Tuesday, February 26, 2013


So...where was I?  I removed the last post I wrote because it was such a downer.  Sure, I have downer moments but I don't want to give the impression that my life is in any way reflected in a negative way.  Every day can be whatever I want it to be.  That in itself can be a bit daunting, or at least it was when I started this whole process but I have mellowed and am now very comfortable with the new, day-to-dayness my life has become.

It's hard for me to believe that I have lived in my new rental house for over 20 months now.  There is something so carefree in it.  I take care of the basic needs the house has but when I have any problems, I call my most excellent landlord and dump the mess in his lap. I'm pretty sure I never wrote about how, when Hurricane Sandy swept through the area, my whole ceiling over my staircase caved in, after hours of me using every bucket and bowl to collect the water from the many leaks (and keeping my landlord up to date at the same time).  Quick tip that I learned from necessity: if you are ever faced with a leak that requires several buckets at once, to avoid going ape-shit insane from the variety and randomness of the drip...Drip...DRIP...drip..dripdrip...(arggghhhhh!), tear up an old sheet or towel and put a piece in the bottom of the bucket to muffle the sound.  It helped me to get a bit of sleep before the whole thing caved in.  That was a fun night.

The next morning though, my landlord was here with a shop-vac and a roofer was on the way.  So, that was cool.

My oldest daughter has been living with me since she has returned from the army, four years earlier than expected.  She has had a rough time of it during this transition and we have had our ups and downs as roommates but she seems to be pulling herself up and out of it and has made a new plan, one that I think will be very good for her.  She has found half a house to share and will be moving out mid-March.  I'm happy for her and will miss her.  But she'll only be about 10 blocks away so we will still be able to hang out a lot.

If you know me at all, you'll know that I have a thing for puzzles.  Always have.  Now I am beginning to understand the reasoning behind it all.  I like for the pieces to all fall in to place.  I like to restore order from chaos.  I like to see the big picture and have it make some sense.

I finally feel like I am on my way there.