When I moved north to take responsibility for caretaking a small farm in Virginia I thought I would be here for a year. Due to an unforeseen change of circumstances, the owners of my little farm are moving up here on April 1 instead. When I came here I had no idea what I would do when my time was over but I was completely confident that something would come up and the path would become clear to me. I still believe that but the fact that it has to happen so much more quickly than I expected is a little unnerving.
I have to keep reminding myself that, unlike a lot of people, I'm actually in pretty good shape. I have a job that is completely portable and I have a healthy bank account. I also have a large, loving and accommodating family. If a new opportunity doesn't come up in time, I'm in no danger of becoming homeless. My biggest concern would be deciding where I want to relocate.
I've decided to try and find another housesitting situation and have signed up with a service in the hopes of getting one lined up that I can move to straight from here. I've got some promising leads, at least one of which I imagine will pan out. If not, I'm looking at becoming a roommate. Remember when I was thinking about renting out a room in my house? It turns out there are a lot of people doing just that. They're not all college students either. As a result of the economic downturn amongst other things, there are lots of people with nice homes who are struggling to make their mortgage payments. I'd like to give co-living a try. There are several areas that have always appealed to me and it's neat to think I could go to any of them. Maybe I'll head to the beach. If I didn't like it as much as I expected, I could just move along somewhere else. There's something awfully appealing about that path.
I'm sorry I won't get to plant the big summer garden that I had envisioned. I'm sorry I won't get to raise baby chicks and poults and keets with my batch of birds. I'm sorry I won't get to see the rhododendrons blooming on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which I'm sure are going to be spectacular. Mostly though, I'm excited. I'm a forward-looking kind of girl and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Anyone need a housesitter?