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Friday, November 6, 2009

So happy for a bed!

I am so thankful to have a soft, warm bed to sleep in again!! It makes me realize how lucky I am to have a comfortable bed (unlike so many in the world) and warm blankets to snuggle into. Having the rest of our stuff is nice too, but I am more thankful for my bed than anything else.

We had issues again with the moving company. They ended up having to get a special permission thing from the town we live in to bring the truck here. I guess I never pay attention to those signs that say the allowed weight limit for vehicles on certain roads. But at last they got it and we filled our house with boxes. We are still trying to organize things, but I'm sure it's gonna take a while.

But I have a house and lots of room. Just need to get those little ones here! :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Starting to unpack and stuff

Although the movers are still days from being here, we do have some stuff. Honey and I had made a few trips up here in the last few months and always filled up our vehicles when we came. Thankfully, Honey's friend allowed us to leave our boxes of stuff in his garage for a little while. We didn't realize how much stuff we brought here, but we were glad of it. Being able to have some stuff really helps. We have some dishes and pots and pans. We have a decent amount of clothes and we also brought up most of our books (which saved on our moving costs since it is determined by weight). The woman we bought the house from left some good stuff here. She left 2 really nice book shelves upstairs so I was able to unpack all my books. She also left the washer and dryer so I am able to do laundry without having to go to a laundromat.

We also have been spending our fair share of money to start up a new household. Groceries, tools, stuff to do a few upgrades, new furniture (woohoo), and stuff, stuff, stuff. We are tired but excited! Our puppy loves the space to run. Our cat is finding all the places he needs to hide from the pup. We are excited for Wednesday to get here so we have a real bed to sleep in. We know we are blessed to have a nice air mattress...but I can't wait to snuggle into a soft bed again. :)

p.s. Sorry this seems disjointed. I guess I was more tired than I realized. lol

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We are here!!

After 16 hours of driving in 2 days, we finally made it. We are both exhausted and the animals have almost driven us nuts...actually, the dog was a decent traveler. The cat, however, threw a fit everytime we put him in his crate so we let him out. He spent the whole time sleeping on a pillow on my lap, so needless to say, I couldn't move. I am stiff but so happy! We have a house!! I'm not sure it has hit me that I will live in the house for a long time. I have rented for so long...the feeling of permanence will take some getting used to. But I AM NOT COMPLAINING!!! Woohoo, we have a house!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stuff is gone

After much packing last night (until almost midnight) and quite a few tears (I felt terrible because I didn't get it done like I had promised), we got most everything ready for the movers. They were supposed to be at the house between 8 and 10am. Well, at 9:30am, the guy knocked on our door. There was a problem.....he couldn't get his truck to my house. He was driving a HUGE semi and this house is in a pretty cramped development. Hmmm. We ended up having to take him to a truck stop to park his truck and then drive him to U-haul to get a smaller truck to shuttle stuff from the house to his truck. :( It will end up costing us quite a few more hundred dollars in the end, but it worked. Since we had to do all this driving and shuttling, they weren't done by the time the carpet cleaners got there. So...we got everything out of the downstairs so the cleaners could start there and hoped the movers would be done with the upstairs by the time the downstairs was clean. With minutes to spare, everything was in the shuttle truck and the movers were driving away as the cleaners moved upstairs. We are so happy it is all done. The only small problem we have now is that we found out our stuff won't be delivered until next..meaning the one after this Wednesday. We will be living with bare basics until then, but we will make due. I need to get some rest. We leave here in the morning for the last time and start the journey to OUR NEW HOUSE!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

I hate bumps!!

Bumps when you are buying a house can really drive you crazy. All during the process, we kept having to send in "one more thing" almost everyday. Today really took the cake though. We decided for me to do a power of attorney so that Honey could do the closing without me. We sent in this piece of paperwork to the attorney over a week ago, then today, the bank decided they were not going to accept it because it didn't have Jr. at the end of Honey's name. GRRRR!! I was at work when they called me and needless to say, I was in tears. I was 900 miles away from the closing and they wouldn't accept the power of attorney. The attorney tried to fax me a revised copy and I was supposed to initial it and fax it back. Well, you know how well forms look after being copied and then making a copy of that copy. Eventually, you can't read it. Thankfully, the lawyer finally figured out a way to make it work and the closing happened. Honey will be up there for a couple more days and then will be back here just in time to move. :) I guess I should get off here and get to packing. I have more packing to do than I have time to do it. Moving guys will be here Monday morning EARLY! So very exciting!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Decision

We are hiring a moving company. They will be here a week from today to get our stuff. Closing is Friday. Honey is going up by himself...and I'm gonna stay here and work for a little longer. I would type more, but my brain is a muddle. I can't focus enough to say much that is comprehensible (is that the right word??)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

One less thing

Our refrigerator has a new home as does our sofa, kitchen table and chairs, and microwave. If I could only sell some of my crafts before we go. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Stress

There is so much to do with this move. Buying a house is stressful enough, but when that house is 800+ miles from where you currently live...well, it is insane. Doing paperwork though the mail and by faxing is a little disconcerting. Add that to the fact that the mortgage company keeps changing what they need. We fax what they ask for, then they email saying they need something else...or they need us to change the wording...ugh!!!

Also, deciding whether we move ourselves or hire a moving company. We have had estimates from a number of places and we just aren't sure what to do. We are also trying to sell a few things and give a few things away that we won't need there. Just so much to do in such a short time.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Change in plans

Honey and I have been engaged since April and were planning on getting married this fall. We have decided to postpone it just a bit. With our buying a house (the closing might be the weekend we were hoping for the wedding) we are thinking it might be too stressful. Closing on a house, moving 800 miles away, the stress of moving the dog (she isn't a good traveler), well, a wedding would end both of us in the nut house. This is a good thing though. I have total peace at the thought of postponing it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We have a house!!!

I am so excited that I don't know what to say!! Honey and I have found a house...back in New England!!

When we first moved back to the mountains...it was to move home for me. It's weird when you move back home to realize it isn't home anymore. I've been here for 2 years and though we have tried, it just doesn't feel right. So, we decided to try to find a home in New England. It was weird how things worked out.

We were flying out of here on a Wednesday to look at houses there on Wed evening, Thursday, and Friday. We were sent a new listing on Wed night that just had been listed on Tuesday. Somehow, we were able to schedule a walk through on Friday and this was our house!!

It is a 3 bedroom house on 10.1 acres! :) Most of these acres are fields and a little woods. This was exactly what we were looking for because we would love to get a couple horses at some point. The lawn is beautiful and I can just picture a swing set out there. Things are moving fast....we hope to be moved there by the end of October.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Weird dream

I have to admit...I am a total blog addict. I feel like I know many of my blogger friends because I read about their lives all the time. But I think I have a problem. I have dreamed that I am visiting my blog friends. I spend time with them and their kids and I love waking up feeling like I just connected with a long lost friend. But a couple weeks ago, my dream took a different turn.

In this dream, I was the parent of a couple of children...a couple children that were recently adopted by one of my blogger buddies. I had one of them in my arms and the other at my feet. I felt their hair and heard their voices. Now here's the REALLY weird part. I told Honey that the adoption felt very anti-climactic because I didn't remember the adoption part. Hint---you don't remember because you didn't do it!! I woke up feeling confused and a little crazy. Granted, I have strange dreams all the time...very vivid strange dreams that I remember. But this one was one of the first that stuck with me for days. I didn't visit the blog of this family for a while because it felt wrong somehow. I felt like I had intruded on their life in a way that was just not right. I'm not sure if I should just stop visiting blogs for a while or what. I am not a stalker or anything like that. What should I do??

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Disappearing act

I didn't mean to pull a disappearing act this soon with this blog. Honey and I went to New England last week and it was so wonderful! It still feels like home there...even more than this place that I've lived for almost 2 years. I can't figure out why that is. Our animals were happy to see us come home although the dog loved her vacation at the doggie hotel.

People at work are driving me nuts....customers. I am so tired of giving people everything they want just because they want it. There are limits. Example...my pharmacy has coupons in their advertisement for a $25 gift card for a transferred prescription. (don't get me started on the fact that the company refuses to allow employees to use these coupons). It says very clearly that people are limited to 2 gift cards per 6 months and people with medicaid and medicare do not qualify. But people demand gift cards. This one woman has received 6 gift cards and keeps getting more because if we tell her she has reached her limit, she calls our district manager and complains until he gives in and she gets another one. GRRRRRRRR!!!! And this woman also demands that we price match her prescriptions to Wal-Mart's $4 price even though her copays are only $5. So, not only does this woman get $25 per prescription, we lose money on every single prescription because we cannot process through insurance and price match. We just have to change it to cash and charge her $4. I have just had enough! I think maybe I need to change professions. Maybe I will end up teaching afterall. My mother would love my finally using my education degree. Kids are so much easier to deal with than adults that act like kids. :(

Sunday, June 28, 2009

What I've done

I saw this on another blog and thought it looked fun. I love those "learn stuff about me" kind of posts. I hope you enjoy...maybe you want to do it yourself. :)


The things in bold are the things I have done and the things in italics are the things I would like to do:


1. Started your own blog (obviously)

2. Slept under the stars (a number of times when I was a kid)

3. Played in a band (school bands count right?)

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disney World

8. Climbed a mountain (not a big one..but I did live in the Appalachians)

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo (used to all the time in church when I was little)

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (it's a little scary while in the middle of storm)

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (learned to crochet from a book mostly..but Grandma taught me some stitches)

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables (and I loved it!)

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (I have to admit I have)

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb (even fed it from a bottle)

26. Gone skinny dipping (more than once lol)

27. Run a Marathon (I'd like to just to say that I have)

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (oooh, that sounds romantic and fun!)

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run (not sure if this counts, because it was due to an error)

32. Been on a cruise (loved it and want to go again)

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community (Honey has promised me that we will vacation in Amish country soon)

36. Taught yourself a new language (so far it's only a few words, but I am determined to learn Russian)

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (doesn't take much)

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing (once again, small rocks not a sheer rock wall)

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (does takeout from McDonalds count?)

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance (thankfully I don't remember much from that ride, I was 3 and had fallen off the porch-about 8 feet)

47. Had your portrait painted (caricature?)

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (snorkeling)

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business (craft fairs?)

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen (well, it was a shelter, but same thing right?)

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (I hope I get the chance with little girls one day)

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check (thankfully no)

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (still have my first doll)

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar (can you say YUCK!)

72. Pieced a quilt (pieced it but never finished it)

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone (the doctor did when he fixed my deviated septum)

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (and I can't wait to do it again)

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (I have benefited from someone else doing it)

88. Had chickenpox (did I ever!)

89. Saved someone’s life (twice I saved a person who was drowning...even though they tried to pull me under too)

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous (I met Alex Trebec when I tried out for Jeopardy, and Ann B Davis *Alice from the Brady Bunch* at McDonalds)

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one (unfortunately and still think about them all the time)

94. Had a baby (well, maybe I won't have a baby, but an older kid will still be my baby)

95. Seen the Alamo in person (got engaged there)

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone (who doesn't?)

99. Been stung by a bee or a wasp

100. Read an entire book in one day


What have you done?Just copy & paste and bold what you have done & un bold what you haven’t.Have fun with it and if you want, comment with your link to your What have you done?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cool news

When I first started researching international adoption, Ukraine really seemed to speak to me. A few weeks ago, there was talk about a bill coming up in Ukraine's parliament that would stop international adoption. It never happened, but there still seems to be talk that it might. If it doesn't, Honey and I are probably going to adopt from there. The only issue we had with adopting from Ukraine is Honey's age. A law was passed last year stating that adoptive parents could be no more than 45 years older than the child. That would mean that if we started the adoption process right after we married, by the time we got to go, the youngest child we could adopt would be 6. We want to adopt a sibling group (hopefully 3...I think I have him convinced) and I was hoping to have at least one little-ish one. Not that 6 years old is old...hard to explain I guess. Anyway, on to the good news.

I was on the embassy website the other day...not sure why. I read a provision I had not seen before. It listed the age requirements, but then said if only one of the parents is within the age limit, the adoption can be done in that one parent's name only. So, as long as there is a sibling group available with a younger child...we can adopt them in my name only. We would then readopt once we got back to the States. I thought it was amazing news. I guess I have to remember though that the kids that God wants us to have will be the kids that He gives us. If that means younger than 6, then it will be younger than 6. If not...well, I have to trust that He is in control and knows what is best for us....all of us! :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cooking

I am quite often a make-shift cook. I try to use what I have to make what I want...even if it is a little different that you would normally think. Here's the recipe for my peach crisp from tonight.

1 small jar of peaches
1 packet instant oatmeal..I used maple brown sugar
2 tsps flour
2 tsps softened margarine

Separate peaches out into 2 baking dishes (small 1 cup size). Mix oatmeal, flour and margarine in small bowl until resemble course crumbs type texture. Put this mixture on top of the peaches. Bake at 375 for 25 min or so or until oatmeal mixture is crispy. It worked really well for desert for me and my honey. :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

First post -- let's try this again

Starting a blog is usually easy. Having to start over is kind of weird. Let me explain. I have had a blog for years. I was completely open and everyone who read it knew me....my name, the general location of where I lived, my fiance's name, etc. Then someone who I thought to be my friend used this information to basically stalk us and make our lives generally miserable. So, I have abandoned my former blog :( and am starting over with this one. My real name will not be used. Any mention of where we live will be very basic and nondescript. And to be honest...I HATE that! I am one of those "share too much information" kind of people, and I like that about myself. I don't hide my feelings or what I'm thinking. I don't hide who I am.

That being said, this blog is still about us. It is about our lives, our wedding (soon to be), and the adoption process we will be starting.

This blog will get interesting soon, I promise! :)