The Process

 

A list of the posts regarding the planning and preparations surrounding this adventure.

  • Apartment Hunting … Choose Well! - 30 April '15 Our travels have now taken us to apartments in Rennes, Brussels, Montpellier, Lyon, Rome, and now again in Lyon. This has given us a good bit of experience picking out ...
  • A Distillation - 14 August '14 Distillation: something that consists of the essential points, aspects, or implications of something larger or longer. Most asked question: Are you excited? When we can catch our breath long enough to ...
  • Lasts and Firsts - 10 August '14 As the countdown continues we have begun to wax a bit nostalgic. Even though, as I said before, we don’t tend to look back too much, it has been difficult ...
  • The Countdown Begins - 05 August '14 Well, it is now T-10 days. We fly out August 15th. Are we ready? Yes and no. We finally worked out a plan for the cars. Jeannie’s is sold and will ...
  • Compression - 18 July '14 Frank Lloyd Wright often employed a principle he called “compress and release”. He used it to help direct people from one area to another. One author described it as “Sometimes, ...
  • Whispering Floors - 29 June '14 The wood floors whisper underfoot as I wander the house, alone, for the last time. The furniture has been sold or taken to storage, there is no art on the ...
  • Too Tired … - 24 June '14 … to write. The house is, once again, empty. Surreal, but … ONWARD! … yet still … . Read the full post here ...
  • Where is the ________? - 21 June '14 Our home has been becoming more and more difficult to live in. Not because it’s not nice, but … maybe an example might serve to illustrate. We have been packing ...
  • Connections and Reconnections - 14 June '14 We were in Miami the other night. The next day we applied for our French long-stay visa. For some reason we kind of had pre-test jitters, even though it is ...
  • Printing as we shred, an interesting activity… - 08 June '14 As part of our quest to simplify and downsize, we are trying to become truly paperless. Though we’ve heard that stated as a goal of many businesses, we certainly haven’t ...
  • Grandma’s Accordion - 07 June '14 I feel a very special responsibility for things that come into my possession that have had great meaning to someone. They are a special connection to the past, just as ...
  • Existential Angst … - 06 June '14 Ok, this blog isn’t just for you. This blog is first and foremost MY journal of the experience of this craziness we have embarked upon. If it were Jeannie’s ...
  • Tetris Anyone? - 24 May '14 Do you remember Tetris? The computer game from the mid-80s involved a random sequence of shapes composed of four square blocks falling down the playing field one at a time. ...
  • Going is not leaving … - 03 February '14 One does not come to embrace an adventure such as this without weighing the downsides. We just spent the weekend in Gainesville, Florida to attend a dance performance at the ...
  • Be Here Now - 27 January '14 When Chris and I were first discussing the plan to downsize and travel, we decided to establish a loose target date to have the house ready to put on the ...
  • Project Managing - 26 January '14 Chris and I work fairly well together, as long as we aren’t sharing the same task. So while he is purging the garage and attic, I am working on the ...
  • The research continues … - 25 January '14 A venture such as this has so many facets. The first of the two biggest distinctions are the issues related to preparing and selling our home and possessions. This is ...
  • Here is how it begins … - 23 January '14 Jeannie and I have always enjoyed traveling. We are now both retired. I left the University of Florida in August of 2012, and Jeannie from the Seminole County School System ...