Transition Friday with a BIG Dose of Good News

library coffee shop 004I flew in from Iowa last night and landed in Michigan at 11:15 pm. My friend Susan picked me up at the airport and brought me to her house where my van had been parked while I was gone. Three weeks ago, I spent the night at Susan’s place before we headed out early for the trip to the airport, and last night, I again spent the night there before heading out this morning back in the direction of my current residence.

However, since there was a fair amount of distance to cover, along with errands (like groceries and a potential visit to my daughter’s), I planned a leisurely route that would get things accomplished and get me home by evening–a day of transitioning from my time in Iowa to my life back in Michigan. This plan was workable largely because my classes don’t start until next week, and my private tutoring also got put on hold until then as well.

The plan had been to visit my daughter around lunch time, and I planned to stop somewhere along the way (about a 55 miles driver to her place) to have coffee and finish the revisions on my co-authored paper which is due Monday.

I decided to stop at a coffee shop that I’ve visited many times in the past, but not since my return to the US in late July. Today was the perfect day for it. I ordered a latte and a muffin and settled in to work on what I hope is the next to the last time I have to look at this paper.  😉 While I was working, my phone rang. It was one of the faculty from the university where I work. She was frustrated trying to put her course materials on our online platform, so I arranged to stop by before going to my daughter’s.

This colleague is the same one who is letting me stay in the house that they are planning to put on the market in the spring. But there has been something happening in the background. They also have a rental house that happened to become available around Thanksgiving. But they were trying to decide whether to rent it again (after a frustrating broken lease) or to just put it on the market again.

In a bit of a joke, she said, “too bad we didn’t know. That would be an even better location for you.” (Although at the time I moved here, I hadn’t started the tutoring yet, and my income was still a little iffy to take on rent.) But right before Christmas, she sent me an email and asked me if we were serious about it. Dave and I talked about it and of course, we were interested, but we were concerned about how much rent we could afford at least until he got here and we knew more about what we could expect as regular income. At our ages, we aren’t fooling ourselves about finding full-time jobs, but we’re both good at cobbling things together to create income.

So, I responded to the email, saying yes, we’d be interested if we could work something out rent-wise. Then we didn’t hear anything. I sent another email a couple of days ago, but no answer as of yet.

But after working on her course stuff, she brought up the house again. I gave her the timeline Dave and I were looking at, and she said she was willing to work out a rent that just covered their expenses plus a bit–and not a big bit. The end result was $20 less than my best hope for what we could get. I was delighted. Even if Dave didn’t get a job for a while, I could manage it if we cut our spending to not much.

Dave was planning to get a small truck to bring back a few of the pieces of furniture his sister doesn’t want–things we didn’t give to Salvation Army because they are things that we could use to reestablish a household again. And it looks like we’re going to have a place to put those things, and we can set up the lease on the new place to coincide with his arrival with the truck. We are quite excited!

I also got a call for doing three weekends work of music at then end of January and the first two weeks of February, so it was a rather awesome day. And I still got to see my daughter and spend time with her.

And a bonus? I will be able to move my piano out of my brothers’ house into my own place. A darn good day, I’d say!  🙂

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39 comments on “Transition Friday with a BIG Dose of Good News

  1. It is amazing how it all worked out. And you can “unpack” properly and settle in for a year or more. The added bonus is you get to have your husband too! So, will watch for the “moving upheaval” in your life, and the joy of unpacking! You seem to take everything in stride, and I think your attitude is why it all works out well ! Don’t rush to start the mystery quilt !

    • Thanks, Mary! I’m feeling quite happy about the prospects of the year. And it’s good advice about the mystery quilt. I did bring back a sewing machine from Iowa, but it’s all about finishing Jack’s quilt, not about starting the mystery quilt. I suspect that will be a good summer project when I’m down to tutoring and music. 🙂

  2. Congratulations on the house! Of course, I don’t believe in coincidence and I know what (who) is behind the providing 🙂 it’s such a relief when big things like that are worked out.

    • Yes, a big relief indeed. And I like that it helps us AND lets them hang on to the property a little longer. They didn’t really want to sell it, but they didn’t want any more hassles. Having someone they know and trust is a big relief to them, too. 🙂

  3. All very good news. I’m happy for you and Dave. Moving so many times in such s short period is tough but this sounds like the timing will be neatly perfect. Good luck.

    • I once moved five times in 2 1/2 years, and that’s when my oldest two were five and under. So this doesn’t seem quite as insane. And they’re willing to work with us to coincide with when Dave heads out of Iowa with the truck. It feels good. 🙂

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