I had a good time with my daughter and grandson Thursday 🙂 In the afternoon I headed for the temple. After a session there, I parked on my favorite dead end street and slept like a log for ten hours. Ahhhhhh….
Before going to bed, I checked my phone and email. I got the room! I am sooooo psyched! Now I’m just waiting to hear when I can move in. At first I was told the 15th and now I’m told the person there has paid up through the end of the month. Sigh….
The room looks right onto my daughter’s back porch 😛 Yes, there are 2 lawns between the homes, but lawns in this part of Portland wouldn’t even fit 2 of my Adirondack raised beds. Housing is dense. I guess that’s why the pedestrian and bicycle lifestyle is so popular here.
I was discussing the difference between my daughter’s street and “my” street. Only a few yards apart, but a different flavor. Her street has more young families, while my street has more older children and old hippies 😛 At least 2 of the homes on my street are occupied by people who own farms/ranches, but choose to live in the city. One is mysterious. It’s small and the yard is bigger than most. You can only see the house amidst the jungle if you try really hard. I’m curious! Another house is a very small ranch, flanked on both sides by massive 2 story homes. Heather’s street is more “boring”, the places all look about the same 😛
Portland isn’t really much like any other city I have been in. It’s sort of like Austin, TX and sort of like Burlington, VT. So many people take public transportation that I wondered if I was at the right place both times I have gone to agencies down town. Hardly any cars going by or parked!
The residential areas are in neighborhoods. Most Craigslist ads mention how close a house is to a New Seasons or Fred Meyers (grocery stores). Each part of town has its own little enclave of restaurants, bars and shops….and food carts! I like looking at all the different food trucks 🙂
I really need to ditch the RV. It’s way too big to drive around town and to park. But what next? Should I trade it in for a van? A zippy car? A bus pass? It scares me to be without a camper, but I can’t afford to drive now that rent is most of my income.
Friday morning it was great to wake up and look out at the sun on the temple 🙂 I did my usual hair wash and sponge bath in the RV, and then went in the temple visitor center. Even though it’s a very small space, it could take days to look at and watch and listen to all the exhibits. I’m still not done. Then I went and got myself a new Bible. I caved in to the inevitable. I bought the one with large print 😛 I love going to Deseret Books. Basic scriptures are cheap! Only $8.20 for the Bible.
Now it’s 4 AM Saturday. I woke up soaked to the bone in night sweats. That’s my body’s usual way of dealing with my autoimmune diseases. Once they kick in, I fight the fevers and swelling through night sweats. It means I have to bathe even more and do more laundry, but WOW! It’s amazing how much more mobile I am after sweating away all the bad stuff 🙂
While I wait for my new room to become vacant, I’m thinking I should go camping. If I have to sell the RV, camping is going to be a lot harder. I need to check out more of the nearby national forest while I can….and get the heck off the city streets for a while!
Sunday I hope to be going to my new church ward. I talked to one of the missionaries there and put in motion having my records sent from Arizona.
I wish I did not have to settle down to get medical care, but I guess I do. It’s tough enough being disabled, and really tough without oxygen and medicines and IVIg. The tug of the road versus the need to be near docs, hospitals and electricity has always been a hard thing for me to deal with. BUT….I’m sure ready to be done with the limbo of not having anywhere to be!!!!!