Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

One Thing Leads to Another

“I’m afraid to go home,” AdventureMan told our son. “She’s moving the furniture.”

“She can do that without consulting?” our son asked.

“Yeh, she can,” AdventureMan responded, “And I count myself lucky that she hasn’t bought another house and said we’re moving.”


Moving furniture is one of those things I do. I get tired of everything the same-old same-old. If I’m not moving, it gives me a chance to re-think things, and try something else to see if that works better.

We have a dining room we hardly ever use. We have never eaten a meal in there. We had too much furniture, and besides, in the family room we have a huge circular teak table that seats eight. It’s less formal and a lot more fun. The dining room is in a very quiet part of the house, so we talked about turning it into a library (see! we talked!) and that is what I did. But when you move a piece of furniture, or get rid of another, or both, you end up also having to evaluate all the things inside that piece of furniture, and having to think through where things need to go.

Life is so different. As an Army wife, we entertained all the time. I hit the sales in Czechoslovakia and have bar ware and wine glasses for our 48 closest friends, and we just don’t entertain like that any more. We don’t even drink like that!

We do entertain; we host the monthly book club some months, I have my quilting group in frequently, and we have dinners for family and dinners for visiting IVLP delegates. We entertain people we like. It’s a whole different world when it’s a choice. I’m getting rid of a lot of pieces I’ll never use again and I’ll never miss once they’re gone.

I’m getting rid a lot of irrelevant things, including an old TV cabinet, you remember them? They enclosed an old fashioned TV, had shelves for videos (remember them?) and little drawers for CDs? I’ve been using it as storage for art work and a thing that plays music from an iPod or two. I’ll hang some of the art work, get rid of some, and find another place for the MP3 player.

Yesterday was the big work, the figuring out how to change furniture and carpets into new positions. Of course, once you move something, you have to clean the places no one ever sees, so it takes more time, but you’ve got to do it right.


Today was the small but time-consuming work of getting things put away in a kind of order so that they can be found again. When I put books on the shelves three years ago, it was like fiction here and non-fiction there, and I never went back. Now, I have them sorted into subjects and country, art related, or religious. Got rid of about half my CD’s but still have too many.

It’s a messy process; you take something fixed, turn it into chaos and slowly, slowly, bring a new pattern into being. Tomorrow I need to hang some more art work. It’s been three years.

Then we live with the changes and see if they work for us. If not . . . the process starts over, but in the meanwhile, got rid of some stuff! One of these days, need to tackle the closets . . . Have an entire closed full of evening clothes I never wear, and can’t bear to part with . . . yet.

September 16, 2013 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Experiment, Family Issues, Home Improvements, Living Conditions, Marriage, Pensacola, Relationships


  1. Housing reports indicate prices are steadily rising across the U S .
    Your house purchase must look sweeter by the minute

    Comment by daggero | September 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. We bought at a good time 🙂 but the best thing about our house is that it is only a mile from our son and his family, so we see them often 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 16, 2013 | Reply

  3. I’m laughing at (with) you. I so know what you are doing–your own mini PCS. I just realized I have done it too and didn’t realize it. Fortunately it only takes one room to satisfy the need.

    Comment by momcatwa | September 16, 2013 | Reply

  4. LLOOLLL, it’s like we have interior time-keepers, isn’t it? Actually, I have noticed changes in the garden, plants that are coming back even though it is still in the 90’s, but I think it is the changing light that is affecting them. I am guessing it is that three-year-itch and the September-start-of-school energy combined 🙂 I’m really happy with how things turned out. . . . and if I don’t want to go through closets, I can always re-think my stash, LOL!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 16, 2013 | Reply

  5. Oh how fun! Re-purposing a room! And, moving some stuff along, too 🙂 BUT, save all and any sparkly and fun clothing..your grand-daughter and other little girls will LOVE playing dressup someday!

    Comment by DK Stanton | September 24, 2013 | Reply

    • Oh, good idea! I had not thought about that! Of course, she is all of maybe 9 lbs right now . . .

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 24, 2013 | Reply

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