My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, ... thank you!

Fun weekend

What a busy weekend.

First, Saturday was my dentist appointment to get my tooth repaired. It was an hour away, so we left early which meant we had time to check out a thrift store beforehand. Came away with even more books. Yes, we have a spending problem: we love books!

Then it was time for the dentist. Just as I sat in his chair, a migraine hit me. Sooo not fun. He was sympathetic and moved the light from my eyes. I took 2 Aleve as soon as I could get something to drink, because the nausea and aversion to light had intensified while he was working in my mouth.

I felt better once the aleve started to work, and I ate something. Off to Home Depot with my list: closet and shower rods, carbon monoxide detectors, wire shelves and coat hooks, among other things. Buying a new home always means repairs or buying things for functional living!

Sam's Club was next. We buy bulk once a month to help me cook decent meals, but really can barely wait until we have our own critters and can eat just what we raise.

By the time we got home, it was late and we crashed. I was up early Sunday... Hubby's dad was in town for a few days, so Hubby's mom agreed to bring him out to visit our new home. Planned for late afternoon, so suddenly my plans changed from investigating a local nursery for fruit trees, to organizing the house and painting the Kid's new room in the basement. Here I am at 6:30 a.m. moving boxes around so Hubby's dad won't trip over something, then I gathered the painting stuff and started on the pink shelves in the yellow room. Remember, that was the playroom for the previous owners. The light green paint over the pink shelves made them look blue which was fine. By the time I was ready to start on the school-bus-yellow walls, everyone else was up and we all dug in. Hubby installed door knobs on those doors, the Kid cleaned his new bathroom and found tp/soap/towels, and I used the roller to paint the walls that light green. Hubby completed the door knobs and helped me finish the room. We were done by 2:00 ... just in time for showers and a quick 2nd tidy in the house.

What a feeling of accomplishment! I rock when it comes to painting, but I tell you... I can barely move. Again. Ah, the pain. I took a muscle relaxer last night, but only helped me to sleep. This morning I'm worse.

I never did get to starting my seeds last week, but that is my plan for today. Taking it easy, and starting seeds.

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I used the Parker/Aurora branch of Labor Ready to help with the move and I gotta tell you... very glad we're not moving again. The person who helped to pack placed open containers of flour and pancake mix on their sides (spilling) and honey upside down (what a mess). Hubby picked up a heavy box marked "plates" and it nearly burst open. Stacked among the plates were bowls and other dishes, many of them were not packed correctly.

The three guys who moved us (lifting boxes, etc.) didn't follow the labels, which is contributing to the fact that I still can't find my clothes or dishes. A kitchen box is in the downstairs schoolroom, and it took us almost 3 weeks to find the box of schoolwork with the Kid's history books in it. And one of those guys had to rest after every load, so basically I paid him the same as the others for only half the work.

Just checked the bank account and Labor Ready is putting through another charge ... without calling me first! That was the deal I made with Teresa when I hired them. She promised up one side and down the other that she would call if there were any additional charges, and yet, she didn't.

I'll never use Labor Ready again. I'm so tired of them overcharging and tacking on additional charges weeks afterwards.

Now I need to find a handyman to help build the barn and chicken coop, and put up the fencing. Oh, and dig holes for the trees.


Diane said...

Lucky you! I haven't been able to get my husband to buy into a sustainable lifestyle. I'm currently stuck in the 'burbs in southeast Aurora but I dream of a place in the country with a lovely garden, a few chickens and NO mortgage.

Anonymous said...

Should have used professional movers - I went the cheap way once, and never again if I can afford the pro's.

The difference between a pair of strong backs, and somebody who has gone through the training in how to pack and move is worth the extra cost.