Benefits Derived in spite of loss
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The home belonging to my beloved neighbors is going on the market this week. She passed away June 2nd at age 92 and he, age 95, has moved to an assisted living facility nearer 2 of their daughters about 6 hours drive west of here.
The girls were here most of last week, until yesterday, getting the last of the household items cleared out and had a painter in to paint and someone to refinish the hardwood floors. I got to spend a little time with them - very bitter sweet. This is the house they grew up in, so that's rough for them. I am still wanting to go over or call their mother, she was such a part of my life.
Also strange is the fact we'll soon have new people in that house. My block is a short one with only 11 houses and a park immediately south of us. We all know each other and get along well. The house directly across the street from theirs is being renovated substantially right now. That house was inherited by the son of an elderly woman about 8 years ago. He lives out of state and has been renting it. The housing market here is so tight and the prices are so high, I suspect the son is selling it. Not sure if the renters - a nice young couple with very young twins - will be the beneficiaries of the construction or not.
However - as the girls were clearing out the last bits and pieces, I was the recipient of their dad's exercise bike he'd had in the house. He can't use it now and I have it on my patio, which has a roof over it. I used it for about 10 minutes first thing this morning and was able to use it for about 20 minutes this afternoon, even though it was 92 degrees outside because I was in shade. It was too warm today to ride my bike and I can use this if it is raining or snowing outside! LOVE IT!
So - I managed to gain a benefit. It can't replace the people that are gone, but it will certainly offer me another exercise option.