Hello People of the World,
First of all, I hope each of you had a lovely holiday season. For my part, I’ve survived it! This month has been a very busy one for us.
First off, in preparation for moving, we spent the past month, and the month before that, cutting the fat. I sold off absolutely every single thing I could part with. I needed to get rid of as much excess as possible so as to successfully transition from a three bedroom house to a two bedroom apartment. Gone is the treadmill I rarely use, even though I should. Gone are the dirt bikes that got action twice a year.
I ditched the dining room table. Won’t be needing that. We’re a “family” of three and a bar works fine for us. When I say “family” I do mean to put it in quotations. It’s my husband (Nick) and I, plus our long-time friend slash room mate whom we joke is our cat. Strangely enough the cat protested at the idea of having a bar instead of a table. Now he perches on a bar stool, nose high in the air, forced to admit that maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea.
I started the packing process in mid-November, much to the bemusement of Nick and the Cat. I tried to convince them to join me but they prefer last minute panic-packing. I like having everything neatly labeled in clear plastic totes so I know where everything is. When crunch time came, my efforts paid off. We packed up the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms and got everything off the carpets just in time for the cleaners to come in.
The carpet cleaner was phenomenal. This guy had seventy-thousand dollars worth of carpet cleaning equipment staged in the back of his van. When he finished our carpets, it looked like it did when we moved in over two years ago. I let him know I was impressed. He seemed to really take pride in doing a fantastic job.
With the truck out front, it was time to load up. Packing the truck took almost the entire day. It’s quite an involved process. Half-way through we had to stop and get a second trailer because we still had too much stuff. We also had to go get more moving blankets to pack up all the furniture. When everything was finally packed we were exhausted. We padlocked the truck and trailer and passed out on the living room carpet for a few hours.
We were supposed to meet our landlord in the morning to pass off the keys, but that didn’t happen. We spoke with his wife on the phone and found out he was in the hospital undergoing emergency heart surgery. So we stashed the keys in the garage for him, loaded up the cleaning supplies and hit the road.
That exhausting eight and a half hour drive took us through some mountain passes but we got lucky. Even though there was a bit of snow, the roads were clear and the trip was uneventful. We arrived at our destination a sliver after midnight and stayed over at a local hotel.
The next day we signed our papers, got the keys to our flat and started moving all our things up to the fifth floor. What a process! Emptying the trailers went smoothly and much quicker than loading them had taken. The furnishings were the biggest challenge. We had to get them through a set of double doors, into a small elevator, down a hallway and through another small door. Our biggest fear was that the couch wouldn’t fit in the elevator, but it did. Barely.
Once the vehicles were emptied, we took the rentals back and started the process of unpacking, organizing, arranging and decorating. That brings us to yesterday. Unpacking and getting our house in order has taken a full week. What an experience. It has been fun setting up our place, although we did run into a few headaches at the start of it.
First, we discovered that turning on a light in one bedroom tripped the breaker that ran our dishwasher and microwave. Turns out, the appliance installers didn’t hook up the dishwasher properly and it was setting something off.
Once that was fixed, our washing machine refused to produce hot water when set on hot. The hoses were installed backwards. Once that was fixed, we tossed in a load of towels and had a go at it. The washing machine set off like we were torturing it. Ungodly banging, thrashing and howling. At last a foul odor drifted through the house. We got a new washing machine.
We wanted a hot shower but the water wouldn’t get warm for anything. That was a faulty valve behind the hot water heater. Now the water gets hot but if we kick the heater on to warm up the house, we are unable to get the shower to cool down. Alas. It appears we don’t care enough to keep complaining.
That’s pretty much the end to our list of issues with our new apartment. We did have to get our bedroom door fixed so it wouldn’t quietly swing open in the night. If we had a real cat, I’m pretty sure we would have found him curled up on the end of our bed in the morning. Our Cat is snooty and keeps to himself.
We’ve been enjoying getting to know the local eateries and this community has some amazing food options. Sadly, the “fine-dining” experience we had on my birthday lacked a bit. We waited over an hour and a half for our meal and it was undercooked. So disappointing. We won’t be returning to that venue. It’s just sad when there are cheaper diners that provide higher quality service.
Christmas was a quiet affair. We stayed in and didn’t decorate or exchange gifts. Maybe we’ll make up a day to celebrate with each other in the spring. Once it settles down a bit around here. Still, we enjoyed some festive music, hot chocolate and a soft blanket of powdery white snow. Not the worst way to celebrate!
How was your Christmas?