Sunday, October 1, 2006

The Move

       

The move....can we say that everything on my body aches; even my fingers.  Two trucks, five guys, three girls, two women, and 7 hours with numerous truckloads.  My daughter is a packrat and comes by it genetically.  Her father is the king of packrats.  I didn't realize until yesterday that my ex SIL is also.  My FIL was the absolute grandfather of packrats. 

Becky has always hung on to her "treasures."  Being a spatial person, she can load 40 lbs of "doo-doo" in a 2 lb bag.  When she moved into this apt. two years ago, I went over a week later and tossed an enormous amount of stuff which, obviously, just made more space for my child to collect new things.  Overwhelming but I did realize why her aunt hadn't completely moved out....42 enormous plastic containers had been moved; not counting how much was thrown away.  I stayed away for quite a while until I had my anger under control.  Now, I'm glad I did.  Auntie was apologetic and also quite overwhelmed.

I couldn't do much moving because of rotator cuff problems in my right shoulder so I stayed behind and cleaned the apt.  The oven, refrigerator, closets, bathroom...which is why these bones are aching.  Considering the fact that Becky has three cats (hence, the tag at the top), her place was not bad at all; no kitty odor; just dust.  LOL...she mustn't cook much because her oven wasn't bad either.

Miss Megan...now that child is just too much.  Honestly, I don't think she did much of anything except boss the guys around and tell them where to move stuff.  Joey said when he went to take her back to school, she was curled up on Becky's loveseat fast asleep.  And, she dropped the bombshell that she is going to China in May for 3 college credits and had made the first $500 downpayment.  Yikes, $2,700 more she needs.  I told her she will need to have the school add some of that to her loan.  Actually, I think it's a wonderful opportunity for her.

Now, this neighbor or whoever has been helping Becky...ok, I'm very thankful that she did all the things for Becky but......LOL....how do I word this?  The woman got on my nerves sooooooo bad.  Now, I can talk about my kids in a somewhat kidding but negative way, my SIL can, the family can, her friends can but back off lady!  Biotch and moan all day.  No one asked her to do this.  Of course, I can say things sarcastically but they come off in a nice way.  I can't explain it but I can manage to get my point across while the person just looks at me perplexed sort of getting the drift but wondering if they did.  I'm thinking she knew exactly what I was saying.

The three cats.  Ummmmm....Skittsy has been with Becky since I moved here.  Skittsy is a kitty with catitude and lived with us the first year Becky was in college. She drove Griz nuts because she was not one bit afraid of him and tormented him relentlessly. Rosko is Mocha's brother; sweet and timid.  Squeaks...rolf...I'm sorry but nobody likes Squeaks except Becky.  He is the stray Becky took in.  He is actually a beauty but enormous and looks like a female lion.  I was vacuuming.  He flipped out and flew out of the closet at me.  Becky should have called him Squawks.  I never heard a squawk so loud in my life.  He also squawked at the top of his lungs when she put him down in the new place.

Becky is hanging in there.  She was totally overwhelmed and burst into tears several times lamenting the move.  This is her 7th move in 7 years.  She moved twice once in a year.  This wasn't a move she wanted to make.  She looked lost.  I made sure her kitchen stuff, bathroom stuff and bedding was found and put away plus her clothes.  Megan made sure that the furniture was placed properly so Becky could walk around.  I had no strength to drive 45 miles one way today to help with the boxes in her basement.  Mama is going to spend most of her vacation time over Columbus Day helping.

I bought pizza for everybody.  Becky went to Target after I left and church today.  She seemed a little better but it is going to take her time to adjust.  She is so fearful of the difference in the cost.  This house is a bit more than her apt.  The gas bill will also be higher for heat.  I continue to say my prayers that this move was the best but only time will tell.  I'm just praying this doesn't totally affect her studying and school.  Not the best timing for something so major.

I managed to get to Walmart and get my shopping done today.  I was tempted to use one of the motorized wheelchair buggies.  I'm off to soak in the bathtub and give Becky another call.  (Mocha is doing very well with her food from the vet's.  It cost about the same as Eukanuba would have at the store.  Keeping my fingers crossed.)

                                   CHRIS

 

24 comments:

lanurseprn said...

So glad the move is done. Moving is one of the most stressful things you can go through. Hard on everyone involved.  Now take a well deserved rest tonight and enjoy your evening.
Pam

sugarsweet056 said...

At least it's over! Now get some rest tonight!!! {{{}}}
Sugar

penniepooh said...

Chris, I am tired from just READING this entry. I`m glad Becky got all moved in and hoping she`ll be happy there once she settles in. Wow, a trip to China for Megan! Can you imagine?!
Lots going on there. Please take it easy now. :)
Love you -
Penny

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))You do deserve a much needed rest,take a nice,not to hot,relaxing,maybe some bublebath and just soak a while,than,curl up in bed,watch a movie and just rest or sleep.I will pray for you and Becky.It has to be hard on BEcky moving so much,I hope She will stay at this one place for a long time.You have a good night.

am4039 said...

sounds like a busy time. I hate moving it sucks. I hope this move is good for Becky and it works out for her.

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Shew Weee wore me out just reading it!...lol
Hope you get some rest tonight...
Have a good week...
Hugss...~Terri~

queenb8261 said...

I am tired just reading about your weekend. I had the weekend off.  I thought I was going to spend it reading, sleeping and soaking in a hot bathtub.HA!  I had company all weekend.  Yippee. LOL Oh well.  Hubby let me sleep till noon so that was something.  Hope you're not TOO sore.  Poor girl. 7 moves in 7 years? Wanderlust? LOL Good luck to her.  Have a great week.
Hugs, Barb

jckfrstross said...

at least the move is behind her:) have a good week:)

Deb

krspkrmmom said...

Dayum, girl!  You had a hard weekend!!!  I can understand Becky's frustration...I HATE moving.  That's why I try my damnest to avoid it...lol.  Hope things (including you) get better!

Annie =)

lv2trnscrb said...

(((Chris))) Moving is so stressful plus add the fact that the move might be a necessity but not something wanted and there's that added stress. Hope Becky settles in quickly to her new surroundings!

Wow, China for Megan - what a fun adventure :)

betty

siennastarr said...

Chris, I can relate!  It's amazing how we don't really feel or think we are getting up there (you know what I mean), until we start doing things like cleaning a house from top to bottom, or helping someone move! lol  Then, while our minds may say, "Hey, what's up with that?"  Our bodies are saying, "WTF, lady?  You trying to kills us or what??" lol  Dem bone, Dem Bones......lol

Glad you got her moved, and I hope she gets settled in!

Have a nice week, my friend!

Love and hugs,
jackie

queeniemart said...

Wow, what a whirlwind day. I will think all of you in my thoughts......you over did it and i hope you are feeling ok on Monday.
love,lisa

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm so glad Becky's move went well thanks to all the helpyou gave her. I know exactly what you mean about the neighbour, we can criticise and say things about our family but don't you dare let any one else do it! I hope she settles in and can afford to keep this place, it's a worry trying to find extra money. Megan's trip to China sounds great, I'm going there next month. Becky's cats sound lovely, mine don't like the vacuum either! I'm happy to hear Mocha is doing well now with thee food. Jeannette xx  

jeadie05 said...

Chris I know what you mean ,we moved two years ago and it was exhaaaaasting ,you made me feel tired just reading this entry ,but now its done very well done lol ,.,.,.,Jan xx

pharmolo said...

There is one thing I hate, and it's moving house. Bleeeh.

joycemari81 said...

Hey...Hey.....You know I was sitting at my desk and I just realized something........it's been almost a year since I first came to J-land. You prob wondering where the hell I have been since I haven't written in so long. I really tired Chris to write but I'm moving on with my life in more then one way so cause J-land is where it all started I can't seem to bring myself back. I stop by every now and then just to see how your doing. If you have the time send me and email to let me know if you got this...~j~

princesssaurora said...

Hey Chris... there is no shame in using one of those buggies.  They are a tool.  That's all.  Look at it as a tool to help you get shit done.  Wow, hon, what a weekend.  Here's a hug... ... share it with Becky and Megan too {{{{{{ Chris }}}}

Hang in there and keep us posted.  Have her keep the heat low, she can always pile on more blankies.  And, get those heavy drapes for the windows, it helps keep the heat in and drafts out... and those door thingys for the bottom.  Okay... and she should check at college for subsidies for heat and stuff that may be available out there.

be well,
Dawn

helloimkara said...

I was wondering how the move went down and now I know! Im glad you all survived! I hate moving, it always about drives me insane!

Kara :)

lisa41076 said...

Chris, moves are very stressful, wishing Becky good luck getting settled in, Hugs to you Lisa

nelishianatl said...

I am so glad you were able to help her with the transition.  This sounds so emotional for her.  Moves are hard for alot of people and she truly sounds overwhelmed.  Good Mom.
Nelishia
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xxroxymamaxx said...

Well, I'm glad that she got all moved in and I really pray that it all works out for her.  She definitely doesn't need any stress on her on top of her studies.  Good luck Becky! And I always want to use those motorized carts at the grocery store too. lol  Big hugs and GBU, Shelly  

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

I hear ya when it comes to my kids back off!!! LOL...My mom is a real pack rat!  She was always bringing stuff here..they go to auctions all the time...i go through it now and throw or take to good will what i don't want and cant use...I do need to get rid of all of crap though!!!  I so hope  you get to feeling better...will keep you and all your children in my prayers friend!  Hugs,TerryAnn

shayshaydc said...

Chris I am exhausted just reading this entry!!!!! Moving is HARD work!!!!! I hate to move!!!!! I know you are glad that is over with!!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)

helmswondermom said...

Glad she got moved; hope everyone recovers soon!  I'm afraid I'm a bit of a pack rat myself, although the older I get the easier it is to throw stuff out.  But my kids have inherited it from me, and I have to really watch to make sure it doesn't get excessive with them.
Lori