Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It feels like....

...we've just leapt off a cliff, holding hands all the while.  Still, it's an odd feeling being more or less "homeless," as someone put it.  Thankfully, we have good friends who've welcomed us into their home for the rest of the week. The transition from "here" to "there" will probably continue to feel a bit "odd."  After all, we've never done anything like this before, although another dear friend reminds us we've more than once traveled in unusual directions together. 
     Later today, we'll turn in our apartment keys.  The rest of the week we'll spend saying goodbyes.  A new chapter begins....

Monday, March 28, 2011

91 boxes, plus!!

When we quit last night, we had 91 boxes (of course, each one is mostly stuffed with paper or other cushioning.)  The movers arrived this morning promptly at 8:30 am and are now loading all our belongings onto a truck.  The next phase of our "new adventure" is about to begin!

Friday, March 25, 2011

In and Around Taos

October 2010

New Year's Sunset 2011

December 2010
October 2010

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An Apartment Done in "Corrugated Brown"


From the pictures, you can see why we've begun referring to our place as a "corrugated apartment." Our friend Pat showed up for a third packing shift this week; thanks to her help, we loaded 11 more boxes today, bringing our grand total (so far) to 65.  Soon it will be difficult to find floor space to store it all.  Of course, the more boxes we pile up, the closer we are to moving to New Mexico!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Taking Deep Breaths!

Whew!  The young couple who saw the apartment yesterday just made a deposit and paid the April rent.  BUT--that was all on condition that they could have the apartment on April 1.  Since the landlord wants 3 days to make it ready, that pushed our moving date up to Tuesday, March 29 but the mover was booked that day already so moving day is now  5 days away!!!
     Monday, March 28, all our boxes and belongings will be moved into storage.  Thanks to our dear friends, Martha and Jim, we'll have a place to stay beginning Sunday, March 27 until we actually leave town on April 1.  So, we are back in business, under lots of pressure, but it's looking like it's all very do-able.  (More deep breaths!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hello, Sunshine!

A very pleasant change for us will be an increase in sunny days once we've moved to Taos.  Marquette sees sunshine 48% of the year, but in Taos the sun shines 70% of possible hours annually!
      Other interesting comparisons are:
       Population                                    Marquette 20,714                    Taos 5,062
       Average snowfall                        Marquette   110 inches           Taos    35 inches*
       Warmest daytime average      Marquette   76 degrees           Taos    80+ degrees
       Lowest winter average             Marquette    11 degrees          Taos    10 degrees

*For those of you who know Taos as a famous ski area, the ski area (Taos Ski Valley) is about 30 minutes northeast of the town of Taos and about 3,000 feet higher.  The average snowfall there is a whopping 321 inches!!!  (No wonder its population is only 57!)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ten Times Higher

A "google search" reveals the following:
                  Elevation of Marquette, Michigan   628 feet
                  Elevation of Taos, New Mexico     6,950 feet.


Whoops!  Put the skids on.  Up until today, things were going so smoothly.  We have 52 boxes packed up (which means most of the apartment is now corrugated).  The yard swing is dismantled and ready to load onto a truck.  About a third of the kitchen is already boxed. This morning the new renter called.  She's changed her mind.  Back to square one finding someone to take over our lease.  This could mean a significant delay in our plans.  A couple is coming from downstate to look at the apartment tomorrow. And a woman who saw our ad on craigslist responded to pictures I e-mailed her that "it's just what she's looking for" and would even send the deposit if it would be held for her until May.  So they're still out there.  We just need someone to sign on the dotted line and make that deposit with the landlord before we can drive off toward the southwest. 


At Sunset Point, Lake Superior shore, Marquette

Today is officially the first day of spring but we have been "flinging" things for weeks now--flinging them into give-away boxes, into storage boxes, into suitcases.  We are making ready for our first ever cross-country move which will take us from living at just above sea level on beautiful Lake Superior to living at just over 6,000 feet elevation in Taos, New Mexico nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Quite a change--on many levels (not only geographical ones!)  It's spring, and we're "flinging" ourselves into this new adventure! 
Hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos