Last week, Robin and I rented an apartment. By all accounts it was the first apartment that either of us had rented in perhaps 30 years as both Robin and I have been home owners for many years. The application was fairly detailed but was pretty much seamless. Soon we were approved renters for a 1002 square foot 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment. Today, Robin and I signed the lease and contractual information and I took possession of the keys.
Driving up Abbey Lane to our new place I was a bit worried. Would the place smell of dog? Was it going to be “clean enough”? All my fears were ameloriated when I opened the door. The place was fairly clean, although still not to my standards, it was a good place to start. With a cadre of cleaning supplies in hand I began to “mark my territory” and get things up to my level of cleanliness. After a couple of hours and a few hand tools, I had the place looking pretty good. Tomorrow, Robin and I will move some things to the new place and do a bit more cleaning. Perhaps, the most discouraging part was replacing the light bulbs. Since we have a view to the North East, there isn’t much light coming in the windows. Made a bit worse, by the fact that the previous occupants had failed to replace burned out bulbs; it was pretty dark.
Fortunately, this apartment is centrally located, it’s just off of I-540 and less than one mile from Willow Creek Woman’s hospital. Should we decide to pare down to one car, Robin could walk to work if necessary. Not a big deal.
Winter came early this year, and while we are used to freezing cold temperatures in Northwest Arkansas, this week has only been conducive to sitting in front the fire place on Jimmie Avenue and warming my cold toes while thinking about points south. Our Vice Commodore, Mike Carron was kind enough to cancel the final race with temperatures fore cast in the 30’s. While I really wanted to race I was thankful for not freezing while trying to keep my head warm enough to think about the next move on the race course. That said, I plan to create a post about my successful drive to fantastic 2013 season aboard Dreamer, the Merit 25 which I have been driving since mid-2012 when our brother Bruce Smith moved south to warmer climes.
The plan changes with each day; but the focus remains the same: move out of our house for the last 17 years and get on with this living on the boat business. It’s clear that this is going to happen in the next few weeks. We need a bit of transition time at the apartment, coupled with a bit of job/transition hunting time for Robin and by mid-January we should be as they say “good-to-go”.
Kat, Cliff and Orion joined us this past weekend for a bit of fellowship. It was Kat’s birthday weekend and she chose to spend it with Robin and I for the last time at our house on Jimmie. Ostensibly, she drove up to collect some things that Robin and I had not planned on keeping and that she might use in Tennessee. She was really keen on Mom’s old curved glass curio cabinet- a reproduction that Mom and Dad purchased many, many, years ago. Kat got a ton of other things that would have been cast-offs, had it not been for her willingness to drive to Fayetteville and rent a truck to take the stuff back to Woodbury. Knowing my sister, these things will be kept in museum quality for the next one-hundred years. She will use them gently and they will become heirlooms for future generations.
I’m pleased that Kat chose to spend her birthday with Robin and I. So pleased, that I “put on the dog” (Gladys Jean’s words) and cooked a fantastic meal consisting of: black and blue shrimp, roasted new potatoes, bone-in pork roast, brussels sprouts (sorry Orion) and a salad. The meal turned out to be fantastic, and spending time with Kat was even better. For other food ideas and recipes tune in to my other blog: Cooking For Robin
It looks like we’ll move out this week and sort more stuff at the apartment, after that it is boating time as we plan to be in Mobile for my birthday. The boat will be launched and we’ll be live-a-boards soon. A plan that started so very long ago is actually all coming together as planned. See you on Mobile Bay, for now