It. Has. Been. A. Long.Week.
I was running out of steam on load-up day, and completely out on unload day. SisterFed (Ret.) is an angel. She and WolfAlpha did most of the work because I could barely move. Then a neighbor showed up and introduced himself as a mover; he and another neighbor emptied half of the truck in less than an hour. Somebody needs a batch of cookies.
We've spent the last few days shopping and unpacking at a leisurely pace, and I'm one happy camper! I love my house! I love my town! I love my tiny library! I love my neighbor hood! The yard is a very small "blank slate," so it won't be long before I love it too! My only complaint is the traffic noise from the interstate, but I can live with it. If that's the worst we'll have to deal with, this place is awesome!
The house needs quite a bit of putzy work; the previous owner didn't do some of the finish work and she didn't do much routine maintenance. A few more years of that and it would develop some problems, but we can catch up pretty easily. And there's almost nothing that needs to be UNdone. It's pretty clean and full of natural light (a good thing because it will be a while before I'll have an outdoor space for my house plants.) Actual decorating is not far in the future!
WolfAlpha will need to make a second trip; he had to leave the garage more than half full. Once we get the "upstairs stuff" out of the basement, IT WILL ALL FIT EASILY! Our need to build a garage isn't terribly urgent, so (hopefully) the deck will come first. A fence is top priority, though. Sadie's having a hard time getting used to the stairs and uncarpeted floors, and leash-walking seems to have issues. Yesterday I took her out in mid afternoon, and I think she burned her paw pads on the street. She refused to walk on the grass! So we're staying in the yard for a few days, although she's walking better today. I felt like the world's worst dog-mom last night when she was trying to favor all four feet.
So. I'll sign off now and go finish filling my big walk-in closet. heh heh heh...