baronessekat: (dragon)
Had the apartment walk through today. Turned in the keys. Signed the paperwork. It's official, I'm no longer a renter. I'm now... a squatter. Well, until the lawyer finishes up the paperwork to put the house in mine and the sister's names.

I've even got most of the stuff out of the van. This of course being a two fold reason... 1) get it out of the van because I'm no longer using the apartment and 2) the girls and I are going tomorrow to look at puppies and I don't know which car we are using so I wanted to make sure there was room for us all.

Turns out that one of the girls I work with's mother actually breeds chihuahuas. I called her and we talked. Turns out a litter was born on 9/11. And there are two boys in it. She also had a litter last night with one male and one female. I'm looking forward to the visit. I like the idea of getting a claim in at 1 week old. This gives us time to get our respective houses ready, gather together puppy products needs (I have a crate but need things like a puppy bed, food, toys, etc), and collect up all the funds.

These puppies, when full grown will be bitty things. Mom is only 4 lbs. and dad is 4.5 lbs. I am perfectly cool with the idea of a dog smaller than the cats.

The fun will come in, if we do place deposits down, is coming up with a name.

And for the record... the cold is almost gone. Day 6 and it's almost gone. Yep, it was a cold.
baronessekat: (Default)
To those who helped me move ... specifically those who went to my apartment...

Do any of you recall what happened to my coronet box? It is a metal cookie tin, blue with snowmen on the lid.

I have managed to find my belts and my boots, but I can't find my lids.

so it goes

Jul. 11th, 2007 08:42 am
baronessekat: (mushroom butt)
Been dealing with the now icky task of UNPACKING.

To me this task is infinately worse than packing. With packing there comes a point where you don't care and just throw what ever you are holding in the nearest box/bin/bag and move on. Unpacking requires the consideration of where something is going to live from now on.

Yesterday I took the cable boxes and modem from the apartment back to Time WArner and got the cable for the apartment cancelled. As much as I would like to cancel the other utilities there I can't. Need the gas for the hot water I will need for the cleaning portion of the show. And electric will be helpful for lights at night as well as providing power for the radio to keep me sane while I'm there packing/cleaning/painting.

Back at the Doma, I got the coffee table moved from the living room into the family room so that I have a place to fold laundry again. The table used to live there eons ago before my father got sick and we had to worry about him tripping over it. I"m much happier now to have it back where it belongs.

Got the whatnot shelf hung in the family room and the collection of little eeyores are now out of the box and on the shelves. Also got one load of large eeyores temporarily unpacked (it's temporary as the shelves that the will eventually permanently live on are still on the walls at the apartment).

I have also gotten the two things that are most important unpacked (at least in my world)- all the paperbacks that are at the Doma are now on bookshelves, and my dress/work boots have been unpacked. Who needs anything more?

Slowly making my way through the laundry.

I've been trying really hard to break some bad habits I had in my apartments. I've actually made the bed every day so far. Even down to putting the throw pillows on too. I've put dirty closes in the hamper. I've rinsed and put dishes in the dishwasher before going to bed.

What has really shocked me though is the effect of the house on Miss Alex. She has always been, by nature, a loner cat, and ver anti-social and nontactile. But Saturday night when people were around she made an appearance. And the last several nights, when I sit down at the computer to relax before bed, she has come into the office space and laid down on the floor by my chair and just been there nearby. She's also been more "aggressive" for attention with walking up to me, burshing against me, even "acking" at me to reach down and pet her.

I'm ready for everything to be over. The little unpacking fairies can come in anytime now and finish the work.
baronessekat: (thank you)
Great big thank yous to all who helped me move this weekend

To:
Morguhn, Otto, Alan, [livejournal.com profile] deadised and [livejournal.com profile] dicea who did the heavy lifting, moving, carting and truck tetris

To:
[livejournal.com profile] theboomboom who, despite pain and tiredness helped me throw loose stuff into bags, boxes, bins and anything else that would hold stuff.

To:
Patti, [livejournal.com profile] visrose, [livejournal.com profile] meirwen, and [livejournal.com profile] bakestondone for staying at the Doma and getting the last of it ready for the big things to get moved into and then making sure lunch was prepared and ready for everyone to dig into.

To:
T. Monkey for door duty and making sure the cats didn't get out while the big guys carried the furniture into the house.

To:
Perry for being one of the best behaved puppies I have encountered in a long time and stayed out of the way and kept himself entertained when he got put into the back yard.

To:
[livejournal.com profile] bakestondone for being the strong stable rock who understood and held me while the breakdown happened yesterday when all the stress finally left and left me a little puddle of goo.

If it were not for these people my weekend would not have gone as well as it did. The loading, moving and unloading of the furniture from the apartment would not have been done by noon. I would not have gotten anywhere near the amount of things moved over to the Doma as I did. What is left at the apartment is managable and do-able with one or two people and a minivan.

I love you all so much. I can't put into words the appreciation I have for the assistance and truly feel that I do not deserve friends like you all.

Thank you again.
baronessekat: (blink)
Got stuff done at the apartment last night.

Dicea came and helped me get the futon mattress tied up so that the garbage men would take it this morning.

We got both my computers dismantled and in the van. She helped me get the "nintendo chair" into the van.

I got one of the fish tanks dismantled and in the van (fish are still at the apartment though).

Before she left to return to work she made me make a list of 3 things that I wanted to get done last night and then promise that would be all I did.

So I got the camp bed in the spare room cleaned off and dis-assembled. I got everything under said bed cleaned up/garbaged.

I got one more bag of laundry to the van and took roughly 10 bags of garbage to the curb. I have more garbage that could have gone to the curb but the town of Cheektowaga is more picky than Amherst when it comes to how much garbage they will pick up at one location. And since I have possession of the apartment until the end of august, I'm not overly worried if I have to go over every week and put stuff to the curb.

I would have liked to have more things bagged/boxed/binned. Especially in the bedroom. But I did recognize that I was reaching high level of stressy-crunchy and doing anything more would have been bad.

For the move tomorrow while the big strong fellas move furniture I and [livejournal.com profile] theboomboom are going to go through and throw things in bins/boxes/bags so that said furniture can get to the truck. If the boxes and bins and bags don't make it into the truck, that's OK. (Or so I keep tellnig myself) since again, I have possession of the apartment for another 1.5 months and I own a mini van. I can stop in everyday after work pick up some boxes and bags and take them back to the Doma with me.

I have to mapquest direction from the Doma to the old folks place. Gonna ask the ladies who stay back at the Doma while we get the heavy stuff if one of them would be willing to drive the crafty stuff over for donation. I just never found the time to do it.

I get out of work at 11:30. Gonna do a BJ's run, regular groceries and the like so that there is stuff to eat and drink.

Need to figure out what to do with the great big pile of clean laundry that is currently in the family room of the doma. Not having my dressers makes it hard to put it all away. I guess I can put it all in the bedroom closets for now.

To those who have said they wish they could help but real life is getting in the way - thank you for the thoughts. Please do not fret/worry that you can't help. I always understand that life/family/work always comes first. And there will definately be times in the future for get togethers and parties at the Doma.

my 4th

Jul. 5th, 2007 07:26 am
baronessekat: (interesting)
While I, rationally, know I got a lot done at the apartment yesterday, I'm not as far along as I want to be. I know that all I need to really worry about is picking up and making room and pathways so that on Saturday me and the other furniture lifters can get said furniture out the door and into the truck. I'd still like to see it almost completely empty. Not going to happen. I know people will be coming this weekend that could help pack up stuff, but it's tough to let them. Mainly because a lot of the little stuff is really me going "keep or toss". And to do that I have to see the item.

Oh well. Tonight after work I'll head back over, pack up the computer and do more picking up. I'll try ti finish packing up my books so that I can have help lifting the boxes. Also need to get the garbage to the curb tonight there. I think getting all the bags of garbage out will help with the "visual" sense of acomplishment.

Last night after dinner I got more laundry done. That is one project that will be on going for quite a while.

Also got the curtains for the master bedroom preped and hung. Prepping entailed sewing drapery pleaters onto them. They originally had tabs for hanging on a standard rod. But the rods in the bedroom are the kind that you pull a string and the curtains pull back along a carrier channel, pull the string another way and they close. Without the pleater tape it would have been next to impossible to hang, or at least stupid looking. Also got the valances ready. If I get home tonight at a decent time I will hang the valences up.

But the really cool thing I did last night was something I haven't done on the 4th since just after my sister was born. Around 9:30 I headed up to the master bedroom, climbed out the window, walked along the roof of the florida room, up the roof of the living room and up to the very top and sat. I watched the fireworks. When we first moved into that house my family and some of the neighborhood kids would go up on our roof and watch the fireworks. Back then we could see all around. Now, 28 years later, the trees are taller so I couldn't see all of them but I got to see the ones at the University of Buffalo, Niawanda Park and some over in the direction of Kenmore. There were a bunch that were set off locally by bunches of people in the neighborhood. I wasn't too thrilled about that. I don't like the banging/exploding sound that fireworks make. I like the pretty colors and seeing them from a distance on my roof from miles away is good. One street over is too close for me.

The cats are starting to adjust to the Doma. Tzar us still looking around for Mom. Talia gives me the "something is missing, momma" look. Alex emerged from her hidey spot about 11:30 last night and looked around the house some. She too was like "huh?".

Because we didn't get the bed moved over yesterday I crashed out on the couch in the family room. I don't mind. It's a comfy couch. The cats were the ones who minded. There just isn't room for me and three cats on the couch. I moved over a little and Alex snuggled in her spot for about 10 minutes until I had to move and she was forced to get down.

Got up this morning, managed to not only make lunch but start another load of laundry.

But now at work. Back to the grind.

In the immortal words of Diana Ross...

I will survive.

update

Jul. 4th, 2007 04:15 pm
baronessekat: (house)
Dicea and I got a great deal done this morning. I still have a bunch of things I want to do yet today as far as packing/cleaning the apartment butwe are done with the truck for today.

We got the cats moved over to the Doma. Alex went immediately for her hidey spot in the Florida room and was quite shocked to find it gone. But she found a new one.

Tzar however, broke my heart. He obviously recognized the house and started going from room to room. He then did a second circuit calling, crying and yowling. It took me and Dicea a few minutes to figure out what he was doing. He was looking for Mom. It broke me to watch him and try to explain to him that she wasn't there. The look of "Where is she?" he gave me melted me.

We didn't get as much of the things moved today that I wanted to, but that was because of the rain. I refuse to move the mattress and box spring in the rain. I won't move the computer or the 27" tv in the rain. They will just have to wait.

I can move the computers on my own tomorrow night if it's not raining. But FYI, after today (actually this post) I will only be online at work until Time Warner shows up to connect me to the internet at the Doma (while there is cable, there is no hi-speed internet there).

Hope everyone is having a good 4th, despite the weather.

Moo.
baronessekat: (tzar)
It's not easy to pack up a room when the cats decide that that room is the perfect stadium for "poop hockey" and Talia has to defend her title.

ugh

Jul. 2nd, 2007 07:42 pm
baronessekat: (cussing)
as I stand in the spare room of my apartment, black bags of garbage to one side of me, clear bags of laundry to the other side of me, sewing gizmos behind me and a room full of crap in front of me I find myself thinking...

You know... the Doma is fully furnished. Do I really need or want this stuff anyway?

It would be so much easier just to bag it all and curb it on Thursday.

Yes it would be nice to just "start over" but then I think of the books that are on the far bookcase that I want because they are scribal or garb research. The glass unicorn my grandparents got me one year while they went on a trip to Mexico, the multitude of eeyores and wolves.

Then of course there is all the fabric waiting to be made into garb.

No, I can't just junk it all.

I will junk a lot of it. But not all.

While it will feel good at the moment. In the end I would be upset at the loss.

I have to remember to think long range, not instant gratification.

Besides... who needs to breathe?

stuff

Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:50 am
baronessekat: (dragon)
It was nice to get away for the weekend.

I love [livejournal.com profile] dicea's family to bits and they have always made me feel welcome there.

I caught up on a lot of rest this weekend, which I know I needed and tried not to think too much on what all I need to get done this week.

Helped Boogie some with the making of the bed. Once again proving I am a danger, mostly to myself, with a hammer in my hands.

We stopped at a petco while we were out getting lumber for said bed. It took a lot for me to remind myself that Pennsic is in 3 weeks, I'm moving this week and I was NOT at home. They had a 2 year old black and white male cat that looked me in the eyes and I fell in love. Dicea agreed with me that he had the feel and attitude of my beloved Nicodemus. They also had puppies. Sheltie/Chihuahua mixes. So adorable and lovable and the one I held just looked at me, gave me a nod and fell asleep in my arms with the utter trust that only a puppy can have. *sigh*

In theory, right now my bedroom carpet is being installed. I can't begin to sing the praises of Boogie who got up early and went over to the Doma to meet them so I wouldn't have to redo my schedule again.

Tonight is packing, packing and packing. I am thinking to finish packing the kitchen tonight and throw yet more clothes into bags.

Tomorrow night a freecycle lady is, in theory, coming for the weight bench. I have stopped expecting freecycle people to show up, so I get pleasently surprised when they do. There is still stuff on the porch of the Doma from last weekend when a woman was supposed to come by and pick them up. I emailed her today and gave her until Wednesday morning to come get it. We shall see.

Wednesday, the 4th, the plan is to borrow the penske from Dicea's work and take it to the apartment to load up with as much little things as we can and take it over to the Doma. I also plan on moving the cats that day as well. Even though all three have been on "vacation" at the Doma for "Camp Grandma" while I've been at pennsic and the like in the past, I want to give them a couple days to get used to their new home before the stress of the move itself this weekend.

I am also hoping on Wednesday to FINALLY take the crafting stuff over to the old folks place so that it is out of the house and is one less thing to trip over or figure out how to manuever around Saturday.

I'm working extended hours this week so that I can have a half day on Friday. This will allow me to do a BJ's run for food for the weekend and get the Doma as ready as I can before people arrive for the move.

Note to friends coming this weekend: if you have not confirmed via email to me, please do so. I need to know what time to expect you, how many are coming and any other things that you think I should know.

Oh well, back to work.

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