At the end of April, I am going on a business trip to Saskatoon. This will offer me the opportunity to see some of the people from that city I’ve been missing, but it also means that I will finally be able to spring my furniture loose from the storage unit and move it to Toronto.
In the next few weeks I will be posting on Kijiji and Craigslist (and other places anyone suggests) to try to find someone who would like to share a moving van from Saskatoon to Toronto in late April. If you know of anyone in that situation, let me know!
Two months after that, I will be in Edmonton to collect the last of the items remaining in the storage unit there. This means that as of June, for the first time in about ten years I will have all of my possessions consolidated at one address in one city. I am really looking forward to being in that position.
The only problem I’ll have then (possession-wise) is that I will probably have too many things to fit in my apartment here. However, I am quite happy to consider being overcrowded for a while after feeling like I’m in a campground for what will have been six months by then. (What I am anticipating most is having a real bed again—no one wants to alternate between sleeping on an air-bed and a couch for six months: trust me. Next in importance will be getting my paintings and bookcases up on and against the walls. This place is barren and it makes me feel barren in my head. I need my books and art.)
The next phase—sorting – can happen when it will; like Goldilocks, my ultimate goal is to create a situation that is exactly right . . . mainly so I can stop thinking about my immediate surroundings, and get back to focusing on my work (and my recreation of course!)
One thing I have learned through all of this is that it is desirable to be in a position where one can take one’s living quarters for granted. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done that.