When we left Oregon, in October 2014, just shy of 1 year ago, we never looked back. Not even once. When you feel it in your gut, and you know you’re doing the right thing, you just take that leap of faith and run with it.
And when I say just shy of 1 year ago it’s hard to imagine the past year has slipped by with us barely noticing. I would almost say it wasn’t so if it weren’t for the fact that I placed a daily counter on the blog to mark the day we left Oregon and to give me a point of focus for the passing days. Today, it reads, 341 days. Three-hundred-forty-one days. Where did they go?
You know how people say, “If you had told me 5 years ago that I’d be (fill in the blank), I’d say I don’t think so!” Well, if you had told me 5 years ago that not only would we buy and operate a Bed & Breakfast in southern Oregon and after just 3 years we’d sell said Bed & Breakfast and move across the country, I would have definitely said, “I don’t think so!” And yet, here we are.
It’s a new time zone and a new chapter. I’ve always thought of our lives in chapters; chapters in a really good book. The start of Chapter 4 finds us ensconced on the east coast building ourselves a nest to call home.
- In 1955 Mr. and Mrs. Jones bought 5.25 acres of land where they built a sweet little brick house. For the next sixty years – yes, sixty years – they lived in their house, they raised their son and daughter and a few moo cows and chickens as well. It was a good life. Now both living in nursing homes, Mr. and Mrs. Jones relied on their daughter – who has memories of roller skating in the basement – to sift through and pack away sixty years of life and memories. So special was her childhood home, it took their daughter 1 1/2 years to work her way through the process until she was ready to place the home on the market.
This past June, just seven days after arriving back in the United States after spending 3 months abroad, we found that sweet little brick house, signed on the dotted line and made it our own. We definitely won’t make sixty years, but we’ll do our damnedest to fill the house with family, friends, life and memories.
So what will the pages of Chapter 4 reveal? Come October we’ll move in to our sweet little brick house just in time to welcome fall, my absolute most favorite time of the year. There’s a road trip south to Florida in our near future and we plan to make the most of living on the east coast by thoroughly exploring the north eastern states, eastern Canada and Prince Edward Island.
And… drum roll please… there are exciting updates coming to One Road at a Time! Here’s a hint as to what’s coming!
- “How much do baby boomers love to travel? According to industry research, we spend $157 billion on trips every year and many polls rank travel as our No. 1 leisure activity. Recently, the Preferred Hotel Group teamed up with Harrison Group, a marketing research firm, to learn more about [baby] boomers’ travel preferences… “This generation is passionate about travel and want to have fun, says Lindsey Ueberroth, hotel group president.” And for professionals that are not focusing on this, it will be their mistake.”
My brain is working overtime with possibilities for our site, while we’re looking forward to filling the pages of Chapter 4 with life on the east coast, a new home and upcoming travel plans. Stay with us as we continue to travel the world… One Road at a Time.
Congrats on your new home, it sounds beautiful. Andrew and I can’t wait to meet you guys soon and I also can’t wait to hear more about your upcoming travel plans!
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Thanks, Amy! We’re looking forward to meeting you as well. 🙂
Where is the brick house? Did I miss that? Sounds like another B&B coming up. We have a friend who posted their house on Air B&B and are making a lot of money. They have a cottage out back and stay there when they rent out the house. The money they make off Air B&B has enabled them to buy a house in London, where their daughter lives. Of course, that house will be on Air B&B when they are not there. Just saying …
No, no, no, not another Bed and Breakfast. 😉 Been there done that!
Sounds like an exciting time in your life. Good luck with the move.
Thank you, Leigh!
Hi Patti, congratulations on your new home, it sounds like a gorgeous place and after your city apartment it is going to be a big change. So sad for the Jone’s now in a NH, getting old is not a lot of fun and we must make sure we live our lives well and do all the things that make us happy. You and Abi are now starting the next chapter and it looks like it is going to be great, I am looking forward to follow you along.
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Agreed, Gilda! Having met the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jones, I feel so good about buying the home and carrying on the tradition of making it a warm and happy home. Thanks so much for your continued friendship and support.
Any relations to Monkey ( Jones)?
No, no relation, but it always makes me think of them!
Looking forward to following this next stage. I think it would be hard to move East after Oregon; I came from PA to Oregon 33 years ago….I hope the adjustment is peaceful.
Thank you for the well wishes, so far it’s all good! Completely agree that Oregon is very special, very beautiful. We came east to live near our son and daughter-in-law, two excellent reasons! 😉
Best of luck with life in your little brick house 🙂 It looks like you need to purchase a riding lawn mower first thing! Have fun on your road trip.. oh, I do love a good road trip
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The riding lawn mower has been purchased and already logged 16 hours of mowing!
Welcome back to the East Coast. I’ve been following the saga of your home renovation on Facebook and look forward to the grand reveal (or does that only happen on HGTV?). If you venture up to Philly in your East Coast travels, I hope to meet you IRL. Um, maybe wait until after the Pope leaves. 😉
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Philly is definitely on our list. Maybe, we’ll come north while the Pope is in D.C. 😉