Saturday, May 09, 2009

Doing the Impossible

There comes a point in every move where we look at each other and say, "We aren't going to make it." I think we reached that point sometime today, and then worked through it. LOL

I am so blessed that Mike was able to take his CTO (day off from working on Sunday - and ahem he DOES work a full day on Sunday usually leaving here at 8 a.m and arriving home between 7 - 8 p.m. contrary to all Chaplain jokes. ::snort::) and today off. We got a lot done.

Mike and Jared cut, painted and installed some external trim the wind had blown down.

They bagged up wood that the boys had trimmed from trees earlier.

The younger ones raked the yard.

Jared mowed the yard.

We all kept an eye on this project. We are recording our old VHS movies on to DVD's....the girls requested the old classic movies....and they are taped from the AMC they still have that channel? Anyway, Arielle keeps an eye on the recording because I am sure to forget.

arielle,moving project

We all took turns watering our new back yard. We need to finish around the tree....and do something in the front next.

Arielle found this quilt. The girls made it nearly 10 years ago. They surprised me with the one you see hanging behind Arielle when I came home from the hospital with Stacia. Each square is on fabric that says something about the person, has their hand print stitched on, their name and birth date. We put the smaller one in storage. The big one comes with me.

arielle,moving project

I entered receipts into MS money.

I did the impossible....yes, I did. I thought we had 10 bookshelves...we had 13. I kept thinking there is NO way I would get our books whittled down to 3 bookshelves.

A sad sight....
books,moving project

The freebie pile for Mom's Night Out grew dramatically once again.
So far these are the ONLY books going into storage...TOG year 2, some RS, lots of Tom Swift, some piano music...


Here you have our books whittled down to three bookshelves!


All the books are either TOG (year 3, 4 and 1), supplemental books, or somehow school related. Check out all the notebooks on the bottom shelf - really much space would be saved by switching to DE. I've still not decided. See that one empty shelf? THAT is the shelf left for pro-gear, and MY books.....not sure what I'll take. We had talked about storing 2 years of school in Rubbermaid and only displaying one year at a time...I'm honestly not sure we'll have space to store Rubbermaid. If we do that, then we will have plenty of space for my Penn Dutch and Nero Wolfe Collection (which I've still not parted with)....and pro-gear books. Wait they are NOT all school-related....I do have the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbs and Patrick McManus on those shelves. Deja, my SL books were down to 1 1/2 shelves. ::snort::

I still need to go through the cookbooks....and I suppose weed through the pro-gear books. They don't count as weight but they DO have to be stored somewhere. LOL

We also have to figure out what to do about computers....we have 4 desktops and a laptop...and quite a computer lab set up.

This was one of the huge jobs that I needed to do...

The plan was to store the bookshelves....but I find myself wondering WHY if we have no books to put on them. The ones that we kept are tall....solid wood....built by Mike and holding up much better than the ones we purchased.
Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...


becky.onelittle said...

Before we had real furniture, Ian and I had books in rubbermaids. They were pretty ugly, but I used them as a coffee table, end tables and night stands in the bedrooms. Just a thought.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Great thought. We used to do similar with boxes but I'd forgotten. I'll cover them and there we go. Thanks.

We'll have plenty of bookshelves if I pull two of those 3 years off the shelves....maybe I should go through the boxes and grab back my cozy mysteries. LOL

Deja said...

De'Etta, looks like you took a chinsaw to the book collection, rather than a scalpel (do you remember that phrase from one our President during his campaign...). I KNOW that must have been a painful process. Definately a Cherish or Cling. Thanks for being so transparent in this moving process.

Debbie said...

De'Etta, I am way behind in blog reading and just went through 23 posts...gosh, how do you get so much done and still blog!

You guys are doing a terrific job preparing for this move. I pray for you all daily.

I loved the post about Zander's stool...not that it got broken, just the whole situation. There is nothing to be done but laugh.

Even though I do not move much at all, the book you mentioned has intrigued me.

Hang in there will soon be over, one way of the other! :-p

Kim said...

I love Nero Wolf too!!!

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Ah, Kim....I kept three of them. I really don't think I can part with them....I'm not sure what happened to the rest...but I found these three left on the shelf....yep, I must keep them. They are vintage and can be the backbone of a new collection. LOL

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Oh - you know the TERRIBLE thing? Our packing is split.

I spent yesterday getting the books in order and realized TODAY....that we have to move those three shelves (and books) into the living room so that the painter can start in there on Monday - packers for Japan arrive on Thursday (or maybe Wed).

Laura said...

I just LOVE that quilt with the handprints, etc. on it. What a treasure!

Cynthia said...

I'd be SO overwhelmed!