"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Friday, September 4, 2015

One Woman Band


I am tap dancing just as fast as I can.  Don't have time to even look for photos etc. to blog so this one says it all.  

Moving is horrible.  I have packed an entire house by myself (my husband is too sick and I don't want him to have to do anything if possible).  I have nightmares that the deal will fall through and I won't be able to get my new house.  That, and just the sound of a man's voice has me tensing up.  My ear actually hurts from all the phone calls.  They really get you with early termination fees for nearly everything - like internet, security, etc.

Contract negotiations, inspectors etc. for the sale and all that and more for the purchase.  My brain really cannot handle all of this.  It is in fog mode.  I'll be back posting when I can, but I still am reading your blogs if not able to comment, but soon, hopefully.

And, here is food for thought.  My son mentioned the other night, "Mom, you have ten times more stuff at the farm than this house."  I can't even go there.

28 comments:

  1. Oh Donna …. I feel for you. It's such a traumatic and difficult time and so much stress. Just keep thinking how lovely it will be when you have completed and you can get back to a normal life.
    Chin up, be strong and it will all be over with soon !!! Much love. XXXX

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    1. Thank you so Jacqueline. I am trying to take it one day at a time.

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  2. Wish you were in TX instead of OK---Sis and DBIL are fabulous Realtors. They really CARE about their clients and TAKE CARE, as well.

    Hope your Hubby is all better soon, and that you're quickly into that gorgeous new haven that found YOU.

    rachel, who has "M'ed" eleven times in a twenty-nine year marriage. I totally understand the packing frenzy and frustration and fatigue---my, my there are a LOT of "Fs" involved in moving, aren't there?. Feel free to invoke each and every one you can think of. Total carte blanche, no foul in a case like this. The louder, the better.

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    1. 11 times Rachel? You are my hero.

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    2. And I was effing the cat and my cell phone last night, if that tells you anything. I hardly ever swear, but the sailor in me has come out.

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  3. Hello Donna,
    How exciting this is and you are managing very well from the sounds of things. It is a lot of work and so much paper work and everything is all new. Like Jacqueline said, Chin up etc.
    Wishing you continued strength and wisdom and hope your husband is feeling better.
    Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen. You are a sweetheart.

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  4. I can imagine what you are up against, but not how to see the project through. Those days are far behind me. All the best; see you soon.

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    1. Thank you much Joanne. The first leg will be over the 15th.

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  5. So sorry to read that your husband is still poorly Donna, I wish for him better days ahead...
    Moving...we used to do it often when we were a military family, and now I wouldn't know where to start, so much accumulation not enough mucking out.
    If I were closer, I would help, or at least feed you :)
    Exciting days m'dear.
    ~Jo

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    1. Love you dear Jo. So sweet. Note to self - never buy another thing.

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  6. Donna, I completely agree with you about the horrors to be found in the house moving process...and that's when all goes forward in somewhat of a straight line.

    I send you and your my very best wishes that the sale will go through without too many more ripples and that you all will soon be in that new location, taking your time unpacking all those boxes, rejoicing at renewing acquaintances with each old friendly object you unpack.

    xo

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes Frances. I will remember about rediscovering my stuff and where to put it. I do love my collections, if one can call it that. I am quite the magpie. See my note to self above - never to buy another thing.

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  7. Thinking of you Donna. Do hope everything goes off as planned.
    If you have time read Mary Oliver's Wild Geese poem. It is only short but you might find it restful. It is readily available to read on the internet.

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    1. Thank you so. I will read it right now.

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  8. This too shall pass..moving is HORRENDOUS.
    I helped my friend 4 yrs ago..she was on her own.. we packed and packed and she packed more!!!
    Most went into storage..antiques etc..I found her courageous.
    I would have helped you.
    I find it quite zen..to be the helper..not the one actually moving having done it enough times..

    Hahaha I say and said that..never buy another thing..yet may be picking up a second hand plein air easel tomorrow..imagine that.


    Bon Courage..so nice to let us know how you are doing..

    it's one ..of many..life's stressful times.

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    1. Monique, I know you would help. Remember, you are Miss Perfect to me. I will get through it, but if you never hear from me again, just know I tried. Haha.

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    2. You..you're funny even in chaos:)
      And PS so FAR from perfect..but so far.
      I have journals to prove it .

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  9. I have friends who have moved every few years. I so envy them as they just don't seem to collect too much each time - then the packing up and moving again seems quite simplified. When/if my time comes to move - Bob won't even think of going anywhere 'yet', I'll be just like you Donna!
    Anyway hang in there dear - nice that you don't expect hubby to do anything whilst he's incapacitated, but hopefully he'll continue to get well and then enjoy all the perks of your lovely new home once settled in.

    Will be keeping fingers crossed that all works out well for you Donna.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Can't thank you enough Mary. As I commented, you are a breath of fresh air.

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  10. Moving house is so stressful - I can remember one time just sitting on the stairs and sobbing. I hope everything goes well despite all the problems - I am sure it will all be worth it in the end, Keep smiling.

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    1. Thank you Elaine. Does it count if I'm cursing while I'm smiling?

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  11. Oh poor you; good luck with all that arduous and upsetting stuff. Curse all you like. I wish you very well.

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  12. Dear Donna I don't know how you are managing everything friend. Will be praying for you and hubby. Take care and don't try to do it all in a hurry. Hugs

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    1. Dear sweet Debbie, I have had a couple of calmer days and it has done wonders. Ready to do battle again.

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  13. Oh Donna, I feel for ya! I haven't moved in 25 years so I can imagine all the accumulation of STUFF that you are sifting through, boxing up and sometimes tossing? And to do it all by yourself is an ordeal. I am so sorry your husband is suffering with ill health, I meant to send my regards after reading one of your older posts about his condition. My best thoughts are with you as you make this huge move.

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    1. Thank you Jeri. I know you understand how we love our 'stuff'. Actually, I had to throw away very little in the city house as most of it was stuff I want to keep minus a few pieces of antique furniture. It won't go with the new house. The most terrible move will be when I have to leave the farm as we've been there 33 years and there are tons of things I'll have to dispose of. I won't be able to fit two houses into one. Hubby is okay and returns to the doctor for all results Thursday. Hope to know more by then.

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