The best cure for the post-trip doldrums is to start planning the next one!
While reading the SeeYaDP forum, Craig noticed the announcement of the Alfa Owners annual rally scheduled for April 15 - 21, in Casa Grande Arizona. He suggested that if we got a lot of work done in the next couple of months, we should go.
I'm good with that!
I suggested we go to the Grand Canyon on our way back.
He's good with that!
So the beginnings of the next adventure are starting to take shape.
Actually this is much like I imagined this process to be. Work on the house for a few months, then take off in the RV for a while.
But I have hard time being patient.
I want the house done.
I'm a terrible nag.
Craig assures me it will get into marketable shape by this summer.
I'm hoping, but have my doubts.
I find planning a next trip goes a long way toward keeping me from getting too depressed!
This last week and a half has been hard. I continued the job of culling things out of my studio, but then came to the conclusion that culling was an impossible, halfway measure.
So last Tuesday I declared my retirement.
Craig did his part later that day and took down my web site.
I spent several days packing up art stuff and either putting it aside for a future flea market, Goodwill, or loading it into the van so I could take it to the dump. For the first trip, I went by myself, and as I tossed things out of the back of my van, I almost shed a few tears. But as I drove back home I felt liberated.
I still have to deal with a closet full of fake fur, but without sculpture masters or sculpture materials, it will be easy to part with. On Monday, Craig helped me cut up and remove my work benches. We filled the van, and he helped me take this load to the dump.
Next we will have to restore the walls. After 23 years of nails, paint splashes, and other mars, they need a lot more than just a quick paint job! At the moment we have four fluorescent light fixtures on the ceiling. They are not quite shop lights, and do have "natural light" bulbs, but they are fluorescents and not suited for bedroom lights. When we moved in there were no overhead lights at all. I think the best thing is to ask a realtor about what to do.
Heat is another problem. There is none. We do have central forced air heat upstairs, but the lower level does not have any ducts. The family room is nice and warm when the wood stove is burning, but the bathroom is freezing in winter, and I had to use a space heater in the studio.
I'm thinking of getting one of those little fake electric wood stoves.
At first I thought we should have some heaters installed in the walls, or maybe do baseboard heat, but I think the electric stove would be more interesting and could be moved to whichever part of the room the occupant wanted it. Everyone seems to hate baseboard heat anyway.
Craig was been hard at work as well. He has his own project, new doors and woodwork in a number of places, but he helps me whenever I need him to, and vice versa.
So, I'm looking forward to planning the next trip!
Has anyone done the Grand Canyon at the end of April?