Life has a way of constantly evolving...and then throwing us sideways.
My retirement from the workplace has been going ok. I enjoyed the winter months at Shuswap Lake. I am one of those weird people that actually likes snow.
I spent considerable time shoveling snow to keep the driveway clear. If I got to the task soon after the snow fell, it was easy enough. The snow in the Shuswap region is lightweight and fluffy.
However...if the neighbour got to it with his quad and bucket before I could, it got difficult to clear the driveway. It got compacted and icy. So, if I heard him start up his quad, I'd go outside and get some done while he was taking care of his own driveway and yard.
I am not uploading pictures this time because of the new format of the site. It will only take very small files and it would mean going and re-sizing and re-naming every image I want to share.
You can picture in your mind 4 inches of snow daily. Then 8 inches of snow overnight. Then 4 inches. Then 12 inches in a day.
Anyway...my plan was that once I was finished house sitting at Shuswap Lake I was to go to Merritt, BC. Two hours south of Shuswap and only 3 hours north of Vancouver. I have a friend there who asked me to go be a room mate. I said I would try.
Well...developments happened that weren't in the picture when I agreed.
My friend who has the house in Merritt goes away every winter. While away he messaged me to tell me that some long time friends of his had sold their house near Vancouver and were moving to Merritt. They were going to stay at his house until they found a new house. So, on February 28 I drove to Merritt to meet them, give them keys and show them around the house.
BIG problem for me...the husband of the couple smokes. The son and D-I-L who came to help them also smoke. Even though they smoke on the back deck, it drifts in. I stayed overnight because they had arrived so darn late. It would have been foolhardy for me to drive back to Shuswap in the dark with the icy roads.
In the morning I helped them unload their truck and then left.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. I arrive in Merritt with anticipation of building a garden, joining the local photography club and getting a new library card. I knew the couple were still there but thought I could handle it.
They weren't moving out until July 1. That was 2-1/2 months away.
The day after I arrived I got work in the garden patch just below the deck. Well...that's where the guy smokes...a lot...frequently..and of course he decided to come chit chat. .That ended my gardening.
I set up a table and chairs outside away from the deck and down on the ground...well..he started going to smoke outside the basement door. I went to my room.
I am seriously allergic to smoke. I developed a terrible cough after only a few days at the house. I was short of breath and could hear wheezing in my chest. I started taking my afternoon tea to the front porch because nobody was out there.
The other thing I hadn't counted on was the influence of his friend. His friend also smokes dope. So, my friend also was smoking dope outside the basement door..OMG that stuff reeks. I don't use drugs. Never have. I don't care if someone else wants to use...but not around me...my friend wasn't using at the time I agreed to come to Merritt. To top it off...his friend is a very heavy user of alcohol. My friend started drinking too...he was getting shitfaced...which meant he was loud, obnoxious and rude.
And speaking of rude....he had developed a habit of belching and farting....loudly and often...Whatever happened to dignity and good manners?
In the 8 nights I was there I managed only one night of decent sleep.
I was sliding into an anxiety attack and back into depression before I gave myself a swift kick in the butt. I secured a storage locker and moved all my belongings to the storage locker. That way once I decide what my next move is, it will be easy to get it without any discomfort.
Fortunately I had a commitment for a few weeks that got me out of there. I am currently in the lower mainland (Vancouver area) house sitting for three weeks. Then I will go visit my mother. She actually has admitted for the first time ever...that she needs some help. I'll spend a week helping get the house and yard spruced up and then I'll go to Vancouver Island to visit my long time friend for a week. She and her hubby bought a new house and she is excited to show me.
I was feeling somewhat shell shocked by the turn of events in Merritt, but I'm starting to think and work on what's next.
The 2 men at the house are 67 years old. It's like my friend regressed to being an adolescent.
They will never read this because neither of them have ever been involved in motorcycles and one of them does not go on a computer...ever...and my friend can barely manage Facebook.
I'll see what other house sitting arrangement I can find...otherwise...ROAD TRIP.