Like Jerry always said, “What a long, strange trip it’s been…”
Sometimes I’m not even sure where I been. It’s been over a year since my husband and I mounted our plan to drastically downsize our lifestyle. We sold our biggest, most expensive, most time-consuming rental – leaving our son and his longtime girlfriend scrambling to find a place to live. We solved that and our tax problems by using the proceeds to buy them a house – in another town.
We’ve spent the last year getting them settled, and getting ourselves unsettled. We decided to rent space in our house, so we could spend more time on the road, and at our little camp site in the hills.
Sounded so simple, swear to Goddess!
I worked for months whittling down the hoard we’d assembled, given too much living space. It was like the end of “The Jerk” – I was wandering around my place with a lamp in one hand, a chair in the other, trying to let go. The lamp went, I kept the chair. Allllll the chairs!
I threw out stuff I’d adored for years, and then some stuff I’ve only bought recently. I thought I’d finally found the perfect dish rack, for example – it won’t fit my new sink. So it went.
I boxed up other stuff, including pots and pans I can’t use on my tiny new stove. Good thing I kept all that camp gear – those little Texsport pots are perfect!
And we have a much smaller refrigerator – that’s been interesting. Yes, people need refrigerators, it’s impossible to keep fresh produce without one. But yeah, they eat a lot of electricity, which is a concern, so we’re saving up for a propane fridge we found at Lowe’s. For now we supplement with an old Igloo lunch box we use to bring our stuff home from the grocery store in hot weather. The little freezer on the tiny refrigerator is just big enough to hold a few of those freezer bags.
So we’ve finally emptied out the rental part of the house, we’ve got it cleaned and painted over the old nail holes, getting ready to call Ray in to do the floors. We’ve posted it online and we’ve already got a couple of interesting prospects, have to wait and see.
I forgot how interesting it is to meet new people. That’s the upside of Landlady. For every doofus you deal with you meet a couple of interesting people.
I’ll have to post some pics of what I’ve done to the lawn – we came upon a bonanza of free wood chips, so I’m goin’ for it!
Just checking in, because it’s been so long since I posted last, I’ve been getting the sweetest little “you okay?” notes from the WordPress robot.
I’m okay. Just remember, that which does not kill you, will only make you stronger. I know, I’m not the first person who said that, but I’m living proof.