I have actually taken a vacation, went to a Mensa convention in Boston to see friends. Unfortunately, I came down with a cold, so I slept a lot more than planned, but I had some meds with me that kept it from being too bad. A friend and I drove up together, as she is now retired and wanted to visit family in the area, and her husband is still working. It was a good way to test her limits on driving alone. She now knows she can do it, but with 2 nights on the road to be safe. We had a good trip. On the drive back, we were able to reach Roanoke the first night, so had a house instead of a hotel – very convenient. The Boston hotel where I stayed overlooked the Charles River, and from the 29th floor we had a great view. We were able to upgrade to a Club Room, giving us access to the Club Lounge with a good continental breakfast and appetizers in the early evening, beverages, free wi-fi, and a slightly larger room. The three of us rooming together agreed it was well worth the additional cost.
It seems like I’ve hardly been home – actually, over 6 weeks, I was home for 2. I hope to stay here for a while. The cats are still nervous when I leave the house.
I found, after a letter from the IRS and much tracking-down on my part, I made an important mistake on my return concerning my pension, so I owe them money – for past 2 years. One year’s I sent off and will deal with the other next month. Very unhappy, but it was my mistake.
With the house sale on hold for now, I am reconsidering what I will be doing for a bigger house. Sharon and I talked about the possibility of adding another dome wing to this, and rearrange some usage. I am very seriously going over this idea, as it would be much more affordable, and I really don’t need the rental income from this first dome, and it would take a while to re-cover my investment. So far I have not found any reason it would not work for me. In fact, by just adding a dome with living room, master bedroom, and bathroom, with a smaller mudroom to connect to the existing structure, I would save a lot of money. I would use current kitchen, laundry, turn tiny living room into a pantry, and bedroom into a guest room and craft room. I’m actually rather excited about this plan.
After all the rain one year, super cold the next winter, and now a fairly dry summer, after a heavy rain I found a couple more leaks in the dome – but they appear to be from normal house settling, and repainting latex over them should take care of it. I expect it to eventually stop settling, like most homes, even the house in Roanoke had a couple new wall cracks show up after a five year drought, and nothing worse in ten years since.
I am learning to use a smart phone – I got a refurbished model when I got a second phone with a South Carolina number. I like it enough that I seldom use the old phone. I do not expect to wait for my old house to sell, I will make the switch over soon, just need to work on letting friends and businesses know. They put out an app for the convention schedule in Boston, and I really liked having a listing that was updated regularly and fit in my pocket. I am a convert, but as a techie, I did expect that.