Random 5 for February 21 – Moving, furniture, recycling, garage, movers

This is Hazel snoozing on the windowsill at the old house. I hope to be able to snooze like this soon.

We’ve moved and we’re back. We had three snowstorms moving week. A large one (26 inches) before and two consecutive smaller ones after the move. It complicated everything and the beloved husband was running between two houses clearing driveways. I’ve had it with winter. Done! Fini!

Is it just me? When friends move, they position their existing furniture and everything looks lovely. Maybe there is a piece of furniture or two they don’t use but for the most part they don’t have to start from scratch. My stuff never fits quite right. It may be doable for a time but the proportions are off and eventually much of it gets replaced by something selected for the spot. The same is true this time. Anyone need a gorgeous dining room table and chairs?

Box heaven – Gracie (my cat) is in heaven (not literally). There are boxes everywhere. We have broken most of them down and found a local place where we can deliver them for recycling. To try to incorporate into our local recycling would take weeks of cardboard in the garage.

Speaking of the garage – It will be a while before the cars fit. I forgot how dang cold a car is that sits outside overnight in 20 degree temperatures. Yikes! Froze anything liquid in the car except my hand sanitizer. I guess that’s a good test of alcohol content.

Movers are a different breed – Many are nomads picking up jobs as they come along. It’s good paying when you get a move. The tip makes it worthwhile. The crew that moved us was eclectic. One guy came from Queens or the Bronx in New York City, not sure which but it was very pronounced. I liked him. He was direct. When I asked about masks, he said, “Lady I can’t do this work with a mask on.” (You really should hear that with the accent.) And so it was. I was sure I was gonna die from covid but so far (we are a week out) nothing.

So how was your week?

Author’s note: I was off-line for two days and when I came back on, WordPress was wonky. (Maybe that was my punishment for being inactive.) I didn’t receive notices of posts in my email and my reader is always spotty. I’ve been working to catch up. Also no new pictures this week but I found the box with my camera. That’s a good sign!

 

67 thoughts on “Random 5 for February 21 – Moving, furniture, recycling, garage, movers

  1. I hope you labeled every box in case you need something in a hurry. When we moved to this house when I was ten years old, I recall my mom complaining about the lack of storage and counter space. The house in Canada had cupboards around the whole kitchen and more counter space. My mother would lament long and loud that back then she had nothing to put in the cupboards but it was nice to have them anyway. Now I complain about the very same thing.

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  2. Ahhhhh. That’s all I can hear.The boxes(most) have left for a better life. The cats are alternating being exhausted and entertained. And you are there! (Watch out for those stubbed toes and leg bruises from running into things that are “new” corners to watch out for.
    So happy for you!

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  3. Glad you made it. I thought of you last week when the weather was so awful. As long as it is all in the right house, you can take your time getting straightened out. Don’t try to do it all in a week. Do the cats love all the boxes?

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  4. It’s so good to know that you’ve successfully made the move, and I hope you’ll be very happy in your new home. I KNOW you’ll be happy when the weather begins to warm up. Navigating all of this in freezing temperatures is heroic in my book! I have another friend who recently moved, and her movers also refused to wear masks. She was so unnerved she went and had a Covid test. She was fine, of course. But we are all so jumpy!

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    • We are jumpy. Yesterday I was finally able to schedule a vaccine in March. I’m a week out so I’m hoping I’m ok. We had more snow yesterday. It’s been a brutal February. Every day something breaks. I guess that’s how it goes with moving into a house.

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  5. Glad you are finally moved. No rush to get settled. Leave some boxes around for fun. I even like to roll around on top of boxes that have been broken down! Hazel looks so content. Hope she finds just as good a spot in the new house. I’m ready for spring, too.

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  6. I’m so sorry about all your snow. You two are amazing to get everything done to this point. Congratulations! I know, I know. There’s still all the unpacking, but that’s another step.

    Your mention of furniture from the old house that doesn’t fit in the new one sent me thinking about all my moves and all the furniture I’ve changed and all the shopping I did to find just the right thing. Oh, well. All in good time.

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    • To be honest, I didn’t know how to persuade him. I thought he had a point as some of my husband’s shop equipment is well over 300 lbs. a piece. I couldn’t cancel because we were down to the wire with settlement fast approaching. So far I am good.

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  7. Yay for a successful move! Glad you guys and the cats are all settling in and all is mostly well! I always wind up needing to buy new furniture. It basically never fits. But that frees me up for the next time we move – I have no illusions on it, and am free to leave stuff and then go!

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  8. The worst is over now. Just enjoy where you are and don’t worry about when things will get done. Whatever needs to be done will get done. As long as you have dishes to eat off of and a sofa to sit on to relax and watch TV or read and a bed to sleep in all is good.

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    • I’m a hands on person so furniture buying means I have to look at it and sit in it. Not all furniture is created equal! In another month the weather will break and it will be pleasant to be out and about. My husband got his second covid shot and that’s good. I haven’t been able to schedule so far but many people around me have. Makes it safer for me too.

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  9. Ah, I see what you’re doing here: You’re trying to get enough of your blog readers to go along with buying new living room furniture to sway the Beloved Husband, aren’t you? Tricky, Kate, very tricky! So sorry for all the move challenges (snow, icy cold, and masks). But glad you’re in the new place now. – Marty

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  10. In your mind, furniture is always going to fit and look good. Once you get in and you set everything in a place, not so much. One thing you can be assured of, we’ve all been there. 🙂 Movers are a certain breed because of the transient nature of the business. I would have loved to heave seen and heard that response to the face mask. 🙂 Now, I want to know how many times when you unpack a box do you find yourself saying ‘why did I keep this.’ 🙂

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  11. Ah yes, the dreaded winter move…I still suffer PTSD from mine (JK, LOL!). Movers – I’ve been very lucky with mine. Always have been delightful gentlemen and I’ve gone out of my way to take good care of them (so they take good care of my stuff). Like having a case of icy cold water for them to drink during hot weather moves, and a platter of snacks. It helps. You then become a person instead of a job. One who tips well, too. My stuff was packed so well on my recent cross-country move that I only suffered one loss – a single small dish that cracked in half (and that was my fault, not theirs). My last move was in 30+ degrees Celsius heat (I think that is over 90F) and I didn’t ask them to wear masks, and survived. Both men suffered from heat exhaustion the next day though, I heard. I felt so bad for them.

    Deb

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  12. Hope everyone is settling in OK. Know what you mean about furniture. Buying whatever house in 2007 we had a piano to consider. On the boat, the piano had already been sold and our furniture donated to charity, but coming off the boat onto land, we had to star from scratch. From nothing, to too much in about a year!!! But hey, it’s home!!

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  13. Sorry Mother Nature failed to cooperate for moving day but glad you’re in. Perhaps you and your husband should take a page from Hazel’s playbook and rest more. I know it’s hard to feel like resting is appropriate when you’re up to your eyeballs in alligators, but in the long run, impatience and comparison are the thieves of joy. Go easy on yourselves, it’ll help acclimate the kitties too, I suspect. Here’s to a long and happy life in your new home.

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    • There is a lot to do long term. We’ll make changes to the kitchen replacing all three appliances. New bathroom too but those will take time. Right now it’s just trying to get rid of the clutter that makes me crazy. We are doing ok considering an antiquity! 🙂

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  14. What a moving week! So much more fun to read about adventures than actually live them.

    My stuff never fits when I move, either. We had to get a whole new bedroom set because our little house has really small bedrooms. And a new couch. New chairs. Eventually it all becomes workable. You know, years later.

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  15. There is a reason that I hang nothing on the walls for at least three months after a move. Like you, I am always hesitant that the first place I put a piece of furniture will be the place it stays in. I’m glad you’ve got everything in for now so that if it snows, as it’s predicted to do yet again, You won’t need to be outside in it. Remember what I said before – you plan to be there for a while so there’s no need to rush! Best of luck continues to be sent your way!

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  16. Takes longer than we think it will to adjust to new space, new homes for things, etc. But look at it as PROGRESS. You’re in, you’re making new kinds of lists instead of ones related to the move and the weather gurus say we will have a nice warm-up this week (too bad it wasn’t during your move but you survived!). I predict good naps are in your near future. Really!

    Hugs, Pam

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