#SoCS: Endings and Beginnings

You may have noticed that I haven’t been hanging around the blogosphere much in the last three weeks. Or perhaps you didn’t, but no matter. I’m still here.

My roomie, Natasha, has moved to a place of her own, which involved far more important business than writing about cat cries and bike rides. For perhaps ten days to two weeks, it was a mad rush for Natasha to pack up her many things and bring our separation to completion.

I stayed put in the apartment, but that meant switching out most of the kitchen items to start, splitting things we shared (counting garbage bags, for instance), emptying out a storage shed (my boxes came to the apartment, Natasha’s to her new place), and taking Natasha’s boxes and furniture to her new abode. In between, I utilized Amazon, Target and Wal-Mart to buy the necessities I was missing or needed to replace. Simple things like a shower curtain, bakeware, wastebasket, etc., and the priority of a larger TV for the living room.

We may have gone up and down the stairs a lot. Lifted things up and put them down a lot. Functional exercise to the max that may have built a few muscles, but also fired up a trigger point in my back that required rest, Advil and a trip to the chiropractor. I’m getting a little old for this moving business.

It was time for endings and beginnings. Natasha and I are both retired now and between this fact and a pandemic that kept us close to home, we were in each other’s face a little too much. We both desired our own spaces to do what we want, when we want, however we want. Have private phone conversations without shutting a door or cook food in the kitchen without being in each other’s way.

Natasha and I remain good friends, in case you are thinking otherwise. It was simply time for both of us to write a new chapter and an opportunity to make trips to the dumpster and Goodwill.

In emptying boxes that were in storage for the past seven years, I realized I may have kept too much junk. When I opened a little box and found an odd assortment of key rings, multiple paper clips and store savings cards, it was time to do a little soul searching and confess that sometimes I step on the line between neatness and hoarding. I’ve given Natasha the order to give me one of her single eye-brow raising, disapproving looks if I mention wanting to buy anything related to Christmas this year other than a tree to replace the one I had to throw away.

I’m still working on the separation project. I have to finish organizing the garage. Throw out more boxes and packaging material. Make a trip to Goodwill. Decide what I’m going to do with a second bedroom. Clean out the walk-in closet that was storing way too many things when Natasha was here. Hang up summer clothes. Figure out why the new TV doesn’t like Netflix. Hope, with fingers crossed, that the automatic cat feeder will allow Gibbs to leave me alone at 4 am. Make muffins and clam chowder…because I have to do something that doesn’t involve a box o’stuff or the stairs.

A wonderful thing that I accomplished this past Monday was getting a second Covid shot, which means I’ll be fully vaccinated in a week and two days. No, I won’t be going into a bar that day, but I may have to go hug a few friends who are also vaccinated and have a beer at home to celebrate.

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48 responses to #SoCS: Endings and Beginnings

  1. Big changes in your life. Retirement does change things, add in Covid, and you have lots of change. I hope you and Natasha are both happy in your new ‘single’ abodes. Getting rid of ‘stuff’ is always a good thing. At this stage, less is more is a good thing. Happy sorting, and hope your back is better. I’m using a couple of ice packs right now so I feel the pain. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      This morning, Judy, my head is trying to tell me to take it easy today and I may do just that…except for a load of wash and making those yummy muffins. My brother is moving halfway across the country in the coming month and I said to him that it’s amazing the junk we collect over the years. He replied that he completely understood about removing the accumulated “crap” in his life. He has a house full!

  2. quiall says:

    You are always worth the wait. I considered myself a Tidy Hoarder. I have boxes and boxes of boxes and boxes all neatly stored in my locker. Every now and then I pulled them out and rummage through my memories. A little emotional heavy lifting.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ha! I like the moniker of Tiny Hoarder, Pam. Right now, Natasha has a ton of boxes to go through – more than what I had and she was storing some things for her daughter. She’ll get through it, but right now she’s calling herself a hoarder, making a path between the boxes until everything finds a home. I’ve kept only the things that have special value to me and have thrown away the wood ducks that my last set of cats chewed on.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Moving, packing, unpacking and wondering “why did I keep this?” Of all the things to dread and enjoy, those ar up there. But soon you’ll be relaxing in front of that big screen, feet up, beer in hand, and saying ahhhhhhhhhhh.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I have most of the boxes unpacked, Dan, and I finally put my car in the garage yesterday afternoon. What is left is where things are going between two bedrooms, cleaning up, hanging clothes, and continuing to search for the power cord and remote for a radio that seems to have disappeared. Not sure how I’m going to play my many CDs without it…

      By the way, I bought an automatic cat feeder that Gibbs is getting used to eating from at 4 am, so there’s another change that hopefully is a good one…and lets me sleep!

      • Dan Antion says:

        Wow, Mary after a good night’s sleep. What’s that going to be like?

        Sounds like you’ve made some good progress. It’s a big change. Just don’t let Gibbs near the controls.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Without opposable thumbs, I think Gibbs will have to wait until the appointed hour. Poor guy.

  4. Welcome back Mary and this is a great time for letting go and sow the seeds of what you’d like to grow in your life. Take care and great you’re getting your second vaccination soon too 💚🍀

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Sowing seeds…in a few more weeks, I’ll be plant shopping and I’m so excited about filling my pots again with begonia and coleus.
      I’ve received the 2nd shot, Xenia, but it takes about two weeks after to be fully effective. I’m on my way. In-person hugs coming soon!

  5. beth says:

    change is good, though not always easy or comfortable – here’s to your next chapter

  6. lois says:

    I did miss you! Good to know all is well with you, and Natasha. Oh, a second bedroom…does Gibbs need his own room? Oh, wait. He owns the entire apartment, doesn’t he? 😺

    • bikerchick57 says:

      LOL! Gibbs does NOT own the entire apartment. He’s still forbidden in the kitchen area because I need to have a space to call my own without him yowling at my feet. However, the second bedroom will be the cat room and human craft room. I have to work on that one in the coming days so I don’t have to smell his stink when he fails to cover up his Baby Ruth. 😀

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am taking care of me today. Not in a rush to do anything other than do some laundry and take a shower. It’s a good day to “putz” around the house and not be in a rush to finish projects.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Jill. I’m glad to have some time now to sit and commiserate with my fellow bloggers. Glad to be back too!

  7. Herman says:

    There’s a lot happening right now for you. Glad to read you got you’re Covid shots. I’m still waiting for my first one, probably somewhere this month…
    Wishing you all the best and… maybe there’s some extra space for Mr. Gibbs? 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh yes, there is extra space for Gibbs, but I think he’s still wondering what happened to the other human. Natasha stopped over yesterday and Gibbs came running right to her as if she’s returned home. It’s an interesting time, Herman, but it feels right and good.

  8. rugby843 says:

    I have some sorting ahead of me, trying to figure out what to keep since done if my old furniture is going to a grandkids apartment. A needed decision which may spur in more purging🤓

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Good luck with your purging. I didn’t have to worry too much about purging other than a used kitchen table that I might sell on FB marketplace. It’s a nice table, but I don’t have anywhere to go with it.

  9. A delightful post! It flowed effortlessly through your life events. You’ve made me conscious of my own hoarding habits, as well as, the pleasures of distraction in cooking. Think I’ll bake some pies. (Closet cleaning doesn’t appeal to me today… or tomorrow!)

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you for your kind comment! I’ve been distracting myself with blogging this morning, but finally took the time to start the laundry. I may get more done today, I may not. It feels like a day to be kind to myself.

  10. Moving is a big, hard job. We just had vaccinated friends over for a visit The first visit with friends in over a year. It was good.

  11. murisopsis says:

    You are right that this is new beginnings and bittersweet ending. Sounds like you are doing a Spring Cleaning and that’s always a good thing. I’ve started a “hope chest” Rubbermaid bin for my sons. I’m downsizing the kitchen stuff and clearing out some other things that I think they’ll need should they eventually sell the house they share and each purchase separate abodes… It was so good to hear that you parted on good terms! Gibbs will adjust and hopefully you will not be sleep deprived or muscle sore soon.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re a good mom, thinking ahead to help your boys. They will thank you when the time comes. I don’t know if I’m spring cleaning or tossing the oddities that I thought were important to keep at one time. Evidently, I loved key chains at one time. 🥴

  12. Laura says:

    Big congrats on getting your second shot. Just thinking about the opportunities that will open up is pretty exciting! Good luck as you settle into your newly solo space. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Laura. Yes, exciting opportunities! Hug friends and shop a couple local businesses that have been awesome with curbside through the pandemic. Less sitting at home!

  13. dweezer19 says:

    Well, changes are always a little like a double edged sword. Good to hear your friendship remains intact but I know even if you were both ready, it will be an adjustment. We get our second vaccination in a week and it is nice to be able to hang out with others in the family who have also been vaccinated. It’s good to see you. I’ve been rather scarce myself due to my own challenges and changes. We will get through it all. 🤗

  14. JoAnna says:

    There’s nothing like a move to help us declutter and wonder why… Your items from storage reminded me of the things I found in my parents’ house that make me take a closer look at things I save. I hope you’re taking it easy for a while and savoring the possibilities of extra space.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I have a few things left to do, JoAnna, such as move cat things to the second bedroom and rearrange my bedroom. I also want to have a reading corner in the living room, but that’s a future project.

  15. marianallen says:

    Ooo, a walk-in closet! Before my anxiety/depression disorder was diagnosed, I used a walk-in closet as my bedroom. It was so cozy! And in a small apartment, #4 Daughter used a closet for her office. A pagan friend of mine uses a walk-in closet as a meditation space. So many possibilities! Say hi to Natasha: I don’t feel like I know her, because you were scrupulous about respecting her privacy online, but I’ve grown accustomed to hearing of her occasionally. ~waves to Natasha~

    • bikerchick57 says:

      My walk-in closet isn’t big enough to sleep in, but it holds the many items of a former clothes and shoe horse. And now it’s free of extra non-perishzble food, exercise euipment, scrapbboking supplies and an odd assortment of other stuff. It looks and feels so much better!

      I will definitely say hello to my good friend, Marian! 🙂

  16. Ally Bean says:

    I noticed you were gone from blog land, but so many people are anymore that I figured you’d explain in your own time. I can imagine how much work it’d take to move and the fact that you had the energy to write this is admirable. I bet you’ll enjoy having a bit more space.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Most of it is done, Ally, other than cleaning up a pile of papers from my messy office, finishing up the cat/craft room and a bit of spring cleaning (windows). I also want to create a reading space in the livingroom, but that is something that can wait. I’m enjoying the extra space and being able to put out some of the things that had been in boxes for seven years. It’s been fun!

  17. Just popped by to admire your new purchases (nice tv by the way) and wish you luck in the new living arrangements. Glad to hear the parting has been amicable. Life changes and we must change along with it I guess.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Hello H! Where have you been? Hiding in your she-shed?

      I’m old enough to have had a number of life changes and this is just one more. It’s a good change, time for a new direction and plenty of TV enjoyment.

      • I’ve been here but on the quiet. Been a bit hunkered down this year but I’ve wandered through the reader on occasion just to make sure I haven’t missed something serious. Just don’t usually stop to engage. Always in the blogosphere in spirit. (Can’t tell you how many unwritten posts I’ve composed in my head when driving or running. 😉)

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I’ve had a few of those in-the-head posts that never made it to WP. I’m glad you’re still around, running, and lurking in spirit. I miss our smart aleck exchanges, but understand how life gets in the way.

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