Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Almost Ready to Go!

Almost Ready to Go!
Sooo much done, and sooo much more to do! But we're almost ready to go! Woohoo!

We bought a 1968 GMC conversion bus. It was built for the Navy and then eventually sold to the public after it wore out its use with the Navy, doing what ever it did (probably picking up and delivering seamen to their respective bases during the Viet Nam War - that's my guess, anyway).

(Picture from the Craig's List ad)

The outside is decent looking, but they "modernized" it at some point with that stupid false-front cap on the top above the cab. Eventually, we'll remove it.

The interior is a laughable multi-decade time warp. There are elements of the '60's through the '90's! LOL.

Getting it home was a total nightmare for hubby! It took 4 days and he only got to central TN (from central FL). It finally quit on him, but luckily not before he left it at the gates of a Rush Truck Center in Smyrna, TN. We went and picked it up yesterday - $1900 later! Ugh! But at least it has all new batteries. Unfortunately they didn't fix the driver side windshield wiper. So now hubby has to figure that one out himself. Fun, fun!

We were scheduled to pick up the largest U-Haul truck on Thursday, pack it up and then leave late-late Friday night or early-early Saturday morning. However, there is a massive winter storm arriving all across where we'd be driving, so we're going to wait until Monday to pick up the truck, and then leave Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

I'm packing everything in Rubbermaid tubs rather than cardboard boxes. I'd rather have plastic tubs to store (God knows we have plenty of storage room on the property! LOL) everything in, than have the cardboard attract bugs, and/or fall apart. I absolutely hate cardboard boxes. The tubs will keep things a bit more dust-free as well. Yes, it's expensive. But they'll still be usable 20 yrs from now, many times over, for storing many, many things loooong after those nasty cardboard boxes are dust. So, in reality which is the better purchase? The tubs, hands-down!

Preacher & Ahri will be picked up by the shipper some time on Thursday and should be delivered Friday or Saturday. Ahri will finally get his training finished and I'll be able to ride him. I found an Australian saddle on Craig's List that will work perfectly. Love the Australian saddles! I can't wait to get to ride him. I'm planning on making it the beginning of my days. Get up, let Amanda out & feed her, let the chickens out & feed them, then get Ahri's saddle on and go for a ride for at least an hour. Since I'm always the first one up anyway, by the time I get back breakfast should be ready.
The only real animal shipping problem we have to solve is Amanda. The bus is too small for all the dogs & her to hang out together. Never mind Little Man would never put up with it. He's gotten rather mean toward her lately. I'm constantly having to run interference.

We've decided to unpack the truck into the basement of one of the buildings (the church probably, as it has the least amount of junk in it, so will be easiest to clean out quickly). When we're not cleaning or remodeling, we'll spend our days in that room with heaters! We'll cook & eat and at night, sleep in the bus. I'm sure there will be many plan alterations as needed when we find that something isn't working out as planned.

Hubby's sister sold their property last Sunday, so they're going to be heading out to their property not long after us. We were hoping they'd caravan with us, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Oh, well, I guess we'll be seeing quite a bit of them once we're all moved out there. They're place is in Norcatur, which is only about an hour away. I'd like to have regular Sunday meals or at least something once a week or every other week or so.

So, that's where we're at for the moment. We're getting there! Finally! A little over a week from now we'll finally be there and I can finally look around! I'm sooo excited! :D

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hurting AAAALLLL Over!

Hurting AAAALLLL Over!

OMG! I hate moving! I spent all day packing and I can't find a muscle that doesn't hurt! LOL I have problems with my feet & ankles and after being on them all day, I can't even stand right now. "Ow", doesn't even cover it!

But, I did clear all the walls of everything (I'm one of those people that can't stand "blank" space on walls or flat surfaces, so there are collections & vignettes everywhere). Hubby wishes I'd collect balsa wood things. LOL Nah, don't think so! I love my "stuff", makes me feel "at home".

We still haven't found a motorhome, and we have 2 weeks from tomorrow before we're scheduled to leave. That really bites! If we had that, then at least I could pack into it what we'll need in the immediate future, and finish up with everything else that will go into the giant U-Haul truck. I want to be moved into the motorhome at least 2 days before leaving because I intend to go over every nook & cranny cleaning this place. (You never realize how dirty your place is until you move - and then you feel like a real pig...how did it ever get so nasty?!?!? blah!) I'm really not looking forward to getting behind the fridge, stove, and washer & dryer! LOL

I made Amanda her new halter & lead today, also. We bought one that we found online - what a piece of shit! Cheaply made, and couldn't hold a cat, let alone a 100+ pound Pot Belly Pig! Now to get her used to wearing it. Once it's on she doesn't seem to mind it, but trying to stand over her to get it around her is a trick - you have to move fast! LOL

Ahri's & Preacher's boarding arrangements are already made, as well as Ahri's finishing training so I can ride him - finally. That's all paid for and when we have a pick-up date from the shipper we'll send the balance of the hauling fee to the stable owner to pay the hauler when they arrive. He can then also check Ahri & Preacher out to make sure they're in good shape and weathered the trip well enough. Just because a shipper says they stop every 2 hours to water the horses doesn't mean they actually do.

So, that's about it for the moment. I'll update more as anything significant presents itself. At least we're moving forward! Woohoo! LOL

Friday, February 1, 2013

Finally Closed and Now the Fun Begins!

Finally Closed and Now the Fun Begins!
We closed later than expected, and it would've been later but we threatened to cancel the contract if we didn't close. So the new owners signed on the original closing date and then we closed after getting the paperwork here. (They're in South Dakota).

So, now we begin the packing process and finding the motorhome to move out there and live in. There are so many we like!

We're also taking Ahri & Preacher with us (the Arabian & the donkey). They'll be shipped first to a boarding facility and we'll have them brought out to the property after we have their fence & loafing shed ready. While they're at the boarding facility Ahri will finish out his training so I will be able to ride him. All that open space to ride in will be great! Take a few plastic bags and some tools and I'll be able to do some wildcrafting of plants & herbs along the way.

Anyway, that's all that's new for the moment. We'll be very busy for the next few weeks, getting ready for a move-out date of Friday, February 22nd (my Daddy's 74th birthday). 

Hooray! Woohoo! The fun begins! LOL