Hello from Atlanta!

Jerry and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are so grateful to all of you who have been following our journey these past almost 18 months!  

We have had the best time in Georgia visiting with my relatives on my mom’s side, and meeting cousins I had no idea about.  My cousin Susan and her family, Ken, Max and Haley, have been amazing to us.  Susan’s father, Herb is 97 years old, with a memory that is completely unbelievable!  He was married to my mom’s cousin Helen.  Unfortunately, Helen passed right after my mom passed in 2020.

Herb continues to remind me of when my parents and I visited them in Charleston 40+ years ago.  He served in WWII in the navy and tells us so many stories from that time.  Truly inspirational!!  We are so grateful to be spending time with family during Thanksgiving as this is the first in years that we have not been with our immediate families.  It has been wonderful.

We have eaten very well here, and it’s been very international.  Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Cuban and of course, Jewish bagels, lox and cream cheese.  We were in heaven.  Susan is a wonderful cook.  So is the rest of her family.  I had the best time swapping recipes with her son, Max.  We had dinner together pretty much every night, except maybe one.  Family dinners! We have totally missed those.

Susan is very crafty and has a wonderful business. Please check out my cousin’s beautiful gifts.

She taught me to make these beautiful blankets, and I taught her how to make knitted caps.  We had the best time sitting around knitting, talking, and just spending time with family.  

As you are reading this, we are heading west.  For those of you who have been following us this entire time, you might remember that we were going to Florida for the winter.  Well, we have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 

Jerry and I decided that we are ready to get off the road and back into a home.  There have been many factors to this decision; the main one being the travel days.  As exciting as it is to get to a new destination, the reality is that the travel days are pretty stressful.  Especially when you do not know the area you are driving.  We have had numerous GPS malfunctions that would give anyone nightmares.  Also, we both actually miss living in a home.  Which, I did not think I would feel that way. I really thought I would never live in a home again.  Well, remember being taught, never say never??  Lesson learned (again).

We miss having a community. As I have mentioned numerous times, this lifestyle can be lonely. Jerry misses his garden and a garage (the new home has a 2.5 car garage, so Jerry’s ecstatic) I’m excited to meet new friends.  We found a ukulele group we will see about joining! For those of you who are new, we used to belong to a ukulele band! 

After numerous discussions and soul searching, we made the decision to settle in Prescott Valley, AZ.  Why there, you ask?  After spending 3.5 months in Maine, I really thought we would end up there.  But, honestly, I cannot live in 6 months of winter.  We actually thought of buying a place there and then leaving in winter for Florida.  We even thought of living in the RV for 6 months in Maine and 6 months in Florida.

After really thinking about that, we decided that wouldn’t work for us.  I love Maine and would have lived there in a minute, but the winters… We also have our families and many lifelong friends that are on the west coast.  We knew when we left California, we would not go back for numerous reasons.  We thought about Oregon and Washington, and ended up deciding that Prescott was the place for us.  

Why?  It has 4 seasons.  It doesn’t get extreme weather. The elevation is 5367, which is great.  As you know, I would never live in extreme heat.  There are a few days in summer it will get in the 90’s and maybe a 100 here and there, but it cools down at night.  The winters get cold, but when it snows, it doesn’t last long.  Prescott has great medical care (very important at this age).  There are a lot of outdoor activities and history to explore.  We will be 1 hour from Sedona, 1.5 to Flagstaff, 1.5 hours from Phoenix.

Two weeks ago, I left Jerry in Charleston and flew to Prescott to look at homes.  It was the first time I had flown since 2019. This from someone who flew every month on business.  Needless to say, I was a bit apprehensive.  It was fine! The planes were packed however. But, I got there and back with no issues (thank goodness).

This is the first time we have ever shopped for a home without both of us looking together.  The reason we did this was the fact that there is a development there that was selling out.  We needed to see the area.  So, Jerry said, “You go, you know what you like.” Uh, ok…….

Jerry had reached out to a real estate agent there months ago while we were kicking around where we would end up.  Kristy was amazing.  She picked me up the minute I reached the Hampton Inn in Prescott Valley and had a list of pre-owned homes to look at, as well as brand new builds.  

After not liking any of the pre-owned homes, she took me to the development.  There was a home that was almost finished that, unfortunately, the woman had to back out on.  I thought I was only going to be looking at the lots and the model homes.  Well, when I walked into this home I knew this was the place.  

It was not quite finished, but I could visualize us living there.  I immediately got Jerry on FaceTime and showed him around.  I put a deposit on it right then and there.  Escrow will close on December 20th.  We changed our entire winter plans to head to Arizona right after Thanksgiving.  I had reservations all the way to Oct 8th of 2023.  That was a fun time canceling everything.  NOT!  But, we decided, “Why stay on the east coast, let’s get to Prescott.”

Remember, we sold EVERYTHING!!!  We have no furniture or appliances and get to start completely over.  We will be selling the RV and the truck. Then we need to purchase 2 cars as well!.

We will arrive on December 4th and start shopping.  We have already ordered our washer/dryer and refrigerator from Costco to be delivered on December 22nd (hopefully).  We will live in the RV for 16 days (might be a challenge as it is cold there in December ).  The final walk through is on December 20th, and we can move in right away.  

The home is in Prescott Valley, where my best friend, CJ’s grandson, Seth, lives.  While in Prescott, Seth showed me around, and we had dinner on Whiskey Row, which is the historic area of Prescott. There is a lot of history there.  Also, another friend of mine, Alice, is moving there as well.  How fun to know at least a couple of people.  

We have a granddaughter that lives in Scottsdale, and our soon to be niece, her parents, have a winter home in the Phoenix area along with other friends we have met along the way that live in different cities in AZ.  The best part, it’s only a 1.5 hour flight to CA. 

We will be traveling for 7 days to get to Prescott, so please make sure to tune in next week for more adventures.  We will be continuing the blog and YouTube as we transition from RV back to a home!  This should be very interesting!!  

We are excited to start another chapter of our lives.  It is never boring with The Sappingtons. 

Just One More…..house to decorate (this will be 6 in 22 years of marriage)

22 Comments

  1. Paul & Jean says:

    Arizona is lucky to have you two call it home!!

    We look forward to seeing you guys from time to time as we love to spend time in Prescott…… and the best thing is they have a Costco 🙂

    Congrats on your decision, we look forward to catching up in person sometime in 2023!

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    1. We are so excited that we are close to you both. Can’t wait to catch up next year

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  2. Amy Kittiver says:

    wow…surprise!!! What a great adventure for you both. Mazel Tov on your new home. All the best to you and Jerry in 2023 and Beyond!!!!

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    1. Thank you. Promise we will get to Vermont to visit!!!!!

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  3. Carin says:

    Wohoo. Congratulations. I’ve never been there. 😉. 😂. Look forward to hearing more about your new home. It’s great that you already have some people there to point you in the right direction as well. But with your out going personalities I have no doubt you’ll develop a new community of friends in no time. ❤️❤️

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    1. You must come visit. It’s a beautiful area! Lots of great hiking!!

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      1. Brenda Patrick says:

        Congratulations on “next phase of life”.
        Though…. I list a bet. Marty said 2 years I said 5.
        Brenda

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      2. Too funny!!!!! I thought it would be 5. It’s Jerry’s decision. And since he’s the driver, he’s done. It’s been stressful. 🥲😓

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  4. Terri Sass says:

    So happy you had an amazing adventure and took us along with you! Enjoy your beautiful new home in Arizona! New homes are so much fun!

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    1. Thank you. More blogs coming!!!

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  5. Linda says:

    WOW!! My jaw dropped with your news, but I knew RV life wasn’t going to be forever. Sounds like you made your decision after a big taste of reality on all levels! Your choice of Arizona sound terrific. That area sure is beautiful. And close to California! No matter where you are, you will make many friends. How absolutely fun to furnish and redecorate a new home. Yes, it’s a lot of decisions to be sure, but I’d like to bomb the inside of my house and start again, so I’m excited to enjoy your challenge vicariously!! Can’t wait to see more pictures. Is this a 55+ community??

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    1. It is not. And that’s ok. It is a HOA community. 3 clubhouse. Pools pickle ball courts etc. $55.00 a month. Crazy uh?

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  6. Joanne R says:

    I’m happy for you guys. I know how hard all this change has been, however, you have enjoyed an amazing 18 months on the road. I for one, will miss your weekly postings. I felt I was traveling along sharing with you!!! Your new place sounds nice, and we will have an opportunity when we are in Palm Desert to visit you. I have a good friend in Sedona area and one in Phoenix area.. have time share in the area!!!
    Another adventure for you, each one has been carefully thought out..🙏 for safe travels and new beginning

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    1. Thank you. The blogs and videos will be continued!!!! Stayed tuned for next week.

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  7. Teresa Hudson-Floyd says:

    Congratulations, sounds like y’all have a wonderful plan, hate that we will not get to meet up in Florida over the winter but we will be sure to look you guys up someday when we travel to AZ. I love AZ and miss my works travels there. Merry Christmas and happy shopping.
    Michael and Teresa Floyd

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    1. Please do!!!!! We would love that.

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  8. Wow! Congratulations! You have packed so much adventure into the last 18 months. I can not fathom my hubby and I being good RVers. I can’t wait to hear about the newest chapter of your lives. Happy Holidays! – Pattie Mendelson

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    1. Thank you!!! Can’t wait to see you on zoom soon!!!

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  9. Cynthia Sogomonian says:

    That’s amazing that you found the perfect house so quickly! I’m sure you will have a lot of us visitors coming through. I am wintering in Florida in the RV spring will bring me out of hibernation and, hopefully, up the East Coast.

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    1. How’s Florida?? And would love you to come visit!!!!

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  10. suziq3131151 says:

    Omg!!!!!!
    What a big change in plans, climate and living style. Best of luck to you in Prescott Susan! My brother and his wife live in phoenix but it’s too hot for me there. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up in Prescott sone day
    If you hear of a really nice ‘senior living community’ there,can you let me know the name of it?
    Thanks. Suzanne
    Sent from my iPad

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    1. And that’s why we’re moving to Prescott area because they have four seasons and they do not have extreme weather for any of those seasons. There is no way in heck I would live in Phoenix or any part of Arizona. That is not cool during the summer well cool, as in under 120° for sure!

      There are plenty of senior, living facilities there! But I will get them for you no problem.

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