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Thursday, June 23, 2016

You Kept It Because...?

In everything there is a season, and a time to every our latest season, with only a vague plan and a touch of creativity, we're off on another adventure. Half of this twosome is retired; my half will probably never know what that means. I promise to share.
Finally, we're at the packing stage. Because we're storing all but what we need at the RV Ranch, we're taking the time to sort through boxes, drawers, and closets. I've had moves, many moves, before where we just pack it all and worry about it at the other end. Those were moves in the 9 to 5 working days when there was very little time to pack. Since Frank is retired and I can call my own hours, we don't have to cram boxes in the evenings or in one weekend.

It's pretty funny...some of the stuff we've carried around for years

Never throw away a cord
such as a big ben of wires and
We kept these because...?
cords. And there have been plenty of drawers or cupboards with things we don't even know what their use.

The last inspection netted us some work. The inspector said we needed to level the yard so it didn't slope toward the house. The yard is the same as when we bought it, except we planted grass. Four years ago, the inspector was fine with the slope. We spent the morning hauling in dirt to fill areas all around the house. Fingers crossed he approves,
otherwise it will take a landscaper to tear up the whole yard.

In the middle of all of this, Frank had cataract surgery. Yeah, that got him out of a few days of work. Did I mention I finished book four in the series and got it off to my editor?

The appraisal is tomorrow. Then the real packing begins. Yep, we are storing it and heading to the Ranch until we decide on another place...or not.

P.S. We still need a home for our workhorse tractor!

Battling pests in 2013

Picking blackberries 2013


  1. If you can't name something you find in a drawer, you probably don't need it? Ooh, that could come back to bite me big time! That's why when I found a stray sock in my drawer last week, I named it Lyle. Just kidding! Bless you for undertaking the awful job of moving and best of luck!

    1. You crack me up, Laura. Good come back. But I won't tell my husband that. He has an awful time throwing anything away so he'd be naming everything!

  2. For each of our first eight moves, we just put everything in boxes and dealt with it in the new place. Very little evaluation involved. This last time, the move was so major, we looked at EVERYTHING very carefully and sold or gave away a huge amount of stuff. As a result, my new kitchen cupboards are half empty, but at least they're not half full of things I never use. OG has regretted parting with a few things, but not me. Onward and upward!

    1. I'm looking forward to cupboards with useful stuff, Alison. I've found it easier as I grow older to part with things.

  3. Good luck with the move, Brenda! We had to get rid of a lot to move to OK in '07. A lot of stuff. Now, we've somehow seemed to re-accumulate everything and more in the last nine years. lol I dread our next move whenever that day comes. Hopefully not soon.

    1. When we left MN, we had the largest truck Uhaul had. And we left behind what couldn't and "things". This time I got rid of even more and now it all fit in a 10 x 20 storage room. We're getting better at getting rid of stuff and getting down to basics! Thanks, Calisa, for stopping by and sharing.