It’s been a while since Mother Nature has been kind. A long while. I have exactly four weeks to finish packing three stories of eight rooms, plus a basement, 2-story Summer House and shed. Four weeks. Panic mode is beginning to set in. And of course for this week, Mother Nature has decided we need this to happen:
Those mid-90 degree days (with lows only going to mid-70’s at night) are the killers, since the humidity levels have been off the charts already, and the heat index is going to be pushed past the 100 degree mark. Stifling. You walk outside and feel like you’re wearing a wet towel on your face.
I wouldn’t be so miffed at Mother Nature if she hadn’t decided that this year we needed lots more heat than years past, since this time I can’t just hang out in one of the few rooms we have window air conditioners to keep cool, since I need to pack all the parts of the house that tend to mimic the outside temps and humidity, with maybe a 10-degree difference. I know, right? Wish me luck.
Speaking of moving… We’ll be officially on the road in six weeks. Six weeks, yo! Hard to fathom, and the reason for the aforementioned panic mode. In four weeks we’ll be having movers come take all the big stuff (and the piles and piles of boxes I’m currently packing), then we’ll have two weeks to do finishing touches and cleanup before we hit the road with a rental truck and our vehicles to head out West.
I’ve been busy getting quotes from various moving companies, and I’ve gotta tell you, some of those guys are annoying. As in, call every day to see if you’ve made up your mind annoying. One company in particular has been a thorn in my side – SuperJet Van Lines. Ever heard of them? Me neither.
Not only have they come in $3000 higher than the best quote thus far, but the guy that keeps calling is a major hardcore salesman who keeps touting about all these awards they’ve won and how they don’t broker their trucks out. I decided to Google them, and the number of negative reviews about this particular company was astounding.
Never once did I come across any mention of any awards. Of course reading all the reviews on them and various other moving companies gave me nightmares about stuff getting lost, broken or stolen. Why must moving be so stressful? Ah well, it’ll be good to be ‘home’ again, after being gone 16 years. Time sure has flown by like crazy.
While I’m not all that excited about moving my family into my parents’ basement, it’s very nice of them to offer while we wait for our house to sell, and the hubby finds a job and we house hunt out there. Besides, since my dad had a stroke a few years back and brain surgery last year, spending some quality time with them will be welcome from all sides.
And I’m sure they’ll appreciate all the help we plan to give them while staying with them, since my dad is limited in what he can do after all his health issues, and my mom has fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis in both her hands and feet. They’re putting together a list of things that needs to be done after we get there – they probably won’t want us to move out once we find our perfect house.
In other news… I got this in the mail just before the 4th of July:
In case any of you get a letter like this and aren’t sure about it, I did the research (Google is my friend) and it’s a total scam. I knew something was up based on the airline – there’s no such airline as “US Airlines”. I didn’t even bother to call to accept my reward, because they would have wanted a credit card and it would have cost me money (and lots of headaches). I’m not a fan of headaches.
Speaking of funky rewards… I also got this in the mail just a day after the other one:
I have until today to call them to claim this prize – think I should do it just for grins?
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