Preserving Our Health

Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 by Tammy in Blog, Simplifying | Leave a comment (42)

DSCN0767 (640x480)Temporary illnesses end in the gradual returning of faculties or the seemingly instantaneous spring in one’s step.  I experienced the latter after my recent dealings with a medication reaction.

We were hemming and hawing about cancelling our weekend getaway to the San Antonio Riverwalk.  After all, the focal point of all our trips is walking and lots of it.  Several weeks of aches and extreme fatigue did not seem conducive to a Weekend Walk-a-thon, yet we kept our plans.

Hope Around the Bend

The drive takes not three hours, and we were checked in to the hotel and on the winding walk around the river by early afternoon.  To say that the next three days were quintessential perfect days is a huge understatement.

Not a trace of the aches and pains remained as we strolled the weekend away.  The air not cold nor warm on our skin paired with the clear blue skies provided the antidote no doctor could prescribe.  We followed the paved path that winds it way through the commercial mecca of restaurants and trinket shops.

We walked beyond the fabricated entertainment to where the path had been extended and explored new territories.

Sir Jolly ordered his pints and I suffered through tasty teas at our favorite local spots. 

What happens on many of these little getaways is that our usual daily conversations take on a different tone.  As we strolled along, my proclamations of a complete recovery were met with smiles and a gentle hand reaching out to take mine.  It was as if we were making a commercial for the San Antonio Riverwalk – the kind that makes you want to vomit a little in your mouth and refill your drink before The Voice comes back on. 

Taking Stock

Why not be happy and settle in a bit, enjoy the scenery and the large, orange squirrels we rarely see in Houston?  While we did, the meanderings on foot and in our conversations led us down a road we had been traveling with more frequency in recent months:  New Abode Road.

We are in our early 40s and running two successful businesses, so why not?

The weekend of perambulations and fall zephyrs had come to an end.  Gravity pressed us once again to Earth.  We knew what needed to be done.

By the time we’d had breakfast on Sunday morning and took our final walk along the river, by the time we hopped into our tiny car and headed east on Interstate 10, we knew that our house was not long for our world.

In fact, no house will be in our world.  

Healthy, happy, and houseless.  



And you, Jolly one?  What schemes and dreams are you tinkering with these days?  Please share in Comments.

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42 comments about "Preserving Our Health"

  1. A change of environment can, indeed, be the best tonic there is. So glad you felt (are feeling) better. Does this reading hint that you are selling your house? Or have you already? We freed ourselves of our house in Colorado and all its trappings and have been traveling in our RV since May 2012. We could never have predicted the opportunities and adventures that has opened up to us – surprises we hadn’t planned. Loving it – and loving your philosophy for doing so. I couldn’t agree more.
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    • Barbara!! I love that line: We could never have predicted the opportunities and adventures that has opened up to us – surprises we hadn’t planned.

      The house is officially up for sale. Like you, we look forward to the adventures that lie ahead.

      We so appreciate your comments and wish you the merriest of Mondays!

  2. Welcome back!!!! I’ve missed you so, but absolutely understand the need for a break to heal. I’m glad you’re healthy and happy.

    Now, about that move…what a tease! No hint of where? No house at all? Will you rent somewhere that has wonderful walking paths? I’m so excited to see where this new twist will lead!

    Happy Holidays ~
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    • Ree!! Ah, you know us too well. The ability to be able to walk out our front door and hit the road are essential. Yes, we will be renting close by! You know our one requirement: squirrels!

      Our business is here and so shall we be, for now!

      Sometimes health scares give us an extra nudge in the directions of our dreams. I thank you for your well wishes. I’m back and only a little older! ;)

      Many wishes for you and your honey pie for the happiest of holidays!

  3. Hey Tammy…so glad that you are feeling well and that your weekend was perfectly quintessential :)

    No house!? Hmmmm…I wonder where this will lead you both. A home on wheels perhaps? The Honeymoon suite at the Waldorf?

    One thing I’m sure, whichever path you both decide to take, it will always be home.

    Take care and happy holidays to you both :)

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    • Lyle! What?! You didn’t get our letter?? We are moving in with you and sweet kitty! Wait! CJ’s allergic…this won’t work at all. Plus, you’re very independent. We’re rather quiet though, and there is the possibility of guitar duets. I’d need to pick up an instrument. Tambourine has always intrigued me.

      So good to hear from you! We will be renting a small apartment in the area. Our business is here. As you know, word of mouth is extremely important. It’s taken us 7 (me) and 9 (CJ) years to establish trust and prove ourselves. Houston is home – for now!

      CJ and I are going to have a Christmas sing along. He’s been practicing on guitar. My vocal skills are always ready – full of missed words and a bit off-key!
      Merry, happy holidays to you too, Lyle!

  4. All right, I’m giving you guys a standing ovation…

    Congrats on making the break, and I can’t wait to see where life takes you!

    As for us, we have officially decided to take our 29way foot sailboat down the Mississippi next summer, and make our next home in Clear Lake (the actual lake, not just the neighborhood!) or on Galveston Bay.

    I think you’ll enjoy the freedom of being houseless. :-)
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    • Bethany!! It looks like 2014 is going to be a great one for you. What a plan! Standing ovation right back at you!

      It is one more adventure in the grand scheme of things. We’re up for it. It was either that or buy a TV and call it a year. ;)

      Have a great holiday season and thanks for chiming in and sharing your thoughts!

  5. Yay for unloading the house! Although I have to wonder if you plan to change up business so it becomes portable? I think you long for a bigger change than just getting rid of the house.

    Hey, can I throw my house in with yours and make it a two-for-one sale? My daughter can’t finish high school fast enough so I can make my move. ;-)

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and were able to enjoy your trip!
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    • Lori!! Yes, a two for one deal sounds like a great idea. Winter home in TX, summer home in PA!

      We can only make one big change at a time, and we plan to ride the fun of this one for a little bit.

      Super delicious holidays to you, LS!

  6. Oh Tammy and CJ, you crazy little squirrels. Firstly, I am glad to hear you are feeling better.

    I am always amazed about the clarity one discovers whilst walking, There is something truly magical about it. Although I didn’t expect a small move on the cards, but at the same time, it to ally makes sense.

    I hope the move turns out to be a great choice, and look forward to reading your adventures.

    I have missed you two.
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    • MAD!! Walking is the one activity on which I can depend for clarity. Much cheaper than therapy, and I’ve yet to seriously injure myself…knock knock on wood.

      It is a small but large move. I am about to feel 1,400 sq feet lighter!

      So happy to hear from you always!

  7. I’d just been wondering / worrying that I’d fallen off your list, somehow – and was about to call up the site to see if you’d been posting and just not telling me!
    Happy to see ^that’s^ not the case (I hate feeling a need to throw shoes at my computer) ~ Sorry to see that you’ve been ill (damn those drugs that make us feel worse instead of better!) ~ Happy again, to see that you’re feeling enough better to scoot over to SA for a delightful weekend.
    Buon Fortuna in the adventure of selling your house! That 1400sq.ft. off your shoulders will make an amazing difference.
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    • Karen J!! Thank you for your kind words. Computers are precious, so keep those shoes on. ;) Yes, 1,400 sq feet less will feel nice. While home ownership really works for many people, it’s just not for us right now.

      I hope you’re having a great holiday season!

  8. Missed you! Glad you are well again and have exciting new plans.

    • Hello Linda May!! Many thanks. It will sure make for an exciting new year. We are up for a new adventure. Even if it’s local!

  9. Oh! I had so missed you and thought I’d “fallen off the list”! So happy to see I’ve not!
    So sorry to hear you’ve been ill but thrilled you are on the mend.

    I wish for you both a most wonderful holiday time and may 2014 bring you even more love, laughter, squirrels, happiness and what you desire.

    I am presently with my family and sister’s family in the Florida Keys and let me tell you, I’ve taken quite a few walks thinking of you and Sir Jolly and how much it has done you good, feeling that it is doing me good too!

    This change of pace has truly helped clarify our direction and it’s turned out we’re (hubby and me) in the same one! Looking forward to sharing our stories in the New Year!

    • Dale!! I love to hear that you and hubby are happily headed in the same direction. It does make for more fun!

      The walk is the best cure I have found yet. As long as I can do it, I will. I figure if I keep walking then it should be hard to stop being able to do so. I am happy you’re finding your perambulations are beneficial and look forward to hearing about your new adventures in the new year!

      Enjoy your time in the Keys!

  10. Congratulations! I hope you are feeling better. It seems that 2014 will be an exciting year for you. I hope you find long walks and happy squirrels wherever you land!
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    • Meri!! Yes, I am all better and hope to stay that way as long as I can! Happy squirrels are a must – or at least some species of animal with adorable antics. The walks are a little chillier these days, and so the squirrels are a bit fussy. We do see a few rogue fellows which delights us to no end. Of course, I do wonder what the people think as we appear to be talking to their trees!

      Our best wishes for you in the new year!

  11. So good to have you back and on the mend! Orange squirrels?! I never knew they existed. In some parts of NJ, there are black squirrels–quite a sight to behold! Wherever your journeys may take you, I hope they are jolly and joyful!
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    • Joy!! How fine to see you here. Black squirrels?!? What a sight to behold. I must see one!

      The journeys must be joyful and jolly – or we must make them that way, no?

      I hope you and your family are gearing up for a ton of tickles kind of new year!

  12. You have been missed! So glad to have you back and that you are feeling better.
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  13. I am going to be houseless soon enough as well, hopefully what lies ahead will not be what we imagined it to be, but not what we fear it to be either. But a combination of both and much else besides. As such is the nature of the best experiences of life.

    Best of luck!
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    • Ragnar!! How beautiful. It would be easy to hope for the “perfect place,” would it not? But such a place does not exist, so we will all go forth and experience it all in full. I look forward to hearing of your adventures.

      Many warm wishes for a dash, traipse, or saunter into the new year!

  14. Good to hear that things are going well for you.

    As for my goals…

    They’re secret. I’m usually pretty public about my ambitions, but for the next months I’m going to be a bit more secretive and see if it makes a difference on motivation & execution.
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  15. This is weird timing because I almost went to San Antonio last weekend. Both my wife and I had the weekend off so we were thinking about going, but we ended up way too tired from the holidays to go. Seriously we were exhausted. Plus, I was getting over a cold too. The similarities in our stories are pretty cool. I was coughing and sneezing a lot. It wouldn’t have made much sense to go under those circumstances.

    It’s good to hear that you’re getting over your sickness. Those times can be rough. If only I could be permanently healthy and never get sick.
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    • Steve!! Hello and Happy New Year! I am glad to hear you’re feeling better.

      Have you been to San Antonio? We love the not-so-commercial parts of the Riverwalk. They have really added on with some cool hang outs – King William District and now at the other end near Pearl Brewery. Tons of fun – even when I was recuperating!

      Here’s to a healthy and happy New Year for everyone!

  16. Nice to hear from you! I hope you’re well and that your plan is coming together.

    I’m dying to know what the New Adobe Road is… I may be interpreting things through my own world, but I have to imagine you’re talking about a home on wheels. We just spent the last week in the camper checking out the desert. Even if it’s not a permanent thing, a home on wheels works wonders and makes getaways simple (and therefore more frequent). Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
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    • FF!! The desert sounds lovely, and we feel very happy in desert climates. Perhaps one day we will live there!

      Our new abode is an apartment in the same city- and, how funny is this, it’s practically just down the road! It is our best way of making our home environment top notch while still being able to run our business. Being on the road wouldn’t work for teaching guitar and young readers and writers, but traveling more is definitely in the plans. It’s one of the biggest reasons for letting go of the house. I’m definitely not attached to it, and it hinders our freedom!

      It is so good to hear from you, and I hope you’re dancing merrily into your 2014! The desert….ah, the desert…

  17. If you haven’t already done so, try the Cream of Earl Grey tea if you can find it. It’s one of my favourites.

    Also, just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for being one of the top commenters on my blog for 2013. I really appreciate it :)
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    • SSS!!! I have not tried that tea, but I would love to do so. Although I am more of a coffee drinker, I think tea is delightful and hope to expand my horizons a bit.

      You are very welcome about commenting. It really was my pleasure! I hope your new year is off to a great start!

  18. Happy New Year! Glad to hear you are feeling better, and congrats on moving forward and putting the house on the market. I know a sunny place by a lovely Guatemalan lake with perfect paths to walk if you find a way to teach via Skype :)
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    • Pauline!!! Now that does sound nice! We have a friend visiting from Wisconsin and told her about you and BF…your whole adventure, and now you give me this idea…kismet. ;)

      Happy New Year!

  19. What a way to start a new year. I love the idea of owning my home but it’s not practical for me at this point in life. Good luck with your move.
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    • Lois!! Happy New Year! Your home is so inspiring, and I have thought of it more than once in this whole process.

      If I could own a small space, I’m not sure I would – ours was 1,400 sq feet and waaaay too much space for me! I have thought of a tiny home on more than one occasion, but the idea of someone else fixing the A/C unit is really appealing. We have had many, many incidents during this process when I say things like, “Reason #782 why we should have never owned a home.”

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

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