Sunday, August 14, 2016

Where Have I Been?

Good morning, old friends!

So, where have I been, and where am I now?  I've been busy - especially this summer.  Although, who among us hasn't?

The spring brought major changes in the lives of the three kiddos I love so much.  Their dad hired a full-time live-in nanny, cook and housekeeper - all rolled into one.  Was it a good decision?  For him, yes.  For the kids?  Jury's still out on that one.  What that meant for me, though, is that I have the kids just 1 day a week now.  But, I'm grateful I have that.  Very, very grateful!  Because of an out-of-town wedding last weekend, it had been a full 2 weeks since I'd seen them when I picked them up yesterday.  TOO long!  I missed them SO much!

My schedule was actually much lighter when I was caring for the little ones each week.  Now, I'm juggling three jobs.  Four, actually, for the month of August into the beginning of September.  I work for my dad (Papa Pea) two days a week, have the (above-mentioned) kids one day a week, clean the VERY popular AirBnB rental at least one time a week (generally more), and care for three other kids two days a week until school starts.  I think I have just two days off in the remaining weeks of August.  But, hey, ya gotta make it (hay, that is) while the sun shines!  :)

In other news, I've met a boy!  Well, a 45-year old man.  While we were both on an online dating site, neither of us were really looking.  He tells me that my profile read very "anti-relationship".  Which, I guess, is partly true.  After 6 years of single-hood, I was to the point of wanting someone to just . . . find me attractive, I guess.  My "ideal" situation was to find a newsy e-mail waiting for me at the end of a long day and meet someone for a meal out every month or so.

Of course, NOTHING ever goes according to "plan", so I've found myself in love (who knew?!!) and very much looking forward to the time that he leaves his job and home (just over 2 hours away) and we move in together!  "There's no constant in life except change!"

My wee cabin is too small for us to live comfortably, but we've fortuitously been gifted a 34-year old, 30' pull-behind camper that is to become our new home!  And the long-term use of land to park it on!  It's located 9 miles inland (from where I currently sit) in a different micro-climate (in this large county of many micro-climates) from that at my cabin:  hotter in the summer (ugh!) but colder in the winter (ahhh, lovely).  It sits on a BIG inland lake where the fishing is abundant.  We won't see the lake from where our trailer will be nestled in the trees, but it's just a short walk to our canoe or water (to haul in the winter).

My dear friend showing me the trailer for the very first time in May.
It was owned by an elderly gentleman who is no longer able to live independently.  His family has since come and removed all his belongings. 

It's our five-year plan (hence the name of this blog) to live there cheaply for that amount of time while we work hard and save up enough money to buy land and build.

My man is not able to leave his job until the beginning of October, and his time up here beforehand is very limited.  So, a LOT of hard work will happen in October as we ready the trailer for living and get it as winterized as much as we can for this first cold season.  Of course, I have big dreams of painting the semi-dark wood interior a nice, bright (white?) color to make things seem lighter and brighter inside, but that may have to wait until next summer or, with luck, quieter (wintertime?) days when I can do a little here and there.

I'll stop with my musings here so I'll still have "before" pictures to show you and mental meanderings to share before things REALLY start to change in our new home.


  1. Hooray! So glad you've started this blog. It will be fantastic documentation of this wonderful, exciting, brand new phase of your life . . . besides the fact that EVERYONE (!) has no doubt been wondering where the heck you've been and what the heck you've been up to.

    BUT! You have to get a better picture of you and that special guy. You are much more beautiful and he's much handsomer than the picture you've used. (And that's not just your mother speaking. So there.)

  2. How exciting!!!! Lots of changes, but they all sound fantastic!

  3. Back to your roots, eh, Annie? I know two people who can give you a lot of tips... And, well, I am so damn happy for you! Also, very damn happy to have you blogging again. xo