Friday, July 6, 2012

Moving ′N Stuff – Part Two

Here it came! Our new home bumped up the road behind a lead car, flashing lights and all, and hauled by a truck-drivin’ woman in a big, ol’ semi-tractor cab. I mean BIG, folks. The team had left the factory down in Indiana that morning and here they were, six-plus hours later. I could barely contain my excitement as I watched the driver ease her precious cargo through the back gate with an inch to spare on each side. Seriously! 

After my brief inspection of the interior of the house (it was about 120 degrees inside there, y’all, I kid you not!), I signed some papers, the two drivers hustled back to their air-conditioned vehicles and hit the road, heading South. Their job was done. Ours was just beginning.

Bright and early the next morning, we hauled the last of our “stuff” out of our travel trailer and said good-bye to it as it left our lot for its new owner’s lot a few streets away. Then the transformation began. Our home was quickly set in place on our lot and three professionals began to work a one-day miracle. A/C connected, water, electricity, gas all hooked up and running. You name it, they got ‘er done in temps that soared between 95 and 98 degrees – hotter in the direct sunshine. Cold water was definitely the drink of the day. Furniture was set in place, window treatments hung, skirting done, light bulbs installed – a gazillion jobs completed by three set-up magicians. By five o’clock, the magic crew was gone and we began hauling “stuff” into our new place, trying to justify the numerous boxes waiting to be emptied.

Once again, I wondered where all the “stuff” had come from. I’m still wondering, but so far, we’ve managed to scale down by marking a lot of our stuff as “treasures” for a possible garage sale. I still think those darn boxes all multiplied when we weren’t lookin’. Sneaky things.

Most of our move-in day was filled with friends bringing in food and offering to help wherever they were needed. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our friends. All in all, it was a very good day.

That night, we fell into bed exhausted but happy, and woke the next day to rooms still filled with unpacked boxes. The darn “stuff” was still there. Hmmm. Had they doubled in size? Sure looked like it to me. But by the end of the day, we had everything emptied and put away, even the “stuff” I’d left in one of the overhead cabinets of the trailer we’d sold. Oops! When he’d found it, the new owner thoughtfully boxed it up and brought it over.

We’re still using the old entry steps, but next week the porch will be built and new ones will take their place. Our new home is still a work-in-progress, (sort of like my next book) but we’ve made a start by weeding out unnecessary, excess “stuff” and are slowly settling in.

No way will I ever be convinced that “stuff” doesn’t multiply. It does, folks. It really does. So we’ve left some space in our new summer home for anything that might show up unexpectedly, as long as it won’t require unpacking!

I hope y’all had a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July holiday with your family and friends. Next Thursday, you’re in for a treat here at The Back Fence when my guest blogger will be NYTimes best-selling romance author, the one and only, SUSAN MALLERY. Be sure to stop back and say Hi!
Till next week, I wish you love, laughter and sunshine.



  1. Thanks for the update on your "adventure". Hope you'll soon have your new place just the way you want it.

  2. Your new summer home is beautiful. I don't envy you having to put all that "stuff" away, but once you do, you're going to love that place.

  3. Wow! What a beautiful place! Here's to new adventures and many happy occassions to be shared there!

  4. It looks wonderful, Tex! You will be so happy to have everything in place when you go to the lake! Hope you and UM enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  5. Diane, Maris, Teresa and Patrish,
    Glad you stopped by to take a look. It's been an exciting day, so far. Power outage most of the morning, then lumber delivery for the porch. Now the yard is full of a different kind of "stuff". I'm taking photos of the entire adventure.

    Be sure and stop by next week when my guest is SUSAN MALLERY. You won't want to miss that!

  6. Keep cool, Loralee. A lot of my neighbors down here are without power too. Luckily, most of us are old enough to remember living through hot summers before air conditioning was used in every home.

    Rohn Federbus. P.S. Lovely home!

  7. Makes my back ache just thinking about it, but the fresh start of a new residence is so attractive. Love your windows especially.

    Hope you can find a great place to peck out some more stories.

    All the best, Annette

  8. Your new home looks lovely! How exciting for you guys. I'm sure you'll spend many happy summer days there (once you get everything put away,lol!) and write many books. Have fun!

  9. Loralee, you are absolutely correct. "Stuff" does multiply. Quickly. :) Your new home is beautiful. Enjoy! Ami Weaver

  10. We just moved into our new home in December (26th). We wanted the kids to start their new school in the beginning of the school year. I hate unpacking just as badly as packing. Your new home is so lovely. Just found your blog when I found your post about Susan Mallery, my favorite author. I am going to look around.