The turn of a year…

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I can NOT believe that I haven’t posted since August.

This thing called 2019 has torn me into bits, scattered me to the wind, and had too many people trying to put the puzzle back together again.

I have always been the person who loves to work, loves to help, loves to come up with the unusual way to correct a situation. A troubleshooter, maverick, champion. When I’m the one that needs the help, things get weird. And I think that was the whole point.

My bills got overwhelming, and they forced me into a very uncomfortable and kind of unknown corner. This girl came out fighting. Since it seemed that environmental consulting was stalled for the year, I looked elsewhere. Within about six weeks in August and September, I interviewed for and got a job with a lovely local insurance company. It amused me that — without an insurance license — I beat out the competition! I pushed to get said license, and am slowly becoming an integral part of the agency. While I’m still fumbling around, I’m growing and I’ve been helpful at the agency.

As part of a very creative group of writers who had grand plans to blog their way to a book within a year, I amassed so much copy — but fell short of the goal. Alas, I decided not to publish, although 5 of the 15 of us did. I thought I should wait until we’re out of the trailer. At no point did I think, “Gee, why not a sequel?” Hopefully, I’ll gather my posts and collate them soon, and join the 5 who can now say that they are published authors!!

A fortuitous coincidence happened as a result of the blog group: besides making some lifetime (and awesome!) friends, other connections came about. I knew one of the bloggers was an energy worker because it was peripherally the theme of her blogs — and she knew I was an energy worker because I talked about it occasionally. Anna Marie finally put two and two together, talked to the owner of the therapy center where she worked, and after a brief interview, I start there next Saturday, doing a gentle Japanese healing art called Jin Shin Jyutsu! Two and two makes four — I start on the 4th!

Slowly, slooowwly, a picture is coming together of 2020; a series of vignettes, as it were. I am working with three environmental consultants now — all wanting me to help clients that need an environmental engineer’s expertise for a few days each month — which is exactly what I envisioned when I started back into environmental engineering. I’ll do Jin Shin Jyutsu on Saturdays and some evenings, and I’ll get as much from the sessions as my clients will. And I’ll help out the insurance office part-time as well. Busy, happy, helping them and helping me.

As we end 2019, which was unusual and difficult for many (read: learning experience), I want to thank it and wish it well — and I don’t want to repeat it. It was all worth it, all of it. And as we welcome 2020, may we have the “vision” to “envision” a way to use all of those learning experiences to have a balanced, adventurous, prosperous, creative, and Happy New Year!!

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Summer memories…

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Mother Nature has finally gone and done it.

She made it past the kinda cold and rainy season (nominally, Spring) and plunged deeply into the height of Summer. She’s all-in: hazy, hot, and humid.

We’ve had some beautiful days with all the windows open in the trailer and the breeze blowing through. I tried taking one of my engineering projects outside, but couldn’t manage the glare on my laptop, but it was so pleasant inside that I didn’t mind. The trailer has a robust AC unit as well, and we’ve had to activate it a few times just to cut the stuffiness. I’m not an AC girl, preferring to run it at about 80, and yet I’m so very glad it works when we need it. Let’s face it, Frank and Pip and I live in a metal box! (There has to be some kind of metaphor there…)

The closeness of the trailer brings old memories to mind. And when I say old, I mean old. The other evening, a particularly poignant memory surfaced. I was suddenly back in the late 1960’s at my grandparents’ house; I was there. Continue reading “Summer memories…”

The trailer has made me lazy

Now that the weather is getting nicer more often, we’re busier in our lives — and planning to start actually demolishing the inside of the house. I have a goal of being moved in around October, even if I may not have a second floor by then.

The trailer has created a “situation”, however. I’ve become complacent and comfortable. Frank and I have places for what we need in this tiny space, and now it takes effort for me to move toward the next step.

Take something as simple as income taxes as an example. I know exactly where the files are for last year to reference as I prepare this year’s filing. Have I walked the 50 feet or so to grab them out of the house? No. Something that simple, and I don’t want to go fetch. Continue reading “The trailer has made me lazy”

A giant game of Tetris

It seems like we’re always moving something to move something else, to move something else.

When we were bringing items here from the old house, we stored some smaller furniture items and four wardrobe boxes of clothes inside the house-to-be-remodeled instead of in the storage tents. This was a double-edged sword. Things still got damp, just not as badly as the tent stuff. As we’re getting closer to ripping into walls inside the house, we have to move much of this into the barn. (…So we can move it back into the house later — this is getting tiresome!)

The clothes were easy, actually. At least a boxful went straight to Goodwill. (Some of these were examples of truly laughable fashion choices: why exactly did we keep them?!) Eventually, all the clothes will have to go back into the house and upstairs. I have no intention of carrying anything upstairs that I haven’t worn for a while(or looks that silly!) with the exception of some seasonal items.

We’ve kept a manageable amount for both of us on a small clothes rack inside the barn. It’s nice to have access to it all again: you get used to being able to select an item from your closet, which is generally wider than the 9-inch-wide space inside the trailer. I don’t want or need a walk-in closet, yet choosing from the same five things was getting boring.

I also discovered and moved a bunch of odd-sized knick-knacky things found inside the house, too. I had been looking for our flag all summer, and there it was, with Frank’s grandpa’s old skis, a hockey stick, and two wooden porch candles for Christmas. They make an unusual vignette in the barn now, waiting to be popped up in the loft with the suitcases and a lamp just sitting there in the way.

It seems like a decision has to be made every time we touch anything: do we move it, give it away, set it aside for trash, or keep it? Why is it even there? It does get old, yet apparently this was a muscle I needed to develop.

Taking something into the barn to keep it may not be the end of the issue, either. We have moved the washer back and forth in the same 10-foot area to be able to work stuff around it, and to move the excavator, and to move the truck, and to move the truck back in, and… you get the idea.

It’s the biggest game of Tetris ever. And no real end in sight.

…”In the heart of the night…”

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I had sooo much fun in New Orleans, and while I meant to post from there, I’ve actually been home for several days, still basking in my NOLA glow….

While I was there:

— I imbibed. And imbibed. And imbibed. I may not need to imbibe maybe ever again. To my credit, I did nothing regrettable, forgettable, or editable. And I was never hungover!

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Continue reading “…”In the heart of the night…””

Can we get closer?

I’ve described the size of the interior of the trailer as small. I swear I’ve met myself turning around inside the thing. (I know I’ve met myself inside the shower! Scared me, too!)

When we’re not working, whether away from here or doing projects, Frank and I spend time together inside the trailer. By together, I mean side-by-side on the one sofa. Good thing we like each other.

We’ve always been close and enjoyed doing things together, yet we weren’t sure how this experiment was going to go. We hoped we had what it took, but as you know, until you’re in the situation, you just can’t tell. Continue reading “Can we get closer?”

“So what’s your most favorite thing about living in a trailer?”

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Hmmm….. My most favorite thing….

(I’m never good at these questions, like when the interviewer asks, “What are your three greatest strengths?” Argh — brain freeze!)

I could say it’s the challenge of the whole situation. “Let’s just change everything about everything and make everything else look seamless. Oh, wait, change that too?” It forces you to look at every single part of your life. Continue reading ““So what’s your most favorite thing about living in a trailer?””

The Definition of “Small”

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What (actually) does today’s title mean?

I have what feels like 16 square feet of floor space now, but more freedom than possibly ever before in my life.

We inherited my grandma’s house in the city several years ago and recently moved from it. The family had owned it for 72 years when we sold it. That’s a lot of history in two floors of 1200 square feet each. Continue reading “The Definition of “Small””

From the Incisors to the Trailer

 

Be careful what you wish for….

So much of this started last year, for a truly unusual reason: I wanted to straighten my teeth. This led to a 19-month roller coaster ride where everything in my life changed except my husband and dog!

There will be a key take-away here, and it’s that we are living in a 17-foot travel trailer.  And we like it. Continue reading “From the Incisors to the Trailer”