As Dina and I continued to look for a new place to share, it became clear pretty quickly we weren’t going to find it in a neighborhood we liked or at a price we could afford. So, we decided it was time to look separately.
For now, we are still in our apartment. In August, it all changes. Dina will have found a new place in NYC, and I will be returning to Austin, TX, to be closer to my son and my very long-term friends.
We have had 3 ½ years of delightful apartment sharing, friendship, laughs, love, trauma … and we’ve loved it. Our friendship is deep and no doubt will last forever. (We’re already planning when I’ll come to NY and visit and Dina is already planning to come to Austin for my 70th birthday on Jan. 1st.)
We’ve learned a great deal from our sharing of space. We’ve been patient with each other and there to help each other. That continues: Dina is offering help to me as I pack boxes of stuff to mail to Austin. I, in turn, will help her look for apartments and pack things up for her move.
Good News! I will be starting a new chapter with another Flatmate in Austin. I’ll be sharing a space in my friend Lee’s home. It’s a beautiful house, with a yard, a dog and I get my own bedroom and bathroom. It’s kind of her to let me land there for as long as I want. Perhaps it will be for a few months, perhaps longer. We’ll see what happens. We will then be the Senior Flatmates, and I’ll continue to blog.
Keep the faith: There are live-in situations all around. If you’re looking for one, go after it. Here’s a resource for you: http://www.roommates4boomers.com/ I used them to look around for a roommate before my friend Lee stepped up.
(The photo is from a trip that Dina took to Austin with me in Jan. of 2014. We are with my son, his girlfriend and friends.)