Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's HERE!

The wooden crate on the truck.

Our House Hold Goods arrived about 2 weeks ago. They arrived on a Monday. They sent 5 young men to unload the truck. One fellow was very tall, compared to the rest of us, but couldn’t have weighed a buck fifty soaking wet holding large rocks!!! I had them unload everything into the garage. The truck held lots of remembered items… Amazing how much I forgot we had coming. As you can see all the goods are boxed and then placed in huge crates. We had 4 of the wooden crates, and our total weight was well under the 7200 pounds allowed.


The garage with only 2 crates emptied.

The house is not large enough to bring everything inside, so just the few items of furniture and the bed were carted in. In order to put our bed in the Main (master) bedroom, the Queen Sleigh bed had to be moved to the guest room. I spent a few days getting the main things unpacked. The kitchen, books, bathroom, bedrooms and remaining clothes unpacked. I immediately made up our bed so we could sleep on it first thing!!! When you are used to king bed, a queen is quite small!!! Once all the “personal stuff” boxes were out of the garage, it didn’t make a dent!!! The rest was the sewing room.

The Go Away bird... as listed in the Sasol Birds of South Africa

Aside from the bed and other personal items, one of the things I missed having were area/throw rugs. While tile is easy care… sweep and mop; they can be cold and slippery… So having some rugs to catch the dirt, protect the feet and allow the dogs some traction is a very good thing.

This is the same tree as the bird is in. The
flowers produce these long pods,
which will produce more trees.

Some of the other good things are Chocolate Chips… Although I had to waste some of them -learning a lesson here. DH loves Blondies, (light bar cookie with Chocolate Chips and nuts, similar to a brownie). So I made a batch for him, well really I wanted to take them to 2 group meetings, but needed to check the recipe for high altitude cooking. And just as I thought, I needed to adjust the recipe. So I proceeded to make another batch. Upon measuring out the flour discovered a little friend. So the half made batch and the already baked batch went into the trash. So I still owed the DH a batch of Blondies…. which I made and they turned out beautifully. I will now put the flour and other grain products into the freezer for 5 days, before opening, should take care of the little bugs in the future.

Amaryllis bloom- love the
lime green at the center.

Another good thing is having my kitchen here. It is amazing the items we become used to using to cook with. I missed having more than 2 of plates, cups and bowls. I missed glass measuring cups, I missed a whole drawer full of silverware, and I really missed glass mixing bowls and rubber spatulas, wire whisks, metal measuring spoons and the list goes on.

The last good thing is my sewing room. It used to be a studio, but now it’s a sewing room. I have had to cram about ¾ of my supplies that I used to keep in a roughly 450 square foot space into less than 150 square feet. I had to send my design mattress back to the warehouse. I needed the space. Now I don’t have a design wall and I am at a loss. I have been thinking a lot about the accordion folded foam core insulation, approximately 1/2” x 4’ x 8’ pink. I saw it at one of the big box home improvement stores. But now I can’t remember which one!!!  Maybe someone can check for me… at Menards or Home Depot or Lowes… and tell me the cost.

The Volunteer Rose -
growing in the garden.

The Garage now has lots of boxes and packing paper… waiting for someone to come and take them away. Who I don’t know yet but I am just about tired of waiting… The 2 flowers are just that, 2 flowers...


      As always.... More Later!



  1. Hmmmm... my first comment seems to have disappeared! I'll try again. So happy to see your stuff arrived -- it's like having all the holidays rolled into one. Sadly, I suppose that this means you won't be coming back for a loooong time. LOL!

  2. Hmmm. My first comment is gone too. At any rate, I imagine your home is more like real home every day. Gee, after 35 years, we still have a double bed -- and my sewing room is ust that, a room probably about 11 x 11. Your flower pictures ooze summer. Your garden must be a riot of color!

  3. That must have been overwhelming to unpack all of that stuff, but then you have moved lots, unlike me in the same house for 38 years. I'm glad you have the sewing room stuff now.

  4. I'm so happy for you that you have your stuff. And you made me remember those first attempts at high altitude cooking/baking. Baking was different but I expected that. What really surprised me was the first time I tried to hard boil eggs. Blew me away that even that was different.

  5. Kitchen stuff.. sewing stuff.. and your bed.. life is good again!!

  6. I can't believe how much you've done. You must be making bee-u-ti-ful creations now that you have your sewing stuff

  7. When the shipment comes it is so very exciting. And exhausting! Congratulations on getting your stuff! They didn't go through it like they do in Arabia did they?


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