Back Up North

When we bought our first motorhome and moved out of our house we kept our bedroom and garage for our use on occasion, and storage, respectively. There have been times we’ve come back to the house and parked in the driveway for various reasons, but now that we’ve leased the lot about an hour away we don’t need to do that. We still store our off-season clothes in our bedroom closet, and I’ve come back to spend the night a couple of times, mostly to spend time with my friends that live here now.

Once we moved out we did leave the house furnished, and didn’t want to leave it vacant. We had some friends at church who were renting together somewhere else, and I happened to mention that I’d be looking for renters here for the cost of the utilities they’d use only, since it was doing me a favor by living here too. These friends jumped at the chance and moved in within a couple of weeks. One of them has lived here more than 4 years; the other relocated for part of that time due to job requirements but has been back for about a year now.

I’ve always enjoyed spending time with each or both of them, and we’d planned a special trip to the upper peninsula this year and are finally getting to it. So I came up tonight and tomorrow morning we’ll make the drive across the Mackinac Bridge to spend the day in St. Ignace doing touristy things. I’m looking forward to it.

It it quite strange to be here though…I have loved this house since I bought it in 2006, and when we went on the road I had in the back of my mind that we’d be moving back at some point. That likely won’t happen now though, we don’t particularly want to be in this area of the state anymore now that Pete’s dad/stepmom and my mom/stepdad, who each lived a short distance from here, have passed. So I’ll be looking to sell the house now – I had hoped to do so before this except I wasn’t anticipating my mobility and pain issues to worsen this year! I have mentioned it to my friends, and plan to bring it up again tomorrow before I leave…I hope that they can work out something, as I plan to offer it at a very attractive price for a quick sale…

Anyway, there are a lot of thoughts and feelings going through my mind being back here. But for now I’m going to try to sleep so I’ll be well-rested for our big day as tourists tomorrow.

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