So 2015 is over and we’re entering 2016. I love the start of a new year, it gives me time to reflect on last year and then start looking forward to the new year. I heard on the news the other day that the number one New Year’s Resolution was to Live Life to the Fullest. I like that one and have been trying to do that more and more within the past couple of years. During this past year I have seen my dad’s Alzheimer’s move quicker than we’d like to see but it has made me more aware that life can be short and it’s so important to make sure you enjoy each day. Over the past couple of years I have been making the trek over to my parents house at least once a month but since May it’s been about two times a month. Time with them is precious to me and I make it a point to include them in my life and me in theirs. When I visit it gives me the chance to do some house cleaning for them.
Besides visiting my parents more often, we have also been looking to buy some land in upstate New York (the real upstate New York, near the Canadian border). We have put 1,000’s of miles on our vehicles and have viewed 100’s of properties. My husband is a hunter and he wants land that he can hunt on and I want land that we can build a house on in a couple of years. We found the perfect property in West Stockholm, NY. We’re just waiting for the paperwork to be finalized and in 2016 we’ll become New York Property owners. Hopefully in 2017 we’ll become NY Homeowners.
Throughout 2016 we’ll be finalizing what home we want built on our land. Will it be stick built or a log home? Both of us are hoping a log home but it’ll depend on our budget. Down the road from us there is a new log home going in. The new owners have opened their doors to us stopping by whenever we’d like to take a look at the process. They’ve shared some lessons they’ve learned along the way (plan your building time frame so you can stain the outside before the cold weather hits, double and triple check the orders for the kitchen). They used Coventry Log Homes out of New Hampshire. Here’s a sneak peek into the house that I am in LOVE with (although the bed rooms are a little small).
Isn’t this a beautiful home? It’ll look perfect nestled in our woods. We even have some great rocks on the property that we can use to build a rock garden similar to their front yard.
Earlier I was mentioning my father and Alzheimer’s. During the past couple of years I’ve had to talk to my mom about mourning the dreams that she had about her and my dad and their retirement years. She had always hoped that they would be able to travel but that won’t be able to happen. With that in mind, my husband and I started planning the one and only thing that has ever been on my bucket list – Route 66. I have always dreamed of driving cross country and stopping at those unusual places like; world’s largest ketchup bottle, biggest ball of yarn, etc. Driving through the plains, desert and west coast. Stopping by Branson, MO, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, seeing my friend in OKC. I am beyond excited for this trip and spend a lot of my spare hours at night reading about our journey.
Have you ever driven across country? Ever completed something on your bucket list? If so, tell me all about it. I love to hear stories about other people’s bucket list items or adventures.
So, what do you have planned for 2016?