Gleefully selling stuff…

I gotta tell you that working to accumulate things is not nearly as rewarding as selling them right now. It feels like we are in some parallel universe right now as all the things I sold this weekend meant something to us but right now it just feels good to see them departing the house with new people who will enjoy them. I said good-bye to the telescope, all my ceramic deck pots with beautiful plantings, our teak outdoor table and chairs, all thanks to the Next Door App.

My neighbor Debbie pinged me when she saw the deck pots listed, walked over and bought them all. So cute, she and her husband and two boys took them home in several trips with the wheelbarrow! When I went for a walk later, it was nice to see the pots on her front porch.

I love that app, you can keep in touch on neighborhood happenings or connect with a walk group plus there is a classified feature which is so much better than Craigslist for selling things. Got two scammers right away on Craigslist when I listed our dining room table and chairs.  A “flight attendant” from North Carolina and a dude named “Dave” who wanted to buy the table for someone very dear to him. Gee, the fact that we could only do the deal via email with PayPal and someone would come pick it up wasn’t  slightly fishy. ARSEHOLES…come on get a life!

I am 6 weeks from retirement and we are 3 months from hitting the road…………..WOO-HOO!!!!

Sucia Sunset


What a glorious sunset we had to complete our final dinner on the dock. Our feast included fresh steamed crab, arugula and tomato salad, garlic foccicca bread and  Lange Pinot Rose.

We are back at Anchor Cove Marina…the boat is washed and today we will head back to reality!

Patos Island

Not sure why we have never visited Patos Island as we discovered what a gem it is yesterday. The water was like a pond so it was the perfect day to take the whaler ride over there from Sucia.

Patos Island Marine State Park is a 207-acre marine park with 20,000-feet of saltwater shoreline. The island is owned by the federal government and is administered by the Bureau of Land Management’s Wenatchee Office. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission operates a small campground facility at Active Cove near the west side of the island, maintains a 1.5 mile loop trail, and has two offshore mooring buoys but we only saw one.

The lighthouse is beautifully maintained and looks to be open for tours but was closed on our visit. We had the entire island to ourselves and enjoyed the loop trail  that follows the shoreline and cuts through the woods.

Mr. Bentley enjoyed the trip and the leash free play time too! Hanging on the buoy at Patos is now on my bucket list.

Oh what a difference a day makes.

Couldn’t resist the call of the water so we are back on the boat for a short trip out to Sucia Island. Yes, we should be working in the garage, culling through boxes and getting ourselves ready to go nomad in the fall!

We left Anacortes yesterday morning and had a very nice cruise over to Sucia, got our favorite dock spot, took a nice walk on the beach with Mr. Bentley and settled in for a few days of crabbing, hiking and general R&R.

Rain was in the forecast and it did arrive in the late afternoon while I was fixing a Black Bean Chicken Tortilla Soup. It was warm and cozy in the boat so soon everyone but me was napping.


Just as we sat down to dinner, the most beautiful rainbow appeared over the island, touching down in the water out in the bay.


Today, we woke to the sun and clear blue skies…a perfect San Juan day. Crabbing is open today so of course we will be getting a pot in the water.


Home Improvements!!! Part one…

Road House is a 2003 Safari Cheetah made by Monaco with all the bells and whistles. While she is a lightly used coach, we want to make a few upgrades to make her really feel like our home.

We are looking at new LVT wood plank flooring, new carpet, LED lights, a few cabinet changes and a oven to name a few. Oh, and maybe a new couch and chair – mid century modern, if we can get it through the small RV door.

Wally found a get deal on a new Atwood propane stove/oven combo that will slide into the existing space, once a drawer or two are removed. Being a handy guy, he feels confident this will be a fairly simple project.


Mr. Handy has got it in and now is working on the trim and drawers. So excited, to be able to bake! YAY, fresh bread!!! Stay tuned for more updates…