Month: April 2013

Day 4 … Progress

We have almost unfinished packing the boxes, and I took some trash to the transfer station today (no curbside pickup here – living here really is a lot like Running Springs).  Lou made good progress on the kitchen stuff.  We did find a slight problem:

The Griddle / Sandwich maker didn't survive ... knew we should have got a George Forman!

The Griddle / Sandwich maker didn’t survive … knew we should have got a George Forman!

 

Quite an other worldly view out the back early this morning:

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And – we have TV !!!  I hooked up the DVD player last night and watched a movie (Lou fell asleep).  Today, Jeff came and installed DISH TV !!!  And, it works.  We have TV in the master bedroom, in the basement, and in the loft guest room (when we get a TV for there).

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Our neighbors stopped by to say hi, and told us the internet service through the local phone provider wasn’t bad, so we’re also going to give that a try and.

It just takes patience …

Unpacking … Still

We are slowly making progress with the unpacking – hopefully will have all the boxes sorted out tomorrow.  Ben & Emily stopped by yesterday and helped us make a good dent in the boxes.  We continue to find things in places you can’t imagine.  For example, all of the glass inserts for the tables were placed in a box with stereo speakers, the blu-ray player and more heavy stuff.  Boggles the mind.

Lou found a footprint on top of his desk that he can’t get out.  My desk was put together incorrectly, so once the drawer was opened, it won’t close …

On a more positive note, we do like most of the new furniture.  Just some issues with a few of the pieces, but we’ll get that resolved.

We did have some excitement early this evening – saw our first big ship passing by.  It looked like one of the vessels they use for hauling Natural Gas:

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Morning 2 Update

We slept good in our own bed.  As you might guess, yesterday was frustrating.  It would rank in the top of our worst moving days (and we’ve had a lot).

But, even with all of the frustration, waking up to this isn’t all bad …

 

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Today is a new day.  We’ll attack the boxes of kitchen stuff and miscellaneous boxes.  There are a few issues with some of the new furniture, but we’ll figure that out in the coming week or two.

Evening Update

This isn’t quite the update I had hoped for.  It is 9:35 as I type this, and we still don’t have a bed to sleep in …

The story started this morning; I took the dogs to Day Care at the Canine Country Club a little after 8am.  As I reported earlier, when I returned, the truck from AZ was here, but they couldn’t get in the driveway.  They had to go to Belfast to rent a smaller shuttle truck.  In the meantime, the North Carolina guys arrived and their truck was smaller, so they could get in the driveway. They had all the new furniture.  They worked fairly diligently, but it still took until late afternoon to finish.

The driveway becomes the staging area

The driveway becomes the staging area

 

Lou supervises

Lou supervises

 

It took the other guys until 10-10:30 to get the first load into the shuttle truck and start unloading.

The Arizona moving van and rental truck

The Arizona moving van and rental truck

 

Lou lends a hand

Lou lends a hand

 

One of the shuttle trips - I was not impressed with the way the packers packed Lou's computer - let's hope it runs

One of the shuttle trips – I was not impressed with the way the packers packed Lou’s computer – let’s hope it runs

 

I had to pick the dogs up by 4pm.  They got a good report card, and it only cost $16 for the whole day.  The Country Club is less than 10 minutes away.  And, yes, Natasha is sitting on top of Stitch for the ride home.

I had to pick the dogs up by 4pm. They got a good report card, and it only cost $16 for the whole day. The Country Club is less than 10 minutes away. And, yes, Natasha is sitting on top of Stitch for the ride home.

 

The parrot is a nice touch in the living room.  Note - that weird pillow does not belong to us - they sent the wrong ones.

The parrot is a nice touch in the living room. Note – that weird pillow does not belong to us – they sent the wrong ones.

 

Stitch checks out the new chair.  It's very blue - we need to sleep on things to see what we can live with (not that we have a lot of choice)

Stitch checks out the new chair. It’s very blue – we need to sleep on things to see what we can live with (not that we have a lot of choice)

 

It is now 10:22pm.  Lou’s office furniture is mostly put together.  They are working on our bed now.  They still have my office furniture to finish up …

It may be a few days before we have pics of any finished rooms.

UPDATE:  It is now midnight.  They have finally finished putting the desks and bed together.  Now they are trying to fix broken stuff before leaving …

Morning Update

We might have two blog posts today – life is so exciting!  We slept on the boat last night, and all was well.  We made Stitch sleep in the bed with us, so he wouldn’t wander around.  Natasha passed out on the settee in the salon (that’s boat talk), and never woke up all night, so it worked out.

We were up before 6am, and headed to the house.  It’s now 9:15am and the moving van from Arizona is here – but they can’t get in the driveway.  The one from North Carolina with the new furniture is ten minutes away.  Things should get even more exciting!

The pups are away at day care at a very convenient boarding facility just a few miles away.   We didn’t need them underfoot today.

 

A few pics from yesterday on the boat:

Ben & Emily stopped by to visit

Ben & Emily stopped by to visit

 

Ben gets acquainted with Stitch

Ben gets acquainted with Stitch (who can hardly stay awake)

 

An early morning look at the moon over Camden Harbor

An early morning look at the moon over Camden Harbor

 

Once we got to the house, Natasha and Stitch decided to have a good romp on the back deck:

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Yes, I know I cut their heads off in the last photo 😉  I promise, no dogs were injured in this romp.  Not sure about the lobster.

 

 

The Usual … Still Waiting …

No trucks today (but we weren’t expecting it, since we had been told it would probably be Saturday).  So now, we have two trucks arriving tomorrow – it should be interesting.

Thank Goodness it stopped raining, and we had beautiful weather today.  Actually made it into the 60’s, instead of 30’s and 40’s we’ve had during this past week.  Since the Camden Lodge was booked for the weekend, we had to move today.  Fortunately, Emily had arranged for the boat to be ready (and Ben washed it today – which is not in his job description 😉 ), so off to the boat we went.

Natasha definitely remembers, and couldn’t wait to get on the boat and also to see Emily & Ben.  Stitch just went along for the ride, like he usually does.  Lou left the boat to walk up to the car to get some stuff.  What does Stitch do?  Jumps right off the side of the boat … splat … onto the dock, his momentum almost carrying him into the water.  He picks himself up, shakes the stars out of his head, and chases after Lou …  So – Natasha spends an entire summer on the boat, and never once jumped off.  I’m afraid Boys will be Boys …

Here are some photos from today – some of the boat, but also a few from the basement at the new house.  I was trying to sweep the floor, which did not work with 2 Cocker Spaniels chasing the broom.  The basement will be my “Grandma Cave” – housing my desk, computer, big screen TV, video game consoles and more 🙂   We picked a lighter blue because there’s not a lot of natural light in the basement.

Lou checks out the TV area

Lou checks out the TV area

 

This area will be for my desk and computer

This area will be for my desk and computer

 

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