Moving after 18 years in our home, raising kids and providing living and storage space to many of their friends, is a full time job. I told C that at times I've felt far more stress in this experience than I ever felt in the job from which I retired. It's almost enough to send a person back to the land of the employed.
This post will cover the top three highlights, all of equal importance:
Daughter M, between jobs, came to our rescue accompanied by partner KC, and roommate, Devin. They commandeered plans for a garage sale. sorting through closets and setting up the 10x30 pink party tent as a mini department store: health and beauty, toys, clothes, housewares, books... Fortunately there was no maternity department as, unlike other items, I was wise enough not to hang onto those clothes for 26 years. My stuff busters changed the online ads daily, afterwards getting most of what remained hauled away for free. All in all a successful process.
Next, we were visited by a member of our Camino family, fellow pilgrim, Diego from Mexico.
A chef with a high end cruise line, this is the guest everyone loves to have. He and KC worked together on a fabulous meal of Indian food, starting with Diego's Whisk-tea, black tea, clementine and peach juice, fortified with whiskey:
The next morning he cooked a fancy version of huevos rancheros, complete with roasted veggie salsa:
Notice the vintage Corelle dish? I threw out all my chipped and scratched good dishes and am filling in with old Corelle, pulled from the garage sale. Love the weight of them.
So sorry to see him go, but Diego renewed my Camino anticipation and I'm looking forward to the next phase of the pilgrimage in Portugal.
Finally, remember B's RV from my last post, the one that was causing me considerable maternal angst? It's been sold!! Excuse my enthusiasm embellished with double exclamation points. In consideration of their future plans, and working on all the interior updates, B and S decided that the beginning of the summer provided the best opportunity for resale. It was sold in two days proving any type of residence is a hot item in the Vancouver market.
Tomorrow we get the keys to our "new" house and on Tuesday we meet with the builder. Way too much excitement around here.