August 25th will now be the anniversary date of when Mom moved into her own little corner of the Possum Kingdom.
Yesterday, for the first time in 10 months, JM, Shmoo and I were alone in our house, while Mom was cozily ensconced in her new digs 3 doors away. It has been a long haul and I think that all of us often had doubts as to whether it would happen or not.
But, Friday we had two strong young helpers who managed to move all the boxes (over 50 of those) and the furniture, including the piano, from a garage around the corner where they were stored, and into a space that looked far too small to contain all of it.
As the items were coming in, JM and I were frantically unboxing, unwrapping and putting away as much as we could. When it came time to move the piano, we had to lend a hand, because that thing has to weigh close to 600 pounds! Somehow, we managed though. By the end of the day, we had unpacked everything but the flat pack cartons that held paintings and mirrors. Standing upright was a chore at that point. I happened to have an appointment at our doctor’s office to talk about my neck and back problems and pretty much everyplace he touched was a mass of pain!
Still, as we explained to Mom, who was worried about us: if we didn’t do it, it wouldn’t get done, so we just had to push on.
Saturday, we went over bright and early and unpacked the paintings, then put more stuff away. By Sunday, we had found spots where most of the art should go, and friends David and Jane came and helped us to put some of it up. We had a small hiccup, when suddenly one of the wall fixtures went out. We were convinced that we had hammered a nail into an electrical wire. After thinking about it, I realized that was probably not possible with the length of nails that we were using. And, indeed, it turned out to be a loose wire in the lamp socket. Another friend came over and sorted that, and also started to re-wire two table lamps that we had brought along.
Monday, it was time. Our super plumber, Christian, came over to finish the last bits of plumbing and our dear friend Bernie came to help us move Mom and her possessions into the new place. By lunch, she was installed.
We still have things to do, like setting up the internet and satellite connections, and I think she’ll be sorting through papers and clothing for quite a few days to come. But the biggest part is done, her first night was a good one and I think this is going to work out great for everyone.
Ciao for now.