We'll be traveling with three cats. Won't this be fun?! :/
This is me currently. Neck deep in boxes. I hate packing. It's so boring.
All these questions are legitimate and most probably, yes, we are crazy! ;) Here are some of my answers:
Yes, I know how cold it gets up there. We lived in upstate NY where they get just as much snow, if not more.
No, the kids are not going with us. For goodness sake, they're grown and out on their own!
There's NO DOUBT I will miss my grandkids but they're growing up as fast as weeds and in no time they'll be old enough to come stay with us. Our ancestors have a rich history in upper Michigan so as they get older, they will get to come visit and learn. I look forward to that.
There is no better time than now. Hubby is retired. I am semi-retired. In some ways it will be cheaper to live up there. My dads side of the family lives up there and I want to get to know them. Hubby is all for the move, I did not in anyway have to persuade him, pull his leg, bribe, nor convince him. He was already convinced when we visited last August. My sister and her family are up there too.
We are moving to Manistee, Michigan, note the green star:
Manistee is an old Victorian Port City, rich in history, right off of Lake Michigan. Click here to read about it's rich history: http://www.manisteemi.gov/index.aspx?nid=248
Manistee has the Manistee River going through it that spills into Lake Michigan. It also has two lighthouses, the pride of the town.
Sugar sand beaches, fresh water lake with all types of pine trees lining the coast and interior parts. Those of you who live in El Paso, TX will understand that it's like going from El Paso to Ruidoso or Cloudcroft, NM.
Hubby and I look forward to watching these ginormous boats sail through the port.
We'll only live about six blocks from Downtown Manistee and the Riverwalk.
The Native American Indian tribe my siblings, children and I belong to run the Little River Casino Resort. It's just a few miles from downtown Manistee. If you ever want to come stay at the resort, please do so. It is beautifully decorated, has almost 300 luxurious rooms and all the amenities you need to relax and enjoy your stay. Click on the Little River image to check it out.
Manistee takes pride in our men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. This is a very big event, I can't wait to hear the rolling thunder!
The Christmas parade is a grand event for the whole town. Horses bring the city Christmas tree in through the parade route until it reaches it's final rest spot at the end of one of the main streets. Town folk like to dress up in Victorian age attire. A tradition after the parade are vendors selling roasted chestnuts all over town.
A favorite of the towns people is the Ramsdell Theatre. They put on over a dozen plays, concerts, etc., throughout the year. This is the theatre where James Earl Jones started his acting career as a teenager. You know who he is, right?? He's the voice of . . . .
Here's a sneak peak of our living room.
This home is considered an Arts & Crafts Bungalow
After hubby and I move in, we already have a long list of things we need and want to do.
This house is almost 100 years old and belonged to a prominent couple back in the 40's-50's. They were also big supporters of the Ramsdell Theatre mentioned above. They took James Earl Jones (JEJ) under their wings when JEJ was a teenager, helping out at the Ramsdell Theatre. JEJ spent many hours in this house. Is that cool or what? I knew JEJ started his acting career in Manistee but we did not know that he frequented this house up until a few days ago. We were also told that he returned years later when the former owners were older and would sit and have coffee with them outside on the porch. We thought that was really cool. My son thinks it's pretty AWEsome! Perhaps he'll return and ask to sit and have a cup coffee! I won't mind, I'd love to sit out on the porch and have coffee with anyone.
So, when hubby and I work all morning on our to do list, this is what we'll be doing in the afternoons in the summertime:
I will be a little scarce between now and the end of May. I will most definitely update you after we get settled in. I will also be retiring this "i Savor the Weekend" blog and moving on to a new blog name. A new home, a new town warrants a new blog, right?
Have a wonderful summer everybody and remember to Savor every moment!