A week without snow

We are extremely grateful that most of our snow is gone.  There are some remaining bits here and there, but it’s mostly gone from the patio (Uncle GT shoveled a lot). The road through the complex still has piles of the stuff, but we don’t have to look at it unless we go out, so we pretend it’s gone.

The Bean is busy making list upon list of people to call, furniture placements, repairs to be done, etc. Moving is a pain. She’s shipping Cali off to Doggie Daycare (Camp Happy Paws) tomorrow so she can sort out the garage and whatever else she has energy to get done. The boxes out there used to reach to the ceiling, so she’s probably unpacked more than a third of them.  However, there are still a ton left that will just get moved as is.  Most are books and dolls.  Of course Smidge, the Ruruko family, and myself (along with all the Hittys) were in a witness protection program that allowed us to travel with the Bean and come out of hibernation immediately upon arrival in WA.  The rest… well, not so lucky.  The Dewees Cochrans also made it out of their giant suitcase and bubble wrap, as did a couple of My Size Barbies, who were very vocal and had to be removed from their boxes to stop their howling. Now we are all moving again before we even found all our furniture and other stuff, not to mention the rest of the dollies. It’s exciting, but also a bit depressing.  Bean promises this move will be better and we will get our stuff back sooner by moving than by staying since the boxes with out stuff (Smidge is constantly whining about her large pink clothing case which has yet to be located) will all be in the same room on the same house level as our house! Yay!! Promising, but this is still in the future since the closing won’t occur until almost the end of March.

Bean says maybe we will be out of the condo and into the house by the end of April. She emphasizes the word “maybe.”

Is that like “maybe no more snow this season”?


Tuesday, week 2

This all started on Sunday, Feb 3, and four storms later, here we are.  It was bad,  The bean shoveled daily for Cali, sometime three times a day. It didn’t stop here until Tuesday afternoon, February 12 (this week’s main photo). Truthfully, we thought it would never end. And now we are wondering if it will ever melt.

They have plows in Washington, but they don’t plow any secondary roads, and our condo complex does not plow the road running through it.  We were (and are still) in the deep. Everywhere it’s white, with touches or pavement or colors of vehicles peeking through.  We can now see Ruby, but not even the truck near her has gone anywhere since this mess.  They are parked in the “shallow” zone.  A few more feet further back it’s much deeper,

valentine's day

It was 44 and sunny today, for which we are grateful. It will, hopefully enforce the melt-down.  The roof rained so much today that Cali, who does not like rain, thought that her formerly white space was better than rain. We had to carry her past the waterfall. The gutter was open and gurgling, but there was so much snow on the dark roof that was trying hard to melt that there was no place for all the water to go quickly, so it just poured off the edge.

We are hoping that it will all melt and we can feel normal again.

Did I mention the snow?

So this is winter in the PNW.  We had, in our hood, about 11 inches between Sunday night and waking up on Monday.  What a load. And now, just five days later, another storm is on us with more cold stuff.  And if you can believe it, a third snow is expected in another 2-3 days.  It just keeps happening.  I’m starting to dislike it more here than in VA.

We expected it more in VA, but here we thought a few inches, some rain, some cold, more rain…  It’s not working out the way we hoped.

We are very proud of Cali Pup, however. She sort of disappeared in the first snow, so Bean shoveled her a path on the patio (second snow covered that, so she has already re-shoveled it).  Being on the smallish side, Cali gets cold quickly, but Bean hustles her along and won’t let her stay out more than 10-215 minutes.  Truth is, I suspect it’s as much for the Bean’s comfort as Pup’s that she makes her come inside quickly. She has done very well (Pup) with it.  She’s managed to ferret out the tiny twigs (sticks to her) and baby cedar cones she loves to crunch down beneath the white stuff.  She also sampled the snow (Bean grimaced) in a hopefully clean spot.  She’s no longer discriminating – the entire patio is now her “spot” so we’ll definitely be shoveling, even after the snow is gone. It just started an hour ago, so there is more to come (6″-10″). And there is plenty still left behind!!

Snow 2

Just wanted to let you all know we were alive, but cold and a wee bit snowy.

Maybe it’s Christmas somewhere. 🙂

Good Grief

OK, y’all remember we moved to the Pacific North West just last April.  Bean has yet to unpack all the dolls in hibernation in boxes or our furniture, though we do have the empty house. Mostly we hang on a window ledge.  We’re kind of addicted to the PacMan game Auntie Sue Thueson gave us for Christmas.

And then Bean dropped the bomb on us.  We are moving again!  WHAT!!!!????

Yup.  Mr. is finally retiring this year, and this condo is not big enough for him and little ol’ me. So they decided to buy a house.  Fortunately, it’s nearby (only .7 miles and quite literally down the road), so this move involves three guys and a truck…and the Bean’s car.  LOL.

Bean is delighted and claims it was her foresight and cleverness that prevented her from  unpacking all those boxes that still fill the garage, and I quote, “Look how much is already packed up and ready to go. Major timesaver!”  There is that.

In other good news, we will have a lot more space to spread out in the new place, Cali puppy will have a big yard to run in, and the Bean and Mister will also have plenty of space.  Smidge is eyeing the big rock pictured in the back yard. I suspect she sees it as a challenge or a new place to put a tent for camping

Meanwhile, the Beans allowed the Richmond house listing to expire so the they could do some work inside before relisting. An in a bizarre twist, they received an offer on the expired listing the same day they made an offer on the new house here. This week, inspections on the two homes also took place on the same date.  Like I said, bizarre.  Closing in VA is early March, and closing out here is late March.  Bean says her head spins with signing all the electronic documents associated with a home sale and a purchase.

We are grateful that the only thing we have to do is jump in capsules and consign our PacMan machine to transport.

On the road again…just can’t wait to get on the road again….