Disconnecting – One Line at a Time

Our Neighbor Treedy (left) was our SUPER Realtor. Michelle (right).

Our Neighbor Treedy (left) was our SUPER Realtor. Michelle (right).

We have always thought that when we decided to move aboard our boat, we would rent our home so that we would have a place to come home to in the future. We didn’t want to be one of those couples that sold everything to move on a boat. And besides, we love our home in San Antonio – it’s a “lock-n-go” home on the golf course, close to shopping, hospitals, and great people. It is the perfect retirement home for an aging couple. What happened to our plan????

IMG_0881Somewhere between “Let’s sell our Manta Catamaran, Double Wide” and “Let’s buy a Nordhavn,” we decided we should go ahead and sell our home. I still don’t know exactly how any of it happened, but we listed it in May and had a contract on it within 3 hours! Huh? At the very least, I thought we would have 6-8 months to get used to the idea of being homeless, but here we are, giving away, selling, or trashing almost everything we own. Everything we have left fits in to a 5’X5′ storage locker – family heirlooms, pictures, documents, and a few keepsakes. That’s all that’s left of 28 years of living, loving, and raising 2 wonderful boys.

IMG_0884In the interest of full disclosure, we didn’t really sell EVERYTHING. Some things we moved on to Roam (or will shortly) and a few other things are going to our house down at Ingleside on the Bay, Texas, which we will keep for now. But still, we got rid of a TON of stuff! I never considered myself a hoarder, but I have to admit it was hard to let some things go. I agonized over the simplest things, but Michelle found it cathartic. She was relentless and sometimes, from my POV, heartless. And the job would never have been completed without her tireless work and dogged determination to get us out of that house and on to the boat.

So this week we untie another line that binds us to land and I couldn’t be happier about it.

 

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   7 Comments


  1. Tim
      July 1, 2016

    So excited for you guys. Michelle you rock!

  2. Jennifer Johnson
      July 1, 2016

    It’s both terrifying (at first), but mostly exilerating AND liberating. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  3. Mark Haley
      July 1, 2016

    Even though we left some roots in Tejas, we WELCOME the next wave of FL HALEY’s to PARADISE !!.

    One of my favorite is’m from Robin Lee Graham
    “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”

    “I just thank God I don’t live in a trailer.”
    – Jimmy Buffet , Son of a son of a sailor

    “Now… bring me that horizon.”
    – Capt Jack Sparrow

    Hope to see you both & the puppies soon !!

    Love ya,
    ~KkMH
    FL Haleys

  4. Bill
      July 1, 2016

    That’s a great story. Starting a new chapter in lives full of great chapters.

  5. Don Turner
      July 1, 2016

    Destiny is a wonderful thing……when we let it flow. ENJOY, you both SO deserve it.

  6. Lori
      July 1, 2016

    You will be missed in the neighborhood – but I must say I envy a bit your position of being able to move to the boat! Enjoy every day!

  7. Scott Ligon
      July 2, 2016

    Congratulations! Nice article Clark…I must be the Michelle and Tina is the Clark 😃. We’ll see if we make it to a 5×10 😉

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