A Lesson on Flexibility

Last Wednesday, Katrina’s check engine light came on just as I was getting ready to put all my worldly possessions into it and head to the Northwest. My roommate and Oregon traveling buddy, Kate, and I were scheduled to depart on Friday, so I didn’t know whether to cry or curse, but I knew I needed some help quick! I called the office at Jim’s Automotive   in Glenwood and was relieved to hear they had a cancellation and could get me in by 2:00 the same day!  Woo Hoo! Read More

Getting Ready…

time has come

If you read my other posts: Searching for my new home – Part ISearching for My New Home – Part II and Searching for my new home – Part III you will remember all the “mistakes” I made when purchasing the van. Read More

With Deep Appreciation


It’s hard to believe that after 25 years with the same company – and many of the same people – I am leaving.  As I swim through my last day here, I am sad, happy, scared, anxious and joyful – mostly joyful. It all seems so surreal. Read More

Searching for my new home – Part III

Be careful 2

If you have been watching this blog, you probably read my previous posts Searching for my new home – Part I and Searching for My New Home – Part II. I was jazzed about my new purchase but as night settled in things started to get ugly.
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Searching for My New Home – Part II


I’ve been a real estate broker for a long time, so I know how exciting – and frustrating – it can be to shop for a new home.  A few days before Labor Day 2016, an online ad lured me to a neighboring town to look at a Roadtrek van.  The owner wanted $25,000 (close to my budget) but the vehicle had over 100,000 miles on it, was worn, dirty and past it’s prime.  I tried to overlook the first impression, but couldn’t get past the “feel” of it.  Jeez! This van-hunting thing wasn’t going very well.  I wasn’t ready to give up, but figured I’d have to wait until next spring or raise the budget to get the kind of vehicle I was looking for. Read More

Searching for my new home – Part I

roller coaster

2016 was a roller-coaster powerful year for me.  Coincidences, serendipity and a huge measure of luck came my way as I tried to figure out how I was going to pull off my new adventure. Read More

Crawford State Park

As my friend, Carolyn, and I are huddled under the picnic shelter waiting out a spring storm, it dawns on me that frequently it isn’t where you are, but who you are with that makes the day special.  I met Carolyn when we were both newcomers living north of Redstone, CO. back in 1987. She had built a pretty little cabin along the Crystal River while my hubby and I were living in a 1959 Hicks mobile home and dreaming about the log home we were planning to build. Read More

This word came to me several months ago – maybe even a year ago.  It’s a cool word because no one uses it in normal conversation, even though we mostly coddiwomple through life whether we know it or not.  Well…or I do anyway. Read More


slowing down

One of my hard-working cousins retired recently.  She commented that she didn’t have her “retirement cap” on yet.  She was used to getting up early and working hard until the end of the day.  I scoffed at her inability to slow down.  Then it started happening to me. Read More

Rifle Falls State Park

Rifle Falls 3

I’m on a mission this year to visit as many Colorado State Parks as I can before I leave for the summer.  On April Fools’ Day I took a trip to Rifle Falls SP and Rifle Gap SP – two hidden gems right here in my backyard. Read More

Is this really happening?

suddenly you know

I admit I’m full of ideas and a lot of talk, but seldom follow through with any of my hair-brained schemes.  But what I am about to do is REAL.  The next chapter of Shari Nova’s life is about to begin. Read More