We close on the sale of our house, today. A house that we absolutely love. If we love it so much, why sell it? We’re being taxed out of it. Our monthly payments have increased ~$100/mo each year for the last three years. It was set to increase, again, this year. There is just no way. Add in a lot of other mitigating factors; and, honestly, it was a no brainer to sell the place. It’s in great condition and we love, love, love it. But, new neighbours, taxes, and so much more just have us making the decision to move on. Not an easy one by far.
Then, well, the Mister forgets he’s not 20 any more and throws out his back. So, for the last week, I’ve been trying to finish up the packing and storing and tossing of what remains of our possessions…and, working my job full time. If it hadn’t been for the oldest helping me out, I couldn’t have done it. Thankfully, he took on tossing all that we were not keeping, so I only had to focus on getting our keeper stuff packed and into storage. Sounds simple enough, until you realize we’re trying to relocate …. in a Fiat 500. You read that correctly. We really could use a truck; but, we’ve given ours away to someone who really, really needs it. So, for our first trip to our ‘new’ home, we will be taking only the essentials.
Not so big a deal, that, until you realize that when you pack stuff up thinking “I won’t need that for a while, I’ll get it next pass through”….and, then two days later realize, “crap, I need that, now – which box did I put it in?” Because, while you might have labeled the boxes as the primary focus boxes for next time through – you didn’t inventory said boxes, so it’s Bob’s your uncle on which one it’s in. **sighs** Frustrating, to say the least. Right now, I’m at the point of, just get moved, figure out what it is that is needed and put it on the list for next time you’re through town. I mean, yeah, it will be painful, driving back and forth; but, we shouldn’t have to do but, maybe, one more run to have it all done.
Just, a lot of stress. New boss, ‘new’ house, getting rid of about 80% or more of our possessions, etc. Add to that all the traveling involved in the next six weeks; and, I just want to go crawl in a hole somewhere and not come out until it’s all done.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited about the opportunities. Work is finally doing what I was told I could do when I first left Dell solely for the purpose of taking advantage of said perk…..working remotely. I’m still not getting paid what I was told I would be. Yes, I still have hard feelings for the liar who conned me into the position with falsehoods and half-truths. However, with the company having been acquired twice – the latest acquisition is actually honouring the most important part of that original deal. And, this changes my life significantly for the better. We’ve been working toward getting the house sold since the company agreed to let me work remote; and, we’ve been bouncing back and forth between residences like a yo-yo. So, finally getting that last bit taken care of is a huge relief. Getting to step out onto a “new adventure” is enticing and exciting.
I am thrilled about the opportunities that are available, now. With the sale of the house, I am finally able to be debt free for the first time in 30 years. I never thought I would see the day in which I could say I had zero debt. It’s a little overwhelming, if I’m honest about it. I have heard stories of old slaves who were freed and continued to work for their previous masters simply because they could conceive of no other life…I never could, truly, comprehend such a decision. I think I have a little more understanding of such a thing, now. I have been a debt slave since I was a teenager. The concept of being free of that yoke is still something I am processing. I don’t think I will believe it is actually happening until it’s done.
Anyway – speaking of debt slave behaviours….well, that and a work ethic I can’t seem to shake **grins** It’s time for me to toddle off for another cuppa and get myself serious about the day.
Here’s to life – with all its ups and downs.SHARE