Friday, June 5, 2015
This has been a difficult week. I suppose to be truly honest, it has been a difficult month. Most of our moving “plans” have not turned out as we thought, including the fact that I’m still sitting here without real furniture. Sleeping on a camp cot has left me a bit achy and cranky, although I did buy a new recliner to supplement my sleep options for part of the night. Trying to remember what is here at the new house versus the old house, and where in the world I put it, is disorienting. Fitting everything into a much smaller house is a challenge. I could have sworn I already got rid of SO much stuff! However, I begin each day with the assurance that we will eventually be completely moved and I will have the rest of my life to figure out where to put everything so I can find it again. I am blessed to have furniture and far too much “stuff” that is still in a house rather than scattered in the trees or floating down a stream somewhere.
But that doesn’t prevent me from sitting in the dark in an empty living room at 3am wondering what to do next to expedite our progress. Yesterday I spent the entire day at the new house waiting for the ATT technician because I was under the impression that “between 8 and 12” meant just that. Apparently there was a failure to communicate, because today I’m still without internet and phone service. Yes, we have our cell phones, but there were some “glitches” yesterday in using them. I needed a phone book and it’s at the other house. I needed to communicate with someone that I often message on FB, but discovered that I don’t know her actual phone number. I couldn’t access FB because I’ve never used my phone for it and don’t know my password. I’ve asked Chrome to “remember my password” for so long that I no longer remember it. Of course it is written down in a notebook I have yet to unpack! So, I need the internet. I need my house phone. And I need to retrieve my phone book. I have an appointment this morning at the old house, so I’m not sure how to be in two places at once if ATT intends to take care of their business today.
And somehow I need to solve the problem of getting our furniture moved tomorrow. We have a truck rented, but the young men we thought would be available to load it are not. Time to see if a couple of other guys we spoke to are still available or if anyone else in Caddo wants to make a little extra money.
Did I also mention that we are getting to the end of Gary’s “vacation” and that he needs to return to work Sunday? We had envisioned ourselves completely transferred and while he worked I would continue moving a few things and cleaning the old house. Sure…that’s going to happen…someday.
In addition to moving, I have been getting some medical tests completed, including one that I had not anticipated. Now in the forefront of my concerns are some impending procedures that will leave me “somewhat disabled for an indeterminate amount of time”. You know how I hate the word indeterminate. I’m not even sure I want to agree to one of the procedures even though it seems clear that I need it. I have to do a little research, get a second opinion, and think about the risks. I won’t know the results of my MRI or the options for my shoulder injury until next Tuesday. And there are two more procedures looming on the horizon. I’m trying to focus on the fact that I have four good doctors, medical insurance, and time. I am determined to have this body repaired by next spring so I can walk on a beach somewhere!
Well, I need to get everything organized and ready for a trip back to “Ted’s house”, so I’d better load up our laundry and some empty boxes. BTW, we haven’t seen the snake again since the weather warmed up, but I’m still very cautious.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
It’s ironic that I ended yesterday with a comment about the snake. When the ATT guy arrived yesterday I knew very quickly that acquiring phone and internet service was going to be anything but “normal”. First I was told that the existing phone box was in the wrong place because of some sort of grounding issue. So a new box and cable had to be installed outside and the technician was delayed in completing his task because he encountered a snake and had to check with the neighbor to confirm that it wasn’t poisonous. Then the equipment inside had to be placed in an odd location. My old computer needed a wireless adapter which meant installing software. My CD tray seldom works so I have a portable CD tray/burner, which of course was still at the other house! The technician was able to use a paper clip to force the tray to open and complete the installment. The whole thing only took two hours! Someone will arrive in thirty days to bury the new cable.
In the meantime, the trash service that is supposed to deliver a dumpster for cleanup at the old house never showed up. So that’s another problem to solve today or Monday.
We have a few people who “might” be able to help load the truck today, so I’m hoping someone will call us and we’ll be able to move our furniture. We don’t have much and in the past we would have managed alone. Now I can’t risk further injuring my shoulder and Gary doesn’t need to risk injuring anything. I need him to be my driver and helper during my indeterminate recovery. Selfish, I know.
I guess having internet service again calmed at least some of my concerns because I slept quite well last night. I managed a little over two hours on the cot and three in the recliner. That may be my pattern until my medical issues are resolved.
I’m not sure how today will end, but communicating with the world from my new office is a great way to begin.
(Note: this photo shows part of my new bare canvas. Hopefully there will be a little gardening in my future!)