I thought you might be missing photos of Charlie and Ivy. And this is a cute one so I’m back to chat. Hard to keep me away from all of you!
This is Charlie after his fur-cut yesterday with his tongue, as always, sticking out. And Ivy looking rather put upon. Aren’t they sweet together? You’d think dogs and cats are supposed to be best friends.
So my daughter thinks it would be a bad idea for me to buy a home. And I have to agree with her. I don’t want to upset the whole apple cart right now. So here’s what I’ve decided to do.
Monday maintenance is supposed to come take out my patio door. They are going to try to deal with the roots underneath so they can level a new door.
Won’t that be fun in winter while Nathan and Marquis attempt to figure it all out? Guess I’ll be in the bedroom with the babies.
I’m going to see what damage the roots have done underneath. They look dead to me from what I can see, but I’m no expert. So then Nathan is going to drill down and kill the rest of them if they aren’t already dead.
If the worst happens and I have to move, then I have to move. But right now what I’d like to focus on is the fact that finally I won’t have to worry so much over money. I can start spring planting the middle of April and I’m so looking forward to that. I truly love my patio space.
There is really only one place in town that I’ve ever been remotely interested in moving to. It is a little community of one-level condos several miles from me. It is a prime location. Right next to my grocery store and less than a block from where I get my hair cut. Eateries and all kinds of shopping there.
The great thing about that place is that you could walk to things if you had to. If something happened to my 13 year old car I could just walk over to the grocery store and grab a cart and then take it back after I unloaded groceries.
They were probably built in the thirties or forties. Occasionally I see the condo owners rent them out. There is a management company that sometimes lists them. It would certainly be more than I pay here, but I would have to see.
They are smaller, but have little patios of different configurations behind them. They’re about the closest thing in town to here, but in an even better location and in a lot better shape. From the outside anyway. They never stay up for rent more than a day or so because everyone wants them.
I can be watching out for a listing there. If one comes up and I like it and can afford it, I’ll move the 2-3 miles from here. I’m going to try not to sign a lease in mid-April. I’ll tell them I’m looking around. I drove over there yesterday and looked around in fact.
The guy who used to live next door didn’t sign a lease for about six months, although there is a different manager here now. And then he and his wife moved to Texarkana near their son. I can probably hold out awhile.
The thing is, I know my neighbor next door. I like her and in the spring maybe we’ll have a chance to get to know one another better. We’re the same age. Of all the people living here in this 100 unit complex, I have the most privacy. And my own parking spot that no one ever parks in but me.
I have Nathan here, just a cell phone call away. He would help me if I needed anything. And that means a lot to me. My daughter is about 10-12 miles away, not that far. But she’s busy and I only see her about once a month.
I depend on Nathan and I give him jobs to do. Like him cleaning up the patio and cutting back all the plants. We help one another out. I wouldn’t have a Nathan anywhere else.
As my daughter said, I would have to put all my money into a down payment, and what if I needed that money for an emergency? For my 13 year old car that will need repairs? It’s just too dicey to buy.
And beyond that, I’m not in the physical shape to do it. Last time I moved (here) I had another ankle surgery just months down the road. I’m just too beat up right now. And so is Charlie boy.
My daughter has a Masters degree in business and I know she has my best interests at heart. If she thinks it’s a bad idea, then I trust her.
How nice to look forward to spring and then begin planting! I’m so excited about that. My patio has never looked so clean since Nathan worked on it. He also loves to cook and garden. Maybe he can lug my soil when I need it and I can give divide plants to get him started. He likes to grow things he can cook.
They’re making him move to a 2 bedroom unit today. He was living in a 1 bedroom, but management says they can lease the 1 bedrooms easier, so they’re moving him. He’s not too crazy about it, but they’re giving him a great price to move there. He will also act as security at night since he’s already living here.
Sometimes I order a pizza and share it with him. Charlie and Ivy adore him. And Ivy is afraid of other men. He really loves animals. Nathan is just a big 6 foot 6 boy gentle giant. His mother lives in Austria. I’m kind of his second mother here.
Look at this silly Ivy upside down in the bathtub with her springy toy.
It’s awfully fun looking at homes to buy, but my heart really isn’t in it right now. I just don’t feel well enough. If I’m in this much pain now, imagine how I would end up feeling trying to move.
I will know more about the condition of this apartment when I see what they find under the patio door. What the roots have done and if they’re alive and still causing problems. They could have been there years for all I know. Or they could become very problematic.
I don’t want to worry myself to death about the whole thing. But just take a day at a time.
So I wanted you to know what I’d decided and show you pics of the babies. All of you gave me great advice and I so appreciate it. You all mean the world to me you know!