Monday, June 05, 2006

Todd and I are now officially unemployed and homeless, so to speak! We arrived in Mobile on May 31st after spending a few days with Todd's family at Prizer Point on Kentucky's Lake Barkley. We left Springfield the afternoon of May 25th and went to my parents house (about 80 miles east) to spend the night. We made it to Prizer Point Friday evening and spent a few days relaxing before making the 10-hour drive to Mobile to begin our new lives. It was great meeting and getting to know Kim & Mark Dewey and spending some time with Roger & Dixie Olsen, all long-time Lanning family friends.

Since arriving, we have been working diligently unloading, unpacking, organizing and cleaning - what an ordeal! - but we're getting close. Todd changed the oil in the engines yesterday and we are waiting on a voltage regulator for the generator which is due to arrive later this morning; however, there are still a few loose ends that will likely keep us at the marina until Wednesday morning, which is okay since we both still have plenty to do while we're tied up here.

Speaking of the marina, the people at Dog River Marina are great! They have all been very friendly and helpful and we certainly appreciate their assistance and hospitality. The realization that this is now our life, that we have no jobs (and no income!), no house, no permanent home base and that we are living on a boat, has not quite registered with us yet. It still seems as though we are on vacation and will be going back to our "normal" lives soon. I suspect it will take several weeks, possibly even months, before we accept this as the norm.

This has been a whirlwind process that began with making an offer on the boat in mid-February, announcing our resignations and beginning the liquidation process in mid-March, and leaving our "home" in the rear view mirror on May 25th with a 4' x 8' U-Haul trailer in tow. It's been a hectic 3-1/2 months for us, but we are ready to begin the 400+ mile journey north on the Tennessee River/Tombigbee Waterway to Bay Springs Lake where we plan to spend some quality time enjoying the beautiful water and sandy shoreline. With any luck, Todd will catch some fresh fish to eat while we're there!

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