|Fifth Daughter, in her native habitat|
This is the first part of what may be a longish set, bringing everyone up to speed with developments here at The Workbench; please bear with us, as there's a lot going on...
Fifth Daughter will be moving ou of the house in a couple of weeks, to move in with her fiance in their new townhouse. This will mean that for the first time in over a decade, The Missus and I will be 'empty nesters', with the house entirely our own. This will being some really major changes to our lives, as we move all of our boxes of stuff back into what used to be 'the spare room' and getting more then half of our house's square footage back. We're in for a month's worth of very intensive work, but once it's done it's done; I spent most of the past two days digging out and de-icing the garage door, so I could bring all of Fifth Daughter's boxes in, but this is now done. I can access the sheds, too, and with the arrival of the warmer weather hereabouts I can get cracking on projects and repairs that have had to go into hibernation, over our cold and snowy winter.
The move will also drastically lower our household expenses, as we'll no longer have to provide a lot of services at our expense. We'll also see a drastic lowering of our stress levels, as the 'constant pandemonium' of having a resident college student will no longer apply. We'll have a lot more time, energy, and resources to put into things, and The Missus and I are looking forward to our new lives. Coupled with Der Bug's reliability and my new job, we're going to be in really good shape, going forward from here.