Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I’ve been asked to give an update on my move. The house I’m moving into has been a rental house for several years. The seller is older, like me, and doesn’t want to deal with the problems of rental property anymore. I decided not to take any photos to post in respect of the renter’s privacy. There will be plenty of time for photos when I get the keys. After all, that will be my home for a very long time. The buyer of my current house plans to convert it into a section 8 rental.
My current house: 3 bedroom, one bath, one story, shotgun style, built in 1900. High crime neighborhood. Over half the houses stripped of sell-able materials and boarded up. Very busy street. Constant struggle to find parking space when I borrow a car.
The new house: 4 bedroom, one bath, two story, box style, built in the 1950s. Nice neighborhood. No boarded up houses. Neighbors about my age. Quiet dead end street. Walking distance to library, major grocery store, bank, and also on a bus line. Very short distance to my daughter’s house and my brother’s house.
Exactly which day I move will depend on the Gammill man’s schedule. Unless something changes that day will be near the end of June. I’m having it professionally moved to be sure nothing happens to it. It will also be tuned up and carefully checked.
I plan to be sleeping where my machine is located even if my other stuff isn’t there. I’ve too much money invested in that machine to take any chances with a burgler damaging it during the night.
Almost everything is boxed and ready to move. I’m taking more stuff with me than I plan to actually keep. I haven’t been able to measure spaces inside the house so what I’ll do is fill a space starting with what I want to keep most. What doesn’t fit will be given away.
I’m excited about starting fresh with new organizing ideas and energy saving stuff to post about. I’ll be able to sit on my porch or sleep at night without fear of getting shot by a stray bullet. No more street walkers at night. There will be plenty of room for grand kids to move around in when they visit. My furry kid will have a yard with new sights and smells to explore. I’ll have a real storage shed and not need to keep everything inside the house like I did here. The closets will be closets instead of storage spaces.
The difference between where I’m leaving and where I’m going are like night and day. I’m walking away from a dangerous, dismal house to a relaxed, happy home. If everything goes as planned I’ll be in the new house for Independence day. What a great way to celebrate!