Last month was a roller coaster of emotion as we went from the highs of just arriving and making new discoveries, to the mid-month lows when it all started to go to shit. February ended on a nice, even keel as life started to settle into a new kind of normal.
We’re getting settled into our new home, and it’s beginning to feel more and more like a home. Since the contents of my old kitchen are still in California, I’ve been doing my best to source those items I absolutely need, or at least think I do.
I try not to get too woo-woo very often, and I can tend towards the skeptic, but I am struck again and again with how the Universe will provide. This last weekend was neighborhood clean up here in Balmain. People put the items they no longer want out on the curb, and then people pick through it until the trash pick-up comes along. Salt Lake City has this same thing, but here people throw away perfectly good stuff! We were on our way out the door to go to IKEA, and we found an entire box of kitchen stuff on the curb. Coffee cups, a big stainless steel bowl, a nice wok, and a chess set – everyone needs a chess set!
This is what I like to call my easy-bake-oven. It’s about the same size. I thought all the stoves here were like this until I caught a glimpse of our neighbor’s from her front door. It’s magnificent. I am envious. It’s one of those big fancy ranges you see on Pinterest in big, fancy European kitchens.
This is our ‘lounge’ so far. I have some mad decorating skills! The furniture we ordered should be here in about five weeks. We couldn’t justify paying $200 for a foot stool, so decided to wait on that. Then Sunday, after we took our curb haul into the house, we came back out and found this blue foot stool across the street. It’s in perfectly good condition; I’ll swap out that fabric for something that matches our new furniture, and it’ll all be good!
This is the same room from the other direction. Do you love that fancy red plastic chandelier? As I was googling how to spell “bordello” I discovered that they are legal here in Sydney. I did not know this.
We received word today that our shipment should commence sailing on the 14th. It’s going to be like Christmas when it all gets here, and we see all the stuff we forgot we had. We’ll be asking ourselves, “why did we ship this?”
I know there will be a comfort in getting our belongings back again. Still, I have to wonder about this attachment to stuff. We’ve gotten along just fine without all of it. Sure, we’ve had to replace some things that we needed right away, but I’m thinking we don’t really need that 300 cubic feet of whatever it is we shipped to ourselves. I know there is a mattress in there, my kitchen, and some books. Cookbooks! But we could have saved money and headaches by selling it all and starting from complete scratch. As I packed, I tried to ask myself, “how much will it cost to ship this item vs. replace it when I get there?” That question helped me let go of a lot of things, and I still kept a lot of things that wouldn’t really need to be replaced; I just like them.
As I look at this mostly empty space here, I think about stuff, and about wanting to decorate, nest, make it a home. And then I think about what do I do with that stuff when it comes time to leave here? I don’t want to go through the letting go of stuff again, so I’m half tempted to not put anything in here! But I will, because I like stuff. I want to accumulate. I’m a crow who wants to fill her nest with shiny baubles.