I have been absent for a while due to a lot of factors. One of them being winter.
I have been house sitting in Vancouver and was busy with snow removal, constant rain, visiting an aging parent, child minding, vehicle trade-in, house hunting and house buying. And I just couldn't be bothered being on my computer very much.
I struggled through reading Game of Thrones book 1 and gave up halfway through book 2.
I have been helping a friend (who I consider to be a bit of a hoarder) to de-clutter her place. It was so bad there was no place to sit and no table at which to eat. I think living like that finally took its toll, so she asked me if I could help her. Phew. Big job.
I will be finished my house sitting here in Vancouver at the end of the month. I bought a little house in Merritt, BC. It is 3 hours from Vancouver....although I know other people who make it quicker.
I took possession of the house March 14 and put all my belongings from storage into the house. I'll head there with the rest of my things on the long weekend.
I traded in my truck and got a Dodge Journey. So far I like it. I still don't have another motorcycle because I didn't have my own place. Once I get moved and organized, I will start looking to see what is available. I won't be able to afford a new one this time. I count my blessings though. My two bikes I had were both new. The city of Kamloops is only an hour away from Merritt, and that is possibly where I will be able to find a bike. Not likely in Merritt. It's a small town of about 7500 people.
Some people question my sanity about moving away from Vancouver. I was born and raised here and lived and worked here. But now that I am on pensions, I cannot afford to stay here. The housing prices are ridiculously high and the rental situation is just as bad. Most rents now cost more than my income. A lot of people are moving to the Fraser Valley and commuting in. It is a bit more affordable than Vancouver, but it is slowly catching up. If anybody ever sees news reports about the housing crisis in Vancouver...it is true. About the only people who are happy are the real estate agents, the wealthy and folks who already own. Therefore....I'm moving. Merritt is still affordable. As lower mainland people start to retire, they are selling their very expensive houses and moving. They have money left over.
I will look for a part time job once I move. That way I can save for a bike.