Well hello there! Talk about a busy week! The movers got us all moved on Sunday the 22nd, I had to go back to the old house early last Monday morning to pick up the stuff that couldn’t quite fit, and the fun has been progressing with the unpacking. There is a never ending sea of boxes in every room!

I think the movers got tired by the end of the day (it took them 10-1/2 hours to load and unload, which included a 90-minute drive from our old house to the new house) so at the end they started off-loading boxes willy nilly to the closest room. My Craft Room, which also houses my desk, was subject to a lot of willy nilly boxes stacked.

It was kind of comical, I’d packed my computer in a box that was in the back of my car to make sure 1) I could find it quickly and 2) get it set up right away. So after the movers finally drove off with their big trucks, I could empty out the back of my vehicle.

I managed to carefully walk that heavy box down the back sidewalk to the precarious steps leading to the basement entrance, shimmied through the door and around some stacked boxes in the common area of the basement, keeping my eye on the door of the new Craft Room where I knew I’d directed the movers to put my desk. I wriggled through the doorway with this huge box leading the way, then stopped short.

Immediately inside the door, I was greeted with a wall of boxes. They’d buried my desk! So I had to forgo the idea of getting my computer set up before the internet was installed the next day, as I had to relocate all those boxes elsewhere.

Needless to say, I didn’t get to take care of the box wall until after the internet dude was here, since he showed up early, immediately after I’d returned from the long jaunt to the old house to fill up the back of my vehicle with the scattered remains of the move. I’ve been in hyper-speed mode ever since, but I haven’t been taking pictures as I go along, so I’ll get on that tout de suite so you’ll have some perusing to do next week.

I love my new kitchen, and am working hard to get it set up as quickly as possible:

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My kitchen is bigger than our old house, but sports less cupboard space, so I’m having to get creative. A definite DIY future project will be to increase the number of cabinets in the kitchen. Just sayin’.

One thing that wasn’t so fun on move day was the kitchen sink was still backing up – the sellers were supposed to have it taken care of before closing, but on our fist night here in our new home, it was still backed up.

So much so, that it drained into the dishwasher and dumped onto the floor overnight. Not a fun way to be greeted on a Monday morning! It was an adventure trying to unpack boxes in the kitchen and continuously mop up the floor. Never was I more thankful that these floors are actual tile and grout vs. fake tiles or linoleum or wood – it would have been a much bigger disaster.

We had a plumber come out to take a look and snake the drain – the sellers claim they snaked it and it was ‘fine’, but it obviously was not… The plumber got the job done, then turned on the dishwasher before he left, encouraging me to run it a couple of times to clear out the ick that transpired from the stagnant sink water sitting in it for a couple of weeks. Not five minutes after he left, I noticed this:


Instinctively I knew the plumber must have put something non-dishwasher compliant in the dishwasher before turning it on, but I didn’t want to second guess myself, so I grabbed a bunch of packing paper from freshly emptied boxes and piled them up in front of the dishwasher to soak up the escaping watery suds, then headed downstairs to do quick research on leaky dishwashers.

When I came back upstairs not 10-minutes later, this is what greeted me:


::facepalm:: I then followed the directions to eliminate the suds (add cold water to the bottom of the dishwasher, drain and repeat) then ran a cycle with special dishwasher cleaning stuff, and all is well!

You don’t realize how reliant you are on things like a kitchen sink and dishwasher until you can’t use them for days on end. Now we can use real dishes and utensils instead of paper plates and plastic utensils! It’ll be nice, amongst the stacks’o’boxes, to at least feel a little bit civilized…heh!! Now to clear the dining room table of all the boxes so we can have a proper place to sit!

While I haven’t stopped during unpacking mode to take pictures as I go along (this week I’ll do that for sure), there was a gorgeous sunrise the other morning that the hubby and I both enjoyed, so I did snap some pictures of that:


As I walk through the rooms of this awesome house, I can’t help but feel like I’m dreaming, because this house is like no other – it feels like home. I’m home. At last.

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!

The question or prompt for this week is:

Create a phrase or statement that you would like to carry with you throughout the coming year.

Hmmm… That was a tough one, but I think I got it!


This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson says it best:

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

That, my friends, is something we can all benefit from. I’m very enthusiastic that this year will be a great one – especially as I get my new house in order and get to take advantage of my winemaking room and craft room. This year will be phenomenal. How’s that for enthusiasm?

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  1. Oh, my goodness. I am glad you were there to save your kitchen! Nice kitchen, too. It is great that you are settling in nicely. Of course, you are right. A good attitude really helps!

  2. How awesome to feel you enthusiasm and love for the new house. Just what I needed to read this very evening. Thank you.
    Sorry about the dishwasher/sink issues, but it sounds like you braved them like no other. Cannot wait to read and see updates.

  3. Oh yeah – you’re moved in!!! I can’t wait to see more pics. Well, not of leaky dishwashers, hopefully that will be resolved soon. But I love your kitchen. It’s so big and bright. And your own craft room, I dissolve in jealousy. I’d settle for a wee closet that I could consider an office.
    Enthusiasm!!! Yes – we all need that – especially these days. To rise and greet each day as opportunity and go forth with good expectations. I love that.

  4. That is a beautiful kitchen! We have no dishwasher, so i’m very glad yours is working again, being without one is not fun.

    Your enthusiasm is contagious!

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