Wow, have we had some turmoil in our venture to our new home. First we had to figure out how we were gonna take what we had in a four bedroom house, basement included, tow sheds out side and a storage area under our 20 foot deck. Never mind the myriad of plants and flowers. We also have three cats and a miniature dog, plus our son. How will we do it with a 28 foot van and a full size pick-up, two adults who are not healthy as we once were.
Well my wife started down sizing the house the night we got the call that a place was being offered to us. Do to some very major financial pit falls, this offer came at a good time. The we were informed that the deck that had been built was not safe, either fix it or take it down. This was no problem we had friends that would love the deck so there it would go.
We called our friends and made the offer, one draw back it had to be down before we where permanently leaving. Now our friend had to figure out how to get it down in such a short time period.
Well we took our first load up on May 14th, that was a feat in itself. We agreed to take all the none essentials we could fit in both our vehicles. Our friends sat the animals and the house. So off for the 9 hour trip. We got to our destination 12 hours later. My mother had supper ready for us. It took us two days to unload what took us 2 weeks to pack. Then back to our old home.
We started to pack for round two. Then my wife and I talked about it, we both agreed I would make the second trip alone with our oldest feline. That was a major trip. Tinker is his name and he cried for the 9 hours. He managed to rock his travel cage off the seat three times. Now think of it, I drive what everyone calls a bun wagon, or patty wagon. Call it what you might, it is a 1974 Kurbside step van with a 3 speed on the floor. Not the most easy vehicle to drive, with no shocks to boot, no air-conditioned to cool you down. Only the heat from the engine and the noise from the engine. Tinker and I got to our new home. Now tinker was no help in unloading, just me and my tired body.
Well it took me a week to unpack the van, then I was headed home for what I hoped was the last load. HA-HA, My wife and I started loading what we thought would be our last trip, not. When I arrived home, our friend had made a small dent in taking down the deck. Now I was getting very agitated due to the fact we had to pack by our self, and our friends kept on saying it’s to hard for one person to take the deck down by himself. So I grabbed the electric drill the night I got home, we didn’t have the right bits so off to the store I sent my wife first thing in the morning. 10 am I started dismantling the rafters and supports. Our friend showed up in the afternoon and I helped him till 3. I only had today to pack the van and leave in the morning. We couldn’t leave tinker too long by himself.
Well that didn’t happen, we were still packing on Sunday and I was getting annoyed. My wife suffers from Atrial Fibrillation of the heart and she had to stop and lay down to allow her heart to function within normal range. I suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and epilepsy , I also have had four mild heart attacks. This move was more trying then anything so far in my life.
We got it done and we left Monday morning, we headed north with the last of the animals but not the last of our stuff. We have to return once more for a wedding and finish cleaning our old home. I will tell you, moving is not fun. There has been good times and bad times. What I learned is when people say they can’t do something, I found it can be done if you want it bad enough. We miss our friends and on July 4th, my wife and I will be standing up for my oldest and dearest friends as they say I do. My mother, boyfriend has given us a second chance, by allowing us to purchase this home and get our finances cleared up. We have given up a lot, yet we have been given so much in return. On that note we found out the my baby sister and my son has to find a place to live, they just moved in to their homes six months ago and now they were evicted.
Life is grand, on thing I always say is smile everyday and find something to laugh at. Life is to short to let you get down. We don’t allow negativity in our home, so every stay positive, it’s a lot easier when things go wrong.
This is our trek up north, we love our new home, both of us will be glad to finally finish the move next week.
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