The countdown continues… three days until we move! It has been a whirlwind.
Over the weekend we went over to the new house to do a little painting; difficult because the owners have not yet moved (initially we thought we would have a week of empty house to paint and such, but their move dates got changed, so things were less than ideal for all parties.). We still got 2.5 ceilings done, and will do the last “must-paint” ceiling Thursday morning before we move Friday (all the ceilings — and all the rooms — need to be repainted but some of them are in worse shape than others). Painting in a room full of stuff is… not ideal (this photo is of the room — my office-to-be — where we painted one half of the ceiling, then moved all the stuff to the other side of the room to do the other half of the ceiling – the new ceiling is the bright white)
We also got some lessons on house maintenance, gardening tips, and a how-to for the two mowers that we are inheriting (a giant push mower and an ailing riding mower which we will get fixed). There’s a lot of lawn, but it’s all flat and easy to navigate. They kept it pretty tidy because they used a lot of it for golf practice, but we’ll probably keep it a bit longer (less mowing!).
Not pictured: various unexpected hiccups and an epic appliance switcheroo — I wanted my fancy new stove (that we got before we knew we’d be moving) moved to the new house, so we switched ranges. This was a massive, frustrating ordeal because our old house has natural gas and the new house has propane, so there was a whole conversion thing that needed to happen, complete with removal of oven doors, floors, drawers, etc. My dad helped until he had to leave, and then I spent quite a few hours figuring it out myself with the help of YouTube videos. Not pictured: me sprawled on the floor, fiddling with a screwdriver in the back of the oven, switching out parts. I felt very manly and capable when both ranges were finally slid into place and successfully fired up.
Once that was done, I was able to put in a few tomato plants that a friend grew from seed and shared with me. There is a nice gardening area near the house — lots of opportunity for gardening, flowers, etc.
And, amidst all of this, I took a break to help my best friend’s daughter get ready for her first prom. She looked so beautiful… her mom and I cried. So much fun!
This week is packing, packing, and more packing, plus painting, plus signing papers, plus moving. Plus working! Plus some extended family matters. Plus eating all the leftovers and freezer items that we don’t want to move. There have been some questionable dinners lately.
The good news is that we can start moving some things over tomorrow night. We will also paint the living room/dining room ceiling Thursday morning, then bring over more stuff and do whatever we can to finalize moving prep. Friday, the movers come. We have Saturday, Sunday and Monday to finish bringing over anything that didn’t make it in the Big Move, so that’s good, although I will just want to be done with it, since we will need to get the kitchen, master bath, and offices initially set up so we can work next week.
I’m having a little PTSD from our move two years ago (from CA back to Oregon) but that was a MUCH bigger, more complicated move — this is literally just a few miles down the road and we aren’t moving states. I was so exhausted by the time we finally landed in our house last time that it took me a very long time to fully recover. I think I’ll be mostly fine after a week or so this time, I’m tired and a little overwhelmed but not exhausted — plus, filled with joy at this amazing house we get to live in. I am SO EXCITED!