This is the pile of stuff that I need to cram into my VW Beetle. Not shown are the two suitcases, two boxes of CDs, my sewing machine, and my instruments. Good thing I've been playing a lot of Tetris lately.
I have been working like crazy to get the house and myself ready for the road. The following may sound like I am making huge sacrifices, but keep in mind that I have wanted to do this for so long that this month has been strangely one of the lowest stress times I've felt in a long time (well except for the Lilly search, but now even that is perfect). I have sold or given away almost everything I own. My philosophy is this: what goes around comes around. I don't expect those exact items to come back, of course, but hopefully, when I want to settle back into the world, things I need will present themselves. I have worked very hard on finishing details for the house. Carpet, paint touch-ups, bathtub work... It looks really great. I have scanned ALL of my documents. I no longer have any paper files. By the way, I offer that service in my organizing bizness! Through all of this work, I feel very at peace. No matter what happens this was the right thing to do in this moment. Merry Christmas!
Deciding to go on the road was a pretty big decision. Along with it came even bigger decisions and processes. I decided that in order to really put things in motion, my actions should reflect the acceptance of every possibility. I decided to put the house on the market. If it sells, there will be completely new options when I choose to settle back into a world with ceilings and plumbing. The other huge and difficult decision was to give up my furry partner of almost nine years. That blob on the floor is my cat, Lilly. She has been with me through so much and she has always truly been MY cat. The last couple of weeks, I went through watching two possible options for Lilly fall through. The second one, quite honestly, nearly ended the idea of going on the road. Then three friends pulled me back up. I sent out another plea via email... This time with time running out. I got a response from a wonderful loving person who after meeting Lilly this afternoon, called to say she would like to adopt Lilly.
Yesterday I got an iPhone. I can take pics and do email anywhere and I can post blogs!!! This morning I took Lilly to the vet. She was nervous, but she was calm and SOOO good. I took her pic with my phone and now I'm posting. This is so cool!
I went to the trailer hitch store today. I have a VW Beetle. When I called around to ask about towing with it, I got a couple of chuckles, a couple of people got online on my behalf to look up some things, and this custom hitch place that has treated the whole idea with an attitude of "why the hell not?" Even at that, there has been some issue as to whether it would even be possible to attach a hitch and then to actually tow with this car. After much debate and a trip to the custom place, it has been decided. Tomorrow a hitch will be installed. I am so thrilled. This is a puzzle piece that has been uncertain. I want to go on the road. I could go on the road without a pop-up trailer, and just sleep in a tent, but the pop-up would be so much more comfortable and weatherable. I love to camp, but this year at TRF sleeping on the ground was a little rough.
I hope I don't tear up at the custom hitch place tomorrow. I'm really that excited.
I just got word that I will be at the Arizona Renaissance Festival for all eight weekends!!!! I am so thrilled, excited, etc.... So many things are about to change in my life in big big ways. I have to get prepared to be on the road for three months, possibly (hopefully) more. I better finish this blog entry so I can get to work! :-)
Bill & Emily of "Constant Billy" host the radio show, Irish Aires, on KPFT in Houston, TX. I tuned in on Saturday and heard myself!! You can listen to the show HERE! Wyndnwyre, Clandestine, and Teribus are also on this episode. Enjoy the show!