Sunday, August 29, 2010
Today was the first day in my fiance's home -- and while it didn't go as I had planned, at least I was here! The movers decided they couldn't do it all in one day and they still brought things over today. They broke my stone dining table, and they damaged one of my nightstands. The table will have to be replaced, and I'm not sure if I can get the nightstand repaired or not. It is from Italy with a very high gloss finish, but I might be able to find someone really talented who could do it. That particular line of furniture is no longer available so I can't just go buy another one (and of course it matches the set).
That part of the bad news I already knew last night, so rather than be mad or in a bad mood all evening -- I drank a bottle of wine! Yep! It did the trick, I was in a terrific mood and..... I was asleep by 9 o'clock. lol
Woke up at 3:00 a.m.and did some ironing, put a few things away, but most of the furniture I needed to really be able to put stuff away was still missing, but after an hour or two I had tired myself out sufficiently to go back to bed and get some more sleep. Woke up before 7:00 and decided to go over and get my new HDTV my daughter had just bought me -- I didn't want to take a chance on them damaging THAT!
They were gone by 3:00 taking my ruined table with them to put in some dump somewhere. And I went shopping, you know the feeling when you get full of all that energy -- and at the 4th store I went to I hit paydirt! I found a table I liked at a price I liked, and also saw a really cute little end table that I couldn't resist so that was my treat for doing all the hard work of the move! It's good to indulge yourself when you have the chance.
Tonight all my cookbooks are nicely stored away in the bookcase again, the china hutch is filled with all my beautiful stuff, the baker's rack in almost done, and even the pictures in the bed and bath are hung. A little bit more accessorizing and art to be hung, and it will be "our" home. It's getting more of my personality all the time, so of course I'm more comfortable with it. And my dog has finally decided the new (smaller) doggy door is OK, and she's using it regularly! Maybe in a few days I can head back up to the mountains for a cool rest -- I need it!!!
Thanks for all the support and advice while going through this hectic week -- so happy to have it over and done with!
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!
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