CITY GIRLS TO COUNTRY SQUIRRELS
Joie and Marilyn have relocated more than two dozen times, intrastate, interstate AND intercontinental, but THIS move, from Miami Beach to Western Massachusetts involved a massive environmental change as well. From stressful condo-living and crowded expressways to living on serene acreage with winding country roads. Beige sand beaches and palm trees to rolling hills and ancient weeping willows, giant oaks and red maples. From year-round tropical heat and humidity to temperatures that change drastically from one season to the next. For those who wonder if we are prepared for winter, the answer is "sort of". Although it was many, many decades ago, Marilyn grew up in Pennsylvania, and we did make the decision to move to New England during a visit in 9 below zero weather and 4 feet of snow.
|Just a fraction of what we had AFTER giving away a lot!|
It was a monumental effort and Joie ended up doing most of the heavy lifting on both ends of the move. Thank goodness she's into weight-lifting! Here she is giving a demonstration about how NOT to move a Tempurpedic mattress. After 15 hours of loading-unloading-reloading U-Hauls and POD, she decided she would sleep right where she was...kinda like having her very own fort.
Then we had to drive two separate cars to take our two large dogs and everything they, and we, would immediately need in the new house (like airbeds and a coffee pot) until the POD was delivered with the bulk of our stuff.
First we had to say goodbye to South Florida -
|Last workout session with coach Mikhael Ricks|
|Last time we'd be seeing orchids like these in Melbourne, FL|
|We certainly won't miss Florida traffic!|
|Of course there were lots of stops along the way. Here's Joie multi-tasking in Georgia - walking the kiddos while doing lunges!|
Entering SC, the decision was made to get a picture of every State Welcome sign & a little something at the rest stops. Joie thought she'd try a little yoga in South Carolina.
There was no question of Virginia's slogan at their Welcome Center. Which was lucky for us because we flew by the border Welcome sign so fast the pic was just a blur.
Okay, so West Virginia's border sign wasn't much but the rest stop did have some pretty flowers.
Our plan to catch every border crossing sign got shot down again as we entered Maryland...but we got a pic of the truck that blocked our view of it.
By the next morning, we were well rested and ready to cross the border into New York.
and in a blink we were entering Connecticut, which apparently is "still revolutionary".
The trip itself was smooth and generally trouble-free, though definitely a little melancholy like when we visited friends Barb, Earl and Dee in Melbourne.
And nothing could have been more welcoming upon our arrival than these gifts from our new neighbors, including a home-made Key lime pie because we had just come from South Florida!