Our new home

Yesterday began early, as we started loading our cars full of boxes, clothes and little things that filled our first apartment in Kingsport.

There is something about moving that always adds stress. I don’t know if it’s the packing, which I dread doing, or the unpacking, which can be time consuming.

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Although our cats, Leo and Kimber, become a little tense during the trasition, they always make the most of the boxes we bring home. It’s a new adventure for them … What boxes can they fit into? What boxes won’t fall when they climb to the top? They are such curious animals, always seeking out the newest place revealed.

Or what cabinets they can finally climb into once we clean them out …

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Jason always assures me that everything will fall into place, that there is no need to stress out. We have moved enough together that those intense emotions should not come into play.

Although we started off kind of slow, once the afternoon came around, our new townhouse was becoming full with all of our things.

We eventually got to the point where we only had large furniture/items left, so we carried the cats to my car, ready to introduce them to our new place. The catcher was, Jason had to stay behind, so he could meet up with his buddy who was bringing his truck to help us with the rest. So I carried Leo and Jason carried Kimber to my car. Now that was an adventure.

Leo climbed to the back and sat between the seats and Kimber sat on the front seat. Kimber cried the entire time, a very loud, scared cry, and well Leo took on hissing if she became a little to close for his liking. Thank goodness it was a short drive just down the road.

When we arrived, I went and unlocked the front door, so I wouldn’t have to fuss with a key and lock holding one of them. Since Kimber was a nervous wreak, she was the first to be introduced to her new home. As quickly as I opened the door and let her inside I was back out the door to retrieve Leo. Leo, my little buddy, was waiting patiently on the back seat.

After the adventure we had traveling from Florida to Tennessee, I can’t tell you how proud I am of him. He was so mellow, exactly what we both needed.

Our lovely Kimber was very talkative yesterday, nonstop meowing. She’s definitely our nervous kitty.

As soon as they were both in our new home, the exploring began.

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And new places were found …

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They both instantly fell in love with the space above our cabinets in the kitchen.

They eventually found the stairs to the second floor, which was so sweet to see. I of course had my phone in hand videotaping their adventure.

As I unpacked the boxes we were able to load in our cars, Jason and his friend did all the hard work. Jason is so good to me, he makes moving day extremely easy for me, always has. So why I stress, I have no idea!

We put the living room together, a small comfy space with all of our furniture. The kitchen, well, let’s say it’s getting there.

As the day turned into night, the events of the day caught up to us. So we enjoyed a simple, easy dinner and watched the baseball game.

We climbed the stairs and crawled into bed … we still had more to do today, more moving, unpacking and sorting.

This morning we woke early and I instantly began working on the second bedroom, my office. It felt good to put all my books on the bookshelves, organizing the space for when my desk and chair arrive today.

Today we hope to finish everything and get situated before another crazy work week begins. We still have to finish all the rooms and my favorite part, hang the many pictures I have accumulated.

One step closer

Jason and I went searching for a new place to live last Monday, an all day affair, which turned into viewing 5 places and stopping at three other apartments.

He’s so good to me …

I stress easily and worry that things are not going to get done in time, especially when it comes to finding a new place to live. Jason on the otherland, stays very calm and takes everything in stride.

He keeps me calm and level headed  … hence the all day search! That day, although long, was exactly what I needed to stay calm.

The great thing about it all was we both fell in love with the same place. It’s a cute, very homey, two bedroom townhouse. Although we still had two more places to see after we viewed that one, my heart already made up its mind. When we got in the car, I asked Jason what the pros and cons were- we were making a list since we were looking at so many in a row – we couldn’t think of any.

When we got back home I called the landlord and got the process moving along. The next day an application waited for me in my inbox, which was returned within a few hours.

Tomorrow we are meeting with the landlord at the townhouse. I’m excited to see the place again. Jason is already imagining how we are going to set up the furniture and I’m dreaming up how my office is going to look.

Although she has assured me it’s pretty much ours to rent, I can’t wait to finalize everything.

It’s a wonderful feeling to put things into motion, to take charge of a situation.

I hope tomorrow’s meet and greet, so to speak, finalizes everything and a date is set for our moving day.

I’m really excited about this place … it will be another home in Kingsport … another step in the right direction for our future.

Finally arrived

The day before we departed Fort Myers, Jason, John and Dave filled a U-haul U-box pod with all of our belongings to be shipped to a nearby U-haul location.

We decided that would be the cheapest, easiest way to move our stuff from Florida to Tennessee. Although it was easier to put our stuff in a pod and just worry about driving our own cars with some of our belongings, dealing with U-haul has been an extreme headache. That headache has led us to the decision of never using their company again.

Although many calls were made within the last few weeks, it was not until yesterday that Jason finally received some answers to questions that he has been after for 13 days. We were completely shocked of how poorly this business runs, how incompetent they were and how many people it took to get to one answer.

The good news is after sleeping on a blowup bed for 13 days, a bed that the cats have managed to puncture tiny holes in; our pod finally arrived at its destination today! Even better, Jason’s cousin and husband have agreed to help us transport the pod trailer to our complex, making it even easier for us to empty the pod and fill our apartment.

It has been quite the adventure living in an apartment that really does not have any of our belongings.

I’m grateful that the apartment complex clubhouse has a washer and dryer facility, so we could do our laundry. I have spent a great deal of time here as I wait for the machines to finish. The nice thing is I can do two or three loads all at once, depending on the amount of quarters I have, speeding up the process.

You really do not realize how spoiled you are until things are taken away, like the comfort of a couch, the warmth of your own bed and the convenience of having all your pots and pans for the kitchen.

Although it has been quite the experience, Jason and I managed and made the best of our situation. Last night, for example, it felt like we were camping in our living room with the fire burning in the fireplace and the blow up bed close by. Or when we wanted comfort we took a drive to a beautiful park or to the store and enjoyed the comfortable seats of our cars!

It will be nice to move all of our furniture into our apartment, finally making it feel like home – a place of comfort and relaxation.