throwing everything out onto the curb is what you have to do in the second half of your life!

this weekend has been incredibly terrifying and exhilerating.  i am writing from the last remaining piece of furniture and laptop in my house.  twenty three rooms have been disassembled.  my neighbor mr. radnor took my lawn furniture without warning me.  i followed him across the driveway and attempted to repossess it.  i’ve had shoplifters.  i cried when a woman purchased a hat my son joseph had given me and i nearly followed her down the street to buy it back from her.  i got a thank you note from a woman whose daughter i gifted with a suitcase and a talk about how if you want to grow up to be an adventurer, you have to have good luggage.

and i’ve had a crew of facebook friends–paulibus schumann, dan kingery, john dawnson and others–as well as my son eastman.  a nonfacebook friend drove three hours just to move book shelves.

however, minor problem.  we won’t be closing on tuesday as expected because the buyers have been unable to get approval for their mortgage.  i had a heartfelt call from the buyer who is a new mom and is quite panicked about not having a place to stay on tuesday.  so i’ll be moving out.   i’m just a little anxious about where i’ll be.

last year, i was on the road nearly every week visiting facebook friends around the world. i will be at a hotel on tuesday night and the first thing i’ll do is call room service, turn on the television, and be grateful for the experience!

it’s nearly time to close up the doors, tell the last shoppers to go home, and to take the remains and throw them out on the curb.  the minicoop is packed and i’m ready, really ready, for whatever’s next as i am just a few weeks away from the magic birthday of 52!

i intend to die when i’m one hundred and four years old. my much younger lover will be devastated!!

7 responses to “throwing everything out onto the curb is what you have to do in the second half of your life!

  • carolynquinn

    A pox upon Mr. Radnor and the shoplifters, but other than THAT, hooray for YOU!!!!!!!

  • Smiley

    Perhaps there is a hotel consulting fee you can create? The ALP stamp of approval ( or disapproval). Knew you are a Lion ( leo) never figured you for a like no body is watching and enjoy the next chapter I wll watch with shock and awe the drama as it unfolds.

  • sherideli

    People must steal…the new ‘norm’ stealing is the way to go! sorry that shoplifters stole from you. Wishing you well on the new AD-Ven-ture and SAFE-ty! Beware of the thieves lurking all around you…seriously.

  • tpaige3

    Love the last line!!! You go, ArLynne; I love reading about your adventures and wish you the best of luck!!!

  • Sita

    THats the way to go!! Have a blast – wish i had the guts to do that. And are you a Leo??

  • Colleen Kennedy Jacobs

    So sorry you’re going through this, but I must tell you, when I moved to you know where, I had to let go of so many things…I wondered if I was a hoarder! I didn’t want to make it a long goodbye to all I had accumulated, so I called the local radio and said “come get it”. It turned out to be an experience I won’t forget. I just kept putting things out on the boulevard and peeked out the window…people were actually happy to have my “stuff”….it made me happy! One feller grabbed all of my large mirrors. I had to ask why, and it turned out he’s a (I don’t know the letters) but somebody who beats the crap out of their apponent (he was huge!)…he just wanted to look at himself…alot. Others got my tools (guy stuff)…later I got a call that this someone got a job because he had drywall tools!…It goes on and on A! Great stories!
    Now, I must say, I dream about my laser level or my shovels, etc. But I know they are being used, and somebody’s happy…makes me happy! C

  • Pink Ninjabi

    LOVE your granny post and adventures in packing, gathering, and getting back what is amidst the treasures you have shared with others. Congrats on another year younger! You certainly give us spunk in our heels. 😀


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