I’m in Love!

19 Feb

Srsly. Can hardly think straight today, the ideas are whirling around in my head.

Oh. Get your jaw off the floor – I’m in love with my new life, duh! Sorry, should have said that πŸ˜€

Yesterday Awana, Sabu and I walked up to the local Hippie Mart where I found some lovely Darjeeling leaf tea. It was a day off from the shop, so I brewed and drank two full pots (four cups!) and it was wonderful and there was no one here to point out the cost or that I really drink too much caffeine, or to complain about tea leaves in the sink, or any damned thing. It was bliss.

SANY3136Leaf tea has been a personal indulgence for a few years, a little treat that I try not to take too much for granted as it ain’t cheap, but it is oh, so goooood.

Spent the rest of the day making Real Money and when the sun went down I did something that would have caused M’s head to explode – I groomed the dog in the house. Not only did I brush her, but I fired up the electric trimmer and started her thrice-yearly haircut process. She hates it, so it takes about three days to get it all done and it makes a mess you wouldn’t believe. Know what? It felt good to do this little chore inside. Afterwards I vacuumed up the mess and you would never know that I’d been Dog Grooming indoors. Hah! And he said it couldn’t be done!

Today was a Shop Day. Sabu and I headed out early to run a couple of errands and stop by the dog park. The weather was dry, but overcast and not very warm. We arrived at the dog park with half an hour to play, but it was deserted. Sabu chased the ball a bit in a desultory way, trotting around the fence perimeter looking for a playmate.

And then we heard the best sound in the world! Tags jingling on a dog collar! It was Nanook and he was so happy to see his girl. They started to run and romp, and then what did we hear, but more tags on another dog collar! Fat brown lab Buddy joined us inside the fence, but he’s not much fun and Nanook and Sabu ignored him for the most part. Wait! Is that the sound of more tags? Yes, indeed, Merrick came to join the fun and Sabu was over the moon with happiness.

Three, count ’em, THREE boys all vying for her attention! She ran from one to another and back again and they all chased and wrestled and then the worst thing in the world happened. We ran out of time. We had to go to work. I swear Sabu thinks those are the worst six words in the human language – “we have to go to work.”

She was having none of it and we were late to work by the time I finally got a leash on her and dragged her into the car. The boys all stood at the fence to watch her drive away and I felt so bad, but cash for kibble has to come before fun and I gave her a treat to lessen the blow.

Long day at the shop. Slow, not many customers. Gave me a lot of time to think. I have a Storage Problem. Probably warrants a separate post, but I want to get this down before I change my mind. The first part of this problem is clothes. I have quite a few clothes. Clothes for most life situations, but nothing Really Dressy. I have quite a lot of Clothes That Can Get Dirty and quite a lot of Clothes That Can Go To Work. They do not all fit in the allotted space in Towanda* and something has to give.

And then it occurred to me – at the end of the week, the Stuff I Wear Everyday is in the dirty clothes basket. Everything else is “extra.” I don’t have much room in my life for “extra” right now. What would happen if I boxed up most of the “extra” and sold it? I mean, besides that I might end up with a little cash in my pocket. Would the world end? Would I find myself under dressed at a formal event? Snicker. Not likely I would be at a Formal Event. If I just threw out all the stuff that is worn, torn, finally Broken In, would I regret it? If I donated the stuff that’s not good enough to sell but too good to toss, would it be a relief?

Stay tuned – I have the next two days off work and I plan to find out just what can be done about the Clothes Situation.

* Who is the moron who designed the storage spaces in travel trailers? The “wardrobe” is square, with one corner cut off and a hanging bar mounted diagonally from corner to corner. The hangers don’t fit at either end of the bar and the triangle in the back is totally dead space. There are no shelves in any of the cabinets and nothing is even close to the size it is in a stix & brix house, so new folding methods have to be devised. Gaaaahhhh! Details to follow on Travels with Towanda.


Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Digging Out, I totally Rock!, RV Living


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22 responses to “I’m in Love!

  1. 3kids2cats1divorce

    February 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Yes, getting rid of things will result in the occasional regret. But it’s a twinge, not cancer! I find it freeing to get rid of all the fat clothes and the thin clothes, and the maybe-if-someday clothes, keeping only the what I actually wear clothes. There’s even a blog about this, the project 333. Check it out! I’m really loving your adventures — thanks for the updates!

    • Sofia Leo

      February 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      LOL! “It’s not cancer.” First World problem, right? I am so very lucky that I have anything to think about getting rid of, and I am fully aware of it, I assure you. Just one more thing to be overwhelmed about, but at least I’m at a place where I can deal with my hoarding tendencies now πŸ™‚

  2. behindthemaskofabuse

    February 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    i’m staying tuned! so happy you’re enjoying your freedom!! xo

    • Sofia Leo

      February 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks! It feels really, really good to be in this place.

  3. JackieP

    February 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    So glad you are doing so well! keep it going! As for getting rid of things, I vote you should. It also can be very freeing. πŸ™‚ hugs!

    • Sofia Leo

      February 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      There’s no doubt I have to do it. Rent on my storage unit is $75 per month and I can’t justify that expense for long. It’s all gotta go! No place to hold a yard sale, though, so other methods must be employed. Should be interesting.

  4. Bethany

    February 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I am SO proud of you and happy for you πŸ™‚ and I love good quality tea. Your teapot and cups are adorable!

    • Sofia Leo

      February 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you. I bought the pot years ago and it’s long been a favorite, just the right size. The cup is new – Awana commented that I seem to have a black & white theme going, so I’m sticking with it for now (with pops of red and orange) to see if maybe I can finally have a cohesive decorating scheme. I’m a bit too eclectic for that, but I’m giving it a try πŸ™‚

  5. Jenny

    February 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    It is so refreshing seeing you so happy in your posts, like the others we are loving your new discoveries of happiness πŸ™‚

    • Sofia Leo

      February 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you! It feels so good to have no pressure in my life, no dark cloud hanging over every word or action, no one to disapprove if I do something just because it makes me laugh or feel good.

  6. Awana

    February 20, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Folding?oh, yeah, I guess I remember that! Actually it’s “Hippies Gone Retail” mart…but the food is good!!! And that’s what counts! I must say, I don’t miss the complaining about food costs, either, while maintaining two motorcycles…bleh…

    • Sofia Leo

      February 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Hippie whatever, it’s a good shop! Any shop that stocks my favorite leaf tea will continue to get my business πŸ™‚

  7. merbear74

    February 20, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Sounds like heaven to me!

  8. Melanie

    February 20, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I am so happy to hear your happiness. I’ve lived in some tight spaces in my life. I learned to fold things in thirds instead of halfs so they would take more space going up rather than out.

    • Sofia Leo

      February 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      It is a bit different, but in a good way. I like that my stuff is getting weeded out and that the very real limits of weight and space inside Towanda are forcing me to let go of a ton (literally!) of baggage. It’s a Very Good Thing!

  9. H. Stern

    February 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Poor puppy!! That’s what I’m taking away from this; you’re hampering your pup’s social skills!! So tragic.


    • Sofia Leo

      February 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      She totally agrees with you! All these years she has been denied her right to run with The Pack and it’s only now, while she’s wet and covered with mud, that she can truly be happy. If only dinner would show up on time every night and she would be allowed to eat the yappy little shit across the street, then she would be fulfilled at last!

  10. El Guapo

    February 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Glad to hear how much you’re enjoying yourself! And as you get rid of the old stuff, I bet when you need to, you’ll replace it with stuff you like without any bad memories attached!

    • Sofia Leo

      February 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Truthfully, I don’t really need to get any new stuff. Really. Some sort of shelving solution and I’ll be doing just fine. I bought an outdoor extension cord today and that was probably the last “new” thing I will ever need. I have so.much.stuff. Stuff that I love and stuff that I don’t love, but plenty in any case. Gave away a bunch of clothes and misc. crap to the GoodWill truck and a bunch of books and magazines to the Ladies Who Knit tonight and it felt so good! More to come.

  11. Jenny

    February 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Watched the movie Safe Haven with Josh Duhamel & Juliane Hough and it was about a woman fleeing her abusive “COP” husband and finds love again….the ending had all my gal friends and I in tears ( of joy) and I thought of you so much in this movie!


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