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    I still read the forum everyday but haven't been posting to much lately so I figured I'd do a catch-up post.

    My hand continues to improve but I'm still pretty much on light duty with it. It's been busy around here though, just not with any of the toys. I sold a 472 Caddy builder I'd been holding on to (the proceeds going in to the Poly/Hemi build).


    There's a small local car show for the local Little League on Saturday that Cade and I will take the 57 Plymouth to.......probably its last outing before it gets torn apart for the Power Steering conversion.


    I've been shuffling the cars around a bit. I picked up what looks to be a well maintain 60,000 mile 03 Eclipse for Donna. The 77 Mustang she's been driving will go reside in storage shed as a backup and I think I have a buyer for her 84 El Camino.


    The biggest project right now is a new house on the concrete pad I had originally poured for a 50 X 60 shop. After thinking and talking about it for the last few years we decided that putting in a manufactured home makes more sense for us than a shop.


    My wife and I both love the house we have, especially the view. In all honesty though it's almost too big for us and would be way too big for just one person when one of us passes. The house does fine for now but if either of us ends up on a walker or wheel chair we'll run into mobility issues getting around in it (narrow hallways and doors and small bathrooms). Short of ripping out the inside of the house and doing a complete remodel there's not an easy fix for that. I watched my mom go thru that as she went from cane to walker to wheel chair to power wheel chair in her house and that caused a big shift in my priorities.


    The house were putting in is relatively small (38 X 28Ö.a bit over 1000 Sq Ft) but should still be comfortable and we'll still have the view of the mountains and hills. Our property is about 2 Ĺ acres and with the storage buildings, trees etc you canít see one house from the other so each has a sense of privacy.


    Right now Iím in the process getting the pad ready and getting the utilities in. 3 of my 4 fence lines are City/County dividing lines. Iím in the county but connected to the City water and sewer so I have to deal with both for permitting.


    We actually don't have any plans to move into the new house for least a few years, in the mean time we'll use it as a guest house. When the time comes to move the plan is for our daughter to move into the "big" house. Missy will probably have at least one (maybe 2) of the Grandkids still in school and living with her when that happens so Donna and I will be handy to keep an eye on them while sheís at work. If and when Donna and/or I get to the point where we need help or canít drive then it will be payback time and Missy can keep an eye on us .


    So anyway thatís whatís going on going on at Mikeís place right now.



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    Good to hear everything is all going good Mike. It sounds like you definitely are moving things in a good direction for you and your wife's future. I know many that have not and now are having a really tough time dealing with it.
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    She had quite a bad heart turn a bit over 18 months ago. After having stents inserted She's back to about 75% of what She was. So we too decided to a) downsize the house and eliminate stairs, and b) move closer to town.
    Where we are now is 45 minutes from town, (although I've done it in 23 mins in the Cobra,) and the section we bought (Our New Selection, if you want to why it's called that, Google it,) is just 10 minutes from town, (and the hospital,) and just under 2 acres as against our current 15 acres.
    With bureaucracy and bungling it has taken us nearly 18 months to get it to completion...so good luck Mike. And I can understand the logic of the way you thought it through: we're all getting older, but it's sure as hell the better option!

    And getting your ducks in a row now, when you can, is better than having to get them in a row when you absolutely have to.
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    ".......It sounds like you definitely are moving things in a good direction for you and your wife's future. I know many that have not and now are having a really tough time dealing with it......"

    "...... And getting your ducks in a row now, when you can, is better than having to get them in a row when you absolutely have to......"

    Ryan, John I think your both right. Seeing what Mom went thru in the 6 years after her stroke was an eye opener and left a pretty deep impression. Every time I came back from seeing her made me look at our house with a different perspective. We are in a position to do this now (and it's not going to get any cheaper as time goes by) so it's a good time to do it. I'm also still in good enough condition that once the house is in I can add the deck and carport (with the help of Cade) that I want.

    The other thing we're doing to protect the property and our investment is putting the property and houses in an irrevocable trust for the Grandkids. That was actually an even harder decision to come to than putting in the new house. After seeing what Medicaid can take away if god forbid either Donna or I have to go on it, we figured it's what we needed to do. Medicaid has a 5 year "look back" window where trusts and gifts can still be taken to recoup Medicaid costs so we wanted to get that clock started.

    Slowly but surely I'm working thru the "to do list". I'll be glad when I can get back to the simple things like building another car.



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