Monday, October 30, 2006

Boxes everywhere!

Our move is almost over. The rental is empty except for the appliances and there is another load or 2 in the garage. Most of that stuff is Christmas decorations and large things like the lawn mower and bikes.

The nightmare at the new house is just starting. I thought I'd give you an idea of how we are living right now.

This is the living room/ Malachi's bedroom. Most of these are his toys that will be going, somewhere (my favorite phrase right now).

This is my bedroom. It gives you an idea how small the rooms are. The desk and table in the corner are about a foot and a half from the bed. Who needs room to walk? We are the lucky ones with the only closet in the house, it's not big but at least we have one!

This is Lorna's room. She opted for less floor space and more storage. Her bed goes from the headboard to the opposite wall. She has to climb over the bed to get to the other "aisle" of her room.

Here is a shot of the back of the house. There are a lot of boxes and even furniture. We have a big job ahead of us going through all this stuff but at least we can take our time, as it doesn't rain all that often and the deck is completely covered.

The animals made it here okay. The horse doesn't care where she is as long as she has food. The dogs aren't happy at all. All four are crowded around the gate waiting for an opportunity to run out and into the house. They will settle in eventually.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Feeling sorry for myself

I know it sounds all whinny and pathetic but I'm lonely.

The last month Paul has been home most of the time. He would go over to train his mom on the computer and work on insurance jobs as they came up but then that died out (he was let go) and I had him to myself. I have become very accustomed to spending my days with him working on the new house.

But today he started his new job and I'm at the rental with the kids. One car means we have to stay here while he is out in the real world. So I'm feeling lonely. The job is a good thing, he has to work so I can stay home, but adjustments to our schedule are always difficult.

I should be excited, all the major stuff is done at the new house and we start moving our stuff in today. But I can't seem to get motivated about packing. I think I'm just being hormonal which usually means I'm needy and lonely, bad timing for this to come on now!

To make things worse I've had no email for hours. How can such a busy email list and all my friends just vanish when I need a distraction? Bad timing all around. Okay enough complaining, I really do need to pack. Or maybe I'll just go back to bed with my favorite book...and some chocolate!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Phone Service Frustrations

We called to set up the phone in our new house last week. We ended up using a third party connection service because it saved us the $46 connection charges and we got a really good deal on unlimited long distance. At the time we called, the anticipated date was October 10th. They said we would receive a confirmation package in the mail, we never did.

We did receive an email over the weekend. It confirmed what we ordered and said they would set up service on the 24th! I was a little annoyed. We had already had issues with our address because they couldn't match the post office records, which makes sense since the whole area doesn't have mail service. I called Verizon yesterday to see about getting the service turned on sooner. They were less than helpful. One lady said it might be because of the weather. I was confused since we have been clear and sunny for months. Another asked if it was new construction, when I said it wasn't she said that was the problem. What difference does it make? Finally the last person we talked to said it was because they are a nationwide company and they are very busy. How does their service offerings in New York affect getting our phone here?

It comes down to the fact they don't want to help and know we can't go with anyone else. We have one car which Paul takes to work, no cell phone, and live in a remote area with a child with a medical condition but they don't care we will be cut off for long periods of time. Nice company.

We found it very easy to set up satellite internet though, they will be here on Monday.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


We finally finished the floor this evening!

It was very exciting and satisfying to finish.

We have also finished the hardware on the shower.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Flooring continued

We have been not so diligently working on the flooring. We took a few days off to attend church and relax with friends. We are very blessed to have friends that allow us to invade their home on a semi-regular basis and stay the night. Since church is over 3 hours away, it makes it so much easier to spend the night. The drive is much more bearable.

Since we were gone Sunday and part of Monday we didn't make it up to the house until yesterday. I admit we procrastinated and didn't actually get there until after lunch. But we got a tremendous amount of work done. We finished the hallway and only have the tiny kitchen and entryway to finish. The quarter round will go in after that along with all the other end moldings. We did have a few setbacks, the door moldings on 2 doors need to be replaced as the wood split when we were undercutting the frames. Frustrating but very minor.

We are still fighting with the pedestal sink. The drain doesn't want to seal properly so we are going to completely dismantle it and start over again. I'm really hoping we can get it finished this week.

Paul got a call yesterday for a job interview this morning. We are really hoping this works out. He is completely qualified for the job and it is really low pressure sales. The position he has been chasing is much more high pressure. The more pressure the more money but we both agree that we would be happier with less money and stress. I am anxiously waiting for him to come home and tell me how it went.