I had to go over to my old neighborhood and pick up a prescription. One of the benefits of being on the Oregon Health Plan is that they assume every move you make is intended to defraud them, so they take steps like only allowing you to get your prescriptions from one place. If you want to change to another place, you have to expect hassles, paperwork, and delays. It’s all fun. Because of this, I needed to drive out to Milwaukie to get my Tamoxifen. Since I was already over there, I drove over to the old house to say hi to my previous neighbor and also to see if there was a ceramic sun I forgot and left at my house.
I could see an immediate difference upon driving up. There used to be a giant Camelia bush by the front walk. It provided shade and lovely flowers in the spring. Gone. An azalea had been completely removed from near the front porch. I could see into the house when the new owner came to the door and the built in bookshelves I had painstakingly built into the living room wall were gone. And the backyard….wow. My neighbor let me peek through her kitchen window to see. Nothing left. All the plantlife in the back was gone. Part of the charm of the yard for me was the abundant plantlife. It kept the yard and house shaded and floral. Nothing like cutting everything down in the middle of summer to ensure it doesn’t grow back, huh? On top of it all, they had thrown away the ceramic sun. Good times.
Oh well. The house isn’t mine anymore. It’s decorated in SE Portland antique store chic. It looks like a Martha Stewart magazine from 10 years ago. It’s annoying. Seeing the house that way, I knew nothing of it was mine anymore. Guess it’s more evidence it is time for me to move on.