Oooh wee! It's cold indeed. Hello to all. Hope that your 2024 is off to a great start.
You may have wondered why it has taken me so long to post my 2023 recap.
If I am to be frank, there were many reasons.
For one, I got the thing that kind of rhymes with morbid (if you know, you know), the Friday before Christmas. Truthfully, I thought that the excessive coughing, sinus pressure, and sore throat were the makings of a nasty infection since I am prone to (sinus, throat, ear) infections regularly. I had planned on going to Urgent Care Saturday morning, but Friday after work, I picked up the in-home test, and it came up positive.
To my benefit, I worked from home on Friday and the office was closed on Monday. The fifth day of quarantine landed on Tuesday.
Since my employer only pays out if I go to urgent care or a doctor's office for the test result, I had to use my sick time. I wasn't aware of the update (since I've never had it before now), but since my sick time rolled over (and I had some left), I was okay with that.
Plus, I had a short day on Wednesday and was off for the remainder of the year, New Year's Day (the office was closed), and the day after New Year's Day.
Overall, I didn't miss much work. I suppose if I had to get it, this would have been the time. 🤷🏾♀️
My second reason was that I wanted to get my thoughts together in a way that made sense ... whether that was by month, by category, etc. With the holidays, sickness, and recovery, at times, it just hurt to think. The symptom that has dragged out the most has been fatigue. Being patient with myself has had its ups and downs.
Okay, now that the Public Service Announcement has been made,
January - April 2023: The Quarter of Transition
Back in 2022, the original owner of the house we ("We" meaning my best friend and I) were renting sold it to a new owner. We hadn't found a new residence to our liking, and it was such short notice, that we would not have had time to relocate anyway. We weren't sure if the new owner wanted us out or if we would be able to stay longer. However, because he was "one of us" (if you know, you know), we decided to give him a chance, provided that the things we discussed were put into play.
Did we expect the problems to be fixed overnight? No.
Did we expect there to be a general timeline? Yes.
Did we expect respect for our time and boundaries when people were supposed to come by the house to do installation and repairs? Yes.
Did we want at least 24 hours' notice? Yes.
Did we trust that these people would be vetted by the landlord to be safe, reliable, and professional? Yes.
Needless to say, the last four were not adhered to. I'm not going to go into details here, but I do have all the receipts of the broken promises and violations of the agreement.
With that said, we began to look for a new location.
My best friend had things she wanted. I had things I wanted. I came into the hunt knowing that we would have to spend more money. We may not get all of our wants met. We would be sacrificing space, maybe even a room to stay within the price point we were willing to spend. We hoped to do that while keeping Tyrion the cat.
More on that last point later.
While the search was on, I had already started (as early as Fall of 2022) scheduling pick-up appointments with the VVA to collect donations.
It was a lot of work.
My best friend was going through medical procedures and wasn't able to do any lifting during that time. Some of the procedures also fell into the timeframe when we finally found a place that put the lion's share of the load on me to get everything packed and labeled ... you get the picture.
The property that we all liked included most of what we were looking for. Sure, I would have preferred there to be a proper garage, so that the vehicles wouldn't experience the force of the elements, but at least there would be a place to put them without having to worry about someone blocking our driveway due to illegal street parking. We would have to pay for lawn maintenance, which we did at the other place anyway ... some local guy would do it for cheap. Also, because it was more of a ranch-style house and did not have multiple stories, we would have to into other challenges associated with being lower to the ground.
Unfortunately, the place did not accept pets.
We checked other locations that could give us most of our specs and the security we wanted, but they weren't feasible.
We had to make the difficult decision to put Tyrion up for adoption. Luckily, he got adopted out, so I'm very happy about that. His presence is missed, and I do have pictures of him up in the living room to make him feel like it's there.
Interesting tidbit: The place we are at currently I initially walked away from.