Thursday, March 10, 2016

Travel in 2015

As the weeks of 2016 fly by, I am still enjoying looking back at 2015 travel:

- a nine-day Baltic Sea cruise in May that embarked from Copenhagen and included stops in Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden;
Selfie with our home for nine days, the Norwegian Star on the left in the background

- two trips to the Smoky Mountains; and
The Skupien clan July 25, 2015 (Photo by Hubby)

- multiple trips to Georgia and Louisiana to visit family and attend grandchildren’s events.

But our most challenging trip started in the spring of 2015 when we put things in motion to have a “downsized” house built on property we had purchased more than 15 years ago.

Almost finished (Photo by Hubby)

Now move-in day is less than two weeks away--if all goes as planned. And we won’t actually have a move-in DAY.

Instead, the coming move will be more of an “ooze-in month” or maybe more than a month. And we won’t put our current house on the market until we are settled in at our new address. I am happy with that slower pace. It takes pressure off.

The journey continues.


  1. no wonder you have been missiing from blog world. I do love that selfie, you both look wonderful and wow on the trip. i like the ooze into the home, that is so much better than a move in day. your house looks the perfect size...

  2. Your trips sound like fun. I, too, like the sound of that oozing into the house in preference to a sudden one day move. Pressure is one thing I've most appreciated minimizing in recent years.

  3. Happy to hear life is going well for you. The cruise sounds perfect. The house looks great. I hope you take us on a virtual tour someday.

  4. I have missed you and the adventures of you and your family.
    Now I know why.
    Love your new "down-sized " home. It looks cozy and welcoming.
    It seems you have been on some amazing trips.
    I get so antsy to go on another trip when I read things like yours.

  5. Oh, my goodness! You had a busy year of travel, and you were building a home, too??? No wonder you were MIA much of last year.
    I hope you enjoy your new, downsized home as much as we are enjoying ours. I don't miss the extra rooms to keep clean!
    Best wishes with the move.
    Kathy (Reflections)