Packing for real!!!

Yesterday when we came home we realized for the first time that we were now living in someone else’s house and we must be careful to take care of it.  Not that we were not careful of our home because we were but now it was not ours, it belong to some one else.  So we started packing up faster and moving more out to the porch.  The forecast called for a 60% chance of rain and we really need rain so we kept the tarps handy incase it began to rain and blow hard, but the only rain that came was about 1/8 inch of rain and all that came straight down so no tarps were needed.   At 9 a.m. Norman, Joe and Laura were in Cookville, TN picking up the Budget truck, Sally, the dog and I were here at home packing up the kitchen and getting dinner started.  As soon as they got home they began loading up the truck.  Joe is taking most of our large furniture and a lot of the small stuff that we have doubles or triples of.  We are going from three fully equipped kitchens down to just one so we did a pretty good job of filling the truck up.  Then right after dinner Joe drove the truck and Laura drove their car back down to Athens , AL and Norman and I stayed here doing the dishes and packing some more.  Tonight we are camping out in our house.  There isn’t much furniture left but we are comfortable and things are normal.  Photo on 8-5-15 at 9.31 PM

Norman is spending the late evening as usual.  He doesn’t seem to miss his big chair at all.  I am getting some of my computer work done and really am enjoying the free time to work at a slower pace.  Photo on 8-5-15 at 9.31 PM #2

As you can see there isn’t much left here.  We are using Auntie Thayer’s old drop leaf table and have lots of room to move around.  Photo on 8-5-15 at 9.38 PM

The living room is full of boxes and items to put into the truck tomorrow, we aren’t watching TV tonight and that in itself is refreshing.  As you see we are listening to the radio and loving it.  This takes us back to a long past when radio  was the entertainment for the whole family.  I wish we had the will to do this for a long time but a more up to date form of living is just too easy so I will have to just enjoy it for these two days and then go back to the rush after that.   Going to bed early because we will be up early tomorrow, Norman will pack the truck with Joe and Laura and I will cook the finger food for us the take on Friday’s long trip to Florida.  Have  a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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4 Responses to Packing for real!!!

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Norman must be a good packer after moving many times.If we lived near you, John would help you move. We have moved children so many times! I hope there is no rain on Friday. I would still be crying!!

    • Hi Rosemary, Norman had no trouble packing but now he is driving me mad!! He took the trundle bed apart, put the screws in a plastic bag and put it in a box that was open and now can’t remember which one it was. He has been looking into every box with no luck and just does not want to move on to something else until he finds them and put that bed together. We don’t need it now but he is like a dog with his bone and can’t leave it alone. He spent the first two days doing the same thing looking for his peanut butter. We have a lot of the boxes emptied but until we get some of the extra stuff over to the White City Mercantile to sell we just have no place to put it all. I will put a really low price on the stuff so it will sell fast but nothing could be fast enough for Norman.
      We got very little rain on the trip down and no trouble. We left at 4:15 a.m. and got in at 6:30 p.m. and that was with an hour lost due to the time zone difference so we made good time. I was the traffic director and Joe with his three kids and wife, and Norman they got the moving van all unloaded before we stopped for supper and bed. Saturday Joe returned the moving van and we went to get the new car we are leasing, then Joe and his family all headed back to Alabama. They stopped one night in northern Florida near the beach and one night in southern Alabama near the beach before getting home today. That was all the vacation he had. He is such a sweet heart to give up his vacation to help move us. Have a great day.

  2. Greg Bray says:

    I’m just checking on you guys to see if you made it safely home.

    • Hi Greg, Thanks for checking. We did get here safely but have not been able to catch our breath since. We piled all the boxes in the house and garage leaving only a narrow path through the whole place. Here we have a place about the same size as your place only one floor and it was fully furnished already. Now we are trying to empty the boxes and no place to put anything. The first day we had to go and get a new car as we gave our grandson our truck, that took almost the whole first day. Then the second day was taken up saying good bye to everyone and driving our daughter to the airport. The next day we got our banking straighten out and our WiFi installed so I could get on line. Yesterday we went to the White City Mercantile and rented a space to sell all our stuff that doesn’t fit into this house and as I open a box I put away what I can and put in a box to sell what I can’t find room for. Give us another two weeks and we will be all settled in. Have a great day. Let me know when you get settled in your new home.

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