As I write this, at this time 13 weeks from today we will be tooling northeast along I-24, nearing Nashville. Hopefully I will have gotten a bit of a nap so as to relieve my daughter of the driving duties for awhile, and perhaps the pets will have gotten in some nap time as well (VERY wishful thinking!). We will have just completed another of our 15-minute, every-2-hour breaks and all will be going according to plan–ideally!
At this point, with 90 days to go, we’re getting more serious now about what we will and won’t take along. We’re going to be traveling in a smaller vehicle than first thought, so space will be at a premium. The moving bags I’ve been knitting and crocheting will come in handy for tucking items here and there.
Currently I have all the family pictures from 1890 onward in my possession, and I’m trying to think of a creative way to take them along, as I’ve promised my sister nothing would happen to them. I’ve been going through them, eliminating duplicates (why are there 5 copies of the same group of trees?) and blurred shots (who the heck is in that picture?), and except for the large portraits, which I will pack flat somehow, most can be packed in a plastic file box. Finding ways to take things along is the easy part; the hard part is what to leave behind. Books, especially; I’ll be taking along a few book-friends, but most will be donated to the local Friends of the Library bookstore for someone else to enjoy.
A week from Monday the National Kidney Foundation will be in the neighborhood to pick up donated items; they come around about 4 times a year, and I’ll have several bags and boxes to put out for them this time, particularly kitchen items, clothes and stuffed animals. I’d love to take all our stuffed friends, but there’s simply no space. I hope some lucky children (or adults!) will love them as well (okay, I am taking one bear…well, maybe two).
Thinking about what to take and how to pack it is actually small busywork that is a distraction from the bigger problem, which is where will we live? Though there have been some possibilities, there’s still been nothing definite, and it occurred to me the other day that perhaps I should broaden my horizons a bit. I have been pretty specific in my search area, hoping to be as close to downtown as we could afford, but because of our circumstance with multiple pets, we will likely need to compromise on location. As long as we are conveniently near a good bus line or the MAX, and cable (internet) is available, everything else is workable. But that’s the last piece of the puzzle for me; my mind will be considerably eased once we know for sure where we’ll be. I study Craig’s List and other resources every day, and also place a CL ad of my own once a week. Something will come through for us, I am sure!
Back to the business at hand…