On July 3, 2021, we had the pleasure of joining Valerie’s sisters and their families for a day trip outing to Chesapeake Beach, MD. Jeff’s parents have a home in Chesapeake Beach which is on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
Once again, we turn the page on a new chapter. We are moving to Maryland. In January of 2020, Valerie’s Mom, Mae moved to Maryland to live with one of Valerie’s sisters who lives in Germantown, MD. Valerie’s other sister lives about 30 miles away in Arlington, VA. Valerie and I stayed around to oversee the sale of Mae’s house in Torrance, CA. The sale closed in late February.
At that point, our plan was to visit some friends and move around at a leisurely pace. The pandemic forced us to change those plans and stay put and were allowed to spend the spring and summer at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Wanting to get back closer to Southern California, in September 2020, we started a one year lease for a tiny home in Desert Hot Springs at the Caliente Springs Resort. During the winter, we considered the possibility of buying a place at Caliente Springs and/or buying an RV as a way to resume some domestic travel.
Ultimately, we’ve decided to move to Maryland. This will allow Valerie to be close to her sisters and help out her Mom. We took a trip out there recently to visit and while there we rented a one bedroom apartment in Germantown. We are now back in California and will be renting a U-Haul trailer to drag our belongings out to the east coast, departing on May 26.
Yes, this will be a big change, but we’ve become accustomed to change during the 10 years since we stopped working. I lived in Northern Virginia for many years back in the 1980’s so I have some familiarity with the geography and the weather. Also, this will put us closer to my family members in Kentucky and Tennessee. Still a meaningful distance away but definitely closer.
Time to move on.
We’ve had a significant absence from any update in our articles. There have been some notable changes during that time and deserve to be mentioned. And, of course, we know that big changes came to us all in recent weeks. So, allow us to review the past few months.
On November 16, Valerie’s son Jason and his wife Ashley hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for a small family group. They had a beautiful spread and everyone contributed some dishes to round out the menu. It was a terrific dinner and a fun day visiting with family.
We thank Jason and Ashley for putting together this event.
The 2019 installment of the Cooper family reunion held at Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake took place on November 8-10. Not much changed, which is a good thing. Good times and good food.
On the front end we spend a couple of nights with my sister Sheila in Tullahoma, TN, and afterwards we visited my brother on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky.
Our thanks to everyone for helping to make it a terrific visit with the family, particularly to Sheila, Hew and Nancy for their hospitality.