able to ring in the New Year in our "new" home on the Cape.