Waaaa. Bad news for me. My best buddies on Maui are moving to the mainland. Their son and daughter-in-law are having the first grandchild around Thanksgiving ... in Cincinnati, Ohio. Despite 12 years on the island (playing on the water almost every day), the lure of family is too strong.
They have been taking care of the Kihei Cottage while we are away for four years or more. They take better care of it than I do! We originally asked them to just check the mailbox (despite my change of address, something slips through), run the water and flush the toilets and just look around to be sure no one has slipped in and made a home there. For a tiny monthly stipend.
But they act like the home is theirs ... doing yard work, tweaking the irrigation system, replacing light bulbs, putting away the patio furniture when the hurricane was approaching and remaking all of the fence art so that it will last more than two years. When they know I have friends coming to stay, the turn on the a/c, air out the joint and be sure the keys are out and the guide to the house (and town) is front and center. After, they inspect to be sure it was left in better condition than before the guests. (There are at least one or two who will not have the privilege of borrowing based on their feedback!).
So now I'm thinking I may sell my home after my winter there. It is a luxury that would have been well worth it if I still had Mr. Ralph with me. Or Bob/Paula. But it has strings attached ... the worry of how to handle when things break down. Mr. Ralph (and Bob/Paula) have made sure most everything is self sufficient but there are still the unforeseen things. I will look for replacements who will do part of what has been done, but no one loves my home as much as they do.
What to do, what to do ...