Thursday, December 14, 2006

What a month

We have made it through Phase 1 (packing up and leaving Pittsburgh) and Phase 2 (arriving in Boone and settling in). Currently we're driving towards Phase 3 of December 2006--a week in the Cayman Islands.

I thought I'd post a few pictures from the month so far.

My father-in-law, the master Uhaul packer.

Our last stop out of Pittsburgh was to say goodbye to Neil and Susanna at the tree lot. We picked up a beautiful wreath for the new front door.

This is our new farmhouse.

This is the barn/shed.

We had a great week settling in and will be forever indebted to our families for the many many wonderful things they did to help us with the move.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Wahoo...they're in!

The windows are in.

It turns out, we're moving this weekend.
We are STILL packing. Erin and Keith were kind enough to join us this afternoon/evening.
The various mixed drinks and dance music prove to be helpful as well.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Tension is Rising

With only two packing days left, the expletives are flying.

We're getting very very close to only needing one day yet. And yet, we're not there, and we only have one day. Now that the artwork is off most of the walls, it is starting to look like we're moving. Well, the missing artwork and the stacks and stacks of boxes you need to maneuver around to walk from one room to the next.

In addition to packing, we have not finished framing and installing the previously shown windows. That is where a lot of the tension is stemming from right now. It is hard to keep packing when you have a pending project. No one's fault but our own.

AND, the closer we get to departure, the sadder and sadder we are feeling. I have managed to put off the majority of the goodbyes until later. Every time I get together with someone to say goodbye, we make another date to actually do it. Every time I visit anything, I feel sad that it is the last time, and in the back of my mind I'm telling myself that maybe I'll be back in the next forty-eight hours. Who knows?

To top all of this off. We are currently experiencing our first real snow of the season. One of my favorite days of the year. Unfortunately with the lengthening to-do list and the high level anxieties, I hardly noticed. In fact, I was driving in blizzard conditions for several miles before I remembered that this is one of my favorite seasonal transitions and in a normal year I'd be giddy, and dancy and even a bit sing-songy with excitement. But, not this year. So, in the spirit of winter transitions past, I paused, and took this picture. Probably the last picture of our house in the snow.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Dreaming of Warmer Day

Maybe I've already posted this picture. I don't remember. However, when I came across it today I momentarily felt the warmth of summer. Its is COLD in Pittsburgh today.

For everyone who was here on Friday and a bit nervous about how unpacked our house was, the packing is moving forward. It turns out that I really enjoy the process. It connects with the systemized organizer in me. For all of the feelings of anxiety, stress and in general being overwhelmed--packing seems to be the answer. I feel much more relaxed this week. I'm able to think clearly and enjoy the moments.

Plus I have a massage at noon, so its gotta be a good day.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Saturday, December 02, 2006


I will miss you all so so much.