Another week has gone by, and I have a few things about which I can write.
To Move or Not: I’ve been writing for years now that we need to move, but still we’re here. Judy asked if we were moving in yesterday’s comments, and I had to think. Why are we still here? I have no answers. Of course, I’d love to stay in this house and die here. I’ve grown so accustomed to it, and I truly do love it here. But that’s impractical, and I have to accept it. If we were to stay, many things have to be considered. First: the house is too large for just two people. It’s great to have space for people to sleep over, but that doesn’t happen enough. Second: with my disability, we’d need to make the house more accessible. Right now, I can still walk, but the stairs are difficult. The outside entrances all have steps, too. I’d need a ramp and a stair glide to make my way around. Third: this house is expensive. The cost of heating and cooling a three-story, hundred-year-old home is high. Then there’s the constant upkeep which is costly when you think of all that needs doing on a regular basis. NJ real estate taxes are high, too. Fourth, as we age, it gets more difficult to maintain a house like this. So, the cons far outweigh the pros of staying. So, I think I may have to give in and get moving on this. I just don’t want to, though.
The Name Game: The new puppy was named “Blizzard.” My idea of “Nutmeg” was vetoed, and the reason is that he isn’t tan/brown enough. My second choice was “Jake.” The puppy’s birth name was Jacob, and I just took the shortened form. If I had known they were going for a name connected to his origin (Siberian: cold, snow,) I’d have gone for “Yuri,” after Dr. Zhivago. But my ideas are the never the ones chosen. My vote for the first grand was “Evan” and “Declan” for the second. I wasn’t even close! Maybe I’ll just start an imaginary family and use all the names I like. Anyway, welcome to Blizzard.
Weather: We are definitely into spring, now. The temperatures have been just perfect – 60s and 70s, and there’s always a gentle breeze. Today we have showers, but the weekend looks ideal. I don’t get outside too much, but I love looking out the windows and seeing everything sprouting. The early flowers are now leaving, and, in their place, we have the leaves coming on the trees, and the blossoms that come with them. The short-lived Magnolias are out, and I’ve seen several robins in the yard. I check my window each day to see if my dogwoods are out, but so far, they’re still in bud form. I just want to savor this weather because much too soon, it will be hot.
Sunshine on my Shoulder: That was a great song by John Denver, but not something I want literally. My front windows here in the den face southwest, and when the sun sets, it comes through the third window. If I’m on the computer then, I get hit with that intense heat on my shoulders and neck. It doesn’t last long, but it’s enough to make the MS wake up and want to pitch a hissy fit. My husband is getting another shade for that window. I can then leave all three shades up in the morning and draw them in the afternoon as the sun sinks. The other wall of windows is fine, so I won’t get too claustrophobic.
Books/TV: I finished Lisa Scottoline’s Betrayed, and it was quite good. Now, I’m reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’m enjoying it, and the reading is going quickly. I have five more books from the library sitting on my shelf, so I’m good to go for a few weeks. TV series are winding down, and I look forward to some summer shows. I’ve been watching The Bible (NBC) on Sunday nights, and I like what they’ve done to the stories.
Well, that’s it for another week. More drivel will follow in our next episode.