I have fallen well behind and haven’t posted an entry in nearly three weeks. Mostly that’s just because we’ve been incredibly busy getting the house ready for the holidays and family, but partly because we did not have Internet access here for a while. I’m going to try to recap briefly what has happened since the last entry.
The movers arrived on time on Tuesday, December 6. It rained lightly during the day, but not enough to be a problem. Bottom line is that everything was unloaded at the new place by early that evening. They did a great job and were really careful to not track dirt in or bang up the walls. And, we got to sleep in the new house that night!
It rained hard all day Wednesday, and our freshly graded and straw-covered lot turned into a sea of mud. We spent much of the day driving back to the old house to pick up the cats, which we had left the day before. We also started a routine of dropping by the place regularly (a couple of times a week), loading up stuff that was not included in the move (such as books and kitchen items), and picking up mail and newspapers.
Thursday the builder came to the new house, and we went over lists of items to be completed (the “punch list”) that both we and he had compiled. I won’t list all of the details, or the blow-by-blow of getting them done. I will say that the builder’s people have been working steadily to get all of the items resolved (in fact, they were there that day also, and have come several times since). We still have a number of things that need to be worked off, and have discovered a few along the way. However, we are satisfied with the progress in getting these done.
Friday, my wife went to work for the first time since the move while I stayed at the house to wait for the water softener installation. Monday morning (December 12) we drove in together for the first time, leaving the house at about 6:30. We improved on this as the week went on, leaving between 6 and 6:15. I’ve gotten used to getting up at 5, taking the dog out in the dark, etc.
That Wednesday we finally had the broadband link installed. I stayed home to wait for the installation. We decided to get Internet, cable and phone service from the same company. The installation was temporary since it takes longer to get the line buried. There was an initial snag because the line needs to be run across our driveway. I dashed out to buy a couple of lengths of PVC conduit and buried them in the gravel — problem solved! By mid-afternoon we finally had TV, Internet and phone! It was great to finally be able to sit in the study and get on-line.
Our out-of-town college age children were arriving that Saturday, December 17, so we got the bedrooms reasonably unpacked and set up in time for them. The next day we went to a local nursery and bought our Christmas tree; they were nearly sold out but we still managed to find a nice-looking 8-footer.
That Thursday, the day bed we had ordered for the loft was delivered. Last Friday we picked up the roll-top desk that we were having restored while the house was being built, and set it up in the study. With those two items, our move is more-or-less complete, at least the major furniture for the near term.
We still have almost no furniture in the great room, and no rug (we decided we did not like the one we rolled out the night before the move, and took it back to the store). We have most of the boxes unpacked, books on shelves, and curtains in most of the windows. We still have pictures to hang, and a seemingly endless number of things still to be brought from the old house, including everything in the garage and all of the outside furniture.
It just feels terrific to be living in the house after the years of planning and months of building. We love the neighborhood, and being close to the town. We’re still learning about the area, of course, such as the best places for grocery shopping. Even though we’ve been here less than three weeks, the place feels like home.