Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ta-Ta For Now

I guess I'll never be one of those heroic bloggers who manage to post every day no matter what is going on in their lives.

What is going on in my life right now is our impending move to a cottage at Wake Robin, a retirement community just south of Burlington, a stone's throw from Lake Champlain.

When I first envisaged this move, I thought I could keep up posting at least once a week, but I'm not  managing even that.  And it's not as if I don't have plenty to write about.  In fact, it's probably  the overabundance of topics that, as much as the sorting and packing, has kept me from posting.

Nothing prompts intensive soul searching like having to hold in your hands and make a decision about every single object in your house.  Some day I may write about all that has been going through my mind this winter and spring.  Paradoxically, this shedding of an old life and jumping into a new one requires the recklessness and optimism of youth, not to mention its energy.
But at present all I can think about is trolling liquor stores for empty cardboard boxes, keeping an eye on my dwindling stock of packing tape, and getting rid of the horrible odor that remains on my hands after a day wearing disposable gloves (I can't decide which I can tolerate better, to have my hands grimy with newsprint or smelling of rubber.)

So for now I'll go away from these pages, to return sometime in June when we're settled in our tiny abode in the northern reaches of my green Vermont.  I'm sure I'll have a couple of stories to tell.

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  1. I go with grimy with newsprint. I look forward to your return. Best of luck in all the culling and packing and moving.

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    1. I should've known you'd go with newsprint!

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  2. As long as it's just "for now"! Best wishes on the actual moving. I hate moving!!

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    1. Moving is on all those lists of "major life traumas." I wouldn't go that far, but it definitely tests the soul.

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    2. Old family saying: "Three moves is worse than a fire!"

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  3. I don't comment much, but I enjoy your writing. Good luck with your move and I'll look forward to hearing about your new adventure.

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  4. I think you're amazing to have blogged what you've blogged, dear Lali, in amongst all the decision-making and packing and cleaning and ... and ...

    Good luck for the move, and can't wait to hear about your new life.

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  5. Try Gardening gloves…the thin material kind with a thin coat of rubber.

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    1. Of course! I even have some! I just hope I haven't packed them yet.

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  6. Just getting the essentials done must be overwhelming, so I think you're wise to cut out non-essentials. I look forward to reading your blog once you're settled. You should have lots of stories to tell.

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    1. It's what I call "decision fatigue" that is so draining. After several hours of sorting the other day I came across a half-empty package of tissues at the bottom of a drawer, and couldn't for the life of me decide what to do with it.

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  7. Looking forward to reading you again in June. Good luck with the packing and the move.

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  8. I look forward to your take on the urban world you are moving to, or is it suburban? Will farming (gardening) still be near the top, or visiting downtown Burlington and commenting on the people you see?

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  9. Probably a little bit of each, John.

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  10. Are you settled into WakeRobin yet? (Say that five times fast-WakeWobin) Is your husband building a canoe? Are you wiling away the hours standing in flower gardens chatting with the other ladies? Does it show that I looked at the photos of the WakeRobin site? It does look like a lovely place and I hope you are enjoying settling into your new home.

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  11. It's a slow process, Marty, but at least now we can find our toothbrushes. Wake Robin is a pretty amazing place, and one we're just starting to discover. I'll be writing about it soon.

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