We are moved! Thank you for being patient while we got through this last week of the move.
Everything has finally been moved over from the old house and found its place in our new home. The WiFi has been reconnected, pictures hung and everything put away. We’re still having to stop now and again and figure out where something it, but for the most part the whole move went very smoothly. Only one thing broke: a cheap glass pitcher that we maybe used once every other year or so, if that. There was definitely no heartbreak over losing it.
Although things are a bit smaller space-wise here than it was at the old place, all of our things fit in comfortably. It really is so much nicer here. For starts, it’s cleaner and quieter. There are still chickens & roosters around, but nowhere near as many or as noisy, and we no longer have to deal with downstairs neighbors. Best of all, we have a lanai and can finally enjoy being outdoors more. We didn’t realize until we moved into this house how trapped we had been in our old place. We had beautiful views from each window, but were unable to be outside unless it was to go down the stairs and get in the car and go somewhere else (we couldn’t even enjoy sitting out on the lawn because of the mosquitos and the downstairs neighbors who seemed to claim all the outside as theirs). I have been enjoying my coffee outside every morning, something I dreamed of doing when we moved to Hawai’i.
Anyway, on this Sunday afternoon, I am:
- Reading: I finished A Pleasure and A Calling this past week (lots of time to read with no Internet) and started The Boys In the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, about the men’s rowing team that won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. I know nothing about rowing, so it’s interesting learning about the sport.
- Listening to: It’s very quiet over here today. We can hear roosters off in the distance, but there are none screeching up close and personal like we had at the other house. Everyone here is either reading or working on something so it’s quiet inside too.
- Watching: Brett and I are back to watching Midsomer Murders and Murdoch Mysteries. We’re hoping we can finish both series by the end of this year and move on to something else! The hardware was already in place in this house to wall-mount our TV – it not only saves space but looks great!
- Cooking/baking: Tonight I’m fixing Italian sausage and zucchini in tomato sauce to serve over pasta. I bought a lemon meringue pie yesterday and more than half is left, so no need to bake anything.
- Happy you accomplished this past week: Getting this move over with and everything put away! We also got the old place cleaned out and ready for the next tenants, as well as selling them a bed we don’t need any more. I also have everything purchased for our Thanksgiving meal – no more trips to the store until next weekend, when Brett and I will do our big shop-athon. And, I arranged for a photo shoot for when my son and family are here next month. I am excited to work with this particular photographer, and she is super-excited about working with our family as well.
- Looking forward to next week: We’re meeting with the old landlord on Tuesday to hand over the keys and get our deposit back. And of course I’m looking forward to . . . Thanksgiving! It’s my favorite holiday of the year, both for time with the family and for the food.
- Grateful for: Being able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while I sip my morning coffee. Being connected to the Internet again. Finding this house and being able to afford to move. Knowing that everyone in our family is healthy and happy no matter where they are in the world.
- Bonus question: What do you serve for Thanksgiving? We’re pretty traditional here with our Thanksgiving menu: I’m fixing roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, steamed baby peas, and biscuits. The girls have let me know though that they don’t really care all that much for pumpkin pie, so this year we’re having pumpkin cheesecake instead. I used to always roast a whole turkey, but they’re fairly expensive here so these days I buy a roasted turkey breast from Costco. They’re more affordable, less mess, and they’re delicious. Plus, we get at least four meals from one breast so still can enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers.
How is your Sunday going? What are you up to this afternoon?