I’m in the midst of Housing Hell. Trying to find a place to live in St. Augustine – and I’m way too picky. (Why can’t I write a blog post about how wonderful I am, instead of picking myself apart? Methinks I’m a wee bit too critical.) I’ve been searching the listings for a couple of weeks now and when I DO find something that I like, there’s either something wrong with it in the end, or I wait too long and it’s taken.
I hate making decisions. Obviously I make them every day, like what to have for breakfast, what to wear, and how to spend my day. But those are little, easy decisions. The big ones are a lot tougher. (I feel another blog post coming on.) As you’ve witnessed, selecting a place to live is one of the hardest. Hence my continual moving from point A to B to C to Q to….wherever.
Now that I apparently have decided to a place to settle for the winter (I guess I’ve decided to stay here, since I haven’t gotten a better offer!), I’m struggling with finding a place to call home for at least the next 6-7 months. Each apartment/condo/house I find has a drawback. Too expensive, no laundry, too old (so might have bug issues), too far away, too small. I’ve already eliminated some of my requirements (near the beach, pool, exercise room), and increased the amount I think I can afford, yet I’m still sitting at September 10 with no place to call home.
As always, Pollyanna is optimistic. The perfect place WILL appear. Or at least a place I can live with. I just want it to happen NOW, so I can stop searching – and start figuring out how in the heck to get my stuff from Phoenix to Florida. I swear I’m going to sell everything!
Each time I go through this, I wish I had an RV. Then all I would have to do is pull it into a park and be done – no house-hunting, no reestablishing utilities, paying deposits, moving furniture. (Yes, I could STOP MOVING, and that would avoid those issues. I’m working on it. I promise.) But I know that would come with its own set of issues.
Anyway, this weekend I’ll be scouring craigslist, the classified ads, and various property management websites. Making some phone calls. Driving past some rentals to look at the outsides. Hopefully looking at some insides. And if I’m lucky, making a decision and going on to Plan B, Getting My Stuff From There To Here. (Finding a home is easy compared to THAT!)
I’ll be really glad when this is over. And hopefully I won’t be doing this again for a very long time. Moving has turned from an adventure into a chore – which is probably a good thing, because it will make me think twice (heck, 15 times) before I do it again. Ideally I’ll have a home base that I can travel FROM – something I’ve talked about for over 25 years.
You’d think I’d learn. For a reasonably intelligent person, I’m a little slow. 🙂
Anyway, I hope you have fun plans for the weekend. I know I’ll be listening to live music tomorrow, and maybe later this evening. There’s an arts market I might check out, unless I’m apartment-viewing. I need to keep working on my blog books. I’m feeling the urge to write a song. And hopefully one of the channels on the TV in my current abode carries college football!
I wish you a productive, relaxing, joyous Saturday. And if you know of any two-bedroom rentals in St. Augustine, let me know!