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Monday, May 5, 2014

Miles To Go Before I Sleep

I'm back, but I hope to make another trip to Casa South soon. Although the house is in pretty good shape, there's still some major clean up in his workshop (which is bigger than the house).

For the most part the only thing left to do at the house is to make it 'sale-pretty' which is my department.

I've got the house about 75% empty. Greg still needs some furniture to keep living there, but it won't be quite so daunting to pack up what's left. Everything is freshly painted. I've scrubbed the floors and all the cabinetry. It no longer looks like a 'slovenly bachelor' lives there. I've threatened death and dismemberment if he doesn't keep it neat from now on.

This trip, while exhausting was way better than my last trip. Last time, there was so much to do, it was hard to know where to start. I just kept hopping from one project to the next. This time it was more about packing and throwing stuff out.

We threw out TONS of stuff. Appliances, electronics, outdated technology, lamps, motors, grills, luggage, even a well with pump. People snatched them off the curb almost as quickly as we put them out there. We were never going to use those things again and it was too much trouble to take any of it with us and sell at some future garage sale so we gave it all away. Better than letting it sit in a landfill.

Right now I'm sorting through dozens of boxes, trying to decide if I want the minutia in my house or if it's better off in someone else's house.

It's really tough merging two households. I'm finding stuff I haven't seen in almost 40 years.  There are embarrassing pictures of me in hideous '80s fashion, and a 19-year old Maria in a sweatshirt I still own today. (I also had the '80s disaster dress, but I had the good sense to donate it during the last closet purge.)

The most exciting thing we found when we were boxing stuff up is almost $400 in cash! It was in one of Greg's old duffel bags. Neither of us remember taking the money out of the bank and we have no idea why it was in that little bag, unless Greg took the money out right before our last vacation (Washington, DC). 

I know we're old and decrepit, but you'd think one of us would've missed that much cash. Sheesh!

For now, I'm glad things are calming down to baby hurricane strength instead of the Category 5 we've been experiencing.

A lot has happened on the homestead too but that post will have to wait for another time. Gardening is in full swing in Texas, but because of all the traveling, I only put in one garden this year instead of two.

And for those of you interested, I've got a guest blogger on my Back to Basics blog this Wednesday. He's going to pique your green thumb interest with hydroponics. This guy lives in Chicago with a tiny yard! If he can grow food there, you can grow it anywhere. Stop by and visit this Wednesday.

I'm tired! What have you guys been up to? Have you ever found money in a pocket or old purse?



34 comments:

Angela Brown said...

The most I ever found during a closet purge was like $20 in a pair of pants I couldn't fit anymore. So finding $400 would have had me fainting on the floor for a bit.

I'm glad you're making great headway with the household merging. I can only imagine the projects you're both tackling to make things work.

Hoping all is well at the homestead :-)

Stacy McKitrick said...

I've found money in the laundry, of which I keep. I warned everyone a long time ago whatever money I find in the wash is mine.

I think I'd feel pretty good finding $400 dollars I never missed. Means I'm not living paycheck to paycheck. Isn't that where we all hope to be someday?

Sarah Ahiers said...

$400??? That's a ton of money! Did you immediately start planning on how to spend it?

LD Masterson said...

I've found a stray twenty in a pocket a few times. Finding $400 is a nice reward for all that cleaning.

Try to get some rest before you're next trip south. (Yeah, right.)

Mike Keyton said...

$400. The gods are smiling on you, Maria.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I found 20 bucks in a pair of pants once. Made my day.

I hope you found a little time to rest in all of that and put your feet up, even if just for an hour. Good luck and don't forget to rest every once in awhile, or you'll be out for weeks with an injured back. ^_^

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: I would've been happy with 20 bucks. I was shocked when Greg pulled out that wad of cash.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: I guess that's a good way to look at it. We didn't miss it so either we had a senior moment or we're living below our means. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: Oh, we were so busy Greg put it away and I never saw it again. LOL. We'll probably find it again in another ten years.

Maria Zannini said...

Linda: You can be sure I was a lot more thorough checking pockets during the rest of my visit. LOL.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: Well, if the gods really wanted to help me out they'd let me find someone else's money--preferably drug money that wasn't going to be used for anything good anyway.

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: I always feel like I hit the jackpot when I find money in pockets. I'm notorious for tucking a few bills in my pockets so it happens pretty regularly. But never a wad like this.

Jackie Burris said...

Welcome back sounds like trip was productive in more ways than one, good for you both!

Maria wind, early heat wave and no rain have been our gardening banes so far but man do we have a lot of summer squash getting closer to harvesting every day! Cannot wait till beans and okra join in as veggie stir fry is my favorite no meat meal.


Would be overjoyed to find a wad of drug money cash, we have planned what we would do for years. At least it is a good dream anyway that several million would land our way.

Jennifer Shirk said...

$400?!
The most I ever found is $20. LOL
Hang in there!

Cate Masters said...

Angel money! A twenty was the most I've ever found in a forgotten pocket. I wouldn't mind finding a few hundred, lol.
Sounds like you've crested the hill, thankfully. Hope it's smooth sailing from here!

Rebekah Loper said...

I wish there was $400 lying around my house somewhere, lol. Sadly, every penny is accounted for here. Most of it goes to fixing the car and paying the mortgage.

If you happen to find a spare (working) truck in the workshop, let me know! ;)

You've definitely been busy, and I hope you can get a little rest in before you have to go back for the next round!

Anne Gallagher said...

I just did the garage sale thing this weekend. And then I decided while all the junk was out, to "spring" clean and move furniture. I love dusting. One of my favorite chores.

Hope everyone on the homestead is hanging in there.

Jenny Schwartz said...

It is amazing how anything left on the road verge disappears over night -- we have busy hoarder elves here in Oz, too.

Glad things were easier this time, Maria.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: The okra has been slow to grow. I hope it plays catch-up soon. but the potatoes and tomatoes are doing well.

It's always a water issue by us. :(

Maria Zannini said...

Jennifer: I usually find a couple of bucks at most. This was a regular bonanza. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Cate: Yup. I hope it's all downhill from here. It's been a rough few months.

Maria Zannini said...

Rebekah: A truck I got--not working though. Story of my life.

Maria Zannini said...

Anne: I won't do a garage sale until he is here for good. Maybe I can get him to give up more junk by then.

If you ever need to do some extra dusting, my house is always available. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: Most of this stuff was pretty much useless but apparently someone thought it still had some wear. To each his own.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great find! We're thinking of downsizing next year and I cringe hearing your stories.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Welcome back! After last year's move, I totally sympathize. Have fun making the house 'sale pretty', though.

Like everyone else, the most I've ever found is like $20. Congrats on finding that before you threw or gave away the duffel bag!

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: I'd love to downsize, but I haven't been able to convince the husband yet.

Maria Zannini said...

BE: I know! I was extra careful with what I threw out after that.

Diane Carlisle said...

The eighties were the greaties! lol

I remember twice moving and merging households. Good luck!

Maria Zannini said...

Diane:
Re: 80s
LOL!

This was way harder than I expected. I don't want to do this again any time soon.

Ellie Garratt said...

You have been busy! I vote for posting the 80s picture ;)

Looking forward to catching up with the homestead.

Maria Zannini said...

Ellie: The 80s are too painful to revisit. LOL!

At least I had a great figure back then--not that it helped the dress much. What was I thinking!?

raelynbarclay said...

You exhaust me, LOL. Glad it's all winding down for you and I hope the house sells quickly and smoothly.

I vote for posting the picture too :)

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: You've got a mean streak. LOL.

Someday I've got to write a post about why I only post certain pictures. There's method in my madness.