To make a long story short, I have accepted a position with State Farm which requires me to move to a new location.
I consider us lucky enough to be leaving the state of Illinois and relocating to Dallas, Texas!
Most of us are VERY happy about this and look forward to starting a new chapter in our lives.
As you might imagine, there has been a flurry of activity around the house.
Rental properties to sell, house to sell, items to get rid of, stuff to throw away.
The starboard float has been cut into thirds, wrapped with stretch wrap and two of the three pieces were shuttled down to Louisiana for storage. Since glass was only on the inside, it should be a relatively simple matter to glue the pieces back together, scarf the butt-joint on the float interior and wrap the exterior with glass.
My official "first day" is August 1, 2017 but I suspect we'll be physically moving a week early.
As for the build itself, I have to honestly say that we might well be looking at the end of the road... The housing market in Dallas, Texas at the moment is nearing insanity. They can't build houses fast enough and the subdivisions keep getting farther away from the job site. Most of those subdivisions have HOA's (as you might imagine) which will deny my request to build another shop. That forces us even further from work and then we start running into problems with commute time.
We plan to visit the area for a "House Hunting" trip soon, but will likely pick up a used travel trailer and set up a temporary housing location in an RV Park. Doing so will allow us to keep our stuff in storage while we roam the countryside looking for suitable accommodations.
More to come, but I'll post an update here every so often while we get ourselves situated.