Our big moving weekend is here, and I have no idea how it arrived so fast. We still have so much to do, but we’ve made a lot of progress.
We finally finished getting the cargo trailer loaded yesterday, except for a few little spaces that we can poke some lightweight stuff into. As I said before, I’m amazed at how much we can cram into a 14-foot trailer. This trip will include one of Terry’s looms, our two Sea Eagle kayaks, boxes of books and small appliances and housewares, several military-style ammo cans full of various calibers of ammunition, a queen-size mattress, 7 or 8 oak bookcases, and a whole bunch more that I can’t even remember at this point.
We will be picking up the 26-foot U Haul truck this morning, and our friend Jesse Bolton is going to help us get it loaded. That will include our washer and dryer, my Champion gun safe, my roll-top desk, Terry’s desk, the bulk of our furniture, a couple of antique cabinet radios, and whatever else we can get in there. Jesse has several years of experience in moving and delivering furniture and appliances, and we will defer to him on how to load the truck.
I had hoped that we would be able to get everything on this trip except for Terry’s two big Glamakra looms, which we have to take apart, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen or not. We know we have to come back in a week or two to pick up her Chrysler Pacifica and whatever is left, as well as get the house ready to sell. I had hoped not to have to bring the cargo trailer all the way back again just because it cuts our truck’s fuel mileage so badly, but I don’t think we’re going to be able to avoid it. Oh well, it is what it is.
Several people have asked why we didn’t hire some help for the loading process or hire a moving company. I looked into that, and the quotes I was getting from the moving companies were ridiculous. As far as hiring some day labor to help with the loading, good luck with that. A friend of ours is also moving from Florida, up to Tennessee in their case. U Haul told them they could supply the names of people to do the heavy lifting, but not one person was available. They also posted several ads online locally and called a day labor company. They were offering $25 an hour and there were no takers. They went so far as to approach homeless people standing on street corners with signs asking for money, and again nobody was willing to come and do any work and get paid in cash. So it’s up to us old farts to tote that barge and lift that bale.
Depending on how much we get accomplished today, we may be able to hit the road tomorrow, but more likely, it will be Sunday. It will take us a couple of days to get to our new place in Alabama, with me driving the U Haul and towing the Mustang on a car hauler and Terry driving the Ram, and towing the cargo trailer. If you don’t hear from us for a day or two and I’m not able to post a blog, don’t worry. We just have a lot to get done and may not be able to get online. But I will check in when possible.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – The comeback is always stronger than the setback.