Thursday, June 9, 2011

Our Chick Flew the Coop!

She's gone! On the road to her new home in Florida! Yes, I'm talking about Angela. She left at 5:30 a.m. this morning in the dark, and as she pulled away, all I could hear were the words from the Dixie Chick's song "Wide Open Spaces" playing in my head...

Who doesn't know what I'm talking about
Who's never left home, who's never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone

She needs wide open spaces
Room to make her big mistakes
She needs new faces
She knows the high stakes

As her folks drive away, her dad yells, "Check the oil!"  
[Tom actually did say this to her as she was leaving! LOL]
Mom stares out the window and says, "I'm leaving my girl"
She said, "It didn't seem like that long ago"
When she stood there and let her own folks know...REFRAIN

By dinnertime, she had made it as far as mid-Tennessee and decided to stop at a hotel for the night. She was so excited about making the trip south that she didn't sleep last night, so we were glad to hear she got off the road early to shower and head to bed for some much-needed rest. Plus, Tennessee was having severe thunderstorms as she was passing through, and she didn't feel like driving in that mess. She plans to get up early tomorrow, take advantage of the hotel's complimentary breakfast, and then push through to Naples which will probably be 13 hours from Tennessee. Whew! Long trip!

The day before she left, she finally found a place to live in Naples. Thank goodness! She and her buddy, Doc, who is traveling with her so he can relocate to Florida too, will be sharing a 3 bedroom, 2 bath fairly new home with a married couple who rents out their extra bedrooms to help with their mortgage expense. The house is really nice and has a gorgeous in-ground pool that the renters can use anytime they want. It's on almost 3 acres in a subdivision only a mile from Angela's work, and each house in the sub is on at least 1.5 acres. There is a barn on the property, and the owners have 2 horses (Angela was thrilled about this!). Best of all, the rent is VERY affordable and includes all the utilities, and there is no lease to sign--just a moderate deposit. Once Ang has been at her job 90 days (probationary period), she should have enough money saved to get her own apartment if she wants, or if she likes it on "the farm" (LOL) she can continue to rent there. Here is a link to the Craigslist ad with some pics if you'd like to check it out. 
Hey, it's time for bed already! Guess I'll hit the hay and see what exciting adventures tomorrow brings. Have a super-duper weekend, all!


  1. How exciting! I remember leaving home like it was yesterday! I had high hopes and a song in my heart. My parents were ticked. Hahah! They didn't have much faith in me. Guess they didn't really know me, sad to say, because I turned out a smidgen better than just all right. Please stay positive and give her all your love and support, long-distance style!!!

  2. How exciting to be young and free! I don't have any regrets, but I didn't have that time when I was young like that (became a mom at 19). Best of luck to Angela! And be strong, Mom! ♥

  3. Debbie, don't know how I missed this post. But, I'm so excited for Angela! I'm sure by now she's in Naples and exploring. That's awesome she found a great place to live for a while; it sounds really nice!!

    Keep your chin up! Hey, when I left home (the first time LOL) right out of high school my mom stood on the porch and said "if you leave, you can't come back". :)

    Have a great weekend!!

  4. I missed this post as well, but I DO know why...My bad!!!
    I hope they made it just fine and I know she'll love it there! Going over to check out the diggs!
    Here's a BIG HUG for Mommy! I know you just want her settled and safe!