U. Upping Sticks!

We've both moved a fair amount in our lives: I moved from England to the US (Oklahoma), Oklahoma to England, England to Florida, Florida to Alaska, Alaska to the Florida Keys. Matt moved from New Mexico (it's in the US!) to California to Atlanta, GA to the Florida Keys. Apparently I only make moves of 3000 miles or more (and it takes a few back and forths to make a move "stick" - it's like tipping over a vending machine, gotta keep at it!) I'm pretty good at moving - all the mentioned moves involved carry-on luggage only. 

I always wonder if I’ll miss this house or this apartment, but I never have. Weirdly, I’ll reminiscence over former cars, kayaks, and boats instead.

Matt's Airplane, 1999-2005
Matt's Honda S2000: 2000-2004 (a friend is driving)
My Favorite Kayak, 2009-2015
Kayak Camping Trip, Florida Everglades, 2011
Island Zephyr II, Gasparilla Island (Florida West Coast) 2011-2015
Our current move away from a land-based life has been one of the least stressful moves. Matt was recently informed that his work office was needed to store boxes in, and it took him about 5 minutes to gather up his ditch bag and clear out, like departing a sinking ship.

All we have to do now is finish up our work contracts, sell the car, provision, and leave. Last year we went on a 3 week summer vacation to the Keys and wished we didn't have to go back to work- this time our wish is coming true!

“Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! 'Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of your old life and into the new!” - Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in The Willows.

Daily Dictionary 

  • Ugly as sin - very ugly. The original 1970s cushions on Second Wind were ugly as sin! 
  • Under the weather - sick 
  • Unhinged - unstable, off the rocker 
  • Up sticks - move 
  • Use your loaf- use your brain (loaf of bread = rhyming slang for head)

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  1. Oklahoma? I grew up in Wichita, Kansas -- the sailing capital of the world. Lol. Did you know that Oklahoma is now the no. one earthquake area in the world? It's crazy . . . my mom just bought earthquake insurance. Maybe it's time for her to up sticks!



    1. Oh, and I think I already mentioned it, but David's from Middlesbrough. In fact, James Herriot's son was his brother and sister-in-law's veterinarian in Thirsk.

    2. A northern lad.... that's a completely different accent and slang words! We lived in Bath in the UK (a very beautiful world heritage city) and moved to Broken Arrow. It was quite different! I remember the tornadoes (why is there no traffic on the road? Why is the sky green?) but had no idea it is now an earthquake zone. -Lucy

  2. Moving can become second nature! While stressful to most, it is exciting to some. I have a hard time calling my "relocations" as moves, since I barely move anything with me. I left Belgium in 2003 and am still moving about... :-)

    With all your moving experience, it will be easy this time! Enjoy the process!

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

    1. It's so much easier when you have less stuff to move - like turtles carrying their home on their backs!

  3. I actually love moving, the sense of new possibilities, and the energy of transitions. Enjoy yours!

  4. I've really got to reread Wind in the Willows. I never mind moving. I've done it a fair bit in my life.

    1. It's a very sweet book, but Matt doesn't care for any of my childhood books - I think maybe one had to be inducted into the cult!


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