Okay! It is a lazy Sunday here in Florida. The rain started about four hours ago and now at six p.m., it is still a steady rain. It was so much cooler this entire weekend and overcast. It has been ninety degrees most of this past week and it has dropped dramatically to low seventies during the day all weekend! I did finish up the shed except my paint supplies and Christmas decoration stuff. That was a huge scary job. I pulled out a big suitcase I was going to air out and use and it had a medium size hornets nest built inside! I quickly tossed it into the back of my truck. It’s trash now! I can’t believe I saved so much junk out there! So now even though I only have it about twenty percent full with stuff I am keeping. I am not sure it will hold everything I want to store. I have discovered that it is my husband with not only more items to send than me, but way more junk he wants stored! He is a pack rat. It is going to be really nice to downsize our life so severely from where we were.
It is going slowly inside but it’s going. I have so much packing left to do. Both for shipping and to save in the shed. I am giving away my living room couch and chair. After ten years of life with the Boyers it is beat to hell. Or if no one picks it up off the curb, I will have the garbage man pick it up. Vanessa is posting the few nice pieces of furniture I have. And I do mean few. I want my dressers as they have special meaning to me as silly as that sounds! Mark’s dresser is actually Scott’s dresser that I bought over thirty years ago. It was the first really nice piece of furniture I ever bought. My mom was still working at Peoples Department store downtown Tacoma then. She called me so excited. She saw this wonderful dresser than was on sale fifty percent off plus her twenty percent discount!! I don’t know how I did but I wanted it for him and he needed one badly. Anyway I put it on layaway and within a month with my tips from waiting tables, I bought that beautiful dresser for two hundred and seventy-five dollars. It was over six hundred before the sale and mom’s discount! It still looks awesome and is in beautiful condition. The other two I use are antiques. One is an old fashioned *chifarobe*. I can not find the right spelling for that word and it is an old southern word so it may be slang. Anyone out there reading if you know, let me know! I have two more dressers I don’t care that much about that Vanessa and Alex are using. I haven’t decided to sell or store.
Okay what else has gone on since last we spoke. Or I should say wrote. Oh! I know something I will share with all of you. Alex’s passport has expired. He lives with us. He is Vanessa’s husband for those of you that may not know. He has mailed it five times now and they continue sending it back over the damn picture!! He is Canadian and evidently they are much stricter than the U.S.A. The picture either had a glare, he was smiling, he was smirking (he wasn’t) the first one was the wrong size. We use 2×2. They use 2×2 and three-fourths. Each time is really a pain the ass. Our post office always has a long line so there is a wait plus he can’t work here as he was going to school so it is a $20 hit for me each time. The picture is twelve bucks too. So. The latest on that saga of the passport is I sent it off again this past Friday. Each time takes four to six weeks. I want to fly out of here in just under six more weeks, (June first) so say a little prayer, light a candle, chant some mojo whatever floats your boat my way please that this fifth time is the charm and the passport passes inspection! Whew! That was a hell of a long ass sentence! My writing style is kind of a James Joyce Stream of Consciencenous style. Whatever pops in my head! Hope I am not loosing you all!!
Okay onto the list! Six items are crossed off with four more pending. Stove is fixed. Needed three brand new burners plus new plugs for all four burners and wiring. I clean those little drip trays too often I guess but I can’t stand when they have any overspill or grease on them. So I am constantly taking them apart. Since Mark had taken over the cooking about the past eight months, the stove took a beating. As a professional cook, he cooks like he is using a restaurant stove. He cooks everything high and grease is splattering and fires are sparking under the burners (it’s an electric stove) and seasonings and food are splattered all over the top. It’s a twenty minute clean-up on the stove when he is done. He does cook awesome meals though so I don’t bitch about it to him. But I will to you guys just a teense! Kidding! I miss him. But the stove has been clean all week!! The solar panels are down! Also the eves that needed replacing from those crappy old panels are about half way from being replaced and yes Kathy ‘Robert is doing all the work! Where he is replacing all the damaged wood of those eves that rotted out due to all the leaking problems I have had the past few years with those darned solar panels. It is worse damage then I thought and is from the end of the house and all the way across my front porch. about twenty feet or so. He said all the bolts had rusted out so rain was dripping thru the holes too contributing to the damage. All those bolts ran across the front porch too. Onward with the list! That is four things so far and I should have added that damned passport! I have spent hours dealing with that. Air conditioner has been serviced and all checked out. Something I have never done in the eight years since I bought it! Ha! I ought to rent my home out more often. All the beat up broken down stuff is getting fixed finally. And The Plumber has been by! He just checked out what I need repaired and will be back. He has to drill through my living room wall to get to the shower pipes. Elijah was visiting (My Grandson) and he is just like his dad!! My son Scott’s little guy and he is darling and so sweet. He went in by himself to shower. He couldn’t get the water on so he reamed and the handle that doesn’t turn on water but turns on the body sprays and hand held wand. He totally stripped it so it hasn’t worked since they visited at least two years ago. He felt terrible poor little dude! He is this little bull! He is nine now and is wrestling and I guess he kicks ass according to his dad. So that is six with two of them a work in progress. Only thirty more to go. I am so glad I have my list.
Okay here is some great news. Mark and I been skyping and today he found us a place to rent! Prices are high there so I am not getting the two bedroom I wanted but I am getting which sounds like an awesome one bedroom right on the ocean! It is also safe. It is the first floor of a three story house. The owner lives on the second and third floor and owns a security firm. Mark says his guys carry AK-47’s. I think I got the numbers right. Maybe not. I am not certain. But they are guns anyway. So no one messes with him or his home as it is very well protected. Also Mark has his own driver available twenty-four/seven. And the driver is for me too and he is a security/body guard. So no worries my family and friends. I will be safe. The place has living room furniture and a bed and is very small. It’s a shotgun style it sounds like to me. You know the kind. Doni-Lynne, I know you know what I mean. They have them in Louisiana. You enter into the living room, walk straight through into our bedroom, then comes the kitchen and then you are out the back door all in a row, hence shot gun style! It is going to be so freeing to not have a bunch of stuff and live so simply. No more stressing because I need to clean and I hurt too much. Outside is a gorgeous yard full of flowers and vegetables. There is also a large pagoda in the back right by the ocean. It has a nice grill for BBQ’ing and picnic tables. The landlord said we can have parties out there and although he has a full time gardener I am welcomed to plant whatever I want. Mark told him I love to garden.
Alright! I am going to stop now. Lord knows I could easily keep going but I don’t want to tire you out or bore you or worse put y’all to sleep!
Much love and hugs, Sandy Boyer