There is good news here in Lynilu Land! Now for me (well, indirectly, I suppose), but for Gail. Gail made an offer on a house, and after a couple counters, it was accepted. She is now "under contract"!! She will stay here until after it closes, and that is set for 10/30. Well, if there are no hiccups. From my "under contract" date to the actual closing date was three months and three reschedules of the date! I suspect hers won't be nearly that complicated because she is not dealing with several issues that I was.
I've enjoyed having Gail here. However, we have both been tested during this time. It is hard to adjust to living with another person when you've lived alone. For me it was just a few months of actually living alone; for Gail it was many years. But we both have made adjustments to make it work. There weren't any really big problems, but we both have been antsy at times. Friends are supposed to live close, but probably not this close!!
I've felt bad for Gail, having no significant personal space. We shared pretty well, but it was not always easy. I'm sure you all know or can hypothesize based on your own experience with a spouse/significant other, a room/house mate, or an adult child that has returned to the home. It takes a lot on every one's part to coexist without ruffling the other's feathers. Each person has their own lifestyles or living habits, and making even small changes can be difficult. There are times that you feel you just have to have your own, quiet, unencroached-on space. Additionally, Gail is spending weekends at her brother's home and helping out with household duties because her sister-in-law is having treatment for breast cancer. She has not had elbow room with her name on it for weeks now.
On the good side, I've had someone to talk to ... well, someone who actually answers me. the dogs just look at me like, "Huh? Wha'd you say?" when I talk to them. We've shared cooking and doing dishes. Gail has cleaned the bathroom she uses and vacuumed. And she will still be my captive, er, still be here this Saturday and Sunday to help me with the yard sale. We have had a lot of fun reminiscing about the old days and gossiping about old friends or new ones. She is learning what a quirky community into which she has chosen to settle, and we share daily joys and laments about it. And when it is all over, I'll have a good friend living within about five miles.
So, say a few hip-hip-hurrays today for Gail! She has been "unanchored" for nearly two years, so this is really big for her. Truly it is Home, Sweet Home to her mind already.