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Scootin' For A Slower Pace of Life...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Easy Livin' Comin' Up...

We've been running back and forth these last few days taking things down to a big storage unit and taking measurements of the floor plan in our apartment. It's been a busy time, but exciting!

We are on the first floor, corner apartment with a small undercover patio deck on the back. We will be able to do some landscaping off of our deck and also to add rails, steps, any set-up that suits us. We can even choose to go in and out of our apartment off the back porch if we so choose. Here is a pic of the "raw" outside:

Another angle showing where I plan to park my scooter until colder weather. It's in front of the window where my friend is standing. This window is right outside where I will be sleeping, so I could hear anyone trying to steal her. This is a safe neighborhood, so I hope to not have that experience, but it is a nice precaution.

Here is one direction from our apartment. This is a green, landscaped, pretty walking area. The best part is that I don't have to mow or trim it! That is Maxi, Co-Pilot Extraordinaire, in the foreground:

Another angle the other direction toward what is called the "courtyard". We lived in a second floor apartment here, in the opposite building, for 10 years before moving to the country house. Maxi knows this as her puppy hood home. For me, it feels like home too. I love it here:

Our little "naked" kitchen with breakfast bar:

My "built-in" office area (they must have known I worked out of my home!):

The exterior yard area has lots of shade trees, offering a pleasant outdoor experience both morning and evening. Plus we will have a pool to enjoy in the summer months.

My scooter will winter in our storage unit next door and my local Honda/Yamaha Power Sports dealer is about 5 miles away. Plus there is a Harley store about 1/10 mile up the road where I can hang out and drool and buy gear.

My partner will drive 10 minutes to work, instead of an hour. I will still work out of my home office, but drive out into the country to serve clients, as I did when living out there.

We can easily get to the zoo, aquarium, concerts, restaurants, dog parks, golf courses, bike trails, scooter club events, museums, the arts, and THE COUNTRY within a few minutes.

I can scoot out my door to wonderful markets,grocery stores, malls, and anything else you can imagine as they are all minutes away.

These things many of you take for granted, I know. But for us, we have lived in rural isolation for the past 6 years. It was 10 miles to the nearest dollar store and you looked out your window and porch and saw nothing but trees and an occasional deer or rabbit. You had to drive everywhere to get anywhere for anything.

Now that is nice for awhile, but after awhile it works on a person's mind and spirit. Moving out of there for me is like getting out of solitary confinement.

Picture Tom Hanks finally getting off that island and it is feels similar to me!

Friday I get the key and we start to set up our household as "Burb Girls".

Will 49cc cut it in the burbs or will I get my keester run off the road and be shopping 125-150cc in the spring?

Time will tell, as it always does...


  1. I understand completely. There are things I miss about apartment living. I like the community aspect of it, but at the same time I don't. I like to live out, but not too far out. I like good neighbors.

    You have a nice set up and it sounds perfect. I'm really happy for you. You sound totally delighted. That's really nice you get to landscape and modify some outdoor things- to a point, I'm sure!

    Now the move is over and you are set. I wish you many happy years where you are planted!

    1. Well, thanks! I've packed a lot and toted some down to storage, but the actual "move in" begins this Friday when I get the key in hand.

      I figure it will take me the next two weeks to finally clear out the last of it at the house and get it all finalized.

  2. What a cute little place. I like that you are on a corner on the ground floor. Perfect for the pooches and scooter watching. And a built in desk, that is a bonus.

    I am glad things are working out and you are going to feel right at home.

    1. It really is "home" to me which is one reason why I wanted to return there. A "happy place", says Peach!

  3. Deb:

    I like the idea of looking out at the Courtyard, rather than to a street. It seems more peaceful that way. Hope you don't get into trouble riding your scooter on the grass

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    1. Definitely agree.

      I was told I can park my scoot right near my deck. Hope they weren't kidding, otherwise I'd fear theft on this small scoot if left in the parking lot.

  4. Deb,
    I'm delighted to see things coming together for you. I, too, will be interested to see how the Met works for you in your new old environment. I put a lot of miles on a 49cc 2T before I got the Symba. Planning was my friend. My Lil'Blue didn't like hills very much, but did great everywhere else. I found the places I could go and found safe ways to places I didn't think I could. Good luck.

    And, you are reminding me of how much I hate moving...even when it is a good thing.

    1. Thanks, Keith, for the encouragement! I am hoping it will work out for awhile. But to ride with the local scooter club there I'll have to jump up to 125cc at a minimum. Maybe a companion for Squirt or a replacement. Just have to see how it goes.

  5. Deb - don't even give the size of your scoot a second thought about it being too small. Its not how many cc's you have, but how you use them! I rambled all over our very urban environment and it took me everywhere. Glad you can park right by your apartment. Cute little place you have. Maxi seems like she is at home already. 150cc scoot eh?! I was looking at the Honda 150 - nice scooter!

    1. Well, it is called a "Metropolitan" so guess maybe it will. I can't say I'm not nervous about
      riding close to cars cause I am.

      I can see YOU on that 150cc PCX! Whadda ya think?