Deconstruction

The Covid-19 infection rate in our Province is rising alarmingly. Essential travel only is recommended – to be reviewed at the end of the month (April) by the Provincial health authorities.

If we wish to stay with our current departure date (31st May) we will have to give notice to our landlady at the end of this month.

We’re only a third of the way through the month, but given that there’s usually a 2-3 week lag between infection rates and the numbers being released, the 31st of May isn’t looking good.

We can reschedule our campground booking without losing our deposit, if we give them enough advance warning.

So, all-in-all, blergh, humbug, and other assorted grumbling noises.

On the up side, we’ll have more time to get on with our packing and sorting, storing and deconstructing of various elements of our house. Case in point – shelving units …

This used to be a very organised workspace

This used to be a very organised workspace

Second case of points – our storage unit is slowly filling …

A box here, a garbage bag there ... it all adds up

A box here, a garbage bag there … it all adds up

Funny thing is though, having all this time to do the sorting, packing, etc, is wonderful, but the process feels like it’s going on forever. I’ve never experienced moving like this.

In my younger days in OZ (Australia) I could be packed up and out of a house in a week, which in some of those early digs was about all the notice I got. Ah yes, those rousing days of shared housing and inner-city living.

Even when I could afford to live by myself, and/or with partners, house-moving took a month at the longest. Hell, even when Mrs Widds and I moved her to Widder Island, we were out of our old place in Vancouver in a month. (nearly bloody killed us, but we did it)

This more sedate pace feels right though. We have time enough to look at each and every object and go, ‘storage’, ‘in the trailer’, or ‘thrift store/garbage’. Those are our only three options for every thing here.

It does clarify one’s decision-making processes.

-oOo-

Here’s something I uncovered the other day. A rough template I created in another Era, (somewhere around the end-ish of 2019) look familiar?

Same women, same wheels, same three coasts ... hell yeah!

Same women, same wheels, same three coasts … hell yeah!

Maybe not yet, and maybe not as soon as we’d planned, nevertheless …

33 comments on “Deconstruction

  1. I’m sorry to read your predicament, but admire your spirit

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  2. Ian Hutson says:

    Down-sizing is an odd process. I went from full-of-things converted village school home to small bungalow to storage… and then to boat. Began with a 60′ storage container which I eventually emptied, swept out and drove away from. Even now in a 57′ boat I often feel that I have too much clutter – it’s addictive. I wish that I could have a magic back-pack, small and light but big enough TARDIS-style on the inside for all of my books and personal gubbins. Some days I can even see and feel the attraction of being some wandering buddhist with nowt but a bowl and a spare pair of boxer shorts. Some days…

    Best of luck with the dates and the offski – I have my fingers crossed for you. 🙂

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    • Widdershins says:

      I did a bit of that ‘wandering monk-ess’ in my younger days. It was fun and instructional, but I do like my comforts now. 😀
      Thanks for the finger-crossing 😀 … we’ll get the offskies happening, at some point. 😀

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  3. Alien Resort says:

    I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between the starry picture on the wall and your website background.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Now that you mention it, they do. 😀 The starry poster on the wall is a map of our solar system for kids so there’s all sorts of little ‘toon-ish facts scattered throughout, and the stars on my blog are images from the Hubble telescope.

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  4. quiall says:

    The numbers for Covid here in Ontario have skyrocketed. The entire province has gone into lockdown and I hope it helps. It is a little scary. I remember when I first heard about your planned coast to coast to coast trip and I was so looking forward to it. I still am.

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  5. I am in the process of moving as well. I remember being able to be packed up & out of a place within forty-eight hours but that was when I was much younger & had a lot less stuff.

    I live in Buffalo, NY & I hear folks complaining about the closed borders all the time. But I think it’s great that your officials have the balls to totally lock down your provinces because of COVID … nobody will do that down here. Even with people getting vaccinated, our numbers are going up. But it’s all about going out, going on vacation, getting back to “normal”. Nobody talks about all those people who are dead. It’s like they disappeared, not died.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Those were the days, eh? 😀 … that’s how our culture deals with the dead, forget about ’em as soon as possible – get on with your life – get back to being productive.

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  6. Suzanne says:

    It sounds very difficult. I hope you find a safe way to fulfill your dreams. Over here in Oz there is an acute rental shortaged – particularly at the lower end of the market. The cost of 2nd hand campervans has also skyrocketted. I’ve decided to put my moving/travel plans on hold and hunker down for a bit.

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    • Widdershins says:

      The rental market is hideous here too … and the housing market is just as unbelievable particularly in the ‘burbs and larger regional centers … just as well we don’t like crowds. 🙂
      Your plans – the price increases aren’t sustainable, so I reckon you’re wise to wait it out. We’re just glad we’ve got our RV, so no matter what we’ll have a home.

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  7. I like your Wunder-Lusters slogan! Having more time to sort and discard is a good thing, but let’s hope you can hit the road by summer!

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  8. TanGental says:

    I’m rather terrified of moving. The house will come off its foundations when we remove all that weight. Good luck though.
    PS I’m rather intrigued by your comment on waiting several weeks for covie stats. We get daily updates on new cases hospitalizations and deaths. Those are broken down by local authority regoin including rates per 100,00. It makes it a bit like driving by an RTA and staring ghoulishly at them. Sorry that’s me all over

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    • Widdershins says:

      Heh, I think Widder Island is sitting a tad higher in the lake because of all the stuff we’ve already moved! 😀 …
      Hmm, after re-reading my post, I wasn’t as clear as I thought I was. It was more about the 2 weeks-ish between an infection being reported and how their symptoms manifest.

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  9. acflory says:

    I applaud your courage but please put your safety first. Sometimes it feels as if the worst is yet to come with this virus. -hugs-

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    • Widdershins says:

      It keeps on sneaking up behind us all, doesn’t it. 😦 … from a waaaay out in space, far away, objective perspective, I think we, as a species doing what we’re doing to the only home we have, were long overdue for something like this. 😦 … depressing thought. I think I’ll go outside into this glorious Spring sunshine and do some ‘organising of the garden tools and stuff into the three piles of, storage-or-trash-or-take with us.’ 😀
      Hope you’re having a lovely day Meeks. 🙂

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      • acflory says:

        In a word, yes. We put systems in place to protect ourselves, then we ignore them.
        It was kind of a dreary day today [Autumn] so I did some writing instead of gardening. How’s your writing going??

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        • Widdershins says:

          100,000+ words, baby! 😀 … I’m just embarking on the final confrontation as we speak, and then there’s the winding up of threads on the other side, whilst leaving enough open-ended to draw my unsuspecting victims … erm … readers into the sequel.
          I wasn’t planning on a sequel, but you know how these things are, the word-count gets ridiculous and one has to decide if, when, and how, to get the story to the end it deserves. 😀

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  10. amleta says:

    I like your paintings in the walls. I like the style of your room. I hope you’re fine. Covid here in Italy is terrible.

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  11. Sandra Walsh says:

    We sold our house in NZ eight years ago. I remember vividly the overwhelm I felt looking at our accumulated ‘stuff’. Like you, we had the options of giving away, keep, sell or discard. We had auctions for Barry’s amazing framed photography (that was brilliant as we knew an auctioneer!), had deck sales (on the back deck!), took heaps to the local ‘op’ shops, and packed what we considered ‘essential’. Damn it, though; another one came up – ‘store’! We stored a few boxes in a friends garage. We’ve recently gone through these for the second time and given most of it away. It’s amazing what you really don’t ‘need.’

    However – we have had no house since then. Like Ian above, we have just our 60′ narrowboat now. But you wouldn’t believe how much we’ve accumulated! Last September, we bought the campervan in NZ and lived in that since then – bought it empty, it’s now full of ‘useful’ stuff! Thank goodness we don’t have a house too. It’s literally a ‘storage for stuff’.

    Good luck. I hope your plans eventuate. I love Paulo Coelho’s saying, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

    Believe it, and it WILL happen – when it’s meant to 😉

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