Wednesday, November 19, 2008


no pictures--I should take one of the empty boxes--sorry.

The children and I cleaned out almost everything from the living area of the barn and put it in the wash, away or in the trash can (my favorite).

Todd brought over the next set of boxes last night. I figure if I unpack and organize one van load a week the barn will only have things that stay in the barn by new years OK maybe Valentine's Day. Todd also got the school closet and linen closet shelves up for me. So the school things I have found (I expect a surprise sometime) are organized and "away" I even got some baskets of special "school" things organized for M and T--after years of planning to do this I finally did it.

Tonight I went through boxes of pictures and some nick knacks. one box had obviously been a home to a mouse family and had been dripped on so I had to unwrap everything. Of the 5 boxes I unpacked I repacked only one and was able to pitch some things. I still have one box to unpack and sort. It is mostly old family things and I wan tall the children to see what is there and maybe learn some family history. That is a school subject, right?

Tomorrow we have our first purely social guests since we have been in the house. Saturday we have more. I know they will be understanding, but it is motivation to get more put away and clean.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We're in

And sort of settled. These are the happy pictures. The sad pictures which I won't take are of what is left in the barn. It looks like we took off in a hurry and left a bunch of stuff.Believe it or not this is a great improvement. Have you ever seen what moved in looks like to an 8 and 10 year old? It is scary.

It's not pretty (yet) but it functions--no more laundry mat! I will have shelves over the washer and dryer. There is a sink behind the door and a laundry chute that empties on to the washer.

Happy Birthday Todd! His present...a living room without boxes.

The final comfort added today--I got the DVD player, VCR and TV hooked up. We can get 4 TV stations, not PBS ;o(, with our bunny ears well at least until February.

Moving day

Moving day arrived and everyone was so excited that we all got up bright and early...some brighter than others.
T's last trip into the house for breakfast.
Todd made breakfast,
Todd's specialty, blueberry pancakes
then the helpers arrived. I was told I could spend the day telling guys where to go...oooohhh it was going to be fun. Well it got overwhelming fast because of how fast they brought the boxes. Thank you to Rod, Tim, Larry, Sarah, and the Chrysler Family

By lunch half the barn's contents made it through my doors. By bedtime enough stuff was in the house that we could go to bed in warm cozy comfort on clean sheets.

Basement in the afternoon

Dad was in charge of getting closets ready so we didn't tax his back too much as last time he was here.

Thanks for everything Dad.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

We moved in!

I am too busy trying to find things abd put things away to post pictures, but I will soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

country life

We all have a lot on our minds with getting so close to moving in, so a few weeks ago G told me that she heard a bulldozer knocking trees down on our property I blew it off as just noise. Then this past weekend J told me that our neighbor on our property where a path had been cut through the trees. This time I was more attentive and told her to tell her father as I was in the middle of something. He went to check it out.

So pray that this be resolved and we can get on with things. We have enough on our plate.

Good news is that today a bunch of things were accomplished: Carpet is in--it makes it look so much more homey. More of the electrical is done, but they still have a lot to do and left in the middle of the day. The mantle is up. More trim work is done. Tom (finish carpenter) says thing will move fast. He doesn't want to work around us next week, but is pretty sure he will have to. I finally got the grout haze mostly gone, sealed the grout and started to caulk the joints. I can't wait to get closet things in--tomorrow I will start that.

My dad is coming tomorrow so even more will happen. At least he will provide a distraction from the normal.
I will try to get pictures up soon after we "move in". I can't wait to wake up to a room that is warmer than 45 degrees...and take a shower without feeling like I have gone to the shower house...and cook in a real oven with more than two burners...and have hot and cold running water in my kitchen...and not worry about how warm the little children are...and to sit in my blue chair! I am a spoiled American!
Soon very soon.