My even temper and positive attitude is amazing even me nowadays. I’m totally serene. Last night I was taking a heavy trash bag full of potting soil out to the curb. It broke open and poured down the stairs. I mean, a ton of potting soil. Several gallons. Didn’t bother me a bit. I just swept it up without a care in the world. What’s with that?!
Speaking of trash … On our way to the dump in Lake Clear last Monday, we had a conversation about how now feel like we belong more here than there. That is, our thoughts about the Adirondacks are a bit ahead of our move schedule. With applying for jobs, going to the dump, getting a PO Box, and generally acting more like actual residents, the Adirondacks are already feeling more like home than NYC.
And if we think that little fact is a big deal, wait ’til this weekend! The land is being graded this very minute. On Saturday, the RV will arrive, our tangled pile of stuff can be moved out of the crowded sheddycabin, and we’ll finally have a real bathroom. Our pots and pans can be put away. The cabin can be put into use as an extra room/library. You might think that moving into an RV and shed from a large NYC apartment is a bit of a bring down. Not so.
Yes, there’s less space. But it’s manageable. We’re moving from about 950 square feet into about 550 square feet. The RV is about 400sf, and the cabin is about 150. And really, particular features of the RV are much nicer and cleaner than any apartment we’ve lived in.
I’ll be thrilled to have a clean, “new” kitchen. Many/most NYC apartments are pre-war. Most NYC apartments have also never had a proper renovation. Plaster crumbles. Doors don’t fit. Kitchens are far from updated. Bathrooms are squeezed into weird spaces. Vent hatches and transoms let dust and dirt in. These are the sorts of places that you can never really get quite clean. Does that make sense?
This is by far the nicest kitchen we’ve ever had, and this is by far the cleanest place we’ve ever had. The fact that we are going to have a spotless kitchen with a little counter space, decent storage, and a microwave is a bit thrilling.
In the little shed building, we’re going to line the cabin walls with shelves for our (piles and piles) of books. I’m going to put my piano in there. The air bed can go in there when need be for guests (though they’ll have to come into the RV to use the facilities)!
I’m going to plant some new trees and get some grass going before we start tearing the house down. I know it’s kind of ahead of the curve, but I want the reward of making the place look a little better before I start the next big ugly project. Gotta live a little. Ya know?
I’ll be remote blogging this weekend – stay tuned!