Today I am feeling a bit exhausted. We just finalized the agreements of my father's trust. That's a relief. I mailed the contract this morning at the post office. After that, I spent a lot of time pulling weeds. then took Lula for a gorgeous bike ride early this afternoon. The lilacs are all in bloom. I love the different shades that people have planted: white, a deep purple, lavender, and pink. Their intoxicating fragrance lifts my spirits. I picked some from my garden early this morning, and placed them in a vase of water. I have been carrying them around with me all day. The flowers are so petite and sweet. The older I get, the more I appreciate the fragrance and energy of homegrown flowers from the garden.
I have been reading a book about seniors who live in their RV's. It's very sad. I think that's part of why I felt so drained of energy this afternoon. Their plight makes me cry. It makes me more grateful than ever to have a home, and more determined to keep up with my chores and responsibilities.
Many of the people the author interviewed seem to have a refusal to follow rules and will do anything to avoid paying taxes. I feel like California is one of the most comfortable and beautiful parts of the world, and am happy to pay my taxes. I want to contribute to keeping the roads, bridges, and schools running.
It's sad to hear how many of these people lost their homes and retirement savings. I closed my dance studio during the recession, and my emergency plan was to sell my cottage and move to someplace cheap, like Nebraska. I knew I could buy a small, older home for $20,000. there. To me that would have been far less expensive than driving a gas guzzling RV, and I was always able to find work as a ballet and yoga teacher.
I will try to finish this book tonight; it's a difficult read. It's taught me a lot about squatters and has been eye opening. I have had several people here try to use my forested property as public land. It took some action and firmness to stop them. Reading about this group of people has made me see that many of the drifters will look for opportunities to store their vehicles and those of their friends if you don't watch them closely.
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