Sunday Afternoon 7/8/2018

The living room is now YaYu’s room until we move out. I like a clean and orderly house so this is keeping me on edge a bit, but we’ll be out of here before we know it.

We are “living rough” around here these days. We’ve still got the Aerobed and our queen-size bed until right before we move out which is helping us stay more comfortable than we imagined we would be at this point. Also, because the landlord bought our washer and dryer and they’re staying in the house we don’t have to deal with the using or paying for the laundromat. But otherwise things have gotten somewhat basic around here. We’re eating on paper plates with plastic utensils these day, and have few to no cooking tools. I will say that living this simply really helps to focus the mind on efforts to get stuff done and moving along.

The pantry these days (baking soda and vinegar are for cleaning)

As I wrote last week we ended up not having to hold our garage sale this weekend because everyone who came to pick up the items we had listed on the Buy & Sell “shopped” all the stuff we were going to put out at the sale and pretty much all of it got snapped up. We put the last few big items on Buy & Sell on Thursday and all sold in a day. Brett will take the few remaining items to the thrift store this week. Next up on our to-do list will be getting the car detailed and listed for sale.

I had a bit of a dental scare this past week when some of the glue on the bridge I have on my lower front teeth fell out. Our dentist was on vacation, and I had visions of needing to have the whole bridge replaced before we leave, costing us $$$, maybe $$$$. But I called the dentist the day he got back and he said it just needs re-gluing, everything else is fine. He said if it comes unglued while we’re traveling that I should see a local dentist about it. I guess that could end up being an interesting “cultural experience” if it happens. Our dental insurance covers us worldwide, and thankfully we’re visiting countries where good dental care is offered but fingers are crossed that after the re-glue this week I’ll be good to go for a while.

YaYu’s final scholarship check arrived in the mail yesterday . . . and was $500 more than she was expecting! The organization first emailed her last April that she was being awarded a $1000 scholarship. A couple of days later though she received a second email from them with an apology and note that she would only be getting $500. Oh well. But, when she opened the envelope today the check was for $1000 after all, bringing her total scholarship amount from local Kaua’i organizations to $5500. She continues to earn lots from her job, and will be leaving the island with a very healthy bank account.

This afternoon I am:

  • Reading: I finished both the Donna Leon and Elizabeth George mysteries, and have started Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny. It’s a fun read – perfect for now when everything around us is craziness. I am also #1 on the waitlist for another book at the library, and hoping it becomes available this week.
  • Listening to: We’ve had a cool morning, with heavy rain at times. But now the neighborhood roosters are screaming, and dogs are barking, so maybe all we’re going to be stuck with for the rest of the day is overcast. We’ve got the laundry going right now but otherwise it’s quiet inside – I’m writing and Brett and YaYu are reading.
  • Watching: Without a TV, Brett and I haven’t been really watching much of anything. I did catch another episode of The Great British Baking Show online, and we’re going to watch Endeavour tonight on my computer.
  • Cooking/baking: Alan & Cheryl bought our grill, and another person who came to pick up something asked about and ended up buying our slow cooker (!) so all we have now is a rice cooker, microwave oven and the stovetop for cooking – the oven still isn’t fixed and no word when that’s happening. So, it’s been interesting, to put it mildly, trying to come up with things to fix for meals. Stouffer’s entrees have helped us fill in some gaps. but tonight for dinner I’m making Chinese stir-fried tomatoes with eggs. The pantry is empty except for some rice, a jar of peanut butter and some Diet Snapples.

    When teenagers move out of their room . . . sigh. We eventually got everything out and are ready to begin deep cleaning the room beginning tomorrow.

  • Happy I accomplished this past week: I am thrilled with how much we sold this past week, and that it has gone to people who were so happy to get it. YaYu got her stuff packed and we cleaned everything out of her room so the deep clean in there can begin next week. We didn’t get to walk much last week because of the humidity, rain, and because we were sometimes busy with customers. Somehow though we still managed to get in our steps and miles most days. I’ve been keeping up with my liquid intake – the humidity earlier in the week was brutal and staying hydrated has been a necessity.

    Friday afternoon was cooler and quite breezy for a change so we finally got out for a walk. Lots of heavy wave action was going on.

  • Looking forward to next week:  I’m not exactly looking forward to it but we’ll get YaYu’s room AND bathroom deep cleaned next week, and then move into the kitchen and get started in there as the cabinets are all empty now. Getting these two areas done will take us that much closer to getting out of here and moving over to the condo.

    Costco’s haupia cake . . . so good it should be illegal.

  • Thinking of good things that happened: Both Brett and I are so, so happy that  friends Alan and Cheryl are finally here on Kaua’i (but sad too that we’ll only be able to see them for a couple of months before we take off). Costco had haupia (Hawaiian coconut custard) cakes again so we are enjoying one of those – they’re big so they last for a little over a week between the three of us. For the past couple of years I have had a terrible time getting anyone to cut my hair as short as I want it (like super short), but yesterday I finally got a great cut and I love it! Along with the humidity there has been rain every day, a good thing because it means we don’t have to water the lawn and run up our final water bill. And of course, the amount of YaYu’s scholarship check was a very good thing!
  • Thinking of frugal things we did: We “stocked up” on frozen meals (as much as our little freezer would hold), fruit, and produce from the farmers’ market, but otherwise we didn’t spend anything else this week. We made a nice bit of money from selling our stuff, half again what we thought we’d make! Most of it went into the bank but we’re holding on to some to cover the car being detailed.
  • Grateful for: I’m feeling very grateful the fix on my bridge will be an easy and inexpensive one versus having to spend a big amount right now on having a new bridge made. I’m also thankful and blessed that I was able to meet and talk with so many wonderful people this week when they came to buy stuff from us. The aloha is so strong here.
  • Bonus question: What’s the best thing you’ve ever found at a garage sale? What’s the best free thing you’ve ever found? Brett and I talked about this and agreed that our best garage sale find was the Cassette Feu butane cookstove that we found at Portland yard sale a few years ago. We already had one that we bought in Japan when we lived there (with all the instructions, labels, etc. in Japanese), and had been wanting to buy a second one so we were beyond thrilled to find a brand new, never-opened one at the sale for just $10. The price was amazing considering that retail price for the cooker model we got is anywhere from $70 to $90. These cookstoves are great for camping, for tabletop cooking, or to use if power is lost and the stove and appliances won’t work. The best free thing we ever found was a white KitchenAid stand mixer, complete with all the attachments. We were walking home from Trader Joe’s in Portland one day, and spotted the mixer in a free pile in front of a house. We took it home, cleaned it up, and sold it on Craigslist – the money we made went toward our move over here to Kaua’i!

That’s it for this week – I hope you had a great week too. What good things happened for you? What are you cooking or baking? What are you looking forward to next week?

7 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon 7/8/2018

  1. Pat says:

    Gotta love those Portland sidewalk free piles! I pulled out several useful items, and enjoyed watching folks help themselves when I put out several moving boxes full of treasures.

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    • Laura says:

      Oh yes! We found some great things over the years. Brett is currently using the Italian-English dictionary we found one time; it will be going along with us when we travel! Katy from The Non-Consumer Advocate is in a Master Class when it comes to great finds from the Portland free piles.

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  2. Laurel says:

    You’ve given me a flashback to my daughter’s room when she was a teen. lol. Like you, I like an orderly home, and I always tried to contain her ‘stuff’ to her room. It was a challenge, but we survived. And now she’s a neatnik. Go figure.

    You’re definitely in the home stretch, and I’m glad for you that the dental problem worked out. What a blessing to have insurance that works worldwide.

    Best thing I ever found at a garage sale was a really solid, hardwood dresser. I used it for years, then gave it to my daughter. When she moved to the UK, I couldn’t bear to part with it, so it’s stuffed to the gills with her stuff and pushed to the back wall of my cedar closet. Not logical, but it has sentimental value. I suppose at some point, I’ll let it go. If we were downsizing, it would definitely not make the cut.

    Have not seen Endeavor, but caught a clip of it last night while tuning in my Apple TV and another episode of The Good Wife (which I’m really enjoying). Will have to check it out.

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  3. Laurel Hill says:

    You’ve given me a flashback to my daughter’s room when she was a teen. lol. Like you, I like an orderly home, and I always tried to contain her ‘stuff’ to her room. It was a challenge, but we survived. And now she’s a neatnik. Go figure.

    You’re definitely in the home stretch, and I’m glad for you that the dental problem worked out. What a blessing to have insurance that works worldwide.

    Best thing I ever found at a garage sale was a really solid, beautiful hardwood dresser. I used it for years, then gave it to my daughter. When she moved to the UK, I couldn’t bear to part with it, so it’s stuffed to the gills with her stuff and pushed to the back wall of my cedar closet. Not logical, but it has sentimental value. I suppose at some point, I’ll let it go. If we were downsizing, it would definitely not make the cut.

    Have not seen Endeavor, but caught a clip of it last night while tuning in my Apple TV and another episode of The Good Wife (which I’m really enjoying). Will have to check it out.

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    • Laura says:

      The girls have always seemed like near-horders – anything that goes in their room never comes out, until we move that is. I cannot believe how many thrift store bags, trash bags, and bags of recycling we filled this time. On the plus side I found new containers of coconut body butter and coconut body scrub and I am now enjoying those! Brett and I have worked in the room and bathroom all day today and it’s looking good. We have a couple more things to do tomorrow, but when they’re done we’re going to shut the door until it’s time for the walk-through.

      I’ve only bought patio furniture from a yard sale, although I’ve seen some beautiful pieces (which were out of my price range). We let several “sentimental” pieces go this time, and so far I haven’t missed them so I guess it was time to say goodbye to those.

      Have you watched the old Inspector Morse series (with John Thaw)? One summer WenYu and I watched them all, from start to finish – she couldn’t get over the old cell phones the size of shoe boxes, and how the women’s shoulder pads kept getting bigger and bigger through the years. Endeavor is the “prequel” to that series. I have to pay very close attention to everything that goes on in each episodeh to have the ending make sense, but they’re all very satisfying, and so well done.

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  4. Vivian says:

    I can’t believe how close your journey is. It seems like yesterday when you announced all your plans. You’re the only ones I know who are so organized that almost everything is already taken care of with time to spare. Congratulations!
    I have been working on my parents yard and it is starting to look pretty good. I still have some more trees to cut down but at least I can walk all the way around the house now. I have been able to throw out a lot because my mother never goes outside and doesn’t know what I am doing and therefore doesn’t make a fuss.
    Daddy has finally applied for VA benefits and we have our first appointment this week. Took two trips to Tampa to find the place but it shouldn’t be a problem now. Not sure what kind of help he will have but Medicare is covering fewer of his wound care supplies and I have been buying from Amazon to make up the difference. Since almost all of his problems are war related (Korea and Vietnam) I have my fingers crossed that he will be approved
    Can’t wait for your big adventure to begin but also bittersweet that you are leaving Hawaii as I have enjoyed all your posts.

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    • Laura says:

      We are getting close! There are all sorts of little things that we still need to do (i.e. address change on everything) before we go though, and we keep checking things off to make sure we don’t forget anything.

      Fingers crossed for your Dad’s VA benefits. My mom, a WWII vet, received benefits to help with her assisted living and memory care costs, and they were a lifesaver – she would have run out of savings years ago without them. It took a lot of work and time to get them set up though. I am honestly scared about what’s going to happen with Medicare, and grateful we have our military insurance to back it up.

      Bittersweet is how we are feeling about this move. Happy we are going, but sad to leave.

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