I moved into my own studio apartment a few weeks ago and have been settling in nicely. The space feels good and gets a lot of natural light in the mornings. That is, when the grey Seattle clouds are not looming about. My next door neighbors are a sweet old couple with white hair. They have a city style garden built on top of their garage. Sometimes I watch and listen as they water the flowers and play with their grandchildren. It adds a touch of warmth to my surroundings.
I would like to hang pretty things on the wall and find a nice area rug to keep my feet warm. I also intend to treat myself to some Opinel kitchen knives and maybe a few new pieces of clothing to fill my big walk-in closet.
I haven't had to be alone too much yet, so I've avoided any major feelings of loneliness. I'm going to learn how to embrace an entirely new understanding of independence. It will be good for me, but probably will not come easily, as I already miss Evan deeply, and will soon be missing my sister, too.