Since I have been on my own (with kids) since 2005, we have moved many times. We have moved utilizing friends and pick-up trucks, rented trucks, hired movers, did it all in one day, spaced it out over a few weeks, you name it, we’ve probably tried it. I can tell you that no matter how you slice it, moving sucks.
We are still painting the house and just have part of the living room and my room left to go, then we will all spot paint and touch up where the paint bubbles and leaves spots that you can’t see until it dries. After that the woodwork will have to be done and part of the kitchen cabinets.
As for the moving part – Lindsey and I worked our tails off last Sunday afternoon moving most of the boxes, clothes, and small stuff. We moved some of the furniture, but not a lot. Now we just mainly have furniture to go. I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but my landlord liked the colors so much that he went and sprayed the inside of the garage. It is a brownish rust color and kind of matches the rest of the house. Now I keep looking at it and wondering if I could put a pool table out there or something later on once all the boxes are unpacked. Ha.
One of the hardest things in the world for me is to decorate the walls. I don’t know why. I used to use tons of family pictures of the kids in the hallways, and if we had stairs, they would line the stairway. Not the posed types of pictures made in studio’s, but the “trip to the zoo, six flags, or Galveston,” type pictures. I just like pictures of “life” as it’s happening.
For whatever reason at our last house I lined the hallway with pictures and didn’t like it anymore, so wound up taking them all down. So, it will be interesting to see what actually winds up on the walls here. I have thought of doing some large, fun artwork with the kids and may wind up going that direction at least at first. Or I may finally get out the art desk and come up with something on my own. I think one of my main issues is that I like to change things, a lot. So, I will probably eventually wind up with a bunch of artwork I will swap out for different seasons or times of the year, or just when I feel like a change. I know that’s kind of odd, but it keeps things from feeling stagnant and looking fresh.
One of my best friends gave us a washer and dryer and had them hooked up for us on Monday. My brother and his in-laws gave us a refrigerator and he helped us move the furniture. I don’t know what we would do without the kindness and thoughtfulness of others. If it weren’t for the caring people in my life I don’t know how I would have made it through the holidays, much less up until now.
Cherry Coley ©