One of the reasons is money. Unfortunately most of our discretionary income (what is that?) has been spent on dental work for my husband and me. We are also in anticipation of some legal bills (see "A Lawyer With A Conscience" post) and helping our daughter with some financial hot-water she got into over the last few months.
Another reason we're not going anywhere is because we have made our home (particularly the bedroom and pool area) feel like a tropical resort...so why go anywhere?
A couple of years ago I was watching one of my first HGTV programs. I believe it was Designer's Challenge. Now, if you've never watched one of these programs...DON'T!!! It can only lead to extensive remodelling which is expensive and not very fun to live through.
So, anyway, in this program I was watching, the designer suggested moving the bathtub and toilet. I was shocked! I didn't know you could move those things. I thought they were permanent...er...fixtures. Not so! I was also overjoyed because dreams of having a bedroom view of my pool could come true because the only way to do that was to move the tub and toilet (and a couple of walls.)
Long story, short (ooops, too late) here's a pic of how it turned out:
The french doors used to be a window over a very tiny bathtub and toilet area. The shower to the right used to be a closet. The closet door to the left is now a powder room for the toilet. You can't really tell but those are palm trees on the wall paper. There's even palm trees on the decorative tile in the shower, along with a bench that will seat 4 (don't ask me why.)
This is the view out the French doors at night:
Anyway, we're on vacation this week...Yea! But we're not going anywhere. I hope to get some writing done, maybe an entire chapter. That would be nice. Hopefully we'll get some projects done around the house, see a few movies, do a little shopping and spend some time in our tropical retreat.