Thursday, August 26, 2010
After all the planning sometimes things just don't work out. Why? Well, for one good reason, we aren't in control of other people. That's just what happened to me. The people across the street said they wanted our dining room set, hutch and a few other pieces. They really needed to be moved out before my movers come in (otherwise where would they put the stuff coming in?) So when they changed their day of moving from Wednesday to Thursday, of course I had to delay my main move by one day!
So here I was rarin' to go..... but no place to go! It sorta gave me a day off, but I've been so revved up that I couldn't hold still, so there I was rearranging the living room, hanging pictures in the master bath, arranging towels -- a hundred little things that need to get done "sometime." What better time than when you seem to have a spare couple of hours. I supervised the stuff being hauled out, and bless the men doing it, they even moved a sofa for me from one room to another. It was a really heavy one and I'd never have been able to do it myself (even they had a not very easy time of it.)
Tonight I went back over to my house and did some last minute things, getting a few stray items in boxes to be hauled later, and generally making sure it was all ready for the movers. They will come to my BF's house first as there is less to get from there, then haul that to my house, put it in the garage while they bring all of my stuff out to the truck. Then with the two rooms empty they can put the furniture away in the garage and head back to my BF's house with my stuff. It sounds like it will be a tedious day for all of us -- one that I for one will be so glad to see over and done with. Do I want to move again anytime soon? NEVER!!
Actually the house is looking very nice (BF's) the living room has never looked so good, the bedroom/bath is freshly painted and ready for furniture and the dining room is all vacuumed and awaiting it's new furniture. I think I'm going to sleep late on Saturday morning -- it's time to give myself a treat!!
Hugs to all my faithful followers on this blog!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wow! I can't believe I made it this far, and things actually seem to get well in hand, boxes are getting packed, things are getting moved out and cleared away -- things actually went very smoothly today. The actual moving date for getting the furniture from one house to the other -- some of his to MY house and some of mine to HIS house -- has actually been delayed for a day; so to be telling the truth, I guess moving day isn't really in one day, but two! I've had to learn things don't always go the way you'd like them to go, and when you are depending on other people, the schedules sometimes get changed. Not use losing sleep over it, better to just go with the flow.
I went over to my BF's home very early this morning as the painter was due to arrive at 7:00 a.m. and with it being a 30 minute drive minimum, you can see I was up quite early. Well rested though, I slept like a log!
The painter arrived right on time, he was friendly, efficient, and I quickly explained to him the color and location of how I wanted it. They got right down to work, masked off EVERYTHING, moved the furniture to the center of the room and in no time they were busily working away, they were very neat too, other than fresh paint on the walls, you could never tell anyone had even been in the room.
While that was being done I decided to move all the furniture to one side of the room in the living room and I shampooed the carpet. Glad to report that it came out just fabulous -- looks so fresh and clean. Then I had my BF call his sister-in- law and tell her we were advertising the 3 sofa's we had for sale and how much we wanted. "What? It's not FREE?" Duh! Then they informed him they did not want the creme colored sofa(s) but was interested in the brown set. Well, brown has never been a favorite color of mine in furniture or anything else, so I gave him prices for the sofa, the loveseat and the chair (they all match). Lo and behold they wanted them -- so again, a slight change of plan; I decided to put two of the sofa's we were selling into the living room and sell the brown stuff. I do like the lighter colors anyway -- looks so much lighter and brighter! They also agreed to come and get them around 4:00 OR 5:00 the same day! Wow, now that is what I call GETTING THINGS DONE!
In the meantime the dining room was looking very organized. All the furniture was in one area -- and I got to looking at the chandelier. Now why on earth would I want to clean it at this point in time, I don't know! But I did. One by one I took the various prisms and rounded facets (plastic, not crystal) down and carefully cleaned them, dried them and replaced them. But after doing one tier I saw it was easier and quicker to get a pan of soapy water and just put them in it. While it took me a couple hours total, it now looks shiny and bright -- and it was much easier to reach without my table under it.
The brown upholstered pieces were all gone by around 6:00 p.m., then I was informed that my BF's sister would be over to get the antique sewing machine and a few other family heirlooms and would try to arrive around 7:00. It was about that time, all their stuff was packed up, we had a lovely visit and I was beginning to relax about this move. Things were falling into place and it seemed as though everything would be OK.
A bit tired tonight (actually a LOT tired) and most of my muscles are aching, but I'm ready to face tomorrow -- lots more furniture will be leaving the house and making room for mine. The bedroom is all painted and looking wonderful, it's ready for me to begin my new life, and I'm ready for that too!
As I sit here typing this blog I looked up at a framed print on my wall. The words read: "LORD, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together can't handle." I'll have to keep that one in mind.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Yes! I can do it..... that's what I keep telling myself. I felt like every muscle, every bone, every part of my body was stiff and sore today. I now climb in and out of the car like an 80 or 90 year old, because that's how I feel. I did go for my eye appointment today and have a new contact lens ordered - so perhaps I'll be able to have clearer vision in about a week or so. And. . . . I even
went out to dinner, because a favorite restaurant is very near the optometrist. So even though I wasn't as busy packing/moving today, I did get a few things done.
1. I moved almost all of my cookbooks (I have 150 and books are HEAVY!)
2. I took down all pictures and cleaned off counters in the Master Bedroom/Bath that is getting a new paint job tomorrow.
3. Bed linens have all been transferred.
4. All drawers have been emptied on furniture being moved.
5. All crystal has been packed from hutches that are being given away.
6. Half the food has been moved from my pantry to BF's pantry (by me, natch)
Now I'm on the final stages of the move and I'm starting to draw a deep breath. I see there are bits and pieces still to be moved, but nothing big and it's all coming together. Tomorrow I have to be at the other home at 7:00 a.m. to get the painter started on the right foot. Then I will see if everything is empty for the "give-away move" which is taking place on Thursday.
I had to re-schedule my movers until Friday as I can't very well have him bring the dining room set over from my place and not have an empty dining room to put it in. So, like everything else -- you have to juggle things around. But I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It will be a relief, let me tell you. . . . . today I needed a clean pair of socks and thought....... hmmmmm, what box did I put "those" in!
No nap today, and up at 4:50 so it's going to be a quiet, early evening for me!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
It's dangerous to work too hard, time to STOP and YIELD to the pressure of needing a night off! And that's just what we did -- spent a lovely, relaxing 1-1/2 hours at the Red Lobster with two dear friends. My B/F pigged out on lobster, but I stayed faithful to my teachings at SP and ordered a Caesar Salad with grilled chicken. And it was satisfying and I was happy afterward that I had not splurged.
So what did I accomplish today? My great room is totally finished and looking good. All furniture that will be moved has been pushed into the tile areas of the home awaiting the movers. I think it's going to look great. All the dining room chairs have been taken to the BF's home, all the good dishes (old ones are going to stay because it's being offered "fully furnished.") Half of my clothes have been taken over; most of the canned food out of the pantry, and now it's time to decide which pictures stay and which go. Of course the oil portrait of ME went right away (after all, what renter wants to look at that? - lol) and now as I look around the house I'm wondering if I've been moving stuff for the past 3 days how can there be so much stuff left?
I ate pizza last night and gained weight -- I think my resistance was very low, and I succumbed to a temptation (first pizza in about 2 years) and to think it used to be something I ate about once a week. How we change, right?
Tomorrow I go for a check-up for new contacts (eyes) and have to go to BF's home to make sure all the hutches and drawers are empty for the things that are being moved on Wednesday. And on Wednesday also the painter is scheduled to arrive at 7:00 a.m. (OMG!) to paint the Master Bedroom! Lots going on that day, but not too much tomorrow, so I think I'll be able to handle it.
Three Days to "M" Day --
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I think the hardest thing to committing to a person when you are a mature person (at 71 I hope I'm "mature") is that one of you has to move. Now if it's just a little apartment, it may not be so bad; but if the person moving has been there for five or more years there can be a serious rat-packing problem and we all know what that means!
In the last couple of days I have thrown away about 20 pounds of magazines that I have never even opened the covers on, numerous blouses that I have not worn for at least 2 years, shoes that are no longer even in style, enough phone and other electronic connectors to start a small store (don't know what half of them even go to) plus I have taken books to donate to the Library, filled 2 boxes for donations and for the big stuff, I have Big Brothers/Big Sisters coming on Wed. with a truck! My garbage can was so heavy it barely rolled out to the curb!!
Hearing all of that you know who the one is that's moving. Of course on the other end of this two-some is George who is frantically sorting through scads of HIS stuff, knowing I will have "stuff" that needs to be stored also. And throughout this chaos there is the dread in his heart that furniture is going out, furniture is coming in -- he doesn't know which or where, but it's happening. At this point he doesn't care if it sells, or if he has to give it away -- he just wants it gone!
I asked him if it was OK to paint the master bedroom before bringing my bedroom furniture over (it's too heavy to move once it's in place) and he got this pained look on his face and asked carefully, "What color were you thinking of? It's not going to be something crazy, is it?" I assured him it was not "crazy" but a very soft Seafoam -- which of course, being a guy meant absolutely NOTHING! Men always wonder why we use words like mauve, chartreuse and violet; why can't we just say pink, green or purple!
Today I moved one really big, really heavy sofa off the carpeted area and into the tiled area of the great room; then moved the sofa table (glass with a marble pedestal) and one leather easy chair -- getting ready to vacuum and then using the carpet cleaner my daughter had given to me last year. It does a terrific job and everything will be fresh and clean. Got that all done, it is now dry and I just vacuumed it. Now to move the sofa back in from the garage that I had last year (which will be fine for a rental -- I was just tired of looking at it). Needless to say the movers went through the front door when they put it there, but being one fairly small person, there was no way I could maneuver it through the front door. My only hope was to go through the garage door leading to the great room. I measured the door and it would fit if I went through sideways -- and with super human strength I got it through (determination ladies!). I also moved 2 more of the dining room chairs over to my BF house along with 2 end tables. I brought back 2 of his end tables and a lamp, so it's starting to shape up.
I also reached the same mover who worked so hard for me last time and he said he could be available on either Thursday or Friday -- perfect. Whew! Four more days to go -- I'll keep you posted.
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