Time To Say Goodbye

Time to……Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli is singing in my ear)

Happy New Year to each and every one of you!  Thank you for taking the time to read our blog during this holiday weekend!  We hope you have fun plans to celebrate 2023.

Last week I talked about going to the Hanukkah party at Temple B’rith Shalom.  It was very nice.  The food was great.  Always nice to eat potato pancakes that you don’t have to make (when I do, it’s quite messy). The people were lovely.  Many came up to us to welcome us to the area and temple.  We even found out a few couples live in the same neighborhood as we do.  

Many people were staring at me for a bit, then came up and asked, “has anyone told you you look like Liza Minnelli?”  Nope, never heard that before (Ha Ha)  Overall, it was a very fun evening.  Jerry really enjoyed himself as well.  He’s such a good sport.  Trust me, I have attended many Sunday morning church services in our 22 years of marriage.  We make it work!

Christmas weekend was a bit tough, to be honest.  We ended up going for sushi for our Christmas dinner.  Yes, even in a landlocked state, it was pretty darn good.  Normally, we would have had chinese, but W & Z Asian Bistro is an Asian Fusion place and we both felt like sushi.  Hey, gotta live it up a little on occasion.  Next year, we are hoping to be in CA with the family.  One can only hope and plan.  

An update on our new home.  We now have couches, dining table and chairs, refrigerator, washer/dryer, bedroom furniture for both master and guest, two TV’s (which have been mounted on walls), carpets, trash cans, bar stools, dishes, glasses, etc.  You get the drift.  We had to buy everything.  You just do not realize what you need in a home until you have nothing but what you had in the RV.  Living a minimal life is not so bad, trust me.  We did just fine for 18 months. But, when you are in a home, you need things.  A refrigerator is a good thing to have, don’t you think? 

The house is coming together. It’s looking quite nice actually.  We definitely need some art for the walls, but that will come later.  We had 4 estimates for the backyard landscaping.  YIKES!  That is going to be a process, but it will look great once it’s done.  Before pics here, after pictures later!!  

This week has been so incredibly crazy with getting ready to sell Madge (RV), and dealing with South Dakota releasing the title.  Fun fact!  SD has a paper shortage and I had to fill out a form to have them release it to be mailed to me so I can mail it to the new owners.  Yep, a bit stressful as the new owners need the title, of course.  Good news is that I gave them a SD bill of sale and will overnight the title as soon as I get it.  They are putting it in storage until April as they live in North Dakota and aren’t camping for a few months. 

Yes, they drove to AZ from ND to pick up Madge!  I just found out they hit a horrible ice storm in New Mexico on their way back.  Took them 9 hours to drive 200 miles.  How scary!!  Very, very nice people!  I only hope they enjoy Madge (sure they will change the name) as much as we did.  They have been looking at this model for quite a while and really wanted it.  Of course, the price I listed it for was also enticing.  We made out ok as well!

Saying goodbye was very tough for me!  I don’t mean to keep on about this, but this was my dream and it only lasted 18 months.  I know, I know, at least we did it.  I can absolutely feel very good about that.  I will NEVER say, “what if.”  It was amazing.

I cried as I saw Madge leave, I cried when I got home, and I cried myself to sleep.  Not really sure why I was so upset after really soul searching this.  I know this is the right move for us.  Especially for Jerry.  I just loved the lifestyle, just not the travel days.  Ok, enough of the pity party.  Time to move on!  

I’m back to walking every day (Thank goodness).  Jerry and I walked to the clubhouse this morning to work out at the incredible gym we have and then had a great walk back.  They have all types of activities.  You’re only as bored as you want to be.  We plan on taking some classes and participating in a few activities to meet people.  We shall see how long that lasts, but in the meantime, why not take advantage of all that is available, right? 

We have been invited over for dinner at a couple’s place in Prescott for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Prescott at the courthouse.  They drop a 6 foot boot (like in NYC with the ball).  We met Phyllis and Ross at the temple last week.  They have a home about a mile from the courthouse downtown.  They are kind enough to be bringing food from Chompies, a NY deli with locations all over Arizona, just not in Prescott.  I cannot wait for pastrami and corn beef!!  It’s been a while.  Then we will walk to the courthouse to experience the festivities of Prescott for New Year’s.  Live music and fireworks, should be a fun time. We hope you have a fun time as well whatever you are doing after you read this blog! 

Just One More….New Year’s celebration (our first in Prescott)


  1. Barb says:

    Susan, I have enjoyed following you both for the last 18 months. Every blog was very interesting and fun to read. I admired your courage to tour the USA and to read about the friends you met along the way. To quote Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way”. Bravo to you and Jerry for having the guts to follow your dream. But now it’s time to enjoy your new home and make more adventures.
    Happy New Year.
    Barb (WW member)

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    1. Thank you so very much!!! Happy new year


  2. madrishifi says:

    I’m glad you’re settling in nicely! There is a company called Goldbelly. They ship fresh food from all over the country. I got Mikey bagels from NY for Hanukkah! They smelled so good. Arrived individually wrapped and were fresh as can be. CA is trying to end 7 years of drought in 2 weeks. We’ve had over 7″! 18 days to Goodyear! Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Thanks for that recommendation!!!! I bet Mikey was so happy!! I’m sure you’re counting down!!


  3. Meryl says:

    You are getting settled with furniture faster than anyone I know! It always took me so long to choose furnishings for the house; as usual you are amazing. Wishing you and Jerry a very Happy New Year (it is pouring here in CA! Yay!) and peace and happiness in your new home. Hugs, Meryl

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    1. ❤️❤️❤️❤️


  4. Carin says:

    How fun. Have a wonderful time. I dressed up in black and white for our celebration. Sadly it’s flannel as Howard is down sick.

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  5. Linda says:

    Happy New Year to you both and happy new adventures as you discover all Prescott has to offer. Sounds like people are super friendly and welcoming. Can’t wait to hear more!❤️Linda

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  6. Leslie says:

    Congratulations to you and good luck!

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  7. Sebastian says:

    As a short story writer, reading this blog post filled me with emotions. The writer’s sadness at saying goodbye to their RV, Madge, really hit me hard. I could feel their sadness as they watched Madge drive away and as they cried themselves to sleep. It’s a heartbreaking moment, but I could also feel the writer’s determination to move forward and make the best decision for themselves and their loved ones. It’s a poignant reminder that change is often difficult, but ultimately necessary for growth and happiness.

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    1. Thank you for your insight! It was a very difficult time for me! But, I do love change and I’m embracing it. I appreciate your message!!

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