After living a year in my car! Seeing the sunset and rise at the shop and wishing I could have slept some more. And then venturing to my apartment only to realize that I forgot to put the left overs in the fridge. Trying to air the place out and knowing that I have only 12 hours before I make the 100 mile journey back to the south east part of the state. I figured enough is enough! After having a chat with Charlie, I took a 15 minute drive to look at a tiny, dinky apartment. It was so cute, I just knew I had to have it. I made some phone calls to get people's opinions of me moving down here. I drove to my apartment and looked around: "I can throw that", "I need to keep that". When I finally decided that all the "I needs" would fit in this tiny cozy place and friends said they would come down to visit, my mind was made up! As of today, I have two apartments rented, the keys were handed to me this afternoon!
I first moved to Howard Lake, because one girl said I just had to work for AME in their group homes and another said that her sister was moving out and needed a roommate. I had the opportunity to work for AME and then the other sister decided to move to the cities as well. I went upstairs to a one bedroom. When I called the land lady to see if there was an apartment available, when leaving Heather and Shawn's, her answer was, "if you can wait a couple weeks you can move back home." When I entered the apartment for the first time, I knew I was home once again! Now when I called to say that I once again am leaving, she replied with, "but Jen, you can't move away from home again!"
Where will I end up from here? Back to the Range or back to Howard Lake? Or will I be able to make another place feel like home again? I have no answers, am only looking forward to what lies ahead. With the money that I can save in rent and gas and not going to the motel once a week and in being able to cook my own food instead of eating at resteraunts, I can use that money for schooling. Now that I don't have to live in the car, my scrapbooks and crafts await me. To be able to kick back and read a book one evening without dreading all the road construction that I will face in the morning is another highlight. Maybe, once I settle in, I can actually visit all of you. I can make it to Farmington to visit, I can make it to Elk River. Possibly fly down to Phoenix for a long weekend? Christmas in Alaska? Oh, yeah, maybe I should wait and see if Charlie will let me have time off, but. . . Once again I can dream! Welcome to Wanamingo whenever you are wanting to take a drive!