Bean schedules everything…EVERYTHING

The question is, can it all be done.  Yesterday was a “free” day, meaning nothing was technically scheduled, yet it was. Bean dropped Cali off at Camp without breakfast. Well, she took the breakfast with her because Cali wasn’t interested at home.  We have discovered she is not a gobble-it-up doggie but a grazer, more like a cat. She’s uninterested in food when Bean drags her out of bed.  Instead, she just wants to curl up in Bean’s lap.  But Bean had stuff to do, so off Cali went with breakfast in a baggie. At pick-up time, she was informed that Cali found her appetite around 2:00. Figures.

All of our weeks seem to be filled with appointments and workers coming to the new house to do something, yet we still feel we are standing still.  Bean packs boxes destined for the new house kitchen, but other things sit, untouched.  We think perhaps it will never get done. It all feels scattered and disorganized.  Wait, that is how it is.  Well, at least we got something right.

The floor people will be tearing out the carpet next Wednesday. That will, at least, be progress.  Now if we can just keep all the dates and times straight, we might be functional…in a year or so.



And a good time was had, despite type A

We really did have a good time.  Of  course neither Smidge nor Hitty Jadina, nor I actually got the flu in Arkansas, so we had nothing to complain about. On the other hand, the Bean’s 103 degree temp left her so out of it she couldn’t complain if she wanted to. She rallied after a few doses of Tamiflu, so we all made it back home just fine.  We liked going through Denver and will likely use it as our stop-over in the future.

Of course our Queen Anne didn’t get done, but Bean said she didn’t expect it to be done anyway.  There are too many layers to gesso and paint, even if she’d finished the carving. Legs are still waiting, but not for wishing they were.

Once home, Bean was back to her new sub-contractor position, trying to get all manner of things done for the new digs.  On Monday, the HVAC man came to check out what we needed. We are getting a new hot water heater and central air (plus a new cold air return). We have to sacrifice 8″ of space in a closet for the cold air return that will end up in the upstairs hall ceiling, but Bean said it’s a small price to pay, and it’s in a guest room anyway. The bamboo was also delivered, but they sent it on a huge flatbed instead of a box truck.  The driver said when he brings, it’s curbside delivery only.  The Bean was suitably horrified since it had been raining and more expected. He took pit on her, and used his forklift to shove it into the garage for her.  Nice.

Tuesday and Wednesday, we got to stay home and put up our feet.

Thursday, a man – yes, one man – arrived to “stack” or “fort” the bamboo boards. We don’t know how he did it, but he got all the bamboo boxes upstairs alone.  Each one weighed 85 lbs, and there were something like 70 boxes, but he got the job done in 5 hours.  Sadly, he left all the boxes and wood pallets in a heap in the garage.  Nope.  Not working. Bean called and a nice lady came and took half Thursday afternoon, and the other half the next morning. Yikes.

Friday, after the last of the debris went away, Bean swept the garage clean in preparation for a small delivery from Richmond, which arrived soon after she finished unpacking four boxes of china and glassware. They took the oak dresser upstairs (thankfully) to the master bath. It is supposed to go into the closet, but the closet is having carpet removed and new bamboo laid, so the bathroom seemed like a good place to put it. At least it is nearby.  They had barely gone when the Clean Crawls man came to bid on insulating the ducts that are exposed in the crawl and garage. Bean unpacked two more boxes while he was there. All the people had fun playing with our puppy, Cali, who rolled over to month 10 on Thursday.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is Cali’s final Invisible Fence training. She will learn how to bounce open her doggie door and hopefully will stay inside her fenced area and will enjoy the freedom of our large back yard thereafter.  The trainer will also install a “rock” that will be wired to protect a large planning area, ripe for a digger like Cali, and create a loop to keep her in the back yard where Bean can see her. We are pretty excited about this.

We have the rest of the weekend to pack things visible or in the kitchen to haul to the new place. We want to be sure we have things to unpack on Monday when the Clean Crawls people return to do that job.

Yes, there is more, but we shall save that for next week.  We know we can’t get moved until the end of May, but it’s getting closer and closer.  Bean is grateful her old handicapped body is being cooperative. 🙂

So until next week, we bid you all a lovely Easter weekend.

Air Trip

Smidge is heading off with the Bean, a Hitty, and two Queen Annes to Arkansas to oversee the birth of a new Queen Anne.

This is an annual spring event as they head to Sky Vue in Winslow.  They have asked me to come along, and I’m considering it, but I worry about the ones who stay behind.  They seem to rely on me, and frankly, if I’m not here, there’s no telling what they might get up to. I have one more day to make up my mind.  The Bean said I should since, come UFDC time, I am required to attend, so I might as well give it a trial run when I’ll only be gone a short time. Hmm, guess I just made up my mind to go along this time.

The new place and all that must be done is beginning to shape up.  The Bean has gas, electric, and water/sewer, the new bamboo flooring has been ordered and hopefully will be delivered shortly after our return, we have new landscapers (Bean loves the name of the company, Sparky Bark), Cali’s Invisible Fence was installed, and she’s on her second week of training. She knows what the flags mean, and if her nose or some other part gets too close, she feels a little tickle (it does not, contrary to popular belief, shock them) or correction as they call it, and she immediately goes the other way.  At home, she has a unit by the back side of the counter with flags all around it, and she avoids it like the plague.  LOL. Bean takes her to the new place daily to walk the perimeter. When we get home from the trip, she will start again and have about a week of this before her, possibly, final training that will teach her to open her doggie door (her collar unlocks it, but she has to learn to push through. They are also installing a new “rock” (a separate device they will wire up to keep her out of a large planting area) and making a loop that prevents her from going directly from the back to the front yard where I won’t be able to see her.  She can still go out the front door, but will be contained even so. It’s a great system that lets her run freely but not get lost or hurt if she made it to the road.

When we return, we have an appointment for someone to come and provide estimates for several things that still need doing, as well as install Central AC.  In the Pacific North West, not a lot of homes have AC because it’s only needed for cooling now and then.  However, the Bean has allergies, and AC also filters the air to keep out the month-long-smoke from fires burning in CA, OR, and B.C.  It made her quite ill last year, an part of the smoke came in during the 90-degree heat wave when windows had to be open with fans running to cool things down. Bean is saving the worst repair for last –  a new roof on the shed whose current shingles outlived their lifespan about 10 years ago, by the looks of things.

So Cali goes to Camp Happy Paws tomorrow, the Bean and we pack, and our flight leaves at 6AM on Sunday morning.  Ugg.  I may have to stay awake all night to be sure that everyone else wakes up!!

I’ll try to keep you posted from AR, but if so, it will NOT be through the column but on my Facebook page,