Monthly Archives: September 2015

Here, you need this

Bill bought me a Fitbit®. Do you think that he was trying to tell me something? Actually we’d been talking about wanting some way to track our activity, or lack of, since we anticipate walking a whole lot more than we do now once we move to Carcassonne. Considering that we won’t have a car it should be a relatively easy goal to achieve of the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

But just how far is that? It’s about 5 miles. I read that a sedentary person takes between 1,000 and 3,000 steps a day so you really do have to make a conscious effort to get up to make it up to the much higher level. If we make daily trips to the bakery, cafe, market, etc., and long walks along the Aude river and the Canal-du-Midi with Heather then we shouldn’t have any problem. Read the rest of this entry

Non-labor day weekend

LakeviewThis is where we spent Sunday afternoon. Pretty incredible view, don’t you think? It may have been Labor Day weekend but we abstained from any work thanks to a kind invitation from our friends Karen and Trish. They were back in town and invited us over to their lakeside home to catch up on all the news. With this blog out there our move to France is obviously no secret yet it was still wonderful to talk about it with them in person. Although our water views of the river and the canal in Carcassonne will be considerably different from what they see, we look forward to sharing those with them in the near future. Come on over, the water’s fine!

Would you rather….

Which would you rather do:

A. Get up at 3:30 AM on a Saturday so that you could drive someone to the airport, or;

B. Drive into downtown Atlanta during evening rush hour on the Friday of a long holiday weekend?

Give me choice A. anytime. Our neighbor needed to get up to New York City and we were happy to take her to the bus she had booked from Atlanta but it was going to take almost 20 hours to get up there. Bill thought that there had to be a better way and sure enough, those travel searching skills that he’s honed over the years paid off with a 7:00 AM flight that gets into the city before the bus does on Saturday morning. Coffee, please.

One of the nice things about living in Carcassonne is that we’ll be able to walk to pretty much anywhere, and that even includes the airport, if necessary. There’s a bus stop not far from the house, the train station is about 20 minutes by foot and from there we can either take a direct bus to the airport or continue walking for maybe 40 minutes. Grocery stores, appliance stores and any other kind of shopping we might need surround the city, all connected by sidewalks plus bus routes and there’s the fresh fruits and vegetables market three days a week in the center of town. We’ll be able to sleep in and still get anywhere in time.

But you gotta have friends

There are several expat discussion forums on the Internet that can be a great source of first-hand information from people living in the country to which you are moving. The one I like the best is Expatforum.com because it tends to be full of positive, helpful advice and the moderator keeps everyone on topic and is very knowledgeable about French culture, daily life, government issues, and other challenges we are likely to encounter. Read the rest of this entry

That sinking feeling

Isn’t it funny how quickly we can adapt to things around the house that might bother us if we were buying it but they don’t seem so important when we’re already living there? There are those scuff marks on the baseboard, the dent in the garage door, the bedroom wall that really needs to be painted. Now that we’re getting the house ready to sell we’ve pretty much finished up on the inside and have turned our attention to the outdoors. Since curb appeal is vital to that first impression when a buyer drives up to the house, we want to make sure the front yard looks its best.

Looking a little depressed

Looking a little depressed

Today we’re achieving two objectives in one: filling in a sinking area of the yard and having less grass to mow. When it’s 90 degrees F here in Atlanta next summer I’m certain that the new owners will appreciate that second part very much. Here in this first photo you can see how much lower the ground is on one side of the tree. Read the rest of this entry

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