Can’t we get weekends off? Shouldn’t there be some rule about mandatory breaks?
I’m not sure who woke up first Rita or Vince. I am sure it was not me! 5:30! Vince got up and thought he could sneak out without Rita noticing but I heard her squirming around in her little bed so I got up with her. I did tell Vince I was not starting to pack til daylight. We’re still working in the sewing room. Another thing that slows me down is stopping to look at everything. I have an apple cake recipe that someone gave me when we lived in Jasper, TX and we moved from there in 1992. It’s the best cake and I’ve made a dozen or more copies of it so I never lose it and I find a copy in every drawer I open. Vince was finding them too. He said “Are these recipes all the exact same?” Yes! Then he said “Do you need to keep all of them?” Yes! He’s past the point of asking why.
The freeze dryer was going to be done about 7:30 a.m. so I told Vince I was going to sit and knit til time to deal with it, then I’d put the okra in jars, vacuum seal those and start packing. We’ve packed almost a couple of hours and just stopped for breakfast.
I think the unpacking is going to be pretty easy. Not easy . . but not really crazy. Nicole and Chad will come over and help some . . probably more Nicole than Chad.
The movers have a 40′ truck, which is as big as we can get down our driveway and even then, he has to back it down there because there’s no way to turn it around. We’ll also use a 26′ U-Haul. The first trip will be sewing room and stuff out of the house. Then they’ll make a second trip probably between Thanskgiving and Christmas and that will be Vince’s shop and all the outside stuff.
We have a plan . . let’s just hope it all works like we think it will.
Did you ever share your apple cake recipe with us? If you post it on the blog, it’s will always be available to you.
Don’t forget that you are doing the move/donate/trash sorting at this point in time and it takes a while.And, you’ll probably do another sort when you unload all the boxes.
Are you still planning to keep the place for a while & if so, that means you have to keep some stuff to be able to live there.
I’m not moving, but somehow, I feel like I need to go clean up a drawer, closet or room – just to get organized for that day in the future.
Judy Laquidara says
I used to think posting things on the blog meant it would always be there but with the previous blog host, it got to where I no longer trusted that things would always be there. The new host is rather expensive and there will be a day when I no longer want to pay for the hosting.
I think Vince has decided to sell the Texas place and look for some kind of “camp” on a stream or creek there – a place where we can have a garden if we want but mostly a place where we can go and enjoy the water but . . we haven’t totally decided yet.
If I cleaned out drawers and got rid of the clutter, I’d just clutter it up again so I don’t worry too much about it.
Judy H says
If you have a garden at a camp, you’d have to be there regularly to tend to it. Just pointing that out…. your goal has been to spend more time with the family, so a garden at the camp could be counter-productive.
Judy Laquidara says
I don’t think so. They get quite a bit of rain there so watering wouldn’t be an issue. With a keyhole or raised beds, weeds wouldn’t be so much of an issue and I imagine we’d spend most of the summer at the camp. I’m going to have to be very careful to make sure what he finds is really a camp and not a small home so he’d be wanting to live there some day. Chad and his family are river rats and if we had a camp, they’d probably stay there more than we would so I’d get to spend plenty of time with them. Ideally, we’d find a place on some water that has enough land for hunting and I could see Chad and Nicole actually wanting to build there some day.
The best thing about your packing? I’m wandering through our home (which is our final resting place 😉 and really evaluating what hasn’t been used or won’t get used. Yesterday I had half my trunk full and off to the thrift store. As well, I have offered up a dozen items on a No-Buy Facebook group and all gone in no time.
The hardest? I packed off all my clothing sewing patterns. In the late 80s/90s I made most of my clothes and I could tailor a full suit jacket/skirt in 2.5 hours. But, fabric is so expensive and clothing has become so cheap, I haven’t made anything in more than 15 years. I decided if I ever wanted to make something, I might deserve a new pattern!
I’m also going through my 2 bookcases. They are less than half full from going through over the years. Once again, I am rereading books and if I don’t want to, it is gone!
I know my situation is far different from packing up to move, but perhaps it might move you to do a bit more discard than keep, or might help a reader!
Judy Laquidara says
I have tossed or donated a lot more with this move than I ever have in previous moves. So much of what I have is yarn or fabric and when I consider what I paid for it, with even a chance I might use it, I’m keeping that because it’s so expensive to replace. The other thing I have in abundance is jars of food that I either canned or freeze dried and we’ll use that so I’m keeping that. I’ve gotten rid of books as I mostly read on the Kindle or listen to audio books (from the library). My weakness is kitchen gadgets and most of those I’m not ready to part with yet. Once we get settled in, I’ll probably get rid of anything that doesn’t find a place in the new home.
Nelle Coursey says
It will be here before you know it! Did you get my message I left you?
You inspire me to get it done. I just can not do it at your pace. James and Mavis want me up by 6 with them although they went to bed 2 hours before me.