Monday, March 2, 2015

Move Update & Giveaway

It's been quite a journey so far so thought I'd give you a Move Update.  The packers arrived as scheduled on Monday.... well kinda.  They were actually a little late as they traveled from Austin TX and if you remember the weather in Texas was less than the usual pleasant Texas weather.  We had an ice/snow storm and it was COLD!  There were 5 of them on Monday and 3 on Tuesday that packed and boxed and packed and boxed for 2 days.





Shorty after their arrival I received a call from the moving coordinator stating they had notified a 3rd party to dismantle the quilting machine.... Guess when they want to come.  February 28th.  Guess when the moving truck will be at the house to load.  February 26th.  Hmmmm... that's not going to work.  So I spent the next hour scrambling to find someone qualified to tear it down.  I found someone.  

Then that day another 3rd party was to show up to "crate" the head of the quilting machine and a set of longhorns I had for wall decor.  They did not.  They finally made it Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. and to quote William.  They were some pretty "rough" characters.  I was seriously scared!  They were nice and polite but that's were it ends.  I'm pretty naive and gullible so when I can tell they were strung out on something, you know it's bad.  

The movers showed up on Wednesday as scheduled and guess what.  They were late too.  Same scenario.... they had to drive through ice and snow.  But they were fabulous movers.  There were 4 guys, all related.... 2 brothers and the other 2 were cousins.  They hustled, had a great sense of humor, and took great care to pack things as if it were their own belongings.  It took them 2 days to load everything up.  We knew it was going to be close as to whether or not everything would fit on one truck.  It did not!

But what was left were things in the storage unit.  The moving company offered to send another truck to pick the things up but we declined.  The value of what was left wasn't worth the expense of another truck, plus someone would have to stay behind to meet them and it was just too much of a hassle.  So, we'll be the next episode of Storage Wars.  There are a few other things not in this picture too.

So we headed out for DeKalb IL on Thursday afternoon.  We had been watching the forecast and really wanted to try to get ahead of the storm.  We did!  That's probably the only thing that's gone right on this whole deal.

We arrived in DeKalb on Saturday evening, got the key to the house, unloaded 2 of the 3 cars that were packed to the gills.  Went to the hotel and crashed.  Sunday was spent buying a few things we knew we'd have to purchase.

Today we packed up the hotel room, headed to the house when we got the call from the driver of the moving truck that he was broke down in Aurora, IL (that's just 45 minutes from the house).  Really!?  The truck just couldn't make it another 40 miles.  Ugh.... And the mechanic wouldn't have the repairs made until 4:00 p.m. today.  Double UGH! Meanwhile I go back to the hotel and check back in.  Spoke to the King who reminded me that we possibly could spend the night at the house if we wanted as we purchased new mattresses and they would be delivered this afternoon.  So back to the hotel to check out again.  Get back to the house and realize we have no sheets or covers for the bed.  We're at the hotel again.  

All this also meant we had to postpone installers for Direct TV - can't hook them up when they're on the truck... now they can't come until Thursday.  Postponed installers for the washer and dryer... I have no idea when they're coming.  Postponed the installers for the quilting machine... they can't come again for 2 WEEKS!  WHAT!!!!

We had to call an electrician to install an outlet for the dryer.  The current connection is for a gas dryer and we have an electric one.  He was scheduled to be here this afternoon.  He came but he can't install the outlet.  It seems the furnace duct work is covering the area where the wall joist is to run the wires up the inside of the wall.  Actually he can do it but it would be cheaper to go buy a gas dryer instead of paying him.  Really!???  We just can't catch a break.    So I'm now the proud owner of a brand spankin new dryer to match my washing machine that's only about a year old.  

I haven't heard from the driver of the moving truck so I'm hoping no news is good news and he'll be in my driveway at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.  

You've stuck with me this long... Now for the giveaway... I have some goodies... a book, a t-shirt, and some other goodies.  All you have to do is leave me a comment on how many boxes you think the packers packed up.  This is boxes only.  It doesn't count the little numbered tags they put on all the things that are not in their "Allied Berger" moving boxes.  The comment closest to the number of boxes will win the prize pack.  I'll give you until March 15th to comment with your guess.  Don't forget that I can't give it away if I don't have an email address to contact you.  Make sure you're not a no-reply commenter.




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71 comments

  1. 416. Lost my original comment. Hope this one goes through.

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  2. 215 boxes? Hope things go well from here on out!

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  3. 385. It seems as though things can only get smoother for you with the move in. Or at least hope so.

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  4. What a nightmare. When my sister moved two years ago her entire container disappeared and has never been found. It was everything they owned except their clothes in their suitcases. Things could be worse!

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  5. Moving is certainly not fun, but by this summer I bet you are enjoying life in your new home and community very much. Hang in there. You have a great attitude to deal with all of this.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  6. 314. Hope all is going well with you this am. I remember the class you taught at Nine Patch Quilt Shop in Nevada, MO. What fun that was. Jackiewar@cebridge.net

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  7. Wow--I'm guessing 80--hate to think of unpacking into the hundreds!

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  8. Oh you poor thing! What a person has to go through! I would guess 309. I really think that is a low number though. I hope it all arrives in good shape!

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  9. My guess is 160. I hope the remainder of the move goes better for you. Cyndy Knapp cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  10. 128? Oh so much unpacking! I hope you settle in smoothly.

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  11. 114! Gosh that sounds exhausting!

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  12. Wow. I'm going to try 225. 2 Weeks on the Quilting Machine setup? I would do it myself. Handy to be machanically inclined, sometimes.

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  13. OH gosh, what a mess. At least you got in town before the next system came through. Did you get the ice today or were you spared? I have a feeling you got ice down there.

    I think my guess is going to be 492 boxes. Of course, you didn't mention if THEY packed your sewing room or if you did ahead of time. That may change my number dramatically. LOL

    Glad to hear you made it safely though.

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  14. 242 boxes. If I remember right, you said you packed up most of the sewing room. O maybe I was dreaming. I know I do not trust anyone to pack my precious stash but ME!

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  15. 158 boxes. Your move would made a good comedy play! b.j.day68@gmail.com

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  16. Goin to guess 92 boxes... Pray all has arrived, gotten hitched up, & weather has been obliging! Many Blessings ove you & Family & New Home!

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  17. 148, but it depends on what size of moving boxes they used. Glad you got there safely.
    Sorry about your weather.
    thelady at hotmail.com
    Marj in Mexico

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  18. Oh fun! We moved about two years ago and our boxes numbered into the 500s- but we're a family of five with tons of kids' stuff. I would guess 270. Remember to check under the truck- we left stuff in the storage cubby under the truck when unloading and it took them a few months to get the stuff back to us! Good luck!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  19. I guess 87 boxes. Hope you enjoy your new home.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  20. Moving is hard, have done it many times. How will you handle the storage unit issue?
    My guess is 94 boxes. Hope life gets a bit easier for you soon!

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  21. I hate moving and packing and unpacking. I hope you have a smooth move. I would guess around 150 boxes. Merryorganic at gmail dot com

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  22. We've moved numerous times but I honestly can't remember how many boxes we had. I'm going to go with, around 200?

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  23. My daughter moved a few months ago. She found out she was pregnant while their new house was in escrow so no lifting and only easy packing for her. I think she timed that very well! I'll guess 133 boxes but I'm hoping it is much less and they rest of your move goes smooth.

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  24. Sounds like a rough time, Hope things are going a little smoother and wasn't that crazy weather in Texas, SNOW, what? well I will guess 135 but seriously hope that it is a whole lot less, lol.

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  25. I hate I didn't get to give you a goodbye hug, so I'm sending a cyber hug to you. Enjoy your beautiful new home and a new start in a new life in the north. I hope your much closer to William so you wont be on the road so much. Blessings to you and the king.......... lets see, your fabric would take about 25 so I'm guessing the truck had 379

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  26. Hmmm.... My guess is 59? God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  27. 100 boxes. You are moving to a city, Dekalb, Ill I know very well. Great corn, great apples in the fall and lots of wind and snow. Best produce around. Both of my children graduated from Northern University a very long time ago. Weber grill is down the road and has wonderful yearly sale and of course it's the founder of Barbed wire. Have fun and enjoy the summer.

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  28. 300 Boxes?

    - lwest.86@hotmail.com

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  29. I will say 125. Thanks and good luck with the move.

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  30. 379! YIKES! What a nightmare so far! Imagine how great it will feel when you are settled! Happy unpacking!

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  31. I'll guess 235. Fun reading about your "moving" experience.

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  32. My guess is 85! Yuck I hate moving even when everything goes smoothly- ugh. Hopefully it is smooth sailing for you from here on out!

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  33. 207.....I hope you have a non-eventful move!

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  35. 81.... Hope it wasn't more!!
    Best wishes for the move.
    Wendy
    WBooth-Boyd@hotmail.com

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  36. I'm going to guess 250. sarah@forrussia.org

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  37. 314!! Good luck with the unpacking.

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  38. 118? Have fun.
    rsgrandinetti@YAHOO(DOT)COM

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  39. I'll say 121. Best of luck!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  40. Packing is the easy part, unpacking is UGGG! I guess 158 boxes, thanks or the fun!

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  41. 317. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  42. I've never moved and can't imagine the stress of it all!! My guess is that they packed 312 boxes.

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  43. My guess is 349 boxes. Look at it this way you may never have to move again. In 1981 made our last move. I came home from work and both sides of the family had moved everything. They put all the boxes in the shed and it took me a month to find everything.

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  44. I guess 99. Hope you are all settled in!

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  45. I'm never good at number guessing but I do want to wish you all the best with your move. I could have my brother who used to work for United Van Lines guess for me! I hope you have a fantastic day. I was brought here because your giveaway was added to my list at http://www.thegiveawayroundup.com.

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  46. I've never moved house so I don't really have any idea how many boxes it might take, but my mum guessed 97.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  47. I am going to guess 209 boxes. Moving is always an adventure. We have moved 8 times in the last 10 years thanks to the military. Thanks for the giveaway.

    katja9_10 at Hotmail dot com

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  48. May the rest of your adventure go smoothly. That was a lot to deal with and you handled it gracefully. Wishing you the best. Ok, can't resist, I'll guess 78. (Wild guess, have never moved and am not sure it is humanly possible after 37 years in the same place. :0 )

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  49. Oh, the joy of moving! Been there, done that too many times. :) Now the unpacking begins, I still have boxes in the deep dark corners of my closet that I have not opened for 2 or 3 moves. :) I do feel for you. I am going to guess 163 boxes.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  50. 74 boxes I hope the move went well creative.lauren @ aol.com

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  51. Hope you are able to settle in soon...my guess is 123 boxes.

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  52. Moving has got to be one of the most stressful life experiences! Thanks for sharing yours.
    My guess is that you had 257 boxes.

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  53. 247 boxes, just a wild guess!!

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  54. 397 boxes. sarah@forrussia.org

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  55. I say 378...... Looks like a lot of boxes in there. sonjamclane76@yahoo.com

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  56. hmm lucky number 101? ambelrmorris@gmail.com

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  57. I will pick 209 for my first sons birthday thanks for the chance to win!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  58. 105 boxes valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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