I’m moving. I’ve lived here for 32 years. To get home I have to climb 24 steps as there is no lift. That’s no problem now. It wouldn’t even be a problem if I broke my leg; it would be inconvenient and slow, but not impossible. Even if a lift was built here someday, I still would have eight steps ahead of me. That wouldn’t be a problem today, but in the future it very well might. I once saw a friendly taxi driver carry my 90+ neighbour up the stairs. I do not want to find myself in that situation at her age. (If someone carried me up the stairs now, well, that would depend on the situation…)
Where I’m moving has easy access to a big lift. I will have an extra room to use as a study. I can leave my handwork, painting, writing out to wait for the next bout of inspiration and not have to clear the table for dinner like now. A metro station will open about 400 metres away two years from now.
But now I’m packing. And packing. I’m running out of floor space for the boxes as only four of them on top each other are allowed. So far I haven’t found anything oh-my-god-what-on-earth-is-this!! thingies, but as there still are things to pack something may turn up.
I spent a lot of time decluttering earlier this year. I thought I did pretty well, I was actually quite please with myself. Now I find out there’s a lot more decluttering to do. There’s no time for it now. More time when I unpack. I’m afraid my stuff will fill all the storage space in the new place… so I’ll set myself a challenge: make sure some empty storage space remains.
I’ve packed the television, the stereo set. I have a small radio in the kitchen. My niece invited me over for some cake. I’m delighted to go. Otherwise I guess I’d be reading a two-year-old home magazine I just found when I took the garbage bag out. The magazine was stuck in a slit in the wall. It was meant for me. Or I’d find yet something to do, like washing the bathroom walls.
The moving van comes early tomorrow morning.
I'm Piisa and I will be sharing with you my thoughts on this and that, maybe even on whatever.