Last week in our home town

I totally underestimated how busy I/we would be in the final week leading up to our move date and Adventure Trip.   There were so many little things that needed to be packed up in the final days that I found myself cursing on whether I could have done more in advance but knew that I was just being hard on myself.  The challenge is that not only were we planning a move but a move that involved going across the country, plus preparing for a two week Adventure trip to get out there.

Of course things couldn’t go smoothly in these final few days and our water heater stopped working two weeks before closing. This is the same water heater that stopped working back in January of this year and sank $400 on getting the main part replaced.  We could have moved to a rental unit for approx. $15/month but we thought what else could go wrong, well there is one other part that can go wrong, that is what!  To make a long story short, we spoke to our Buyer’s Real Estate agent and explained the situation and strongly recommended that they allow us to put in a rental unit for it would be in their long term best interest (most people have rentals in our area).  We also said we would pay one years worth of rental costs. This offer was declined and our last offer was $800 cash and nope they wanted a owned unit and if that meant we had to buy a new one so be it.  So when the repair man came one week before closing I asked him to bring a new unit but first he had to do his best to fix our existing one.  In the end he replaced the gas valve and sheepishly relayed that the cost would be $660. I was thrilled and don’t think he has ever had a happier client in his life paying that much money. Little did he know $660 was better than $1200+.  Technically this fixed unit should last for quite some time but we thought that the first time we dropped a good chunk of cash and we couldn’t help but shake our heads at the lack of cooperation of the new home owners when they would have been ahead in the long run. Oh well.

In the final week we wanted to say a special good-bye to so many people but it wasn’t possible.  I am not sure how we could have done it differently unless we grew more arms and legs to get through our long list of to do’s.   All I can say is thank goodness for technology for it will certainly help bridge the physical divide that has now been created 😦

Our move date was schedule for Friday, July 12th.  Mike spent a considerable amount of time reviewing different moving options and in the end selected one of the big three names out there.  Although we are paying for our own move as opposed to having a company pay for it, we felt we couldn’t afford to go with a smaller outfit who doesn’t have the same published track record.  So far no regrets with this decision.

Within an hour though of the Movers being at our house swiftly organizing our stuff into a container, Mike realizes he doesn’t know where his wallet is.  He back tracked over the previous evenings outings to no avail and we scoured what was still unpacked in the house and nothing.  So here we are Friday mid morning and Mike has lost his wallet and we are supposed to start our Adventure trip Sunday morning that requires him to have a Driver’s License, thank goodness I already put all our passports aside in a special case, otherwise, we would have had to change our plans.  With time ticking away, he promptly phones all the CC companies to cancel his cards and heads to get a temporary Drivers License.   Needless to say Mike was quite frustrated not knowing what happened to it and I am hoping that one of us just mistakenly packed it.  So in about one week’s time we should know what happened to the mysterious wallet.




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