At age 60, Mike and I left suburbia in Fort Collins to build a passive solar home with spectacular views of Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado. We moved here for a number of reasons: To live close to nature, to try passive solar living, to build the kind of home we chose to live in for the rest of our lives, and to find a far more peaceful, healthy and less expensive lifestyle than cities could offer us.
We received so much more…
We first met online at age 50 in 2005, and even then we shared a dream. We wanted to move to some wonderful rural place and build a passive solar home. Unfortunately, life got in the way for a decade or so. Then in mid-2014 our time came. We sold our nice home in suburbia and headed south to build on a scenic three acre forested lot at the top of the foothills west of Walsenburg. It felt like a gigantic leap-of-faith, but we did it anyway!
In June 2014 we packed up or got rid of most of our worldly goods, sold our house in Fort Collins, and took off for our ancient rental in Walsenburg, deciding to call ourselves the “NEW Old Farts.” I have been sharing this retirement adventure here since October 2014.
Being a therapist and writer, I enjoy sharing the personal side of starting over in a whole new place. From meeting new people to finding new services, I cover it all here. I also discovered a new love, photography! Please enjoy my attempts at sharing the amazing natural beauty of our new home.
We applied for a building permit in mid-2014, and moved in August 1st, 2015. Then we discovered another great benefit from the passive solar construction of our new home. It keeps us cool in the summer as well as warm in the winter.
We have fallen in love with living in tune with the sun and seasons, waking up each day amazed to find ourselves in such a beautiful, quiet, natural place…
Please feel free to contact me: MidlifeCrisisQueen@gmail.com