Another Year – Another Change

As I have just completed another decade in my life, the realization of life being too short is hitting me straight on. Many things run through my mind such as:

  • Will there be enough time for me to accomplish all on my bucket list?;
  • Will there be enough money to accomplish those things?;
  • Will I be able to maintain good enough health to do so?

Since I have recovered from my fractured knee, I have been building up my daily exercise. I have purchased a new treadmill and stationary bicycle because the weather in the northeastern part of the United States is not conducive to daily outdoor training. I am now up to walking for 45 minutes on a 250 foot incline and cycling for 30 minutes daily on the third level of resistance.

I was saddened with the fact I was not cleared by my orthopedic doctor to walk a Camino this year. So in true Taurus fashion, I am bound and determined to be trained sufficiently to walk a Camino in the Spring of 2019.

But back to the original thoughts ~~~~~~~~ I have decided to sell my house in New Jersey.  I will be moving back to Tucson, Arizona where the sun always shines and the cost of living is so much lower than here in the Garden State.

My realtor is my daughter-in-law, Heather Montalbano, and my house will be listed this week by her on the MLS. If you might be interested you can contact her at  My home is located in Stanhope, New Jersey.

Please wish me luck in selling and with my move back to the sunshine!

24 responses to “Another Year – Another Change

  1. Good luck and welcome back! Salud, David


    • David and Neusa, I hope to see you soon. I have only positive thoughts regarding my listing and move, I always remember thoughts become things! ~ Arlèna


  2. I wish you luck.


  3. I did not see this one coming. Not having spent any time in NJ other than flying into Teterboro, I don’t know anything about the state. As you know, I have a fond place for Tucson. Good luck for the move.


    • Thanks Steve, yes I think it will be a very positive move for me. I’m looking forward to getting back to home and the sunshine.


  4. lova g njuguna

    The sun is shining brightly and we await your arrival. Ichiban’s has not been the same without you.


    • I have not heard the word ichiban since I was in Marine Corps bootcamp in 1960. It was my Drill Instructors favorite one. Well, maybe not, but he did use it a lot, along with some other memorable favorite words. Means “number one”, and I did not know there was a restaurant named that, but makes perfect sense.


      • Ah, Steve – Ichiban is a little locally owned Japanese sushi house right near where I lived when in Tucson. Lova and I would go there after we section hiked a portion of the AZT south of Tucson every Sunday when I lived there. There are many more sections of the AZT I need to complete once I return. I think you remember how much I love hiking especially in Arizona. Still plenty of time to complete the AZT and I intend to do so! Arlèna


    • Lova, funny I was thinking of Ichiban only today when I thought how nice it would be to have a Japanese meal for my birthday! But with the luck of the Universe, it won’t be long till you and I are having Veggie Yaki Soba and a large Sapporo after a great hike again!


  5. Good luck Arlene and welcome back to Tucson!,,


  6. Nancy Johnson Martinez

    See you soon, and Happy Birthday!!


  7. Good Luck Arlèna! The sunshine is waiting on you!


  8. Dear Arlena, so important, particularly with our age, to choose what most suits your future place, so good luck with it all. May your NJ home sell quickly and well, and may you find a new Sankalpa to guide you on this new, exciting, yet familiar path 🙂 and enjoy being back in the heat!


    • Britta, I thank you for your wishes for a quick sale and a focused determination. Yes this trip back to a familiar place will somehow be both new and exciting as this time around I do know what to expect – I’m looking forward to the beautiful blue skies and nice weather where I can be outdoors everyday. Truthfully, I now know for me the heat is much better than these bleak gray days where there isn’t any need to worry about snow because when it does occasionally happen, it melts before it becomes a problem.


  9. Elizabeth Marshall

    Good luck Arlena!


  10. Sounds like a solid plan. Arizona is a beautiful state. Good luck selling your home. ~linda


    • Yes Linda, I lived in Tucson for almost 10 years before I moved to NJ. It is back to the sunshine and blue skies that I am headed.


  11. Deborah Vincent

    So glad to hear that your knee is healing. I am looking forward to your return to Tucson. We had a rainy day yesterday. Everyone was happy about that. First rain in over 100 days. -Debbie


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