New Home

We arrived Friday evening about 6:30 and everyone went right to work unloading the moving van.  Before we went to bed that night the Van was empty and everything was in the area we labeled on the boxes.  The guest bedroom was loaded leaving only a path to the bed and the bed itself so Shanti could sleep there.  Our closet and bedroom were both loaded again with only the bed and a path to the bathroom open.  The garage was packed full as well as the pantry.  The living room was packed full except for the couch and two chairs and a path to the TV.  All the braided rugs were piled in front of the TV so we had to spread them out a little so the remote control could work.  We didn’t watch much TV that night as we were all tired after getting up at 4 a.m. and driving from 4:15 to 6:30 with only short rest areas stops all the way.  We ate in the car so it was nice to sit together to have a light supper when we got in.  Joe and Holly took the dog and Laura and they went to Patty’s house to sleep while Landen and Luke slept on the pull out bed in the living room.  We moved some boxes to the dinning room so we could pull out the bed.

Saturday we were up early and got out things for an early breakfast, then Joe and Holly came back here and took the Van to turn it in for us while Shanti came with us to get our car that we were to lease.  We went to Bev Smith Toyota.  They were all ready for us.  We had talked with Steven Aljoe so he had our car all ready for us and all the paperwork done.  All we had to do was go over the agreement with the right people as we didn’t know what a lease included or didn’t.  Steven had done a wonderful job for us and we got a lot more than we had hoped for with the lease.  It took us about two hours to do all the explaining and learning about the new car.  Wow does it do a lot of things for you.  It has a back up camera, a voice activated telephone, all we need is to have our cell phone on us to use it.  They set up all those bells and whistles and showed Norman how to use them and even went with us so Norman could test drive it and ask any questions he had.  We love the car and know we got a great deal with it.  We could not have gotten a better deal if we had been here bugging them the whole month.  Then Saturday afternoon we started unpacking some of the boxes.  Right away we found that we had three times as much stuff as could ever fit into this house.  Even the attic is way too small.   Saturday Joe spent some time at the beach so Laura could swim in the ocean for the first time then they all headed for home so they could take the driving a little slower and get to stop on the way as Sunday and Monday were the only days Joe had for a vacation.  They stopped for the first night in Jacksonville, FL and the second day and night they were in Panama City, AL scouting that area out to see if they might like to move there if the job for Joe opens up there in the next couple of years.  They wound up having a really nice but short vacation and Holly got to get back home, she was ready for that after being gone for about a month.

Sunday we drove Shanti to West Palm to catch her flight home.  She had to change her return trip because the closing date had been moved up and she would then have to be going out of West Palm instead of Nashville, TN.  It was to be a long day for her  She had to go to New Mexico by way of NJ so left West Palm Beach, FL at 11 a.m and arrived home in New Mexico at 9 P.M.  She could have driven it in that time but she had had enough driving on the trip from Spencer to Port St Lucie.  In the afternoon we work a little more on unpacking.  We didn’t make much of a dent but we started.

Monday we went to the bank to deposit the check from the sale of the farm.  They were glad to see us coming.  I opened a checking account in my name so now we are ready no marten what the future brings.  Then we went to Comcast and got the WiFi and went home to hook that up.  By afternoon I was on the internet again but had no time to blog.  In the afternoon we went to the White City Emporium to see if I could rent a space to sell all the extra stuff we had.  Norman hates a yard sale so it was either find a place like that or throw it all away and I just could not do that.  We were lucky and found a small but reasonable cubby that was open.  Then home for a quick supper and rest before bed.

Tuesday we took a load of things to White City, it is just 8 or 9 miles down the road.  I took what I thought would fill the space but found I could have brought more.  So when I got home I set to tagging more stuff.  Each piece has to have my number on it, the price and a short thing saying what it is so no one can switch tags with something cheaper.  The rest of the day was spent unpacking boxes and putting things away.  Norman looked for the screws to put together the trundle bed but could not find them so he just took out the double bed in the guest room/craft room and waited until he got to go to Lowes and get new screws/bolts which we did.

Today Norman got the trundle bed together and I organized the boxes in that room so I could also store the boxes for White City in there until there is more room on the shelves to bring more over.  We have to go over at least once a week to keep the area clean and restock the shelves.  This time of the year is pretty slow but starting in Oct.  we will need to go at least twice a week to restock shelves.  We went back to Lowes and got some wood to add shelves to our pantry to hold all the pot, pans and cooking stuff we brought down with us and to order a pull down ladder into the attic space over the garage so we have more storage space.  They will come over in the next two days to see if it is possible to do.  I sure hope so!!  Then if we ever get unpacked we will still have to replace the refrigerator, put down a new floor in the kitchen and redo the living room.  We have the plans in our head for that but we have to see if we can find what we want.  Still have lots of boxes to sort through and a braided rug to change.  Back in 1963 when I made these wool braided rungs for the new house we built in Peterborough, NH I made one long hall runner.  Well we have no place big enough for that here so Norman wants me to take that one apart and make an oval run out of it for the living room.  I think I can do it but won’t know for sure until I try.  Wish me luck.

Before I leave I took some pictures to show you what we look like. Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.17 PM

This mirror was given to me by Sadie.  The aunt of Warren’s buddy in Korea back in 1954.  I have carried it through every move and just couldn’t think where to put it here.  There was no room over my dresser and then tried it in the hall.  It just fit there and looks as if it was made just for the mirror and belongs there.  It is a very short hall so I could not get back far enough to get the whole wall and show the small end table under the mirror, that makes it look just right. Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.18 PM

I tipped the Mac and got the table with the bottom of the mirror so you could get the idea.  Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.18 PM #2

This is the trundle bed in the craft room.  I have not sorted anything in here yet so everything is piled sky high.  It will be several weeks before I get this room sorted out. Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.18 PM #3

This is the other side of the room or at least part of it .  These are the boxes set for White City all tagged and ready to go.  Behind these are the boxes full of crafts as well as a closet packed floor to ceiling full of the same.  Shirley, do you think I will have enough to keep me busy for a while?Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.18 PM #4

I did get my dishes all unpacked and into the hutch.  This room isn’t too bad.  We do have an extra table in here but that will be gone one way or another as soon as Patty gets home from her vacation in the Keys. You can see I even have all my glasses out and handy.  I love the open shelves.Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.19 PM

On the other side of the dinning room is my baker’s table where I have put most of my small dishes and odd pieces.  That middle shelf will have more than that but it is a start and holds my glass refrigerator dishes and there are more to unpack.  The top holds my breakfast dried fruit.   This shows you some of the mess I still have to clean up, but I have  good start here. Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.19 PM #2

These are the rugs pilled in front of the TV.  Photo on 8-12-15 at 2.20 PM

and behind the recliners is this mess.  But we are getting there slowly.  I guess that catches you up to this point.  I hope to find the time to blog each day now so I’ll talk to you  again tomorrow .  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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1 Response to New Home

  1. Shanti Khalsa says:

    Nice to see everything coming together! I made it back fine – some delays in both NJ and Denver, but it all worked out. Looks like you are really making progress – but take it slow and no need to rush. One box at a time!

    Love to you, and so glad I got to help.


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