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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Moving Day


MOVING DAY A -- Thursday, May 25

Thursday, March 25 was Moving Day A. Thanks to U-Haul, I rented a U-Box where I stored the things I wanted to save. A U-Box is an 8'x5'x12' box. It is then housed in the garage at U-Haul. I get double protection: the box and the garage.

I didn't think I could get all of my things in the box, but Prestige Movers did a fantastic job of making that happen. They first went through my house to see what I had and then they calculated how it would all fit in the box. Then they went right to it.

 













"It's all about geometry," they said. 

"It's also about the customer putting everything in boxes ready to go. Then we can figure out how to pack."

I had spent over a month sorting my stuff into the things I wanted to store, the things I wanted to take with me to France, the things I would leave with friends, the things I would give away, and the things I would pitch. This was a monumental job of organization, but I did it.




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 The movers were cheerful, pleasant, efficient, quick, strong, and polite. They did the job in about an hour!

The young man above just joined the company. This young man on the right has been with the company for about 5 years and he is poised to buy it soon. He knows the job from the ground up. I have no doubt he will be successful in this new venture!





The men picked up my U-Box from U-Haul and then drove it back to the garage for storage. They avoided the streets with the most potholes so that my stuff would be secure.


When we arrived at U-Haul, I purchased a lock for my U-Box. Then the men put the box in the U-Haul garage where it will stay for the next 2-4 years while I'm away in France.

I feel more secure knowing that I have double protection of my worldly goods. Thank God for U-Haul!!



Moving Day B -- Friday, May 26

The second moving day was Friday, May 26, when the men from Deacons Conference came to pick up the stuff I would donate. Deacons Conference is sponsored by the Episcopal Church of Kalamazoo. They take furniture and other smaller items and sell it at low cost to the needy of our city. 


 Rudy was the coordinator of 2 young men who were also cheerful, efficient, strong, and polite. Most of the items they took were not boxed and they handled them carefully. They were also willing to pose for a few photos.

They finished this job in less than 30 minutes. 

I was most appreciative that they took my stuff and that someone may find a use for it someday soon.








The good news was that I cleared out most of my house in 2 days.

Meanwhile, I stored a few other things with my sister and friends, whose photos I do not have, unfortunately.  Many thanks to Denise and John Brady, Marge Morath, Andy and Mary Katherine Miller, and Sr. Sue McCrery!!








Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Good-Bye to Best Neighbors Ever




The neighbors on my block gathered at Martell's in Parkview Hills for dinner to say good-bye to me. I was very touched that they wanted to do this and that so many of them showed up for the gala party.

Many thanks to Bonnie, Jan, and Caren who planned the party.

I've lived in this neighborhood for the past 11 years and we have met for picnics on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and indoor parties for the New Year Day and Superbowl. We even had "Goddess Parties" where the women met for wine and cheese--and got the men wondering what we were doing. Just talking, guys.

Anita was usually behind organizing these parties and then various others would take on the challenge. Our picnics were held in the parking lot where someone would grill hot dogs and/or hamburgers and everyone else would bring salads, casseroles or desserts. It was always good to see each other beyond waving in passing cars or walking the dogs on the street. We knew each other. We looked out for each other. We visited with each other and some even traveled with each other.

Here are some reflections about and photos of some of my fantastic neighbors: 



Caren and Michael recently arranged for munching goats to take out the invasive species in the woods while other neighbors pitched in to help clear out









 
Linda

Bonnie

 

Here's Bonnie and Jan's garden that they worked on together this year and last.
Jana
Dan


Peter is always at-the-ready to help anyone who looks like they need it whether it's carrying things, loaning his dolley, taking photos, salvaging artwork and just generally looking out for us. When he was president of our condo association he and my cat, Tucker, became friends. Once, when I was out of town, Tucker visited Peter in his garage to sit and cry because he was missing me.
 

Here is some of my mosaic artwork that I asked Peter to toss. He couldn't throw it out, however, so he kept a couple and passed the rest on to other neighbors to put in their gardens. Ya got to love that guy!





 











Jack and Joan once loaned me their car when mine broke down and was in the shop. Jack helped me prepare my house and car for a six-week shutdown when I went to France in March. Jack took me fishing on Lake Michigan. Joan took some glass artwork I planned to toss and placed them in the garden at the end of the street for everyone to enjoy, especially Jonathan's aged mother. Jack made a platform for Dean's chair to help her slide out of it more easily during her recovery from a broken hip.


I got to know Dean this year while I took care of her cat, Dante, during her hip recovery. We talked philosophy, business, life and these talks were among the richest I've ever had with a friend. 

Jeanne has helped me move my special desk a couple times while Mel took me fishing with Dick on the lake in Parkview Hills. Jeanne and Mel hiked the Appalachian Trail a couple years ago and we all followed Jeanne's blog about the trip. In 2013 Jeanne blogged on Mel's cross-country bike trip.

Then there was Dan, who died a few years ago and left in his will money to paint the outside of our condos. We planted a tree in his honor in grateful thanksgiving for this wonderful gift. One Fourth of July he put on the most fabulous outdoor party, complete with a spectacular fireworks display.


Anita holds super-dog, Darby
Of course, the glue that invariably holds together the neighbors are the many animals who also live among us. There have been many walks and talks with the various dogs in the neighborhood who each have personalities, antics and provide a loving connection among us all.





Jan with Jacquo, the wonder dog who can run faster than anyone thanks to that new dog food he's been getting over the past couple years.

 And so, a toast to all of you dear neighbors, the best ever!







 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Goats Munch their Way through Parkview Hills




 We had some visitors to the neighborhood: goats who mow the foliage among the trees. They eat everything, including the invasive plants that tend to choke off the good plants.

Caren found out about Munchers on Hooves, who have also been seen at Western Michigan University doing some chewing work on the lawns there.

Goats are natural mowers and these lucky goats have a job ready for them every day. Their owners, who are from Coldwater, Michigan, set up a mobile electric fence to keep the goats in a particular area and other critters, especially predators, out.




To get the goats ready for a change of venue, the owner hooks them up to a leash. The neighbors were both fascinated and appreciative of their goats' work. They also couldn't resist participating in moving them to another munching ground in the neighborhood.


Anita is leading one of the two little brown goats, my favorites. It's not as easy as leading her little Darby dog, however. Goats have a mind of their own.


Neighbors or goats on parade?  (Sorry for the blurry photos. Goats move fast when dinner is awaiting them.)




One of our neighbors who was inside his house and didn't know what was going on thought he saw big dogs or deer walking through the parking lot. Naw, just some hungry goats on to their next meal.



 And, can these goats eat!! Here are before and after photos of one area where they stayed. They ate this foliage in 12 hours.

Before

After

Munchers on Hooves are available for hire in a neighborhood near you. Just call 517-403-2138.







Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ANOTHER Moving Sale


I have more things for sale in housewares, outdoor equipment, office equipment, women's clothes and footware.

Check out the following items and if you are interested in a piece or two or three, please contact me through a FaceBook private message and I'll give you details. 


HOUSEWARES

 


twin bed -- $40
(available May 27)


SOLD

 









electric space heater cubes
$10 each

2 donated to charity








artificial Christmas tree 
4 feet high, 28" wide with 100 mini-lights and tree stand
 $5

donated to charity








wooden drying rack
$5  

donated to charity

 





 leather hassock direct from Morocco
$5

SOLD





electric light timers 
$2 each

  donated to charity




 
antique dish set with 10 place settings
$30  


SOLD




 

handmade afghan -- $20


donated to charity


 




 handmade quilt that needs some repair
$5
     SOLD




 

small Hamilton Beach mixer $5


donated to charity  










Riccar canister vacuum cleaner  
$100
(available May 27)

SOLD







OFFICE EQUIPMENT
 

HP 1606 laser printer 
$75


KEPT










computer monitor
$5 each




loose-leaf notebooks of different sizes
25 cents each

donated to charity




copy paper 
$2 per ream 

SOLD 









 



paper cutter 
$2


donated to charity









plastic file holders 
free


  tossed






OUTDOOR & SPORTS EQUIPMENT




camping cooking set 
$5

SOLD











 
yellow dome tent with bag and under-cloth
$10

SOLD


 




air mattresses
$5 each 

  SOLD




garden table  
$2 
SOLD



 






12 quart-size Mason jars
$2
SOLD






gardening bucket apron $2 

donated to charity








  



barbells -- 3 pounds and 4-pounds 
$3 each set

donated to charity


thermo seats
25 cents each

donated to charity


Husky bag & tools
$15

donated to charity









WOMEN'S CLOTHES AND FOOTWARE

KEPT
women's silk suits
size 14
$100 per suit
$50 for each pants
or $225 for all



 









 
women's dress & athletic shoes, size 7 -- $2 each

heavy winter boots
size 7 -- $2

rubber farm boots
size 7 -- $2

lace-up farm boots
size 7 --  $5

donated to charity


MORE HOUSEWARES




large green vase
$2

SOLD












painted pots
$1 each

plastic plant box
$1

SOLD






Delta cat carrier
$5


donated to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue





 


10 wide-rim wine glasses
$5 

SOLD












3-gallon water dispensers
$2

SOLD





 

talking battery-operated toucan
$1

KEPT






Unexplainable candle holders
$1


KEPT









electric floor fans
$2 each

SOLD




decorative pillar of rocks
$2

GIVEN TO A GOOD FRIEND













cheese service
$3

KEPT












coronet
$25
SOLD




.....and many more
                                            items and freebies