Oh my! I’m glad I planned one day per room for packing! I start at one corner and go around the room picking what I can’t go without for a year plus when I get to the windows I stop and put in those horrible metal storm windows that you have to slide up but they don’t slide up. I think that takes the longest time of all! Then I sweep and make it look like nothing is missing to make it a bit easier for hubby and that way he doesn’t have to run around like crazy if someone wants to look at the house.
As advised, when you sell a house you should remove the clutter and make it as light as possible so at least that was all done. When and if we sell the house at least about 2/3 is boxed and we will be able to put it in storage. I sure hope it isn’t very soon though because I am beginning to fade, fade, fade…. I want to take everything. Now I know what happens with downsizing. We have always upsized! I’m not quite ready to sell our stuff though. I had an offer on my desk but I put the price so high they just gawked at me. How can I sell my favorite things when I haven’t even decided on where I will be?
Hubby, of course stops working when he hears me cursing at the windows since I’m working upstairs now which is very nice of him. I do have to admit that he has been my star supporter during this even though he is very depressed. (please don’t call the help line for him).
The plumber came over last night and removed all the roots from the pipe to the sewer, which was what was causing the problem. That guy can do anything! Except get up on a ladder.
If you are wondering why I have time to write this blog it is because I am now out of boxes and I can’t find my tape. Grrrr. I did the spare bedroom, which is what I am taking with me and the closet was horrendous. Did we really ever use all those coats and single gloves? And I thought I had just cleaned the house in September. Does two months really make all that difference? So, bags to the thrift store, which I hope my daughter will do because sometimes she can fit into my clothes and bags of trash then to sort through the coats. Going to Maine? Well I really need my bear coat and my rain coat and my jackets and my mukluks, and my high rain boots and my boots and my spikes and my shoes that are great in snow. My gloves for riding horses (just in case) my super warm mittens and my regular gloves. How to pack for a year? No bikinis though, people would run away from me and I wouldn’t make any friends at all and what would they say at Meeting? I HAD to pack one wash bowl and pitcher that was from my hubby’s family because the one from my family had too many pieces so you do see I am trying. Now carry and pack the stuff in the last boxes, sweep the floor and the guest room is done. If my husband has company he will have to have them sleep on the floor because I also took the futons for when we first arrive.
We are getting a 17′ truck and the manager came today and said if we want to get out of here Saturday then we will have to have three people. One to pack, two to carry. Up goes the price. Actually, I am going to pay to have the manager here because we have a 10 hour (at least) drive ahead of us. Hubby will get the truck, back it up to the barn, they will load it, move it to the front of the house, then add to the load and off we go. It is supposed to be good weather, amazingly enough.
My dog just stole my pizza from my hand!
Speaking of dogs, Spider is doing much better. She was off her food when I started packing. She is old and doesn’t like new things. She is the love of my life and leaving her here, although better for her, will be very hard.
I have decided to take my collection of jade flowers with me. They were easy to pack and were in a corner cupboard that will fit nicely into my office. I will paint it white and some other color (depending on what the floor is) which will brighten the room up nicely. I’m not really crazy about knotty pine walls because they darken the rooms and I do like light. This will, unfortunately be the only collection that I will take although my daughter has offered some red and white enamelware to match the red and white enamelware table that I am going to borrow from her.
Everything seems to be fitting together. I don’t yet have a new neurologist nor have I selected my veterinarian but that should come in time and am not as frightened as I was. Actually with all the support I have been getting, I am beginning to think that perhaps the Creator created this crises to make me move on to be happier. I’m sure I will continue to have ups and downs and will always be angry at my family’s reaction and lack of sympathy for my problems but now perhaps I can start working on the forgiveness part (while I am shoveling the driveway!)