Saturday, February 13, 2016




As much as we are enjoying all this wonderfully warmer Arizona weather the 80+ temps are having their usual effects on my energy levels & I’ve been spending a big slice of my time rather lethargically sitting on our shady front porch reading. However Pheebs & I did manage to slip out for a short half hour windows down Jeep ride in the cooler morning air.  She sure bugs me every morning now to go for a ride in the Jeep.   I’m not too keen on taking her out in the desert for walks or rock scrambles right now because I know with all this hotter weather rattlesnakes will be out & about for sure.


Well it’s quite a mixed bag of comments & shouts we have received on our house sale decision.  I had thought of responding in regards to how we arrived at our price & why but have decided instead to simply quote a Guest in the Shout Box who said: “I think that's a fair price for your house. If you get greedy, it will sit, and things are slowing down in the US economy. Lots of Canadians are selling their property, and there's a lot on the market in Congress, some nice properties even cheaper. If you price it right, it will sell quickly”…….. For us the key words in the above comment were, “If you get greedy”.


And this question from Cheryl, “ Are you going to stay in Ontario, then, for the winters”?  No, we have no intentions of staying in Ontario for the winters just yet.  We may leave a month later this Fall in order to cut down on insurance costs but we will definitely be back out here to the Southwest whether it be to our house if it doesn’t sell or somewhere in our Motorhome just like we did for the first 6 years of our travels before buying the house.  This question from fellow RV’ers & friends Caron & Chis: “US or CDN $$”?  Our selling price is in American dollars.


Our decision to sell has not come easy for us but we both feel it is time to move on & lay the groundwork for future plans.  We very much enjoyed our earlier RVing years of Ranch Sitting & boondocking but by the 6th year we were tiring of the wandering & felt we needed a new challenge.  The purchase of our Congress house came just at the right time & gave us a new direction filling our lives with enthusiasm once again.  These past 4 winters have been great for us but again we both feel it is time for a change.  The next ‘phase’ if you will.  Without our house we will be free again to travel wherever we desire & there are many many places we have not been or seen…..& not just here in the Southwest.  We just may have a few good winters on the road ahead of us yet so we had better get rolling while we still can.


Also with the way the economy is going & the exchange rate on the Canadian/American dollar being what it is we know it would be in our best interest to sell now.  And, we don’t want to wait until we are in a disadvantagous position & forced to sell.  We’re not getting any younger & with a few medical possibilites on the horizon we have to take those things into consideration too. 


Although we have a nice cozy little place in a 55+ community in Bayfield Ontario the sale of our Congress house will put us in a better financial position should we decide to find ourselves a house & property a little more to our liking in that same area.  Long time readers well know of our many summer drives these past number of years looking at house properties for sale.  There will come a time when our winter RVing days in the sunny warm south will no longer be possible so we’re just kind of thinking ahead to where we would like to be when that time does come………


GROANER’S CORNER:((  There were 3 sisters living together 92, 94 and 95 yrs. old. The oldest went upstairs one evening to take a bath. As she was getting in the tub with one foot in and one foot out, she called down to her sisters, "Am I getting in the tub or am I getting out of the tub?"
The 94 yr. old decided to go upstairs to see if she could help figure out the situation. She got to the 3rd step and stopped - then called out, "Was I going up the stairs or was I coming down the stairs?"  The 92 yr. old, sitting at the kitchen table, thought she better knock on wood and as she knocked on the kitchen table she said, "I hope I never get as bad as my sisters. Now was that someone knocking on the front door or the back door?"


  1. A well thought out plan.
    All the best to you.

  2. Al, that comment about greed was mine, and my brother and I went through a similar process when our dad died and we sold his house here in Colorado. We were told by a few people we underpriced it, but we didn't, as similar houses on the market for more were still sitting there a year later and our house sold in weeks. A good real estate agent will NOT overprice a house, but will help you sell it at the optimal price in an optimal time period. You only have a few weeks after a house is on the market to catch the people who are looking, then they forget about your house if it's overpriced. Dropping the price later won't necessarily catch their eye, and if it does, they see how long it's been on the market and think something's wrong with it. It looks like a great property and I suspect it will sell quickly. Best of luck.

  3. The choice is yours and I think you made the right decision at the right time. Time to move on. Travel while you can.
    The area is amazing but so many more nice areas to explore as well.
    Life is too short and I know you will enjoy everyday just like we will.
    Love your house there, glad that we stopped by when we did.
    Think it will sell quickly.

  4. Hey Al, you're retired. You have earned the right to "rather lethargically sit on your shady front porch reading" if that's what you feel like doing. Don't fall into the trap of feeling guilty because you're not working as hard in your 70s as you did in the past.

  5. I agree about the need to price it fairly, you know what it's worth in relation to similar houses in your neighborhood.

  6. With all of the love you two put into it, I imagine it will sell quickly. On to new adventures!

  7. I wish this was a few year down the road. I love what I've seen of your property and the inside of the house. Those two saguaro really draw me in. We feel we will probably settle in Arizona eventually one day. Wishing much luck with your sale:)

    Those first two hummer photos are spectacular. There is so much detail in the bird:)

  8. The hummingbird's kitchen is the same color as yours :-))) I'm sure your lovely little adobe will sell and I look forward to reading and seeing your new adventures!

  9. Good solid reasoning... good luck with the sale you two!

  10. Best wishes on selling your lovely Congress house. Wishing you both many more adventures on the road.