Thursday, July 02, 2015


Back already with a quick post.  I have been just terrible at remembering to take any before pictures.  This was my storage area down in a room at the other end of the hall.
Dagan and I finally got it totally emptied last night--tada! 
This plastic set of shelves was in the storage is in the garage to eventually hold packed boxes (and will live in my new garage).
I grabbed a couple pictures as we were working out in the garage under the orange sun (yup--still orange from the forest fires in Canada, but more light is getting through sometimes). 

Wasn't as hot as it has been, thank goodness!  All the boxes on the back shelf are now packed, labeled, taped shut, and ready to go--tada!
We did finish up with what we could do.  
All the trash went to the dumpster, all the empty boxes are on the plastic shelves now... 
...and Dagan did a quick sweep down the middle.
I sent an email with a picture to the lady who was listed as in charge of donations on the bird rescue group's website but I haven't heard anything from her yet.  If I haven't heard from her by the time the holiday is over I will call them next week.  I know they will want the big cage, playpen, and boxes of toys.  :)
This is the pile of give-away stuff.  I have to call next week and see if somebody will take it--New Life or Goodwill or somebody.  They're getting pickier and ask all kinds of questions before they will come out these days.  Whatever I can't give away will go in or next to the dumpster...unless there are a few specific items that don't go that I might want to list on freecycle.  I just don't have extra "spoons", you know?  (See last post for "spoons".)
So, the storage area is empty...the garage is basically cleaned and ready for more packed boxes...and I just have donations to deal with out there.  More boxes and "stuff" came into the apartment last night from the storage area that I need to sort through, though--LOL!  You know how things seem to shift about quite a bit before you get a real handle on them. 
Miss Karma...laying on my table easel bag.  
I called about the AC not working and they traded mine with one from an empty apartment--so I have AC again--tada!  And I found out why they have been cleaning it every year for the past 3-4 years, too.  Dirt!  He showed me the layers of dirt from all the construction going on around here.  It's very windy here all the time and the ACs on this side of the building that face the construction get clogged up with dirt.  No wonder mine only worked better for a while after it was cleaned.  Duh! 
Dagan and Leah's sprinkler system for their yard was finally installed!!  So now they can order sod--tada!  They have stone to move around, raised garden boxes to build, and will have sod to lay when it arrives, too.  I hope they don't have to wait too long for the sod.  (So much building going on up here!)
Leah is planning to make a trip over tonight to help.  But after tonight I will take the weekend off.  McFamily will also be going to Canada for a few days to visit friends and I can take all those days off, Dagan said.  I can putter, purge, and pack (after some recovery time) whenever...because everything that is left to go through is now here in the apartment.  :)  Awesome!!
Speaking of...I decided to take a video of the whole apartment in the middle of the packing mess before Dagan arrived last night.  A goodbye video of sorts to this apartment I've lived in for over ten years.  Sorry about the sound.  I held the camera with my fingers in the same position and didn't think I moved them and they were not covering the speaker that Leah showed me in the first no clue why I had fluctuation.  I think I need to use something where I don't even have my hands on the darn thing at all--LOL!  
OMG!...I just thought!  I have a little "gorilla" tripod!  I could maybe hold it by that...but I digress.
Okay...(and--yes--I promise to take a tour video of the new place once I am moved)'s the tour of the moving mess!  Oh, and Miss Karma thought it was time for her evening tablespoon of canned food--LOL!
I will try using the little gorilla tripod next time and see if the sound is better when I don't even touch the camera at all.  It is several years old...and techie years speed by so much faster than dog years.  ;)
I am on R&R collapse mode all day till Leah comes tonight.  Whew!  Funny how shot I can be when Dagan did all the heavy lifting and I basically only moved rolling carts, made sorting decisions, did very little lifting, and labeled boxes?  LOL!  Man!  Am I happy to have helpers!!  ;) 
Well, I am off to try to call my mom to see if brother, SIL, and sister made it down to Florida last night.  :)  Have a great weekend, one and all!!  Happy 4th to those in the US.  Hope you get to spend some time with loved ones.  :):)
"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there." 
Robert M. Pirsig


TexWisGirl said...

glad more progress is made and more things off the list. keep purging, junking, giving away!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the progress!! When you first contemplated moving, did you think there would be this much work?

Anonymous said...

Rita, do you like crafts?


Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, dear Rita! I'm happy to learn that you got your A/C restored. Here in Florida when the indoor temp reaches 85 we start running the HEATER full blast! :)

Dear friend, I thoroughly enjoyed this video tour of your apartment and hope you will do the same once you are set up in your new place. It was exciting to hear your voice and Karma's meow. You did an excellent job as a "docent" and your voice is very pleasing to the ear. I can't believe how super organized you are with all that shelf space and storage areas. We can all learn a lot from that video.

I hope you found your mother in better health and good spirits. I hope the other family members made it down here AOK and are spending time with her.

I wish you and Karma a safe and happy holiday weekend, dear friend Rita!

Blogoratti said...

Hello, good progress and effort indeed. Best wishes!

Serena Lewis said...

YAY! Things are moving along now! I will check back to view the video as I'm about to drop Brad over to choir. Good luck with it all. xx

Tracey FK said...

So happy the packing is progressing and that you have lots of helpers... I went back to catch up on the other day as well and how can 1 year have gone past so quickly... Thanks for sharing the photos with all of us and I don't think you should worry for one minute about being grumpy... Everyone has times like that and packing and moving is stressful and awful... Hang in there and make sure you take some down time to rest... T xx

Queenie Jeannie said...

Looking good! I know going through everything takes a long time and is very tiring!! I did more of it for this move than any other. Won't it be wonderful when we're BOTH settled??? :)

DJan said...

Wow, that is really something, Rita! I don't know how you have managed to get so much done. It's really hell moving, isn't it? Mercy!

Carol said...

I'm so happy that you finally declared a R&R day :) You've done a lot and need it. Have a great weekend ♥

Jenny Woolf said...

My goodness, I knew you were well organised but now I see you are. It's going to be such fun settling into the new place!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It won't be long now! Happy 4th to you, too.

JFM said...

Hi, Rita! I am a new follower and I had a bit of a shock when I saw this post. My hubby and I have been going through our pole-barn for the last few weeks resorting and giving to Goodwill items that we do not feel that will be used by us any more or that our family might want.
What is funny is that we had a huge bird cage, too, that we knew we would never use again. Fortunately a friend took it for his friend.
You have a nice blog. I am happy that I found you through "blogarrati's" blog.
Happy Fourth to you and your family!!!


Anonymous said...

I'd love to have a big cage like that for our two birds.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I enjoyed the video and yes it looks like you live in a hobby store! Everything to do a project is there! You are on the countdown now, and the garage looks good to go! You need to rest a few days...glad they brought you a new AC was humid
and warm here...less Canadian smoke than yesterday but my eyes still itch. We had a quiet 4th and that was okay. Went for a drive today:)

Intense Guy said...

You are so neat and organized that even your "moving chaos" looks tidy!

I hope you are feeling your best - hugs.

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

You have made so much progress with packing! I bet you're excited to make the move. I think of all the pictures you posted earlier this year about how some of the residents didn't have respect for the building. It will be nice to leave that behind, won't it?