Well…we sold the Annapolis, MD, property and boat slip in Nov 2011, and we sold the DC property in late Dec 2011, and we rented an Annapolis neighbors Back Creek boat slip for Harmony. The majority of our worldly possessions were now in storage, and through Feb 2012 we rented back our former basement apartment while we somewhat reorganized most of our paperwork and financial lives, and by March 3 we had our remaining possessions in a U-Haul truck and, along with our Toyota pick-up, we drove these few possessions to Knoxville, TN, where my wonderful son, Tony, and his gracious wife, Lindsay, welcomed us and our possessions into their home while we looked for a new home.
Initially we had hoped to do a land tour of family and friends until mid-May, then launch our sailing vessel, Harmony, into the Chesapeake Bay at Rock Hall, MD. We had planned to sail through the Delaware Bay and into the Atlantic ocean where we would head North along the East coast of the USA, and in the Fall we sail South to Lake Worth, Florida, and we then hoped to be in the Bahamas sometime in February 2013. We wanted Harmony to be our home for the next couple of years as we began this new chapter in our lives. Wish us safe journeys with a fair wind and a starry sky. But the universe had a different plan for us.
My son, Tony, had purchased a custom home-building business from his wife’s stepdad before the economic downturn took it’s toll on the industry and, subsequently, his livelihood. Upon our arrival he still had two properties, one of which was completed and thankfully had a buyer (al beit at no or little profit), and the other was an older home in a great school district that he had hoped to remodel for his young family. Upon our arrival, a new plan was hatched. Lindsay was working and searching for a better job, hopefully one with great benefits. I would babysit, Kai, our grandson, while Ken, Tony, and his father-in-law, remodeled the remaining older home and they would sell it instead of move into. As with many homeowners, the beautiful home they had custom built and were living in during a booming economy, could not be sold for what it cost them to build it. Subsequently, the remodel project of the remaining older home was a success and sold in short order and they made a small profit. Whew!
Meantime, staying in Knoxville for the summer instead of sailing north as we had originally planned, gave us a great opportunity to get to connect to and love Lindsay, Kai, and Tony in a much deeper way. A reminder that life is not always what you plan. Ultimately we all benefitted in unexpected ways, and in the end we decided to buy a house in Knoxville.
We FINALLY went sailing in mid-Oct, and it was a mad dash south from Rock Hall near Baltimore, MD, to get us and our boat launched and South down the Chesapeake Bay in an effort to outrun the rapidly arriving Hurricane Sandy at a time when it was uncertain where she would hit land. But that is a story for a future post.