If you knew you had to downsize from a three-story home to two carpet bags, what would you eliminate? Here's Joe and Ellie's story.
It was time for this doctor and his wife of many years to retire. Their dream, now that the children were grown, had always been to own a boat. Nothing fancy. One that would sleep six comfortably. Their land home, situated on a lake with acres of surrounding property, sold immediately. They held an auction and were able to sell almost everything. The boat was purchased, restored, and updated. They even installed some kind of solar panels.
"How does one decide what to keep," I asked. "I personally have photos from babies to adulthood and albums galore."
"You make piles of photos. Keep the ones that make you smile or bring back a strong memory," Joe's gaze dropped. "That was the hardest part."
"Why didn't you put things in storage?" My curiosity got the best of me.
"Our goal was to have everything we owned on our water-home. He inhaled deeply and put his arm around Ellie. "We walked away with our two bags, some musical instruments to play on board, and now that we're traveling, our life's dream has become realized."
"Will you ever live on land again?"
Joe caught Ellie's gaze and held it. He shrugged. "Maybe. But for now we want to see all the waterways we can and take long needed walks when we anchor."
Ellie lovingly grabbed his hand and held tight. "We've met some amazing people on this venture."
"Are you keeping a journal?"
"We are. Online," she smiled. "Now that Joe has retired and has all of this time on his hands, he might just go back to writing novels."
Are you kidding?" Joe laughed. "We actually have less time here than we had on land. There's so much to learn about the functions of a water-home. Plus, we have so many places to see. Nope, not likely I'll get to writing for awhile."
Ellie tapped my shoulder as we sipped tea at a modest table.
"And the best part is --- we rescued two water-logged kitties."