Sunday, September 30, 2012
I thank God for friends who love us even in our mess. I thank God for our abundance. I keep thinking all this stuff is choking me, but I just need to manage it and do like my sister said: determine what I want to keep and donate or sell or give away the rest because it's time for someone else to enjoy it and benefit from it. Thank you, Sissy; I keep reminding myself of that.
Tomorrow we have to see our insurance agent and the Direct TV guy is coming to hook up our TV's. I hate to see that happen because our peace and quiet will be gone, but it seems important to Lee. I know I'm mal-adjusted when it comes to TV's. I need to watch some so I will be in the real world with the kids when I'm teaching, too, but I really could live to be 800 and never watch TV and I'd be okay with that. We'll be packing for our trip to OKC and San Antonio tomorrow, too. We're both so ready for a break from this move. We've got the house into a bit of order. We'll be glad to get away from it, but after a break we'll be ready and eager to get back to settling in even more.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Dorothy is coming for dinner after church tomorrow. I'm serving leftover meatloaf out of the freezer with some new rice and green beans, which I'll make in the morning. I'll make in the morning and we'll finish with sugar free pie. The pie is all any of us want! She'll be our first guest, and I'm excited for her to come. We're still in a mess, but she's ready for a sneak preview. We did get the pictures up in the entry tonight, so the first look as we come in will be good.
I keep thanking God that we can manage to do all this. I sure wonder about other old folks who remarry and re-settle. This is a big job! I'm sure grateful for this second chance at life. Lee and I are having so much fun; we laugh as if some comedian were here . . . I guess we're a couple of comedians, blessed to have found each other after loosing our mates.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Lee registered to vote today, so he's a local, now. He unpacked a bunch of boxes in the garage today and took all the boxes that the entertainment equipment came in up to the attic. He's doing a great job getting things put into place. I can help with that more tomorrow, since I did all the technical stuff today. At least I can listen to great music as I work. I took my stereo back to the basement, so I have great music everywhere I go, now. (Got that connected right, too.) I hope I never, ever have to hook up anything electronic, again. I'm way over quota with electronics, but I'll admit that I do love the beautiful music. When we get all the work done, it will be nice to just relax with the nice music. This Alan Jackson CD is great religious songs, so it's helping me to get my mind into a better zone for going to bed with thanks for. Shame on me for complaining; I'm really thankful that I could get down int the floor and get all that connected. There have been times that I could not have done that. It was close today, but this 'little engine' thought she could and she did. I know God helped me and I thank Him!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I thank God for great weather. It was clear and sunshiny all morning while we loaded. Just as the guys were pulling the truck out of the driveway it started to rain! It was raining in Hobart this morning, but by the time we got here to unload it was dry, so we never had to load or unload in the rain and yet we got rain in both Hobart and OKC where we needed it so badly!
Our bed is made and the furniture is pretty much where we want it. We'll get more and more straight and settled as time passes, but we've met the big crunches. Ahhhhhh, it feels good to be this far in this process!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I thank God for James! Hope I can put it all back together and save him a trip to Hobart. I'd love for him to come to Hobart, but I'd like for the house to be together when he comes!
See you next time; probably Friday! God blesses and we give Him praise and glory!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Tonight I'm doing the blog early because I'm unhooking all the computers and I'll be offline for a while. I'm not sure I'll be able to connect in OKC. I think we turned off the cable, so I'll have to go to MacDonald's and I'm not sure there will be time for that. So, Don't look for me to blog, again, until Friday. It may take me until then to get the computers set up here at the house. I'll do my best to get it done by Thursday night, but don't hold your breath! There will be a lot to do that day and night.
I am so thankful for wonderful weather to do this. We've made so many trips to the dumpster and tracking in water would be such a mess. It was so funny today. We put the first computer Don and I ever bought out in the alley by the dumpster. Before we could even get all the parts out there a guy was out there gathering it up to haul off. I asked him if he wanted a TV and he said, "Sure," so we came back in and brought the one that was in the office out to him. It was an old one, but it worked, so he got a good thing and we got rid of it. Most people only want flat screens, anymore, so getting rid of these old TV's is going to be a trip.
I'm also so thankful for the health and strength to do all this moving. I especially thank God for Lee, who has given me the motivation to get going with cleaning out all this accumulated stuff and who gives me purpose every day. He's a wonderful help and support. Bless his heart, we're both wearing fitbits to track our steps and we've both been nearly 5 miles today, just walking around the house! He's a great partner and he blesses me.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
We took Dorothy to church this morning and then she bought Subway sandwiches and we ate them at her house. It was nice not to have to fix any lunch and we enjoyed the time with her. I sang at the worship service at the nursing home this afternoon, but then we went right back to work. We took time out for church this evening and nachos for supper, but we've been working and working. Tomorrow is our last day to clear out, here, so we've got to keep up the frenzy. We'll get it done!
I thank God for the strength to keep up the work. I thank Him for purpose in life and for the wealth of friends and family. Life and loved ones are precious and God is so generous.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Speaking of the balancing act. We are heavy on the working side, right now. It seems like we really need to get this move/merge done, but we may be going too hard at it. The good thing is that we are having so much fun, even if it's hard. Every day we manage to get tickled so hard that we laugh until we bend over in pain from it. How crazy is that? It's fun to laugh, again! I thank God for the opportunity to laugh and feel joy and the ability to heal soreness overnight. What an awesome God we serve!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Lee and I made a lot of headway in our bedroom today. What a job, though! I'm realizing that our last move here was not an organized one and things are really scattered. I'm afraid it's going to be worse, now! I hope to get better organized; it's my goal. We're sure having to stuff and cram a lot; I'll go over it over the next few months and hope to get it all straight. I'm doing my best to downsize as much as possible; what a breakthrough for me!
The weather was beautiful today. We're able to enjoy the work in the garage. This is really a good time of year to be doing this. It was way hot when we were working in Lee's garage, so this is a blessing. We thank God for these beautiful days. We so thank God for the health to do this. We've got movers coming to bring Lee's belongings next week and I thank God for that! The work we're doing is enough; I'm so glad there will be young bodies doing the big and heavy work!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Today has been long, but we got a lot done. Man, oh, man; this is a big job. The reward will be worth it, though. We'll have a house that speaks of us and we'll get to live together in it. That will be a nice thing and we both look forward to it.
Our friend, Bob Clark, came over this morning and helped us unload the truck in nothing flat. I sure thank God for great family and friends! We've got 6 of those big storage cabinets along one side of the garage, now. They are a huge help in helping us to get organized. Right now we're storing stuff in them until we get Lee's furniture here. Then we can bring some in and put it into the drawers. A lot will stay stored out there, though.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I got some pictures today of Lee and his brother, Dan, loading the truck. I'm just to tired to upload them. Maybe I'll post one tomorrow if any are good. We are pretty exhausted. We got up at 6 to do some errands here before leaving for OKC. We loaded the truck, again, and then headed to Lee's check up. The cardiologist was very pleased with how Lee is doing and told him that it looks like I may be the best thing that has happened to him. That made me smile, especially when Lee agreed with him! His heart function is good and all his other tests were good. He doesn't have to go back for 6 months.
We picked up Dorothy and managed to cram her stuff into the truck, too. We made it home with all our goods and are ready to fall into bed. I thank God for a safe trip and for Lee's good health. I thank God for a precious friend like Dorothy, too. We are blessed in this life!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Now, we're back to work, work, work! We got a lot done today, but there is more to do. What a job!
Tomorrow we're going to OKC for Lee's follow up check up with his cardiologist. Dorothy is there with her cousin and has been for a few days. We'll bring her home with us tomorrow night. We'll bring another load in the truck, so tomorrow is a busy day. I'll be home in time to post, though; hope I have the energy to do it!
We've moved two beds out to the garage, so two of our bedrooms look very bare. We've taken most of the pictures off the walls so it really looks like someone is either moving in or out . . . a little of both is happening! I've sold $70 worth of junky sort of furniture so far. We're taking the beds to Gretta and my granddaughter, Janelle. I'm glad I can pick up a little cash here and there. Maybe I'll get enough to pay for the U-haul trailer! Between us we have 27 grandkids, so there is no way we can put pictures of them all over the place. We're going to put a bunch into a digital frame and keep it moving. We'll also make an album with lots of the pics that we both had in frames around our houses. I have a room divider type screen that will hold 9 pics of families, so we'll have lots of pics, just different ones and in different places. So, this house will take on a different look. It going to be interesting how this ends up looking. It'll be a fresh, new look and I hope it looks like us. :) We'll work with it until we get it right. It will be so nice to get organized and somewhat settled. Thanks for walking with me on this journey.
Monday, September 17, 2012
I taught band today and Lee worked at home all day. Then I came home and we worked another 5 hours. Now, we're cleaning up and going to bed to get a good night's sleep and get up and go to it again tomorrow. I'm not teaching anymore until we're settled. Lee called today and rescheduled our move of his belongings to the 27th. That gives us 6 more days. Whew; we'll need every bit of that.
My baby sister reminded me that this is only STUFF that we're breaking our backs to move. It's probably not worth it. It helps me to keep a better mental attitude toward it. I have the memories; I don't have to keep the STUFF and be choked by it! Someone else can use it and enjoy it; it's time to share. My older sister reminded me that there is a time for everything and THIS is the time to enjoy being with Lee and building a strong relationship with him. I thank God for sisters and their wisdom and love.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
All in all it was an awesome weekend. Lee and I have decided that there is no way we can get this house ready to receive his belongings by Friday, so we're going to reschedule the move from the 21st to the 28th. It's still a big order, but that's more reasonable to expect we can do. We are really to old to be doing this.
We did have a dealer come over today and go through the house with us and go over some of the pieces I have. He will notify his contacts and see if there are any he can help me to move. He also bought some coins from Lee, so that was a little bit we were able to unload.
There is so much more to do. Tomorrow I will teach and Lee will be unloading a bunch of chests into boxes and a dealer is coming to get them tomorrow. Someday I'll put all of what he unloads into who knows what. I'm trusting God to help me figure out all of this and part with even more things. I know this is His plan, so I'm aiming to work it the best I can. After looking at all we have to do, we decided that we need more time to work on this end than on the back end, so the rescheduling is the best plan. I'm so glad that Lee has a level head. I would be up 24/7, no lie, if I had to get this done by Wednesday when we have to leave for his check up with his cardiologist. I know it gets confusing for you who are reading this to keep up with all we are doing. It's confusing for me and I'm right here doing it! A day with the kids tomorrow will be a good break for me. Poor Lee has a lot of work to do while I'm gone. I'll do my best to give his some relief when I get home tomorrow afternoon. I am really looking forward to the day that this house will be settled, again. God will get me to that; He got me this far, so I know He'll get me through it.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
This is a break that Lee and I probably needed. I don't imagine we'll get any extra sleep but I think we're getting lots of fun out of this and a good break from the sorting and moving we've been doing since I can remember. We thank God for youth and sunshine!
Friday, September 14, 2012
Lee and I ran numerous errands around her today. We picked up and went through the mountain of mail that was here. We're slowly getting things sorted. I even sold a few little pieces to a guy in town who buys furniture. There is so much more to go through!
We got the TV programming figured out and ordered; that was a big mountain to climb. I'm so not a TV person, but this is real life. If I'm going to teach I need to be somewhat aware of what is happening in the world. We enjoy watching NBA ball, too; especially since we are both OKC Thunder fans.
We got to see Dorothy and got her hair trimmed. We delivered a little fridge to her and she was thrilled with it. It was good to see her since she's going to be gone for a week.
Trish and the kids are coming tomorrow, so we have them on our minds and that's why I chose this picture. Hopefully tomorrow we'll get some more good family pics. Yesterday was Mason's birthday and tomorrow is Tricia's. Monday is Davey's. God is good; while this is a sad time to remember losing Don last year, we have many lasting wonderful memories of him and numerous other reasons to celebrate right through the sadness. To quote a hero from 9/11, "Let's roll!"
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Lee had a fasting blood test first thing this morning and then a check up with his urologist this afternoon. It was pouring down rain, so we didn't want to load the truck and leave it sitting in the rain, so we waited until after we finally got done with his appointments and loaded and then headed for home. One more load done! In the morning we'll go first thing to Dorothy's to deliver the little fridge and give her a haircut. She's leaving tomorrow afternoon for a week in OKC with her sister-in-law, so I want to get her off with a good haircut. We haven't seen her in nearly 2 weeks, so we need hugs, too! We'll pick up the mail and then get busy clearing out around here so there will be space for us to bring Lee's belongings (the rest of them) a week from tomorrow. I've got to 'teach' band and music on Monday, and Trish and Rob and the kids are coming this weekend, so we've got to get a lot done tomorrow and Monday and Tuesday. We'll head back to OKC on Wednesday and then move the rest of Lee's belongings with a mover on Friday. What a schedule! Next week I may have to take some days off from the blog because we may not be connected. I'll post at MacDonald's if I can, but this moving is a pretty hairy deal!
Besides just being a tough moving day, today was emotional. I had stuck these pants and shirt in my suitcase in case it turned cool. Sure enough it turned cool and it's all I had besides shorts. It's also what I wore at the hospital a year ago when we learned that Don would not survive; I think I wore it for at least 48 horrible hours. So, here I was today going to two different hospitals with Lee and his appointments in this outfit. It was too close to very sensitive memories. I thank God that Lee understood the tears I couldn't hold; he's 4 years away from losing his wife and he still has tears, too. I guess some pains never quit, but I thank God for Lee to help me through the tough times and to share and create good times. I also thank God for good appointments for Lee today; he doesn't have to see his urologist for another year and the fasting blood test was for his check up with his cardiologist next week. He's all set for a good report next week. The electro-cardiogram earlier in the week looked good, they said.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
We've packed more and more today, but we're about out of boxes. I'll empty the load of boxes we take this week and bring them back to pack the rest. when we return next week.
I thought since I skipped posting Monday I'd better get on the ball and post before I get so tired today. I took a couple of hours out to lay in the sun today, since it's turning cooler. I may not get another chance to collect any Vit. D for a while, so I was grateful to get some today. There has been absolutely no time for Vit. D since I can remember, so it was good to get some. I thank God for sunshine and a great breeze today!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Well, holy cow! That was really a lazy day! I sat down to do tonight's post and noticed that last night's post wasn't there. I fished around and found it in the drafts! Do you suppose I'm tired or what? They called me to teach BAND (??!!), again, next Monday. No doubt they are really hard up for subs! I was going to fish out another picture and post something, but this will do for tonight. The news today is that we've packed a ton of stuff. Lee has his truck in his garage for the first time ever, and the door will shut! We went for his electro-cardogram, which is a follow up to his open heart surgery last October and it looked great, the technician said. He'll do more tests for his heart doctor on Thursday, then see the heart doctor next Wednesday. He's survived heart surgery; now, if he survives this move we'll be extra grateful. Sorry if I worried anyone by not posting this last night! Just know that I'm fine; just rattled!
Sunday, September 9, 2012
I am fully exhausted, though, and so is Lee. We'll be so ready for some off time as soon as we can get some.
I thank God for the strength to get through all this moving. I thank God for bringing me a partner to share my life. I was really no good at the widow position. I'm a much better wife than widow and I'm blessed to have found the man who agrees with me. We laugh all the time and I know that's good for both of us. I was a year behind on laughing and he was about 4 years behind, so it's a welcome activity for both of us. PTL!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The last 3 days were easier than the days of getting ready for it. Plus, God blessed us with a cool day today. It was only in the 80's today! In fact, I started the day wearing a jacket of Lee's that he had on the sale rack! I thank God for helping us through this week. The emotional aspect of getting rid of things that had meaning was difficult at times, but knowing that we do this to move forward helped. Having each other helped. It's been a hard thing, physically, but God gave us the strength. Otherwise, it's been really a lot of fun and having each other sure made that possible. If either of us had to do this on our own it would have been sheer drudgery. We feel so blessed. I could feel moral support coming from you all; thanks!
Friday, September 7, 2012
I thank God for the opportunity to study people a little more today. People are so cool! It was fun to share the study with Lee, too. Sometimes it's not so easy to smile at folks, but mostly it is. I had one lady who took a $4 price tag off an item today and exchanged it with the $8 tag that was on the item she bought. How bizarre that someone would do that! She has to live with the knowledge of having done that all the rest of her life, as well as eternity. I can't imagine that it would be worth $4 to her. Other than that woman we didn't have anyone who 'misbehaved.' We met lots of fun people and we were enriched besides collecting the money and freeing up space around here! One more day! Woo hoo! Then we have to get busy packing what is left and get back to work!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
We had people here by 7:15 and we didn't start the sale until 8. They came in all day and we sold a bunch. We have plenty left to sell tomorrow and Saturday. We weren't over run by people at any time, so we really enjoyed it. People are so interesting! It was a lot easier to sit and enjoy the people today than it has been for the last several days of getting ready for all this! I'm not really looking forward to doing it, again, in Hobart, but I am looking forward to getting rid of a lot. Starting over would be exciting if I weren't so tired. I think I'll get into it more and more as we progress. I will like it more and more when our place begins to take on the feeling of 'us.'
I thank God for a beautiful day today and all good experiences with people. I really love studying people, so this was a great opportunity. Lee's brother and his wife fixed dinner for us, so we didn't even have to worry about that. We're going to miss them being right next door when we get moved to Hobart! I thank God for the blessings they are in our lives, too. Lee and Dan are so much alike; it's really fun to be around the two of them. They are individuals, but they really function like two wheels on a bike.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
We're all set for tomorrow and we've already sold over $100 worth with just curious folks happening in on us. We're braced for a busy Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We thank God for the energy He has provided. Please pardon the near repeat of pics, but I didn't have time to take pics of us today. I took pics of our stuff for Craig's List and forgot all about people pics!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Orange juice is a great lifter! It will feel so good to see all this stuff leave and clear out the garage. It will feel good to have the same freedom in Hobart, but we'll have to go through all this sorting, again, first. Ugh. I am thankful that we have abundance instead of abundant need. We do have abundant needs and God has blessed us with way more than we need. We even have energy to spare. I'm hoping there is enough energy left to get me through a bath and to bed.
We are tired, but we are having so much fun. Today I told Lee that someone should be making a slap stick movie about this part of our journey. I could be something like "Airplane" was. We go around quoting from that movie all the time and when we aren't quoting from it we are making up lines that sound like they are from it. Probably nobody else would think we are funny, but we laugh and laugh. It's good for both of us! Maybe our movie could be called, "The Golden Years" or "The Merry Widows." I thank God that it would be side splitting. Lee keeps saying, "Don't make me laugh anymore!" Those smiles are real and I thank God for them and the spirit that brings them.
Monday, September 3, 2012
I am grateful for the strength to get through this. I'm grateful for Dan, Lee's brother who keeps an eye on stuff while we run errands; he also helps move heavy things. He sold the fridge/freezer for us last week. What a huge help he and his wife, Sandy, are! I thank God for them!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Today, after church, we spent the whole day working to sort out things in Lee's garage. We pulled out a bunch of stuff that we'll take to the house in Hobart. We pulled out a bunch that will go in the garage sale starting on Thursday. We've got a lot to sell, so I hope it goes well! There are a bunch of dishes that I have to photograph and list on Craig's list. There is a lot of work to do before Thursday, but that's why we're here this week. If we can get this end cleared out a lot, then we'll go back to Hobart and do the same thing. We're thinking we'll make the final move of things from here to Hobart on the 22nd of this month, but that's tentative. We're going to my high school reunion in San Antonio on the 5th of October and we hope to be all settled by then . . . as much as possible, anyway. I'm sure there will be some wrinkles to iron, but we should be pretty much done by then. If we can just stay healthy!
We're hoping to get to bed early tonight so we can get up early to work in the garage while it's cooler in the morning. I thank God for cool mornings! I know the farmers need rain, but it's sure helping us that there is little hope for rain, so we have a lot of things we've sorted to go home in the back yard to make room in the garage for us to work and have the sale! I sure thank God for our ability to withstand this heat and the lifting we're doing. Man, my body thinks I've gone completely crazy! It's a happy crazy and that's sure a good thing.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
We got the freezer delivered to Krissy, Lee's daughter and Don's gold clubs delivered to Garrett. Garrett looks like a million dollars! I haven't seen him since the 5th of July, so it was sure good to see him. I also delivered a shirt of his that he'd left at my house.
Tomorrow after church we'll start going through boxes in Lee's garage and deciding what we'll keep and what we'll sell. Man, this sorting is probably way overdue! I know I never want to buy anything else. I feel smothered by 'stuff!' I'm blessed with abundance and thank God that I don't do without anything I need. I hope I never take what I have for granted and always praise God for His generosity. I know my best blessings are family and friends. Just look at this picture and it tells a sweet story of love and abundance.