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The Last Box

Today, as the Cox Cable man was setting up our TV, Internet and Phone bundle, we were unpacking the last box.

“Where are you going to put the phones?” the Stan-the-cable-guy asked.

We looked blank.

It has been so long since we have relied on a land-line. We hadn’t even thought about it. We carry our mobile phones with us, or at least I do. Now that AdventureMan has semi-retired, he has his people (me) carry the phone, LOL!

We actually do have a phone; we put in out in the box to send to the Jr. League big sale our daughter in law works with. It’s an old princess phone. I don’t even remember using it, it’s so old. I don’t know where the other phones have gone, but that’s phones . . .

Guess we have to go out and buy some phones, LOL!

After all our moaning and groaning, we think we have everything. Only some weird things are missing. Like we have ONE cushion for our outdoor seating area; two identical benches that used to have two identical cushions.

Now that we have internet again, I will share some photos of the last week. The first photos are from the day the movers are arriving – two days before we expected them. Notice the nice peach/rose on the walls, please. šŸ™‚

We are lucky to have this room, although we didn’t care that much about it when we bought the house. It is a butler’s pantry, with lighted glassed shelves for glassware, and two wine refrigerators, one to keep white wine chilled, and the other to keep red wine at cellar temperature. Actually, it is good for water, and beer, too. šŸ™‚ But since our major china cabinet has a broken foot, I really needed a place I could put things away, and this turned out to be a Godsend.

Butler's Pantry

Above is my bathroom; I love the little orange trees painted on my cabinet, and the little step that pulls out to make me taller.

LOL, here is where we were really camping out, in the guest room, while we waited for our storage goods to come. Yes, it’s a mess. There is actually a chair in the room, too, but aside from the bed and the chair, we had no furniture. We had thought we would cook, but who wants to eat standing up? Or sitting on a bed?

The moving truck arrives, some things are packed, some things are loose. It’s not all our goods; the driver tells us he has four different loads on the same truck. Aarrgh.

One of the first things off the truck was my dressing table mirror – broken. The driver said off the top that he had broken it when he was packing the truck. His honesty took away any anger we might have felt, and I know we can get a new mirror cut. It was the only major damage we had, and it wasn’t that bad.

Some of our pieces had some mildew on them, but it came of with just a little vinegar. We had to toss two old featherbeds and some of my clothing, which also seemed to have been in some area which had moisture problems while in storage.

This is the family room after the delivery.

The living room – we love these little loveseat/couches and were astonished at how well they weathered 12 years of storage without a mark – they still look new, and they are twenty something years old, but reupholstered. No, not by me, I didn’t know how yet.

First, we created an area of sanity. You have to have a place you can go where there is no mess. You create one, and then . . . you start widening the area. We started with this outside area, then the living room, then the family room. The kitchen is still a little bit chaotic, but that is because I have to wash all the dishes and china and crystal before they can go back on shelves. It isn’t that hard, it is just numbingly boring unwrapping each piece.

I think I told you about each spoon being wrapped separately:

Each piece has to be unwrapped . . . horrors!

That was the last box. šŸ™‚

No, not everything is in place yet, but our areas of sanity, of order, are larger now. We have moved upstairs to our bedroom and study area; we have another bedroom next door to ours for visiting grandchildren or overflow guests for larger family gatherings. Our clothes are unpacked and put away, and we still have some empty places on shelves and in closets for the final wave – the Doha shipment – which won’t arrive until late June or July, we are guessing.

We still don’t have any phones. That goes on our “To Do” list, which is monstrous, no matter how we keep nibbling away at it. And the Qatteri cat is happy; the fuller the house is, the happier he is.


April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Aging, Biography, Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Moving, Work Related Issues


  1. Wow!! I can’t believe you are down to the last box – I am expecting to be unpacking for at least a year!!!!! I am very impressed.
    Hope you are enjoying being back and settling in, we are so looking forward to it.

    Comment by 12Days | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. beautiful

    Comment by Mrm | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. Yaaay!!!!!

    Comment by momcat | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. Your saga gives me hope for all the stuff we put in storage because we couldn’t make the decision to get rid of it when we went overseas. It’s in a safe, secure place so I’m thinking it might be okay to keep it all against our eventual return to Canada.
    (After 12 years, I might have thought unpacking would be like Christmas. lol)

    Comment by DaisyMae | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  5. Mabroook šŸ™‚ You finally have some time to just take thing a little bit less tense!!

    You’re house looks lovely.. We want pictures of the finished product though šŸ˜‰

    Comment by kinano | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. 12Days – I know you – you won’t even need one week! You are the most amazingly focused and productive person I know!

    Mrm – You’re back! šŸ™‚

    Momcat – YAYYY!

    LOL, Daisy Mae, you are going to be fine. šŸ™‚

    Kinan, don’t hold your breath – it takes me a long time to know “where the things want to be” and our last shipment doesn’t arrive until July-ish. How much longer are you up North?

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  7. Congratulations! Glad to hear the shipping has gone well so far – I’ve heard some real horror stories our guys shipping their stuff back home.

    The good news is you have the rest of forever for things to find their proper place!

    Best of wishes to you and AM in your retirement.

    Comment by BitJockey | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  8. Intlxpatr :

    I hope i am not rubbing it in ,

    I once had friend who used to work in Kuwait and his family was with him then he moved back London . He invited me to a get together and a home cooked dinner at his new home .

    I went there and his wife made a very nice dinner and we sat down and I jokingly asked her “Where is the House maid ” she looked at me and said half sorrowfully “You are looking at her ” ehehehehe

    I spy a southern gentleman taking his afternoon siesta without a care in the world . Well earned adventure Man

    Comment by daggero | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  9. BitJockey, Thank you! We are finally beginning to feel at home. Today I went to a meeting, AdventureMan made a big pot of vegetable-beef soup and tomorrow we go to aqua aerobics. Life is starting to seem more normal. šŸ™‚

    Daggero. SORE SUBJECT. I am not good at housework. AdventureMan is not so good at housework. “Help” here is expensive! Sooner or later we have to bite the bullet(s) . . . housecleaner, yard people . . . AARRGH. Meanwhile, yes, I am the housemaid. The good news – great seafood, mild warm climate.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  10. check and see if you have a local company called Cleaning Authority. They are a franchise like Merry Maids. They are far cheaper in my area and they use all organic cleaning products so I don’t worry about my critters. You may also want to look at regular pest control. Again, look for the ones that use natural/organic methods so QC is not harmed. We have pest control that they shoot into the space between the walls from the outside.

    Comment by momcat | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  11. Momcat, I will check! Sounds like a good deal! I want to spend my time quilting, and with AdventureMan! Even with a cleaning team, it always seems like there is plenty to do with keeping things picked up and presentable . . . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  12. Well, I wish you all the best Intlxpatr šŸ™‚

    It’s the final stretch now. I’ll be done with school in 4 weeks and I am leaving back home mid June.

    Comment by kinano | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  13. Wooo HOOOO on you, Kinano! Then what? Syria? Kuwait? Where will home be?

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  14. It’ll be Syria. Specifically, Damascus šŸ™‚
    My return has been long over due there and it’s the perfect time to make the move.

    Comment by kinano | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  15. Oh! Damascus! Lucky YOU!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 3, 2010 | Reply

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