Why the Nomad Life is Great!!! Yep, we are homeless! (Part three)
There are so many reasons we love being nomads; "homeless by choice" or "location independent" or "home free" as some people call it, at this stage of our lives! Here is a BIG one! If something breaks, it's someone else's problem! I'm talking about normal wear and tear, of course, not something we break! We are very respectful of the homes we rent and if we break something we let the homeowner know and offer to replace it, as we did the time I broke two(!) water glasses at once when I accidentally knocked them off the end table in my sleep during siesta in our Barcelona apartment. The homeowner thanked us for telling her and said not to worry about it. So we didn't! Luckily that's all we've broken so far! But when the roof sprang a leak in our house in the Dominican Republic, the housekeeper mopped up the water and notified the manager who dealt with getting the roof repaired. When the cable went out in our condo in Pittsburgh, we told the homeowner and she dealt with the cable company and we got cable back. Boom! When there's maintenance to be done, someone else takes care of it. A pool to clean? We'll watch. Better yet we'll go for a walk or have a nap. A lightbulb burns out in a lamp located in a rather precarious spot? We'll take your picture (see below). We were huge do-it-yourselfers when we had a home. And we loved doing it - painting, planting, landscaping, ripping out old decks and replacing them, hanging wallpaper, removing wallpaper (lesson learned and rule to live by: if there's wallpaper there, leave it and paint over it if you must. If there's no wallpaper there, don't hang any!), laying a wood floor, scoring and staining a concrete floor, and OH DEAR! the time I had the bright idea to remove some of the concrete, quite a bit, actually, around our pool and put in a flower bed! Days and days of jackhammering from as early as we dared (while maintaining neighborhood harmony) until as late as we dared (and by we, I mean Larry and our son, Adam, I was there as moral support, gofer, and watergirl). Then we had to find a place that would allow us to dispose of all that concrete and we had to haul it there (again I mean Larry and Adam). We planted flowers and added a small water feature and it was beautiful! Lesson learned and we made a new rule to live by similar to the wallpaper rule: if there's concrete there, leave it. If there's no concrete there, don't put any in! Plants in planters and pots would've been just as nice and a whole lot easier! We enjoyed our home and loved doing all those crazy projects - until one day, we didn't. We loved having family and friend gatherings and celebrations and parties in our home and yard - until one day, we didn't. We loved decorating the house inside and out for Christmas (we were card carrying members of the Tree in Every Room Club!) - until we didn't. We had thought we would grow old(er) there. I thought I would finally go through the training to become a Master Gardener. Until one day, we decided not to grow older there and I decided not to become a Master Gardener. What we decided was we were tired! Tired of doing-it-ourselves! Tired of cooking and cleaning and fixing and making and decorating and planting and building and even tired of having parties. We were ready to BE a party! Richardson, party of two on the GO! Instead of living in our home, we decided Let's Live THERE! And THERE is a great place to live! So far THERE has been many different locations in the US and Canada and Mexico and Europe and Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic and SE Asia. THERE has been staying in Airbnbs in the cities where our sons and their families live, Denver and until recently, Pittsburgh, and getting to play and play with our four grandchildren. THERE is visiting my 93 year old dad in Missouri. THERE has been a 25 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to Ecuador and Peru and Easter Island and Bora Bora and Tahiti and Mo'orea. THERE has been Hawaii and Alaska and 18 National Parks. We love THERE! Oh, and not only do we never have to clean the pool, we never have to clean anything else THERE! Now, mind you, we aren't lazy slobs, we are tidy people who clean up after ourselves even when we have housekeepers or cabin stewards who do all the hard work THERE. Not only do we not have to do those things, we don't even have to think about them.