June 2013, we moved into a cottage on the reservation at the Franklin United Methodist Community. I’m sure the community leaders cringe when I call it the reservation because they call it Brookside an adult community. When you move here, for a fee, they guarantee lifetime care so when you can no longer take care of yourself, or your cottage, you are relocated to the “big house” where someone takes care of you.
It is a lovely quiet gated community and the folks here are really nice and neighborly and most have been here for a long time. Now, the goal of me and the boss is to live here a long time and die before we have to go to the big house. Reservation seemed to just fit. We have reserved a place in the “big house,” our life now is reserve, and just like the indians, someone else takes care of our every need.
Our cottage is about 1500 sq. ft. and is located on the pond so we can watch the ducks, geese and fish when we want. No, I am not a good fisherman! We lost 500 sq. feet and, as a result, had to re-home a lot of stuff. 25+ years of accumulated tools, must-keeps and might-need-it-somedays added up to a lot of really-good things. Believe it or not, it was almost a year before we could get both vehicles in the garage. Probably the hardest things for us to “down size” was the books. Took four large loads to 2nd-hand book stores. Sad, maybe got $100 for them. Really miss the books but I did get to keep my civil War and Charles Major collections.
Moving is so much fun. I kept the “sliders” under the living room furniture for over a year. Lost count how many times we re-arranged. “Sliders” are wonderful.
We did purchase several new pieces of furniture. Smaller. I have to say, and I hope she hears, Linda has done a fantastic job decorating our home. It is really comfortable. Now I hope we have bought the last major piece. Got a new mattress and box springs last week. WOW, can’t believe the difference that has made.
As time goes by I will share the things we love about living here. This was one of the best decisions we ever made.