Monday, June 27, 2011

The Big Move and catching up

The renters are moving into our NJ house on Wednesday. After disappearing from Lester's Flat several weeks ago, I have been packing up and cleaning up everything at my favorite old house. It took about as long as I expected (weeks), but it feels great to be rid of the "un-necessities", and it feels even better to finally have all of our stuff up here. I suspect it will take me months, rather than weeks, to sort through it all at this end.

The move went well, with relatively minor complications at both ends. It was stinky hot and humid in NJ and difficult to get motivated to sort through and pack stuff, even with air conditioning, especially in the attic. The pick-up schedule was changed several times, but the end result was that I was blessed with 2 extra days of packing. They packed the truck on Thursday, June 23.

The drop-off, just this past Saturday, was short one big mover guy, only 2 showed up. So The Husband had to help with moving the piano, and lugging boxes up and down the stairs. The other minor glitch—the moving truck got stuck in the mud and had to be towed. It totally screwed up our front lawn, such as it is. Even after unloading the 8500 lbs. of our belongings, the tires kept spinning and sinking into the mud. There has been a fair amount of rain up here since I was gone...

Given the horror stories I have heard from others who have hired a moving company, and even those who have moved themselves, I think we were lucky.

I also managed to sneak in a trip to beautiful Plymouth MA for a beautiful wedding. Congratulations to Christa and Rob!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

In memory of Chazoo

The Museum of Famous Unknown Magicians and Clowns (the Magic Barn at the edge of our property) featured the annual convention/Magic Show yesterday. Charlie Zuis, AKA Chazoo, passed away suddenly on May 16, and one of his last wishes was that "the show must go on".

Chazoo would have been proud—it was a great show with quite a few non-magicians in the crowd, including me and The Husband. The 2 children in these photos belong to Sherry, our favorite Post Mistress. Marissa and Brandon were happy to assist the magicians in entertaining the audience. Even the Hub and I were called upon to participate...we did it for you, Charlie!

We do have renters coming to the NJ house at the end of the month, and I am leaving later this week to do some final packing up. It will be equally strange and exciting to move out of our old house, but we will both be thrilled to finally get our stuff up here.
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