Mercy, I'm tired.
Yesterday I was at Allan's shortly after 9:00. He and his friend had almost everything finished. There were a few items to be protected with bubble wrap or shrink wrap, and a couple that were being disassembled. Boy, I was a bit stunned with the reality of it all. I could no longer deny that he is leaving.
I plunged in and began wrapping the pictures and mirrors, and over the next couple hours others trickled in. Around 10:30 I left to drive into Rui. I had a bunch of boxes of materials to be shredded. There was a shredding event in the parking lot of a small shopping center where you could take sensitive materials, give a donation for the CrimeStoppers, and be done with it. Allan figured this was a far better deal that (1) sitting at a home shredder for hours, or (2) paying a commercial company almost $100 for the same thing. He made a generous donation. Everyone but the commercial company came out ahead. Then I drove down the street for a couple buckets of chicken.
The rest of the day was spent loading the truck. He used the same service our family has used several times before. A semi trailer is dropped at the house, and you load it yourself. It is picked up a few days later, and your belongings are delivered at the other end. It saves tons of money. Nice to have it done if you have the money, but this is better than driving a U-Haul yourself, and the price is closer to the U-Haul than the commercial movers. I have to say that avoiding driving the truck yourself, because you're already tired from the packing.
About 4:00 I told Allan goodbye. I didn't cry. My eyes stung, but I managed to concentrate on the positives for him in this. He said he was having pangs of regret looking at the empty house, but he, too, was trying to remember the good things ahead and was reminding himself that he would be back.
I was exhausted and still had a lot ahead of me. I came home and unloaded my truck, showered and dressed to go to the fundraiser for Hospice. I left everything on the concrete step in front of the house, because there was no rain in the forecast. I was pressed for time and decided to take care of it all in the morning.
It was a fun event, a silent auction, a chuck wagon dinner and western show. I had a lot of fun. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who came, many of them friends from other parts of my life. That's not unexpected in a small community like this, but I was still happy to see their faces at every turn. The dinner was good, and the show surprisingly entertaining. It was really good music with fun, relaxed banter. I won a couple items at the auction, so I came home with smile on my face.
That smile was very tired, however. I was exhausted. In fact I was so spent that when I went to bed I took a couple Tylenol for the aches that were beginning and a muscle relaxer as well. I knew I was going to be hurting when I woke this morning. I hoped, also, that I'd be able to sleep in this morning. In spite of the meds, I did not sleep well at all. I woke every couple hours, tossed and turned, just miserable.
To be honest, when I woke a little after 6:00, I was relieved to be able to stay awake. So much for sleeping in! Sometimes no sleep is better than that fitful "napping." I made a pot of coffee and brought the carafe, my cup and the laptop to bed. I read a few emails, read the Sunday funnies on line and here I am!
Today I need to take care of some plants I brought home from Allan's. The temps are going to drop below freezing tonight and tomorrow night, so I have to bring them in the house, along with my own. I had a spot of rain last night! It wasn't much, but since there has been no moisture since the miserable cold freeze back in February, it is good. There is a chance of showers today and tomorrow, accompanying the cold nights, and I'm hoping for a little reprieve from the dry conditions.
I also have a couple other things to put away. Allan had a delightful drop leaf table with four folding chairs that store under it. It's casual, like a patio set, and I thought it might come in handy at our potlucks. When I got home last night, I watched the news and heard that there was going to be snow in the northern mountains and that it was raining near Ruidoso! Oops! So I went out and carried the table and chairs up to the deck to protect them, just in case. And it is good I did, because as I was carrying the last item up, it began to shower! As I said it was just a scooch of rain, but anything is welcome.
And guess what? A minute ago I noticed the pups on the edge of the bed, looking out the window, and .... it is snowing!! Amazing!
I'm not doing anything to day but taking care of the plants. I'm just done! Lazy movie day ahead!