Our new back yard …

On Wednesday we received the news that we’re able to move into our new home at the end of November. This means that, all of a sudden, we’re a helluva lot busier than we already have been of late, and we’re going to have a lot to pay out. This, of course, means that we need to preserve and collect as much dosh as we can whilst also packing boxes and bags and leaving this house as clean and tidy as the poet found it.

This will be the second time I’ve moved house in under 12 months. I’m not planning on moving again for a while. But at least it’s one thing ticked off the list of things to do.

Yesterday evening we had a viewer at the other house, and we have another tomorrow evening. If we get an offer over there, it means things are really starting to move or, as the poet says, the planets are aligning. But there’s a whole loft over there still that needs emptying. All of my old self-employment finance records are up there for a start, but a lot of it can be burned. I can’t leave it there, though.

This coming weekend we have relatively free time. It’s my dad’s birthday tomorrow, but as we had him last weekend and took him to Pickering, we won’t be going down. The poet initially had a gig booked anyway. That was subsequently cancelled, but swiftly replaced by a wedding I wanted to go to but couldn’t because he was working.

The poet’s #1 son was coming yesterday to collect some spare furniture for his new house, but his van driver let him down again. We’ve had to tell him now that by the end of November, the furniture needs to be gone as we won’t have access to the garage its all in any more.

We’ve had another fairly busy week. I shifted 3 jobs and most of a 4th for one client, so that meant working into the evening on a couple of occasions. The poet was still in Scotland – he only has 2 weeks left, and those are only part-weeks – but he’s not been very well at all with his asthma.

So we’re going to have some chill time this weekend, the wedding, some packing/clearing time and a visit to his parents in Doncaster.

I’ll leave you with a hint of the view we’ll be enjoying from our new home in just a few weeks. Enjoy.

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I can stand the rain

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Diane and Ian on *another* bridge. (Picture: Diane Parkin)

I’m loving listening to and watching the rain at the moment, so much so that I’ve set up camp on the kitchen table where I can see it through the open back door.

I had a bit of a mini-revelation over the past few days. I really, really need a view when I’m working. My desk is currently shoved into a dark corner of the bedroom, with a view of 2 walls. Granted with lots of familiar bits and pieces all over them, but short of knocking through a window, I think I need to move the office.

Even when I’m writing longhand, editing longhand or proofreading longhand, I like to sit on the settee in the living room opposite the window, even when there’s not a lot to see.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I do intend to one day gut the spare room and make it my office. There’s a window my desk will fit under, and I can watch the birds – and the weather – through the window. It’s going to cost money, though. And that’s the dilemma.

I have other things I need to spend my money on first; but I also need to optimise my earning so that I can afford it all.

Food for thought, but I think the next big job in this house may be converting the spare room to an office. There will still be room for an occasional, fold-up bed, and the number of visitors I actually get doesn’t actually justify a permanent bed taking up optimum working space all the time.

I’ve been very busy. I didn’t make it to Mom’s and Dad’s yesterday because I had to deal with idiots for most of Wednesday and lost the whole day. It also gave me the chance to have a good old de-clutter in the bedroom and office area, which is good and makes the work space inviting again. But it did take All Day.

So yesterday I worked. I carried on editing a non-fiction that I should finish (and invoice – hurrah!) today.

I have the weekend to myself and while I was considering going to the Leeds write-in tomorrow afternoon and maybe a gig tomorrow night, I can’t really afford it and I do have plenty of other work to be getting on with. I’ve also cancelled a dentist’s appointment today and will probably cancel my hair appointment as well.

If I can do all of my October income work before the 14th of the month, I can spend the rest of the month getting in new work, writing and preparing for NaNoWriMo in November.

I’m going to see my parents on Tuesday anyway, as we have some stuff to deal with. But between then and now I’m going to be busy, busy, busy.

This is the last of the pictures from our holiday in Dentdale, and probably my favourite one of the lot. It’s one that I set up and, I must say, it’s actually quite good. 😀

Have a lovely weekend.