Here we are in the middle of 2014. For the first 3 months of our year, our life was getting into a new groove. At the end of January, I started a long term assignment with a 2 hour daily commute and 10 hour shifts. I was working every other weekend, but now work 12 days in a row and then have 2 weekends off. I start my day at 5am and get home around 6:15pm. I’m generally tired, but manage it. Just as we started picking up to full speed, we were asked to help out someone that was in a bad place. We agreed to change our lives and home around so the temporary fit into our world was as easy as possible. It was soon apparent that we were from different universes, not just planets. Combining them was about as smart as putting a hunting dog in the same cage with a skunk. In the course of ten weeks, our patience and charity was tested, abused, and eventually ran out. We decided that we needed our home back, and made it so. The relief was tainted by frustration and anger that it had to end the way it had, but there was relief.
Not only did this
verify the adage that no good deed goes unpunished, the entire
episode was exhausting. It's not completely over, as we are still
boarding animals and storing furniture. Soon, this will be over as
well. I have learned that I do not tolerate bullshit as well as I
used to. Once upon a time, I may have endured or been bullied into
giving more time, money and energy. That just isn’t the case any
longer. We work too hard for what we have, and I refuse to be
disrespected in my own home. I like helping others, but not to the
detriment of our happiness. I have no obligation to destroy my own
peace for unappreciative interlopers.
There is a silver lining. It's now just the two of us living in
our home for the first time in several years. Our long term roommate
decided to move to avoid the drama we were enduring. I can finally
shower without worrying if my bedroom door is closed. My bra is
optional when I change into comfy clothes, and I have an office of my
own. My husband is able to lock the doors before bed without worrying
if someone will be coming home after we fall asleep. Our home is once
again a sanctuary, and if it's messy, it's our own fault. I can't
tell you how wonderful it is. There is quiet. I would say you can't
put a price on that, but the mortgage company says different.