“It’s so nice to see someone who eats so much fresh food,” said the man standing in line behind me at the Costco check out. I turned, smiled, and replied, “Well, the truth of the matter is I own a B&B in Ashland and this is my weekly run.”
Because of the volume of my weekly Costco purchases, I am often a captive audience for those who feel the need to comment on said volume, or just engage in a conversation. I usually don’t mind, although sometimes I just want to get through the process as quickly as possible. Costco trips are work for me.
Anyway, he was a nice guy; we chatted a bit and learned we had a few things in common – career wise. As I was walking away I turned back and said, “Have a good one!” He smiled and said, “The best two days of an innkeeper’s life are the day they buy and the day they sell.” I laughed and carried on thinking to myself, Buddy, you have no idea.
Because you see, my friends, Abi and I have sold our beautiful 1904 classic American home – Abigail’s Bed & Breakfast – and we are moving on.
I bet ya didn’t see that comin, did ya?!
When we came to Ashland, Oregon, 3 ½ years ago we had a 7 to 10-year plan. But as we all know, life is what happens to us while we’re busy making other plans. The universe saw fit to present us with an incredible opportunity and who are we to argue with the universe?
The thing about selling a B&B is that it can often take up to 3 – 5 years to sell because it is such a specialized business and lifestyle. We were 3 years into this gig and while thinking it may take another 3 years to sell, we quietly put our property on the market, but we flew very low under the radar as we did not want to negatively impact the reputation of our inn. But, talk about the power of the internet, our quiet little listing traveled through cyber space all the way to Zimbabwe. Yep. Our buyers are taking on quite the life change. Now, if that isn’t the universe intervening on our behalf, I don’t know what is. Our buyers are lovely people and we couldn’t feel better about leaving our beloved Abigail’s in their hands.
I know if I were you, I’d be thinking, what are they going to do now, so I’ll tell you. First up, we’ll be hitting the road in a boldly yellow, 12’ Penske truck, mapping a path straight across the country to Rockville, Maryland and our newly rented apartment (boasting resort style living, yay!) which we will call home for at least 1 year. Beyond the cross country move and settling in to our new digs, the only plan we have is to enjoy life and see where it leads us.
But, since we’ll be living just 11 short miles away from our son and daughter-in-law, I figure the distance will make a good training walk to break in my new socks and my new backpack, and I’ll have lots of time to read/study my new book. And if the stars align, come spring, we’ll be taking a 500-mile walk to clear our heads and reconnect with our lives – and each other.
So, in just about 6 weeks from now we’ll be rolling out of Ashland with no looking back and no regrets. We’ll be taking with us an abundance of life experiences and lessons well-learned. It’s been quite a ride!
Congratulations on your new adventure, Patti and Abi! Though we will miss you and the welcome you provided at Abigail’s, I know that this new stage of your life will be everything that you want it to be. I am glad to realize that it wasn’t my imagination that you seemed a bit stressed and strained when we visited Abigail’s in August. Perhaps our paths will cross again in our travels. Until then, be well, be happy, and know you hold a place in our hearts. Best wishes1
Thank you Debby! Good to hear from you and I’ve sent you a private email.
Congratulations on your move! How exciting..it will be wonderful I imagine to be able to sleep in and live in an unstructured way — something I imagine it’s difficult to do when you’ve got guests at a B & B.
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Oh yes, looking forward to turning off the alarm clocks!
Congrats! Sounds exciting!
Thanks! And thanks for stopping by.
Having a business is a lot of work and dedication with little time left for personal enjoyment. So congratulations on having the freedom again to find yourself and explore your personal passions.
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Thanks so much, Noel!
Wow, just coming across this news. Congrats and good luck with everything.
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Thanks Lance! It’s a daily dance these days between being excited and overwhelmed, but mostly excited at the upcoming adventure.
Wow, what an exciting time this is for you! Best of luck with your new adventures, looking forward to reading all about them 🙂
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Thank you Catherine – and have fun in Cambridge – I think I was 1 of the 2 that voted for Nottingham. 😉
So exciting to begin another new chapter…
Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Send your address when you land.
Thank so much Jenn – I will definitely stay in touch!
Wow! I did *not* see that coming! Congratulations. What a huge move. I’m excited to read about your experience on the Camino. It’s one of my short(ish) term goals. Hooray for big life changes!
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It is a HUGE move and I couldn’t be more excited. Except for the east coast humidity. I am not excited about that. Not at all. I am very excited, however, about walking the Camino. I’ve been stuck on the idea for a couple of years now and I’m tremendously excited that it may come to fruition.
WOW. What exciting news. A bit bummed I didn’t get to visit you but I look forward to seeing where the road takes you.
Another place and another time, Grace! 🙂
Well, you did give me a hint at one time. Congratulations on your move. I wish you all the best in your new adventure. You will love living close to family. My best to you and Abi.
Another gift from Ashland, our friendship with you. I hope your new life is settling nicely for you!
I’m happy for you although I was hoping we could stay with you some day. Now, maybe you can stay with us since you’ll be be just down the road from Philadelphia. (No weird food requests — right? ) I’m also looking forward to reading your posts from El Camino. ¡Buena suerte con todo!
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Thanks, Suzanne. I am excited at the prospect of living on the east coast for the first time in my life, but I am not excited about the humidity. A small sacrifice. I’m looking forward to our walk and we are currently looking for a small lite weight mini laptop for travel purposes so I can write from wherever we are in the world.
Woot! Congratulations and best wishes . . . .and now you can write that book we discussed 😉
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You know, I’m actually giving some serious thought to writing that book! Thanks so much for stopping by while in Ashland, it was fun to meet and hopefully our paths with cross again one day.
Wow.. congratulations! How exciting to embark on yet another new path down the winding road of life. Best wishes for a successful East coast transition!
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Thank you Rhonda ~ I’ve lived on the west coast my entire life so I’m very much looking forward to the east coast lifestyle, but I am NOT looking forward to the humidity.
Why you dark horse!! but a whole world out there for your restless spirit to visit and hey you make even make it to Cornwall one day. Until then visit Rome for me and the Coliseum; go to Venice and take a ride on the canal; eat breakfast in a pavement cafe in italy; sip wine in a greek taverna above a rocky cove and maybe walk the Camino Way Sigh Have a great time you’ve earnt it!!
Thank you so much Christine, all of your suggestions are wonderful and we will do our best to make it to each place as we’d love to see them all. Our goal is to walk the Camino in the spring, to give ourselves some much needed solitude and time to think. I would love to visit Cornwall and come say hello; it would be fun to meet!
Patti and Abi,
Who knew that a trip to Ashland would be the start of a wonderful friendship. We will miss you terribly when we are in town but know that we will bump into each other again somewhere in this big world. Thank you so much for our happy memories of Abigails and for taking so much care with Walter. Sláinte to you as you start your new adventure!!
All the very best,
Mary and the Professor
Thank you Mary. Ashland gave us many gifts including you and the professor, and Ms. G. How lucky are we?!
Wow – I definitely didn’t see that one coming! It is always exciting (and a bit scary as I’ve found out) to move onto a new phase; I wish you guys all the best and I look forward to following your journey – it looks like you have some awesome travel plans in the works 🙂
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Thank you, Amy! We are very excited at the world of possibilities that lay before us. And if you make it to the US in 2016, maybe you’ll find your way to D.C., I think there’s probably a better chance of us meeting if we’re back east so fingers crossed!
DC is definitely on our list for Autumn 2016 so we’ll hopefully see you there!
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We’ll be watching for you!
I’m so excited for you guys and what comes next and I know how excite you are!!! We’ll be driving through Ashland in September and maybe we can have lunch? I’ll send you an email!!
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Thanks so much, Kim. Definitely, if you find yourself passing through Ashland in September!
WOW! A new chapter in your book of life. How exciting. And the ‘walk’ looks like quite an undertaking.
Thanks Gaelyn, we are very excited to be closing one chapter and starting a new one.
This, my lovely friend, is *wonderful* news. I wish you boundless joy and some time with your feet up.
Hugs for you and your family.
Thank you my sweet friend! I am looking forward to putting my feet up.
Oh my goodness!!!!! Congratulations Patti and Abi:) What a bonafide grand adventure. The anticipation is better than Margaritas, isn’t it?;)
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Well…. I do love my Margaritas and we still need to meet up some place in the world and enjoy one, but yes, the anticipation of this next chapter is palpable!
Wow Patti! Congratulations!!! I love the line from that guy. And I love that you have so much freedom and adventure ahead of you! Look forward to following your journey, all the very best with lots of love from Mexico xxx
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Ah… thank you, Sarah, I truly hope that one day our paths will cross.
Congratulations on your sale and cheers to the next adventure… whatever it may be!
Thank you Viv and Jill – and our paths will cross somewhere in this vast world of ours. Hopefully, sooner than later.
Oh my! My feelings about your business were true. I actually saw it coming but did not know when, I am thrilled for you and Abi. This is just awesome. Perhaps find a housesit that is close to your son and family? That will help save more money and let me know if you ever want to try out the housesit in france with pud and bogart 🙂 so so thrilled for you . congratulations.
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Thanks Tasha! We did talk about a housesit in the D.C. area, but truthfully, we just do not want to be obligated to anything for at least a year. We’re too tired to think about anything or be obligated to anyone. It’s partly why we want to walk the Camino in the spring so we can enjoy some solitude and each other. We’ve had people in our house for nearly 4 years! 😉