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A Porcelynne Life
A blog by Jennifer Lynne Fairbanks

3 months later.....

15 Aug 2017 at 1:25am

It has been nearly 3 months since we packed up California and headed east to Florida. The journey really started back in January when we decided to make this change, but we are getting closer to see our move completed. We found a house a month ago and have been going through the escrow process, which I can tell you has been even more stressful than our first house purchase.

We found a cute (meaning smaller than our previous house) house literally 2 blocks from my parent's house. From 2000 miles away to 2 blocks away. That's the biggest change.

We have been staying in a vacation rental for the last 3 months and I am totally over it. It has a kitchen smaller than my smallest kitchen as a single person. Try cooking a meal with 3 in a room that is has foot room of 2 feet by 4 feet. Many tempers have been lost and I hate that.

Our closing is on Thursday. We get our keys and sign over our life savings. Then the fun begins. Movers come Saturday, then again on Tuesday with the rest of our stuff. I really miss my bed and good nights of sleep.

Luckily Emily started school last week, so she's getting into a routine again. I look forward to getting into a routine myself. I'll report back again after we are physically in our house. In the mean time, here are some pictures from our summer adventures.

Countdown to my final day in California

29 May 2017 at 1:26pm
I still don't think that this whole move has really hit reality for any of us. We spent yesterday morning staging each room, photographing each room, then removing the furniture and putting it on our U-haul to get it to our moving trailer. We aren't taking all our furniture, but the furniture we are taking is fairly bulky.

We have probably one last trip to fill up the moving trailer, then anything remaining will have to be hauled behind our cars. It is a little overwhelming with what we have left to fit in, but I'm confident we can do it. I'm glad we had to option to use as much of the trailer as we needed and not just the 13 feet I had originally reserved. We will be using the whole 25 feet.

We got to see a bear the last 2 days, and as I was writing this, I heard some rustling outside and saw the bear again just now. I haven't seen bears up here in about 3 years, so this has been a real treat to see them 3 days in a row. Emily spotted the bear on Saturday. She was playing outside and the bear was in the neighbors yard. I feel like the bear is saying to us "Have a great new adventure, but look at me first."

The cats are completely freaking out. They don't understand whats happening. Sasha has moved several times, so she slightly understands but Brian was born up here and came to us when he was about 2 months old, so he only knows this house. I'm most afraid he will try to escape the car on our drive cross country.

Our drive will be a little adventure. I will be taking the Rogue with Emily, Hanna (our not daughter-daughter), and the two cats on a 5 day drive to Florida. I expect some crankiness will ensue with all the ladies in the car. David wants to stay behind to finish up some projects and to pack up all his tools. Hopefully he will be along shortly after.

Today is Monday and Saturday is our moving day. Only 5 days left in California.

Moving has commenced

26 May 2017 at 1:29pm
Our moving adventure has already begun. On Wednesday the trailer was delivered, although not to where we ordered it. The big rig pulling the trailer made it about a quarter up our street when he had to stop because he was hitting the phone and power lines.

I just don't understand why the phone and power company would put the lines so low. We had to reevaluate where the trailer would sit. The only solution - my store. He had to maneuver off our street and back down the mountain to park it across our parking spots at the store.

Thankfully my neighbors have been nice (to my face) about the trailer in back, but that was our only option.

I spent yesterday loading up all the boxes and inventory into the trailer then my husband came down to help me load up the industrial sewing machines and big furniture items.

I am somewhat enjoying packing the trailer. Its like a giant game of Tetris. Fitting smaller things into the small holes to keep things from moving. I have a lot of plastic storage bins that I store the merchandise in and unfortunately stacking those aren't very stable, but I think I've made it work relatively well.

Today I pack the remaining small plastic boxes in my giant Ikea bags to complete the store move. Tomorrow we begin with the house.

This weekend will be interesting. We will be doing finishing touches on a room, cleaning it, setting it up staged, photographing it, then hauling our furniture down the mountain to pack up the rest of the trailer.

I had originally planned to have a fun filled day in Los Angeles (trim and notion shopping) on Monday with Emily, but if the loading of the truck isn't done, I may have to forego the trip. Crossing my fingers everything is going to go smoothly this weekend.

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