It's early. We spent the night in Thistle, parked at Brad and Yessi's home. Ed's tea and my coffee are in front of us, along with our computers. Our hotspot is feeding us internet. The dog cuddles nearby. But where are the bananas? Our typical breakfast is a banana each but, Yes, we have no bananas. We just purchased a huge bunch of lovely yellow bananas yesterday, but Thistle's fruit bowl shows only one wrinkled shrunken orange, an onion, and some stray grapes.
Oh, right! We were staying at home the night before and the bananas we purchased for our kitchen there needed to be removed to prepare for our Airbnb guests. They were shuffled to the little kitchenette in our office, but didn't make it to Thistle's kitchen. And there you have it...no bananas.
Yep, three kitchens and as many beds and closets and coffee pots. Enough places and options to feel like the well-heeled Americans we are, yet we're drowning in disarray. Underwear is always in that other place, where we're not, along with the bananas. But believe me, it's more than bananas and underwear. The list is long and seemingly endless...socks, pajamas, Benton's leash, computer charge cords, even garden snips.
Although we're perennial simplifiers, we try to maintain key items in triplicate. Even then we end up with two at one place, one at another and none at the third. The organizational details of multiple dwellings challenges us. We mumble in frustration, "where are the bananas?"
Perhaps we'll figure this out but right now having a home we rent out as an Airbnb; an office, that also serves as our prime bath and sometimes kitchen; and Thistle with kitchen, bath and bed, three miles to the west, our also home, is chaotic. Beds, bananas, and underwear everywhere and nowhere.
“The nature of life is mess, chaotic, exquisitely beautiful, excruciatingly painful, immensely joy-filled, and unpredictable.”
~ Debra Moffitt, Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery