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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday Pizza

 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!

(Please click on photos to enlarge.)

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.


  1. What nice gifts for Ara to send. Such a thoughtful girl. Love your tote bags. That's a great picture of you and Jeannie. Wish Donald had modeled his apron. I believe I could easily eat the entire rest of that delicious looking pizza.

  2. Thats the way to go Gypsy, 3 pieces of pizza and a high Life. Is this a great country or what. Hope you can get out our way I I'll make a pizza and share some High Lifes,Sam & Donna & Rigg's.

  3. You may want to take some time to think about moving. Don't jump out of he frying pan into the fire. Wow, that piazza looks sooooo goooood.

  4. As long as you remember that you have control of the decision, that should help keep the stress down.

  5. I think gifts made for us my our loved ones are the best gifts ever. And coffee beans too Haven't had coffee beans in a long time.

    Pizza looks so good. Nice for the kids to be able to take care of each others kids so they can have that very important date night.

  6. What lovely gifts. That pizza looks to die for!

    BTW that is a really nice picture of you and Jeannie, you can tell where she got her good looks :)

  7. What a cool tote bag! Granddaughters are the best...When you list the things you need in your apartment,don't forget how much you enjoy the farmer's market.Quality of life is important.If paying a little more each month gives you peace of mind because of no upkeep costs and you can stay close to where you are now,it might be the best option for you.Would you be happier waking up each day without the stress of maintenance or does it not really bother you and you are happy in your home?I personally want my birdfeeders and a relaxed environment to feel "at home".Don't forget that your level of stress is a big deal and can affect your health,both mental an
    d physical.Outward appearances aren't as important as you being in a place where you are safe and comfortable.Your cyber friend,Vada in Texas