The day before yesterday, Saturday, driving home from helping Susan and Dan get ready to move to Colorado, I was talking to myself, saying "I HAVE to get out of here. I HAVE to find a renter. I need to be gone by November. I'll just pack up and leave. I need to get For Rent signs and make some flyers to put around the neighborhood."
I don't want to be here all by myself. Just a little old lady and her cats! NOT!
With Susan gone, Janet gone and Mardelle heading out soon, this place, despite be gorgeous, peaceful, waterfront, blah, blah, blah, is just too isolated for me. It should be a real community, but it isn't - everyone keeps to themselves, barely acknowledging that there are others around. Very weird - and not a good place for me.
So I get home, greeted by The Boys, of course and set about looking at what I need to do to make a move, keeping in mind that I have no clue where I will go. What to keep, what to Freecycle, what goes to Goodwill. Then, there is a knock on the door - a very unusual occurrence down here - and my new renter is standing there! Susie from across the street had mentioned that her daughter, Gretchen may want to rent, but I didn't place much hope on it, but had considered phoning Susie, who is currently in SoCal taking care of her mother, while her other daughter, Becky is staying in her house.
It's a match made in heaven! She is going to move in sometime towards the end of October and the best part? The Boys, Hinckley and Buddy, will stay here with her and her two kitties, at least until I know where I will be living! We'll have a little overlap before I leave and she moves in, but that will give the cats time to adjust as we don't want any territorial issues!
The kitties have been one of my biggest hurdles (besides finances) as they play such a big part in my life. I would have gone completely nuts these past few years without them. So to have a safe place for them, in a place they know is very important. And Gretchen is obviously a cat person, so it will be perfect.
So the rough plan at the moment is: I will go to New Zealand but just for 4-6 weeks instead of 4 months as I really need to keep the DVD biz going. It's what is keeping me afloat! I can do a lot of it remotely, but the actual shipping has to be done from the US. There are a lot of details to be worked out, like where do I go when I get back, where do I leave my car, all those sort of things, but none of them insurmountable obstacles.
One thing is for sure, though. I will not be spending the winter here EVER again!
This Wednesday, I am driving over to Montana to see Cody and Melissa and the little boys in their new home. Hamilton looks like a nice little town, just a day's drive from here. I am going to stop for a day in Lake Chelan to see Janet and Pat, go wine tasting and get some sun! Then drive on and spend the weekend in Hamilton, drive back Monday.
And start packing!