Here we are, coming down to the end of my first month in Texas. What a crazy month it's been!
Getting things organized in our new home has proven to be a much slower process than we anticipated, partly due to John's hospitalization and a couple weeks of recovery, but also to us both working long hours with short evenings and weekends, and not enough energy remaining to accomplish a great deal. Yet little by little another box gets unpacked, another piece of furniture gets put in place, and with time we will find our way out of the chaos and into an organized living space.
My daughter and son-in-law visited for a few days this week and helped out a great deal, moving some heavy furniture from John's old house and even cleaning up our yard, removing a mountain of weeds and years of trash along the back fence, installing an outdoor faucet and planting a couple beautiful trees.
Work has been interesting. I love how easy my job is, and I am proud of how well I've adapted to a new place and new ways of doing things. Going from being in a supervisory/management position to worker bee at the bottom of the totem pole has been a great exercise in humility and accepting the lessons God has for us in life. I work much harder and steadier than I did before, but it is wonderful to not feel stressed out every day. It is nice to be valued. The people I work with are warm and friendly and I already feel comfortable there. The only drawback is a cold war between my supervisor and the A/P person both of whom share space with me in our large office. Their relationship ranges from heated to icy. Both have an intense dislike for each other with some validity on both sides, but largely due to the immaturity and lack of respect on the part of the A/P person. I find myself in the role as somewhat of a buffer between them but am not particularly happy about it, and intend to address that this coming week. The last thing I want to do is get sucked into office politics, there was way too much of that nonsense where I worked before. Both my workplace and John's will be closed on the 4th & 5th, so it will be a short work week with a nice three-day weekend to enjoy.
The next bankruptcy meeting, this time with the Chapter 7 Trustee that we started out with originally (who strongly dislikes both my ex and my attorney and is bitch with a capital B), is scheduled for Thursday, July 16th in Roswell. This one cannot be done by teleconference or video conference, so I will need to travel 200 miles both ways to attend what amounts to less than a 30 minute meeting. That is so damn frustrating, but if it will bring us one step closer to conclusion of this mess, it is good. At that time we may find out if our case can revert to Chapter 7 as petitioned by our attorney. The necessary paperwork has been filed, I think. You note I use the words "may" and "I think" because I've learned that nothing is certain when it comes to the trustee's office and my attorney's office. There is no option but to play their game, so I try not to stress about it in advance, but it is hard. Maybe, after 18 months, this thing might eventually move toward conclusion. That would be a tremendous relief in my life!
Last evening we sat watching a rented movie with the lights down and the window open, enjoying the wonderful sounds and smells of rain. The drought is severe here and rain is a real blessing after so many days of intense heat. This morning it is still cool and gray with the possibility of more showers throughout the day. We are loving it! We want to get some flowers planted in the boxes my daughter built for the new trees.
Yesterday my son-in-law's dad, who is an electrical engineer, was able to quickly resolve the electrical problems with our stove, so today it will get a good cleaning and finally be put into service. One gets tired of crockpot/fryingpan/microwave cooking, and we have eaten out more than we should. The ant invasion is also under control with very few now roaming across counters to be enticed by our ant bait. I've never had an infestation like that before - tiny dead ants everywhere!
This past week I became an official card-carrying Texan, as I transferred my car's title and registration (for the ridiculous cost of nearly $200), and obtained my Texas driver's license. Add to that a Sam's Club card and Blockbuster card and I am up and running here. :-) I really like Odessa and having close access to all the amenities that I didn't have the past twenty years in Hobbitville. Getting around the city is easy, and it is fun checking out new areas and trying out new places. Last Saturday we went to Osaka's Japanese restaurant and totally enjoyed ourselves and having our food cooked at our table with the full show. It was delicious!
Emily, our cat, is spoiled rotten! My daughter made a little window seat just for her, which she loves, and when we are home she is curled up in our laps, or next to us if she must, though she would prefer we get rid of our laptops. :-) She adores John and will lovingly place her head on his belly and reach up touch his face. It is too sweet for words. Of course she knows me as the food source and races to her bowl when I get home from work, as if I could forget that it's time for Fancy Feast. :-)
I apologize for not posting more often these days. Life keeps me busy and what free time there is I spend with John. The time when blogging was my life seems a distant memory now. The friends I made here got me thru that lonely, dark period and that means everything to me. Now is a time for living, for enjoying the blessings of companionship, the fun and adventure of new experiences, and the beauty of rain showers and full moon's shared. Life doesn't stand still, and if we get stuck in one place or way of doing things for two long we tend to stagnate. It is wonderful to be active again, to feel alive and loved and to have someone there to share both the happy times and the hard times with. I will check in now and then to let you know how things are going. I do keep up with your blogs and lives as much as time allows. Know that you are always in my prayers, and that I wish each of the sense of contentment that I have at long last found.