I want to apologize to all of you faithful followers who have been waiting with bated breath for me to update my blog...well, maybe 2 or 3 of you at most. Anyway, it has been a hectic time as we prepare to move into our new home in West Newbury. We closed on our new home on January 3, but it wasn't without some last minute drama. At the last minute, our mortgage application was denied because we didn't show a monthly "pension" income from our investments, a new requirement from Fannie May and Freddie Mac. WTF? Anyway, we scrambled around to cover the deficit in order to close on time. We've arranged things to make that problem go away and will re-apply for the mortgage. Serendipitously, the rates have dropped over the last month or so, so we might come out smelling like a rose. Somehow things have a way of working out.
We have been so fortunate that Nancy, the new owner of our current abode, has graciously allowed us to stay here as renters until we are ready to make the move. That has given us time to sort through our stuff while we pack and schlep boxes on a daily basis to the new place. Our deadline is the end of February, but we hope to complete everything well before then. We damn well better be out before then, because I'm spending the last week of February in North Carolina on my annual golf outing with my brother, Terry, and a bunch of friends. Our friend, Barbara, has been a Simon Legree, whipping us into action to get us moving (so to speak). When we look at what we've done so far, it seems like a lot, but then when we look at what's left...Holy crap! We've got a long way to go.
As a closet hoarder, I have accumulated a prodigious amount of useless items over the years that I am agonizingly sorting through to decide what is really important. The college notebooks that I don't even understand anymore had to go, because it's embarrassing to realize how stupid I've become over the years. Who was this seemingly intelligent person that I used to be? Duh. It's interesting to note that my focus has shifted from what might I be interested in looking at again to what might Gretchen and the kids care about looking at again when I'm no longer here. To tell you the truth, other than family pictures and memorabilia, not much! It's humbling.
We decided to hire, Amy, the decorator who staged our house successfully for the sale, to help us figure out what to do with our new home. While we could actually move in without any major changes, there is a lot we want to do before the move...painting, upgrading the kitchen counters, some new furniture, etc. We still don't know where to put everything, so we need lots of help. Amy, HELP!!!
I'm still feeling good, and I go back to the Farber next week for my monthly checkup and Zometa infusion. After I prodded them last month, they realized that I still need some of my childhood immunization shots to protect my new immune system, so I'm scheduled to get those. That should bring me up to date on that score.