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Moving literally

Posted in retirement with tags on July 22, 2021 by jefferyrn

So here I am in my new home in Palm Desert, California.  Moving takes a lot out of a person, not to mention using up vacation days.  It has been a two week ordeal.  Purging, packing, loading, unloading, driving trucks, plane flights and a lot work in the heat at both ends of the move, have left us tired, angry, frustrated, and elated all at the same time.

But we are here.  We have lightened the load as my uncle John used to say.  It was worth it.  Yes it is hot here.  Yes we have good air conditioning.  But the climate has changed, not just weather wise.  We are among our people, and once we are rested and not constantly doing things related to the move we might go out and greet them.  The neighbors are friendly.  One even brought over a bottle of champagne to welcome us. 

I am back to work this week, which has been a break from setting up house.  WFH (working from home) is such a blessing.  I got the internet going first thing.  I had a new desk delivered.  I am sitting under a window.  However, it is so hot outside I have to keep the shutters closed most of the time.  It looks out into our courtyard and Ricky’s new BBQ.  Bougainvillea climb the outside walls.  Palm trees are the skyline.  It is paradise.  Soon the patio will be filled with plants and furniture, but no rush because it is our hottest season right now and I don’t plan to go outside much.

There are things we want to do to modernize the place.  Maybe some new counter tops and appliance.  Maybe some new area rugs.  But it is livable for now.  The entire living room and dining room are tile floors and we have vaulted ceilings.  It is a giant echo chamber.  Once we get some pictures on the walls and rugs it should muffle that somewhat. 

It is a new chapter in our lives.  I won’t officially retire until 2022.  So working from home is the alternative.  I can get back to NV, if necessary by plane, for projects that require on-site presents.  My boss says the team in Reno can be my hands for most things, so I don’t anticipate going back.  I have to show that I am willing and able, of course.   And there has been a hit to the budget.  People have been let go.   Some have chosen to retire early.  My managers have stood up for me and so far I have escaped that fate.  I believe it is fear that keeps me on the payroll.  They don’t want to do my job.

One side benefit of all this moving is that I have sweat away several pounds.  Hopefully, it is not temporary.  I keep doing my Noom lessons.  I am on track for my goals.  I feel healthier if nothing else. I have a farmers tan now, instead of the Reno ghost look.

 

 

 

 

Moving on

Posted in random, retirement with tags on June 1, 2021 by jefferyrn

We spent the Memorial Day weekend cleaning out storage.  What a chore.  We took three loads to charity and one load to the trash.  Our Honda Pilot was filled to the brim each time.  I don’t know why we were paying to keep things we don’t need or want.

The goal.

Mistakes were made.  I gave away our good fan and kept the broken one.  I also said goodbye to some memories, holiday decorations, old knickknacks, and miscellaneous crap that has accumulated over the years. That electric deep fry we never used.  The George Foreman rotisserie (used twice, clean ups a bitch). Halloween costumes I have made over the years (all too big now!).  Old suits and jackets.  Hopefully someone can use this stuff.  Actually, I still have the memories, just not all the stuff that goes with them.  As Rick’s step dad used to always say, “Lighten the load”.

We went through our closets and got rid of clothes that no longer fit.  Too big I am happy to day.  We have both lost weight.  I kept my wedding shirt just because, well it’s my wedding shirt. We kept some Hawaiian shirts that might fit relatives.  Let them toss them out if they don’t want them, but they are good brands and it was hard to give them to charity. I told Rick to let them go but I lost that argument. We still have a whole house to pack up.  I am sure there will be more difficult decisions about what to keep and what to give away.

The movers are going to give us an estimate tomorrow.  It is all done virtually now.  We walk around with the cell phone camera on and tell them this goes, this we are taking ourselves, this is going to the consignment store, and so on. 

Virtual moving

Then the Realtor comes tomorrow afternoon to put our place on the market.  Maybe I should have led with this one.  We are selling our place and moving to Palm Springs. I got permission to work remotely for the next year and a half.  Then I will retire.  Yeah!!

This whole thing is bass akwards. I will write about the new place tomorrow. So much to tell from the tours to the offers and now Escrow. I have been in a very stressful couple of weeks.