"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Less than a Week to Go

Packing and cleaning continues.  I've deep cleaned two bathrooms and partially deep cleaned the master bath.  The basement bathroom has not been used in 7 years and it is amazing how disgusting an unused bathroom can get.  Who knew?  I need clean it today or tomorrow. 

The oven is cleaned.  The kitchen cabinets and pantries are empty - I've even packed the pots and pans and we have to go through the box to find one to use, if needed.  The refrigerators are looking like a bachelor's pad (including the need to be cleaned).   My car is already partially loaded.  All but one room upstairs is vacant and the garage is nearly cleaned out.  One room on the main floor is full of things that will go in the cars or the dumpster (packing and cleaning supplies), one room is empty and the furniture in the den will be gone in four days.  The neighbors, god love them, have been trickling over to take things we don't want.   We are down to a tiny, backup television because we gave away the television we were using in the den.  Once I turn in the cable box, the TV gone, too.  Tomorrow, I drop off several boxes of books at the DV shelter, drop off food at the food bank and fill one last prescription to last me while I track down a doctor in Oklahoma. 

Frankly, I could get used to the lack of clutter. 

We got our first snowfall of the season and although she saw some sleet as a wee pup, this was Pearl's first snow.  She didn't quite know how to take it, although she enjoyed running and sliding in it.  Here is a video:

The snow froze solid, last night, and she didn't quite understand how in heaven's name she was supposed to go to the bathroom on that.  She ended up getting agitated and wanted to sleep with us so it wasn't a very restful night.  Every hour or so, she'd leap on the bed, shove as close as she could get and then get up because she was hot and walk on our faces to kiss us. 

If things go according to plan, a week from today will be on the road to Oklahoma.  Hard to believe.  We have a lot left to do before we go but it is beginning to sink in that it really IS going to happen!

Switching gears, someone shared the following heartwarming video with me.  It is about a would-be service dog that failed the program she was bred for but went on to find her niche, regardless.  It's well put together. 

Today is the day to start dumping things into the dumpster, in earnest.  By the end of the day, we should have completely separated the wheat from the chaff and be down to strictly what goes with us or furniture to toss or leave.  I'll also keep out one box of cleaning supplies that will stay with the house. 

The neighbors are having a holiday get together this afternoon and it will be nice to take a break from cleaning and packing to lift a glass of wine and toast our good neighbors.  I hope they don't mind that we arrive looking like we are the cleaning crew because that is pretty much what we'll be!
Happy Quilting,

Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


Paula said...

Penny, have a safe trip home. Can't wait to read dog stories from the trip.


Anonymous said...

This week will go by super fast, have a safe trip!

Miriam said...

Love the video of the girls in the snow! Pearl is gorgeous!
I hope you had a good rest from the cleaning with your neighbours.

Travel safely.