Boy, that's a loaded title, isn't it??? HA!!!
I am most likely going to be in Knoxville TN Sunday the 15th of January on a Buyback at the University of Tennessee. Does anyone know someone from there or the congregation I can worship with that day? Thank you!!
Oh, and a Happy, Happy New Year to everyone and God's blessings on you all.
Hello everyone! I sincerely hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2012 brings you many wonderful things!
A week ago today I woke up in my new home in my new bed after having moved all my things from Georgia into my house. It is a weird - yet wonderful - feeling to write a mortgage check and not a rent check.
Several church members showed up at my house in GA Monday night to load up the truck. At first they didn't think everything would go on, but thanks to Chris Peterson's magic, it did! I think too having brought 2 car loads of stuff the 3 previous times I'd come up here, helped - otherwise it wouldn't have all fit. How do we accumulate soooo much? They guys called me a chair hoarder, but I do like chairs!
We arrived in KY around 3 p.m. last Tuesday after a wonderfully, uneventful trip up from GA. By 5:30 everything was unloaded off the truck. A neighbor was walking up the street and asked if we wanted help, and I immediately responded with "Yes!" Why would one turn down help????
By yesterday all the boxes were unpacked and pictures hung. It took until yesterday to find the baggie with the guest bed's hardware, so now it's set up. And I'm ready for guests!!!
Marsmellow's so funny - she loves to run from my room, across the livingroom, into the guest room, and back. The cats seem to be settling in just fine which makes me feel good.
Now, if you recall I've talked about Domino - the outdoor cat who used to belong to my across-the-street neighbors when I lived in the block up from the house I moved from in GA. They had been cleaning his tail one time, and he got mad so ran away. Somehow, he wound up at my house in the next block and began to eat. He had become so dependent on me for food that I couldn't stand the thought of leaving him. I checked with my former neighbors who were delighted I was willing to take him. In fact Charles told me there were more I could take (I had suspected he would say that!!) I took D to the vet to be neutered and get his shots. He was so scared when we got here that I kept him in the kennel box in the kitchen overnight. The next day I let him out. There were days he disappeared, but then he would show up, and I would feed him. I fixed up a kennel box on the front porch with a blanket to make it cozy for him. He's not sleeping in it - a fat gray cat is!! I will not put out food for him. I only put out food when I see D. But D is not being aggressive about his food and lets the gray cat eat it!!! Oh my...
There's a train track a few blocks up, and I hear trains going through. It's actually quite pleasant. And sometimes I can hear the church bells.
Yesterday was the day to get my new car tag, KY license and insurance, register to vote, and tell the Electric Company the security light in my back yard is not working properly. At the licensing place, another customer was somebody from the local congregation who recognized me from Sunday so we chitchatted a bit.
The only problem I seem to be having is the kitchen sink leaking. Two uncles have been working on it, and it was fine last night. Then later last night I checked and the same thing. But I didn't dare call because Steve would have come over, and I didn't want him to leave the comfort of his home. I'll call them today. What I'm so thankful for though is that this leak is nothing compared to what dear Sonja's going through with her house.
Went out to eat at a local restaurant near the square (Yes, my town has a square - I love it!), and the food was yummy. But on the way home, it was sleeting and hard. Thankfully it didn't last long, but I skedaddled on home.
Quite inadvertently, but quite funny to me, the last box I unpacked was Box #1 - which obviously is the first box I packed. Too funny... I had numbered the boxes in GA as I packed them and listed what was in them.
The weekend before I moved all my things into my house from GA, I was here for the wedding of Paul Ayres Jr and Krystine Glass in Bowling Green. And I was blessed to have Bethany Peterson stay in my home. Travis Peterson and the other groomsmen stayed with Paul. And also, the rest of the Peterson family and Vernon and Mary Charles came for the wedding and visited in my home. Ronda told me she's glad she's seen the house so now she can picture where my stuff is.
Take care and have a wonderful day!
Lord willing, I will be driving to KY tonight with the kitties. Poor things, they have no idea what's about to hit them tonight. I'm hoping to be on the road by 6. I have decided to travel at night because I think it will be easier on the cats, and consequently on me!
I have to work today - last day of a 3-day Buy at a school in town. I will have to put the cats in the car before I can see what else I can stuff in there. I've been putting things in the last 2 days even last night after Bible study. I think I will scoop Annabelle up and into her kennel box. Then I can grab Marhmellow and put her in. With Smokey, I can just shake the treat bag, and she'll come out if she decided to hide. The poor thing - she's so gullible. Then in the car they'll go.
Then I can work on my list before heading out. I have M&M's and Reese's pieces in the car to munch on. If I get sleepy while driving, I have found sucking on candy like that helps a lot. That, and a radio talk show!
I had my alarm set for 7 but have been up since 5:30. Probably excitement. I'm sure it had nothing to do with Marshmellow curled up on my leg cutting off the circulation! But it's neat to wake up with her on my back - which is literally where she sleeps sometimes. None of my other cats have ever done this. And also my Annabellle was curled up beside me. So sweet... Smokey was in the one chair we have remaining in the house right now. She can't wait for me to get out of it so she can get in it. I told her pretty soon we'll have a couch again and another chair we can all use!
And then it's back here, Lord willing, Monday to load up the truck and then head up to KY with my remaining items Tuesday morning. So, I will certainly be appreciative of your prayers for our safety.
I have no idea when I'll be able to get computer service set up in KY but will be on as soon as possible.
On a sad note - I made my coffee too weak this morning. Don't you just hate that?
Take care my friends and will "talk" with you when I can - love you all!!!
Somewhere, I wrote down when I began to pack. It seems like it was forever ago. I am so ready to have these boxes in Kentucky and unpacked. I don't mind packing or unpacking - it's the in-between I don't like.
The cats are enjoying the boxes - new places to climb and explore. But I think even they are ready to be settled again.
My new furniture was delivered to the house last Tuesday. Brenda was there to tell them where to place things. And she's even been cleaning. The house wasn't too dirty. I'd say the tub was the worst of everything - because everything else was new. Thought it very sweet of her to do all that.
Yesterday I kept thinking, "A week from today we'll be heading to Kentucky." The plan is to get up about 4 and be on the road by 5 to head up there. I'm taking the felines with me. My friend's son is getting married Saturday, the 17th. The rehearsal and dinner following is the 16th, and I'm invited, so... And, the best man and his wife (and new puppy) are staying with me. I'm very excited about that! I think it's funny I will have overnight guests my first night in my house.
Speaking of overnight guests, I will be living in Franklin KY just off I65 between Nashville and Bowling Green, so... if any of my friends are in that direction, you are welcome. And, if any of you have travelling kids and a place or contact is needed, I will be happy to be an "Aunt Liz" if needed. Of course at my age, I can also be a "grandma" - HA!!
Monday the 19th Brenda and I are leaving KY at oh-dark-early to drive down here to GA, pick up the Budget rental truck, and get it packed up Monday night. Folks from church are coming over to help - even though as Melanie put it, she didn't want to. It does make me feel good that they don't want me to move. Tuesday morning the 20th, we are leaving at oh-dark-early to drive up to KY, unload the Budget rental truck, and then return it to Hendersonville TN, the nearest place we can return it.
Tuesday the 20th is when I will take Domino up to KY. I am so going to miss Ghost and Randall from across the street. I guess they'll start eating at their own house again once I move.
I plan to be in KY until January some time when I'll return to GA for a Buyback and finish doing whatever I need to do in the house here.
I did let a dear friend from the congregation in Russellville know I'm moving to KY. So, between all my friends there, my family, and new friends I'll meet, I have a feeling I'll be very busy.
Take care now and have a great day!
Talked with my realtor earlier this week, and the closing is set for tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. New adventures ahead!
Just got back last night from being out of town all last week. My cats missed me, and I missed them! And how terrible I feel to turn around and leave again today, but I must. I am planning on being back Tuesday however. I've put lots of miles on my car and am tired just thinking of the miles this week.
I had signed up for a somewhat "free" cruise August of last year to the Bahamas. My friend from PA joined me on it. It was okay - the ship was definitely not as nice as the QE II or the Carnival was, but it was okay - had some good food and talked to some nice people. It was one of those timeshare things. We didn't sign up but are glad we had that experience. I doubt I'll ever do it again. There were - of course - hidden costs, but we both knew there would be something. That's just life!
We took a bus tour of the city of Freeport. Quite interesting. The big hotel there for the timeshare folks is shaped like a cruise ship which is pretty interesting. The shops are all the same - once you've seen one, you've seen them all!! I'm glad I went but probably would not return. It's really mostly a place to go if one spends a lot of time on the beach and doing ocean things, and since that's not me...
It was very windy the second night on the ship, and we rocked and rolled all night. In the morning they had to clean up the deck where the pool's water had sloshed out from the rocking. We were really having to hold on when we walked around.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful for our friendships - God's blessings on you all!