Two matters I carried on my travels and mulled over were coming to separate evaluations about if and when I should cease my travels and whether or not to apply for and begin early retirement. It seems that resolution for both these choices have emerged as I have been going through the process of arriving at a verdict. Without a notion of finding permanent lodgings, on April first, I choose to find a room to live in as a treat to myself. Up till then I had been staying in my vehicle. Obtaining a room required I make a lease arrangement until July 31. I took it.
Without intending to find a permanent job, I took on various small bits of work. These were in the odds and ends category of home and people maintenance. I supplemented this with demonstrations on the art of using cane, cloth tape, artificial or natural rush to weave seats. I filled in more time by volunteering at a local organization that provides free meals. For the past month, I have gleaned several bunches of cattail rush and stocked them up for more seating projects. Savings and dribs and drabs of income supported my lifestyle. From this assortment of projects sprung opportunities to engage deeper. The organization I was volunteering for offered a small part time job. I accepted as a means to keep me regular and provide grounding. Meshed with this, slight pay from tasks of a handiwork nature provide regular income. To supplement that, I applied for and was awarded Social Security early retirement income. It seems I will be able to build a sustainable life style following this present course.
Yesterday, I moved into a new house that required a year long commitment. I begin this year with a notion of following my part-time working lifestyle with a self assigned task to continue writing on a daily basis. If I honor my commitment, I will be staying put for a year. It will be determined whether or not staying put causes any roots to develop or a storm of some sort dislodges me and blows me in some other direction. In the meantime, it looks as if I accepted early retirement and view myself as a writer and artist with a focus on sustaining that life style.