It’s official. We are some of “those people” who are renting a storage unit! Yikes. How did we get there? Quite simply put—we got there because Chris’s dad’s house in Ohio has sold and we don’t have time to UHaul our treasures across the country right now. Whew. We had an exhausting but productive weekend and I wanted to share a bit of our adventures.
Chris and I went and secured said storage unit on Saturday morning. Great owner and great conversation. I quipped to her that I bet she could tell us some interesting stories and she laughed and agreed and shared a couple!!! The best one was about a client who pays cash, wants no bills sent his home address and is always ahead in paying. Funny thing–he comes in as a man and leaves as a woman…….and not a pretty woman according to her. I commented that the lighting is not too great in those units so I am sure that is the problem.
So the day of moving and loading and sorting began and with some great help from the local church we got all the furniture we had intended to take moved to the unit easy peasy. Chris and I made quite a few trips later in two cars with fishing gear, duck decoys, books and other assorted treasures to be sorted out later. Chris’s sister Colleen and her husband and daughter along with Carlton came over to help get the stuff out of the basement and finish packing up the rest of the house for the auction and by the end of the day we had made huge progress. The May 5th estate auction date looked much more realistic! The garage is filled once again and I am amazed at how much stuff we have taken out of the house–one huge garage sale, 3 rolls offs and a garage filled for the estate sale. The house seems to be sitting up a little bit higher now.
Of course since we are not going to be there for Carlton’s birthday on the 20th we had to celebrate with him early and a trip to Olive Garden complete with gift cards and an Ohio State watch made for the perfect night. He was so happy! And I was happy that he was happy!
Sunday we finished moving all the stuff, packed up what we could that was left in the house, stripped the beds and enjoyed a fabulous dinner with the mom of the best man in our wedding who recently lost her husband. She is a very perky 90 year old and it was a great way to leave town and enjoy the the last night in Lima. We headed to Detroit and stayed in the hotel in the airport and got a good night of sleep before I headed back to Iowa and Chris to China.
Our journey is coming to an end. The house will be someone else’s and with it come a lot of emotions and feelings. While we ate breakfast at Ike’s I got a little misty eyed thinking of how many times Dad took us there to eat and Chris had to remind me that it was I that was supposed to be strong for him! It has been a very long year and as we near the end of this part of our journey I am grateful for the love and support of so many along the way—including my bloggy friends. From the bottom of my heart–thank you.