Tread Carefully

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 302016

Please watch where you’re walking around us for a while, will you? Because mine and Miss Terry’s butts are dragging and I wouldn’t want you to step on them.

With my dad’s work when I was a kid, and later my time in the military and living in different places around the country afterward, I am no stranger to moving. I have probably done it 100 times in my life. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, maybe 97 times. And Terry, being an Air Force brat, lived all over the place when she was growing up. And while we both always enjoyed the adventures of going to new places, I think even back then the actual moving process sucked. Trust me, the older you get, the less fun it is!

Yesterday we left Daytona Beach RV Resort and brought the Winnebago over here to our new house in Edgewater. As I said in yesterday’s blog, it looked like I would be able to back the motorhome right up next to the garage on the concrete apron, and sure enough, it fit just fine!


And look at my housewarming gift! Not really, this Harley-Davidson belongs to Tony, the fellow we bought the house from, and he’ll be coming by to pick it up in a day or two.


I’ve had a lot of motorcycles in my life, but given the choice, I’d prefer to have this ’55 Ford Victoria that Terry spotted in a parking lot with for a sale sign on it a while back. I had a ’56 that looked exactly like it, so I had to make a U-turn so we could go back and check it out. The car had a tri-carb set-up and the original 6 volt electrical system.


To be honest, between the two of them, the motorcycle or the Ford, I’d rather have a pontoon boat. Maybe if I’m really good Santa Claus will bring me one in a year or two.

Most of yesterday was spent cleaning the house. I vacuumed all of the carpets while Terry worked on the kitchen. Then we moved in this oak bureau, one of her acquisitions that that she had spotted in a used furniture store in Daytona Beach. It matches the kitchen cabinets and table very well.


While we were doing all that, a locksmith I had called showed up and I had him change all of the locks in the house, keying them to just one key so we don’t have to carry around three or four different ones and then try to remember which key fits which lock. There’s a lot to be said for simplicity,

About 4:30 in the afternoon a gentleman from Bright House cable arrived to set up our cable TV and Internet. He ran into some problems and it took longer than expected, but finally about 7:30 he got it all done. We’re supposed to have 25 mbps speeds, but so far I’m not seeing a lot of improvement over our Verizon 4G air card. We will try it for a while and see how it goes. We may have to bump it up to 50 mbps. Or, that may be overkill, since we don’t play games online.

There are two things we still have to do on the technical end of things. Today I have to buy a wireless router because it’s cheaper to buy my own than to rent one from Bright House for six dollars a month.

And even with my We Boost signal booster, Verizon service is just about impossible here. I can sometimes pick up one bar of signal, and occasionally two if I go out and stand in the driveway. I wondered out loud if we should add a Bright House landline telephone to our package and then we could forward our cell phones to it when we’re at home, but that seems like a lot of hassle. Steve, the tech who was doing our install, suggested I contact Verizon and told me there is some kind of little gizmo that I can get from them that plugs into the back of the Bright House cable modem to allow our cell phones to work here. Figuring out stuff like that is way above my pay grade, so I’ll give them a call, and hopefully get somebody who knows what he’s talking about. That’s not always the case when you call some of these places, as most of you already know.

We haven’t moved a lot of stuff into the house from the motorhome yet. It needed a thorough cleaning and that’s taken most of our time. But we did bring in enough that we could sleep in the house last night, on our brand-new memory foam cool gel mattress. What a nice feeling!

Today will be more cleaning. Terry can’t relax until things meet her standards We also plan to steam clean the carpets today. I guess we might as well keep working, because though our cable is hooked up to our brand-new shiny TVs, we don’t have any furniture to sit on yet to watch them!

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  11 Responses to “Tread Carefully”

  1. Nick, check out the Ooma home telephone system. We are totally pleased with ours & its $4.95 a month! Congratulations on your new home!!

  2. 3 very important things
    cell service inside of a aluminum bread box does not receive very well
    And the second most important thing you have to remember there’s no foot pedal on the bathroom toilet,,, it’s all done by modern technology
    And last but not least you don’t have to empty the gray an black water tanks
    That too is done by modern technology It disappears magically

  3. Just take it one step at a time. Oh and what brand of mattress did you buy? And is a firm or sift one??

    Enjoy your new digs

  4. I moved a lot, too, before choosing a home on wheels. It sucks! LOL. I didn’t realize y’all were camped so close while I was down there working. I would have bought you lunch before we headed West. Hope to see you in Tucson in March but understand if you stay local. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. You have my congratulations on the acquisition of the new house and my sympathy regarding the move-in process. As exciting as the new adventure can be, it is also a very difficult ordeal to actually do the moving. As others have said, take it one step at a time and know that you’ll enjoy the end result, but certainly not the process it takes to get there. Hang in there.

  6. I cannot remember what type of cell phones you have, but a lot of the newer smartphone models support Wifi calling if the cell signal is weak. I have that feature on my iPhone with Verizon. All you do is connect to your Wifi at home and you can still receive and place calls using your cell phone.

  7. Congrats, There is a cell phone extender, looks like a HD TV Antenna. T-Mobile was the one I saw. Guy said it was like a personal cell tower. to check your speed, ran by ookla

    Steven C Russell

  8. Call Verizon as the cable guy said. They should send you a device called a Micro-cell. It is in simple terms a small cellphone station and you can authorize, I believe, up to 20 cellphone devices to use with it.

  9. Moving is taking way more energy than I have and we had professional movers do the big stuff. How come this stuff didn’t take as much effort when we were young?

  10. So excited for you guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Living in Florida is how we ended up with AT&T cell phones.

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