Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Twiggy and Lucy

“Whew, you have me winded.”
“Aw Lucy. It’s Friday. Time to blow off steam.”
“Let me catch my breath before I try the steam thing.”

 

Another Friday has rolled around, and it has been hectic for the last two weeks. The producer and I have sold our house here at the beach and bought another in Austin Texas. Yes, I know. The question comes up, “Why on Earth would you do that?”

It is a good thing that there are excellent reasons for doing so.

  1. Our youngest daughter lives in Austin, and we would like to see her more.
  2. The health care facilities are more accessible for a septuagenarian. (Me. The Producer is still a kid.)
  3. We love Austin. (It has an element of weird more like us )
  4. We think the last 10 years at the beach are enough and want some city life for a while. (theater, opera, symphony, and exercise facilities)

On Sunday we will be leaving for our new home. I intend to post one last View of the neighborhood which will be where we have lived.

Today’s JohnKu talks about change. I hope you have a great weekend. Oh yes. I do have a personal hot spot but will not have internet at the new house until March 5th. Please bear with me if anything should go wrong and my posts don’t appear.

Change by John W. Howell © 2019

Some do not like change,

Others go out of their way. . .

To do it daily.

87 comments

  1. All the best in your new home, John. It sounds like you have excellent reasons for moving. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😊

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  2. Will be excited to hear what you think of Austin. We seriously considered it. Great city…lots of energy, good food, good music, etc. Good luck with the move!

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    1. We love it there. Our daughter has live there for about six years and when we visit we always enjoy the activities.

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  3. Congratulations on your new home, John. I certainly understand your reasons for moving. I was thrilled and relieved when my parents moved closer to us years ago. I’m excited to see your new home! Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I hope our daughter feels the same. I think so and we will be twenty minutes away. (Beats 31/2 hours)

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  4. All the best. Wonder what you’ll lose on the way? A corkscrew? Your mind?

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    1. Since the corkscrew is around my neck, it will probibly be my mind. 😄

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  5. I wish you all the very best in Austin, John, but I have to admit, I will miss the Port!!

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    1. I think we all will. Thanks GP

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  6. Gwen Plano · ·

    How wonderful to be near your daughter and the conveniences of city life! Moving at any age is demanding but this one promises many rewards. All the best to you and the producer as you begin this important next segment of your lives. May happiness and joy abound! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Gwen. The moving part is a pain but we are looking forward to the change. 😄

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  7. Wow. That’s surprising news. Though I’m looking forward to the Austin Sunday posts.

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    1. Thank you, Charles

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  8. John,

    It’s a good move for the two of you. The other two might miss those walks on the beach, but I’ve a feeling they will occupy themselves just fine with all the people watching they’re gonna get to do.

    All the best to you, and safe travels.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marc. 😊

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      1. This is a big moment in your life, so I can tell you I love you. Just this once. After which we go back to John Wayne talk.

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      2. You got it Pilgrim. Big hug. Hey! that’s enough. 😄

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      3. You’re right, hey . . how about a couple bourbons? Neat.

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  9. Congratulations! New adventures to unfold! I hope everything goes well. See you soon . . .

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. 😊

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  10. Congratulations! What a wonderful adventure you and your family are about to experience – yes, change is ‘interesting’ in all sorts of ways and that is what makes it exciting. I can to wait to read all of the Johnkus that your experiences will inspire! Oh – and the puppies…..your little ones are going to enjoy meeting new puppies and people, new places to walk and sniff ——–oh the smells……..that in itself it the most awesome thing in the world! Smelling Austin! (I sense many volumes of words at this very moment!!!!!!)

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    1. Ha haha. Thank you, Kimberly. I’m sure their noses will be a twitch with the change. 😄

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      1. yep – I bet they are itching for a twitching!!!

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  11. I’ll be in your shoes by May 1st, though in all probability will remain in the same town.
    I’m sure the four-legged kids will enjoy the new surroundings even if all a y’all might miss the beach.
    Cheers to new changes and adventures!

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    1. Yeah we love the beach but the tourests are a real pain. We won’t miss their disregard for the environment.

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      1. That is just a damn shame. Nothing worse than disrespecting your environment. Especially when you are visiting! Would they like us to dump our trash in their homes? So sad.

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      2. I know right. Always ticked me off.

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      3. Ridiculous.

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  12. Shocking news, John, but those sound like good reasons. I hope you’re planning to introduce us to Austin. It’s one of the Texas places I haven’t been to. I hope the girls adapt. Best of luck with the move.

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    1. Austin is the super place, Dan. We will be in a suburb named Lakeway. It overlooks the Colorado river so I think there will be plenty of photo ops. thans for the good wishes.

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  13. All the best to you and your family in the new home, John. Do you have a big yard for Lucy and Twiggy? Like GP, I will miss the Port, too. Change is not my favorite thing. Safe travels!

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    1. We tend to embrace change. This is our longest stay anywhere so it is time. There is a big yard potential. We bought a new hpouse so we hae to put in a yard. Our first objective is to get it fenced.

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      1. I’ll be thinking of you all come Sunday, John.

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      2. Thank you, Jennie.

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      3. You’re welcome, John.

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  14. Travel safely. Can’t wait to hear how the dogs moving journey will turn out. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Anneberly. I’ll report the results. 😊

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  15. Change is both terrifying and exhilarating, John.
    This concludes today’s installment of “Life Wisdom With The Hook”.
    Thank you.

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    1. Ha haha. I took notes. Thank you, Hook.

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  16. Wow! That is indeed surprising news, John. I always think of you at the beach, but I fully understand your reasons for moving. I wish you all the best in your new home. How exciting! I’m sure there will be plenty new Views of the Neighborhood and all kinds of interesting surroundings for the girls to explore. Take care and settle in!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. It should be interesting for sure.

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  17. Well, well. I think you’ll fit in just fine, and be more than able to help keep Austin weird!

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    1. Thank you Linda. I agree.

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  18. I think it’s great that you’re moving near family. I always wish that for us, but so far, employment opportunities have prevented it. (Hopefully someday.)

    Wishing you a safe and painless move and many happy years at your new home.

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    1. Thank you so much, Staci.

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  19. John, good luck with the move! I’ll miss the beach scenes, but look forward to city life photos, and your adventures! Lucy & Twiggy will have fun in the wonders of the city. 📚🎶 Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I will be living in Hill Country near the Colorado river so there will be some country scenes too.

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  20. That’s a shocker. I’ve come to love your Gulf community from afar. Hope the move goes smoothly, and turns out to be a great change.

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    1. Thank you, Craig. I didn’t want to jinks the move by blabbing too much until the house deals were done.

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  21. Happy Friday, John! I wish you the best in your move. You definitely have good reasons for it, and you had a good time on the beach (well, except for Hurricane Harvey). Looking forward to hearing all about your new digs and Austin!

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    1. Thank you, Marie

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  22. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    How exciting John, congrats. I’ve always heard so much good about Austin and can’t wait for your future posts on it. Happy moving:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. I hope I won’t disappoint.

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  23. So sad to hear you are leaving Port A. I have always loved the neighborhood views – but then congrats on moving to Austin. Take in Austin City Limits for all of us!!

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    1. I will. Thanks, Greg.

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  24. You’re moving to one of my favorite cities in the world. I once spent lots of time in Austin dealing with state educational folks… I will think of you on the ‘River Walk’ – I stayed at the hotel on the northside of the bridge (if my directional antenna is correct). Good luck and the best to the family. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray.

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  25. I’ll miss your neighborhood posts and the walks on the beach, but glad you’ll be closer to family. Hope the move goes smoothly!

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    1. Thak you, Twri. Hopefully I can bring you something different from the new neighborhood.

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  26. The Island is a bit isolated in some ways so I can see where Austin would appeal to you and the Producer. As I age I don’t want to have to drive very far to reach civilization and medical facilities. Austin is a great place with so much to offer even if the traffic is a bit crazy. There are plenty of parks for the girls to find new adventures. Austin – a blue dot in a red state! Enjoy! May the move go well for you, Producer and the girls. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. 😀

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  27. Congratulations on your new home. Austin is a wonderful city full of weird and music. You’ve got the best reasons for moving there, but you forgot one – no more hurricanes. 😂😂 I love Austin, but I haven’t been there in a while, so I look forward to your posts from there.

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    1. Yes. No more hurricane insurance as well. I try to do Austin justice.

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  28. Look forward to seeing views of your new neighbourhood. City life has a lot to offer. When we were down in Cornwall last month I was thinking it is so beautiful, how come we didn’t move here ( couldn’t afford it ) then I remember Bournemouth has a symphony orchestra, two universities, a theatre, plenty of buses – and the sea!

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    1. It will be different living away from the sea. I wonder if I will miss hearing it in my ears every day.

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  29. Oh my goodness, John! You certainly did a good job of keeping this under wraps! I get to Austin a lot more often than I do to Port A, so maybe I will see you more. 🙂 Best wishes on your new adventure. You are going to LOVE Austin!!!

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    1. We have visited enough to know we will. Thanks, Jan

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  30. I support it🤓. I think it’s a great decision…time for a change, yay!!!

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    1. Okay then. We will do it. 😄

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  31. What splendid news! John, congrats to you, the producer, and the fur-kids on your upcoming move west. I’ve never been to Austin, and it will be interesting seeing it through your eyes. I know you’ll miss Port A., but certainly not when hurricane season rolls around. Good luck with the move!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Let us know how te performance went.

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      1. It would be my pleasure!

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  32. Makes plenty of sense for the Howell party animals. Enjoy!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Frank.

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      1. Good news is that Austin provides a whole new set of grocery stores for your banishment.

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      2. So true. Thank you, Frank.

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  33. I specifically looked for this post so that I could understand the motives for your move, John. They make perfect sense, especially wanted to be closer to your daughter.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. That’s the biggest reason.

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  34. I have so much to catch up on here, John. Congrats on the sale and purchase. Mega hugs.

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    1. Hugs to you, Teagan. Tell me all about your trip. (Sometime when you have a moment)

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