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I’m Late but Let’s Do This!

What a busy weekend! Packin and stackin people!

I am late for SoCS, so I’ll combine that with today’s WOD Challenge…let’s go!

Saturday we made the first of three trips to the new RV storage facility to put it in storage until we are ready to go. Then we came home and packed more boxes to take to storage, made another trip out to Willow Springs to plug er in, but Dave forgot the keys! Ugh! Back home, packed more boxes and totes, took that load and back to Willow Springs. Got the motor home plugged in to power, went and had dinner and a margarita, rested for a few minutes, then I got up and went to wrap all our paintings and portraits in boxes to protect them. Whew. Then we played some pool and chilled for the night.

Of course, Friday night we heard of the Queen’s passing, her long-time reign is over. God bless her, she gave it all she had for most of her long life! I watched a special on her, and after another day of packing was ready for playing pool and having some refreshments.

Today was finally the VA Appraisal we have been waiting for. This lets the buyers know if their loan is approved. We don’t know when the good or bad news will come, so we are proceeding as if we are moving out. We went to church to pray, and thank God for all His blessings so far. We felt much calmer after we got home. We even hosted family dinner with all the kids and my brother in attendance. I imagine all future get togethers from here on out will be at my brother’s house. The kids will come help us clear out next weekend if all goes according to plan, because if it does, we close not this week but next!
Here is a pic of Josh giving Brandy a belly rub while watching one of the early football games.

Brandy loves her belly rubs!

Freshly groomed and decked out in their glow-in-the-dark Boo bandanas. No idea how much their lives are about to change!

We don’t have any time to waste, so after dinner when everyone was gone, Dave worked on ridding his desk and office of junk papers, stowing what we need and I finished filling a couple more boxes. Still so much to do! I’ll go to the city and get a voucher to dispose of hazardous materials from the garage, pack whatever else needs to be, wrap two more large Art pieces, call and find out if the guy that was interested in buying our pool table and couches still wants them, if not, some things might be doled out to kids or left for the buyers. No time for a garage sale, so carloads will need to go to Thrift for Good, or our churches thrift store.

Before we leave this house, we will probably take some clothes and kitchen and bathroom items to the RV and the rest of our clothes and toiletries will go with us to Kevin’s until it’s time to bug out.

Do I have mixed emotions? Of course, I do. I’m going to miss this house, my family, and friends. Although we have everyone’s blessings, I still feel a sense of guilt that we are leaving. It’s natural. I’m a mother, it comes with the territory. But all who know and love us, know this has been a dream for a long time. I’m nervous. I’m excited! I’m anxious. CBD has helped a lot with that. It calms me, helps me focus, and takes away the constant questioning myself. I have to stop stressing and just make a decision and live with it. (Talking about what to store, toss, or sell)

It’s kind of like eating an elephant! Just when I think I’ve got most of it done, I look around and there’s still more to do. By this weekend, it should all be dealt with, one way or the other. It’s happening fast now guys. ☺️

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Today we will attempt to address Linda G Hill’s SoCS and the WOD Challenge together.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “board/bored.” Use one, or use them both for bonus points. Enjoy!

Yesterday, I worked on sorting and packing up the guest room. It was very emotional and overwhelming at the same time. My mind was stretched to its limits and I stayed busy until Dave got home from work.

I found so much that had been stuffed into that closet…not much of it was even ours! Well, lots of extra bedding was, but mostly stuff from Dad’s house, stuff the boys left from past visits or stays, and the memories all of that involved had my brain swimming by end of day. Goodness but we have a lot of comforter sets! And the picture, Lord, the pictures. Boxes and boxes of them!

Then I tackled the hall closet and it’s stuffed shelves. If nothing else, things are clean and organized! This area had some of Claudette’s belongings, including a nice collection of novels (mostly Nora Robert’s) which, if I keep, I’ll have reading material for years to come!

My own Stephen King collection is a tubs worth, and I considered selling it, but couldn’t let go of it in the end. The good thing is, I think we will mainly be storing boxes if all goes as planned. If the new owners are interested in some of our things, we might be willing to leave some stuff here instead of replastering the pool (which the pool inspector said we needed to do). I don’t know yet, but it might be an option.

One thing is, I’ve been too busy to be bored. However, I have to take many small breaks as I work, or I get feeling delirious. I don’t eat much during the day…that may contribute to that feeling. Throw in kid problems, and other people’s drama and my head is about to explode!

A photo from basic training while on maneuvers.

The day before yesterday, I worked on the top of the coat closet where all the board games and school memorabilia is stored. More emotional material! Our service records were in that pile as well. So now I have three more tubs full of stuff to store. Like Jim (my realtor friend said, a room a day and before you know it, you’ll have accomplished so much!

The home inspection is Monday. Wish us luck on that!

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SoCS 8-20-22 #SoCS

Dave and I were up early this morning to get things ready for the open house.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “key.” Use it as a noun, a verb, or use it metaphorically. Have fun!

He had to mow while I finished up putting things away and cleaning even better. We were ready way ahead of time, so we went out and had breakfast. Jim arrived right behind the open house reps, so we had some time and took him out to see the new motor home.

Soon it was time to turn over the virtual keys and disappear for a while. We left the house in Jim’s capable hands along with his associates and wandered around for a while, finally ending up at Los Vicaros for some tasty frozen beverages and snacks.

Mi favorita 🤩 restaurante de mexicana

Jim sent us a message that was good news. A nice turnout and an interested party that would be a CASH buyer! That would be so exciting if it happened, but we shall see.

Patience is the 🔑 ☺️

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One-Liner Wednesday 8-17-22 Showing Today

Another Showing Today!

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, or if you would like to join in on the fun, you can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.

After no showings since Saturday, I’m excited to say, we have another showing scheduled for 1pm today. I’ve cleaned, put away, and polished it up the best I can whilst living here. This is the first time in the history of our marriage that we have had to show a house, and we’ve moved 10 times!!! I have to admit, it’s stressful!

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SoCS 8-13-22 She’s Home!

We brought the RV home today for the next week and boy, it seems pretty economical so far.

The return trip took my husband only an hour, with Chris as his co-pilot and me following in the car, but he said the gas gauge barely moved! That’s better than I was figuring. Anyway, I’m so happy to have her home so we can see how our stuff will fit.

We brought the girls (our Shorkies) aboard and let them sniff around and pose for a short video. (Whiskey anyway)

No video but there’s Dave, Chris, and Miss Brandy

I have to say, my guys sure know how to handle big rigs! David backed it in the long driveway no problem! I was worried about it dragging as the back end hit the end of the driveway, but nope.

The diesel pusher on the freight liner chassis made for a very smooth drive on the freeway, and helps with the fuel economy and power.

The decor is nice, but my head is already thinking about changing things to make it our own, but all that can be done in the future. I can’t wait to show David some of the cool storage tips and such that I’ve been learning on the RV blogs. 😁 He says you can’t hang things on the walls? Why, yes you can! No drilling necessary!

For now, we’ll just enjoy getting to know it a little bit, showing it off to family and friends (just a tiny bit proud) and packing in whatever we can do without at home, so we know what we have left to sell or store. We visited (before we went to Melissa) the Benbrook storage facility and also went to test drive a Jeep. It’s been a productive day!

On top of that, we had two more showings and got positive feedback on the last one, but still no offers yet. Still, the wheels are in motion now, and I’m so grateful for everything so far!