Saturday, November 12, 2016

We're making progress

We haven't been in the house for a full week yet, but it feels much longer.  We have both been putting in some long days cleaning and clearing the stuff left behind and getting our stuff inside and put away.

The TV is working well and the internet is hooked up now, so I feel like I'm back in touch with the world.  I haven't played pickleball since we left last Monday, there just hasn't been time or energy.  But we're getting there!

A lady on the street noticed all the boxes waiting for the Salvation Army truck to come next Tuesday and asked if we were moving in.  I explained that those boxes had our things in them first, but were now full of things exiting the house.

Actually these photos are a day old and there's much more that has been added to the stash.  Several items have already been carted to the trash or given away.  I had ads posted on the Carriage Manor group site to get rid of a freezer, large table (they had three tables), a storage cabinet and other assorted goodies.

Every area in the overhead cabinets and above each window were occupied by extremely dusty plants.  I'll need a step ladder to get way up there to clear away the dirt and dust.  It's the's dusty.

Just when I thought I was done weed whacking I'd turn around and spot more.

There is a ton of storage in this place, more than we'll ever need.  One part that is nice, but hard to access is the storage area by the back door.  There is a closet on the back wall and it's flanked by two cabinets on either side and a small chest of drawers.  The only problem is getting into this small space and being able to maneuver things in and out.  Yeah, I know...if I lost some weight...blah blah blah.

Left Brain graciously undertook the project of removing the freezer (hopefully someone will take it) and the cabinet that shared that wall.  I will install freestanding metal shelving in it's place.  He also took off the bi-fold door for easier access to the large closet.

Speaking of large closets, there is one when you enter the Arizona Room that may be leaving.  If we knocked out that wall it would open up the space to more of a square, which would allow for better furniture and TV placement.  We'll be getting an estimate for that later on.

Bit by bit we're molding it into our home, but I need to start playing pickleball soon...even if there's work to be done!

Long Live the Queen


  1. Can't believe you got rid of both those "tulip" lamps. You are a gardener, after all!

    Enjoy your new home!

    1. It was not hard at all to yank those weeds out!

  2. "There is a ton of storage in this place, more than we'll ever need." ha ha ha

    1. Hmmm, I'm sensing some sarcasm I may eat those words someday.

  3. I feel you have never had a space you couldn't fill... Crafters are just like that!

  4. What a great feeling, moving into a new home! Not to worry, it won't take very long to get everything the way you want it, so go enjoy a bit of pickleball. Love the photos. I wish you both (and the kitties too) much happiness in your new home. You have a super day my friend, hugs, Edna B.

  5. Congratulations on getting closed and "somewhat" settled in. I may be on your side of the valley on Tuesday!