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Signs of a sort of settling in [Jun. 17th, 2016|11:56 am]

Monday we will have a real bed, not a full sized mattress sitting on king sized boxsprings on the floor.

In mid morning, the cats have fairly predictable sleeping locations. (Greycie Loo seems unwilling to give up sleeping under the covers. It seemed just a fear response to the move, but now that she knows how to burrow, she seems happy to do so for the midday snooze.)

I can make basic use of the appliances. (Still need to read up on how to use the programmable thermostat, the digital fridge, the multi-button oven and microwave.)

We have a plan for the office and the bookshelves.

We have mostly comfy seating, if eclectic.

We have a grocery store picked out and have learned our way around town for basics.

I'm avoiding the internet less.

I'm just beginning to have photography inspirations -- fireflies!

I might actually begin correspondence.

For my future reference, here's the state of affairs.

Still have NO ONE to clear the septic field. We make micro efforts in clearing, but i admit to being more distracted by other areas of the landscape.

We continue to find junk around the house that was apparently just left at different points in the past: Three bags of cow manure. A dog toy under a sheet of plywood that spooked Christine into thinking some mysterious tank was buried in the back yard. Seashells under the azaleas along with countless little plant tags. Disintegrating plant pots. Roofing scraps. A giant aluminum nail. A trowel, significantly rusted. A hose spray head, marginally functional.

We still haven't made it to behind the house, but Christine's gotten partially around the back fence. We have cleared/weed whacked/trimmed/pruned most of the plants in the front and east that aren't part of the woods. There's still plenty of deferred landscape maintenance, but most of the wild appearance has been resolved.

Inside we haven't started on unpacking books. I have just barely started on my personal desk. Most of the day to day kitchen items are unpacked: china, decor, and pottery are outstanding. At least half the master bedroom boxes have been unpacked. The guest room boxes are stashed in the closet.

The garage storage hasn't been touched. We have, i think, identified most of the personal property that was left behind -- in many cases, such a boon! Shovels, rakes, pitchforks!

We have the air conditioning set to 74. Sometimes it feels stuffy and warm, other times crisp. I can't imagine setting it to the recommended 78.


[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2016-06-17 06:22 pm (UTC)
My goodness. Leaving shovels and rakes behind. Hard to imagine.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-06-17 07:07 pm (UTC)
Shovels, rakes, posthole digger, hand cultivator, small trowels, random cabinets, large oak table, a tapestry, a grandly framed mirror, wind chimes, a huge generator, a grill, bird feeders, fishing rods, planters, a glider and lounge chair for the porch, a great folding table, odd formica constructions (great for cats), and the clothes washer we were told multiple times would not be left. The generator and the dishwasher are significant "gifts", but the tools are great. And we haven't gone through the cabinets in the garage, so who knows....

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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2016-06-18 12:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, a generator!
I have my thermostat set on 68, mostly so the upstairs is not terribly hot (it's a bit chilly downstairs). If I had a one-level house I'd probably have it set to 70. Do you have ceiling fans? My cooling bills are fairly low due to all the trees; heating this house is more expensive.

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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-06-19 10:06 am (UTC)
Yes! I suppose we may put off figuring out how to use it until the first tropical storm: no end in sight to other things to figure out.

68 is what i thought might be recommended, so i was sad when i saw the 78. We do have ceiling fans in three of the five rooms. The master bedroom and the kitchen don't have them, but we did bring some fans from CA. The house seems pretty well insulated, but we haven't seen the first bill.

Last night was a California night: we slept with the windows open (the few we have*), and it's wonderful this morning.

*The front room, kitchen, and master bedroom have windows with screens. On the wish list is screens for the front and back doors to get a bit more cross ventilation. The main room has no plain windows - just the narrow windows on the side of the front door and the french doors in the back.
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[User Picture]From: bobby1933
2016-06-17 10:18 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that your new home was clear across the country!!
But i guess North Carolina is home to both of you?
Good luck in everything you two do,
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-06-19 10:11 am (UTC)
You had a great deal of change going on in your life -- and you continue to be in my thoughts. North Carolina is home for both of us. Christine finds herself soothed by the deep green of summer (even if the trade-off is a jungle-like growing of plants o tame.

I am enjoying pruning the shrubs the previous owners planted, and i'm doing battle with the thorny thicket of non-natives. Someday i will be able to get past the thickets and into the woods.
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