I've been lying awake for the past 4 hours so I decided to get up for a while. I have been suffering from allergies (sneezing) for a few days and have taken a Benadryl before going to bed - of course, last night I thought I could do without it and I think that is why I can't sleep. It is 4:30 am, so I know I will be tired all day.
My son Steve came over yesterday with his little sidekick, Liam, and I spent several enjoyable hours with them. Steve did some minor repairs around the house, and he and Liam helped me pull the grass and weeds that have grown through the plastic and gravel in the back yard. While back there I noticed a blue bird that was trying to get away, but he was hooked on something. It turned out he had gotten his head into some mesh netting, and when he landed in my back yard he caught the netting on a nail slightly protruding from some landscaping wood.
The man next door came out to see what was going on, and he held the bird while Steve cut the netting. It was a tedious job because several strands of the fine netting were wrapped around the bird's neck. Finally freed from the netting, the bird was set down and he immediately flew away. I rarely go into the back yard and marvel at how fate worked in that bluebird's favor.
Steve and I discussed the pros and cons of my getting rid of this house and going back into an apartment. Coincidentally, I've been thinking of that this past week, but it would be very costly for me to find the kind of rental I would want - something that is only one storey for one thing. I remember too well my last apartment and the noise that kept me awake coming from the apartment overhead. That would probably leave me the option of a 1 floor duplex with a neighbor on one side, and they rent for several hundred dollars more than an apartment. A small house would be ideal but at a rent that I couldn't afford. It's a real dilemma that could keep me awake at night, although that wasn't the problem causing tonight's insomnia.
Steve even wondered if I would consider another RV/trailer that he said I could park on an RV pad in their back yard. I lived very comfortably in my 5th wheel, but I would never want another 5ver, or really any other kind of RV. I certainly can't keep up with the maintenance of a mobile home that was in pretty bad shape when I got it.
I had myself a snack and wrote a blog entry, so I think I should try to get a few hours sleep before 8 am. It is almost 8 am for readers in the east!