Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer


Hell is unwrapping household goods when every tiniest piece is wrapped in a whole sheet of moving paper. Every spoon. The stopper for a crystal decanter. Every single piece, individually wrapped. It is endless. . . .

It is also why I do so much of my own packing. That, and finding my muddy riding boots packed with my formal gowns.

An occasional mover cares.

Most movers are casual labor, insufficiently supervised. Things can disappear.

This move is in waves, and we are in the biggest wave right now, the goods that have been in storage for 12 years. It had gone well, but we think some things are missing. Also, some serious pieces of furniture are incapacitated. One in particular, a china cabinet, handles the gazillion pieces of china and crystal collected through years of Army wifedom, but lost a foot. You can’t store china in a very tipsy cabinet, and I don’t know how we are going to get it fixed. Meanwhile, how to store all these pieces???


We are just taking a break before we submerge into the world of putting things away again. Aarrgh.

April 21, 2010 - Posted by | Communication, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Moving, Pensacola


  1. Check the base hobby shop and see if there is anyone there who can or knows who can make you a new foot. They have a pretty good network of sources.

    Comment by momcat | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. I feel for you….. and hope you manage to restore everything to it’s former glory! Our goods have only been in storage for 1 year and already when we wanted to get some of it out for my daughter the plasma tv and dvd were nowhere to be found šŸ˜¦ Am enjoying following your move back home after all your travels. God Bless!

    Comment by Mickiq8 | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. It sounds totally draining – physically and mentally!

    any chance that ebay might have a foot or two?

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. Intlxpatr :

    It is the time you feel the contractors finished way too early .
    Hang on there , bit by bit it will fit together again . Give yourself one year to settle in , new homes take that long to have the perfect setting .
    If you finish it in Less than that you have done wonderful .

    Comment by daggero | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  5. This is something I’m really worried about for us next year. At least when we left the US, we had movers that could understand our directions on some very special items, and we were able to easily oversee almost all the packing because it was a small house. Here? I’m terrified to think of how things will be packed and the problems I’ll have trying to communicate with the movers. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ll need to be medicated in order to cope with it. In addition, I’ll have our most special things packed beforehand, and some of them will go directly in my suitcase. Seriously, I need anti-anxiety meds just thinking about this! And I haven’t even thought that something might be missing out of storage!! How can that happen?

    Comment by AcadeMama | April 23, 2010 | Reply

  6. just hang out in a hardware store and ask there …… works ….. sometimes …..

    Comment by KTDP | April 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. Momcat – That is a brilliant suggestion, and thank you. šŸ™‚

    Thank you, Mickiq8 – actually, things are pretty much OK. I wrote at a really weak moment . . .

    Little Diamond . . . come visit. šŸ™‚

    LOL, Daggero, you always make us laugh. Actually, the contractors were wonderful, and they were the kind of guys who are sincere and conscientious and they did a great job. Moving in is – as you so rightly say – always an adjustment, and all the fine tuning and getting things in place . . . aaarrgh!

    AcadeMama – I need to reassure you immediately that my very best moves have been packed by foreign packers. Every single time – Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Qatar, and Kuwait – the movers have packed extremely well. Mostly I worry about things disappearing – and they can. Anywhing really really important, I pack myself or carry back myself. But we have had almost no breakage – and the furniture – well furniture suffers in multiple moves, but we also have to take some responsibility. Our furniture has suffered more moves than most furniture, and 12 years in storage takes its toll on furniture, especially our older antique and semi-antique pieces. We had NOTHING missing from our storage move.

    KTDP – I love hardware stores. šŸ™‚ And you are so right – especially if you go early in the morning when the contractors are there. You can also learn a lot on the internet these days, and all the videos they have to show you how to do things!

    To all – thank you for your good thoughts. Unpacking is just a misery we all have to go through sometimes, and you really helped me through it.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 28, 2010 | Reply

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