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Getting things done!

Category: Choices | Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:43 pm

I think it's finally beginning to look like we may be moving. The living room and dining room are looking empty. We have a card table and folding chairs instead of a dining room table and chairs. dr loaded the truck for the flea market so that corner of the living room is empty. Well, except for empty boxes waiting to be filled. The shelves are emptying off very well. I cleaned the laundry room closet on Wednesday and packed small appliances. The other closet only has winter coats and the quilting frame. There is still dr's shelf to clean but he says he is going to get that done yet today. He worked in the small room on Wednesday and has it mostly done. We sold the little refrigerator so that's gone. My computer desk is going to the library but only after I'm done using it. I would put my computer on a table but there isn't one available right now. dr wants to move all the packed boxes to one place so he can see how it will fit into the truck. When we get everything into one place we can see how much room we have for other stuff yet. Right now, it's break time while I figure out our eating schedule. I have to pack a couple of boxes to mail some stuff to my granddaughter and to dr's mom. I've got it all sorted out. I empty shelves and move stuff around and fill up the shelves with stuff from other shelves and fill trash bags to go out on Monday. Just two more Monday's though. But gradually there are more empty shelves than full ones. So, all in all, I think things are moving along just fine.

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Plans are made!

Category: Choices | Posted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:47 am

It's getting closer now. Saturday, November 8th is my last day of work. Plans are being made and discarded daily. Sometimes plans are discarded before we finish making them. But, today we made two decisions. We stopped at the truck rental place and put a reservation on a truck for November 28th. That's the Friday after Thanksgiving. We found out that we can't tow our truck behind the rental truck because it's too heavy. To get a larger truck is not an option. So, we could either get someone to ride along and help drive or whatever. Dan and Laurel would go along but they would have to take time off from work and then they would have to fly back or something. It's the somethings that keep getting in the way of things getting done. Anyway we sort of solved two problems today by going to a travel agent and buying two one way train tickets from Austin to Phoenix. We will drive our truck, loaded fully, to Texas. Then, we will take the train back and go again in another 10 days with the moving truck. So, when we take the truck to Texas, we will be able to build a fence around the back of the house for Chance and maybe see about a doggie door for her to get in and out. We'll see about utilities and measure things and do a few other things that need doing. We'll also have a mini vacation away from packing. Of course, when we get back it will be a frenzy for a few days. Dan and Laurel will help us get the moving truck loaded and they will watch Chance while we are gone, either at our house or at their house. That's still changing back and forth. They have birds and two cats so I'm not sure how Chance would do there. She might give the birds and cats heart attacks. She hasn't really been in close contact with either except through a fence. On the other hand she might do very well after the first day. I guess he could try taking her and bring her back if it doesn't work out.
So, sometime the week after I'm finished at work we will head out to Glenda's for a week and then rest up on the train ride back and do it all over again a day or two after Thanksgiving. At least, we'll know the way the second time. We stopped at AAA this morning and got a TripTik. That's a map of the entire route. It's 58 pages long and each page covers approximately 30 to 40 miles. It seems to have all the quirks in the road and all the construction areas, all the places for gas, food, and lodging marked. When we went for a map I didn't expect something like it. We also got three regular road maps with the routes marked on them. If we can't find our way it certainly won't be AAA's fault. We got a car rental coupon, too. So, anyway plans are made. We'll see how long these last. dooley

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