I watched Liam at 3 pm yesterday so his parents (Steve & Meg) could negotiate buying a new car. Jeannie picked up Liam and me on her way home from work and took us to her house.
We were met at the door by the girls, all excited because a package from Ara had arrived. It was opened to reveal many smaller packages wrapped in brightly colored tissue paper. There was even one that was marked "Happy Mother's Day Gramma"! I let Liam open mine (actually two packages), that contained a handmade by Ara tote bag, and a bag of coffee beans. Jeannie also got a tote bag similar to mine - Ara had gotten a new sewing machine and made most of the gifts, including a chef's apron for Donald.
The kids went swimming while Donald was making his wonderful pizza.
I got a picture of at least part of the pizza. I usually can't eat more than 2 pieces, but this time I managed 3, along with a Miller's Hi Life!
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I came home about 8:30pm, and Liam stayed with Jeannie until his parents came to get him. After the car negotiations were over Steve & Meg were having a "date night". I think it's a great idea and all three of my kids here in Sac plus their spouses occasionally have a date night while one of the others watches their kids.
This morning I made a quick visit to the farmers' market - got organic strawberries, broccoli, and about 4 kinds of summer squash.
After I left the market I drove to a nearby apartment complex to look at a 1 bedroom. I found it very attractive and the 800 sq ft seems smaller than my house although I could easily live in that space. There is a storage compartment off the patio, but I'm pretty certain I would rent a small storage unit nearby for my camping supplies and other items I have that I don't use all the time. There is a covered parking spot for each apartment, and a full size washer and dryer in every unit. I would miss hanging clothes outdoors during the good weather. There is a fitness center but it seems to have only exercise and weight machines of the kind I don't normally use. I plan to keep my gym membership because of the variety of equipment, plus the fact I enjoy going with Jeannie & Donald. I told the rental agent I would probably be ready for an apartment in about August. That gives me a couple of months to decide what to do plus to get rid of my house.
I don't like the uncertainty of a move such as this - what if I don't like it, what if I can't get rid of my house, and how will I meet the higher costs associated with living in an apartment. The rent is higher than my current site rent plus utilities, and the rent doesn't cover utilities! Then there is the small cost of a storage unit. I just have to believe that it will all work out for the best and try to not stress out about it.