Okay. I have mentioned it before, but several weeks ago, Hubby and I up and decided to move to Minnesota to be near our grandchildren. We’re good at impulsive decision-making. Well, maybe I should say we’re prone to making impulsive decisions. We are also not ones to waste a lot of time once we made a decision. The next weekend we drove to Minnesota to do some apartment shopping. We found one we liked and applied for it.
I’ll admit, it has been harrowing just sitting around here, waiting to see if we passed the background check. Finally, we got the good word. We were accepted! My immediate reaction was to start collecting boxes… lots and lots of boxes.
I think the wait was a good thing. It gave us time to start thinking intelligently. This moving business is no small step. We moved from our big family home in the country to an apartment in town just two years ago, but that was a move of only one mile. Our biggest challenge was downsizing. Freecycle and an industrial dumpster took care of that little task. One stop at the post office took care of the address issues. Everything else stayed the same.
But now, we’re moving to a different state. The several hundred miles between here and there has raised a few more details that will need attention.
- Only one trip, so everything has to fit into one truck. More downsizing.
- Better packing. We can’t just throw things willy-nilly into the back of the car and zip on over to the apartment to unload.
- Moving out-of-state means new license plates for the car.
- A new state means we have to get new driver’s licenses. Do I have to take another driving test? (I may have to reconsider this move…)
- We have to find new doctors. Rats, we really like the ones we are with now.
- Along with new doctors, we will need to find a new pharmacy. What are the chances that we will find a nice, friendly, independently owned pharmacy that allows it’s customers to “put it on a charge account”, and phone in their need for a refill?
- New insurance agents
- New credit union
- New cell phone coverage
- New car mechanic
- New vet for Mandy
- New pet groomer for Mandy.
- and on, and on, and on…
Hmmm… it does seem as though we have established a few roots in this area. I guess it’s inevitable when you have lived in one place for 18 years. There will be people and places that we will miss when we move. But I am excited about sending down a few new roots in Minnesota!