Saturday, June 9, 2012

I'm Alive!!!

Thought I better pop in to let you all know that I'm still alive and kicking. We made the move to Colorado and what an experience it has been! I remember moving when I was younger and I would have everything unpacked and put away in one day. Sadly, those days are gone. I'm older, slower and have more stuff. We've been here a month and we still have a mound of boxes to wade through. Every time I open a box it's like Christmas! There are still some things I cannot find which is driving me nuts! I have all the boxes labeled by room but so far there are a few things hiding.

One thing that has been limiting me to getting more done is the altitude here. I'd heard it takes a while to get used to it and boy, is that the case. I'm out of breath constantly. Yesterday, for example, I hung some blinds up in the extra bedroom. They weren't cooperating and by the time I got done I had to go take a nap. "Had to", mind you! LOL!

I am less than thrilled with the colors of the walls so I don't see the sense of unpacking everything and hanging pictures until I can get them painted. I have to repair the ceiling fan in the kitchen because I pulled the chain to turn on the light and it broke. I had lumber cut so I can make the shelves in the pantry deeper and I need to paint them before I install them. It's been raining, though, so I have to wait till the weather clears up. Since we are retired things can wait until tomorrow. It doesn't have to get done in one day! Yay!

Speaking of weather....WOW! I'm from the mid west originally, so I enjoy a good storm. The other evening the wind started blowing and the clouds rolled in and it got dark fast. We had hail and rain. Then I heard a siren and went to the back door. "Honey, that's not a fire truck!" Yup! It was a tornado warning siren!!!!! Some of the neighbors were out front so I went out, introduced myself, and asked what they do here when there is a tornado warning. "Come outside and watch!" Just like when I was a kid! It was very exciting (we had no problems as it turns out) and I spent the next hour gathering pillows, water, medicine, food and other incidentals and taking it down to the basement. Then later I spent another hour bringing it back up. I'm going to put together an emergency box to keep down there so I don't have to do that again.

Maggie does not like thunder and lightening so she hides or follows me everywhere. Speaking of Maggie, she has realized her full potential as a terrier. You see, this part of Colorado has the cutest little wild bunny rabbits. They are everywhere! Running up and down the street, sitting in the grass, and burrowing under the houses. Cute, yes, but to Maggie, aka Big Game Hunter, they are the enemy! Our back yard is very large and she is constantly running full speed ahead looking for them. If she sees one, she chases it all over. The other day my husband said, "What does Maggie have in her mouth?" I went running to the back yard because I had this sinking feeling. Sadly, she had caught one. It's little paws were hanging out of her mouth! She was so proud of herself. Hopefully, they will get the picture to stay out of our yard.

It took over three weeks to get our internet hooked up and we still don't have wireless. I'm using my husband's computer now but when I can use mine, I'll be able to post pictures.

Today hubs and I are taking the day off and going to have lunch at a restaurant we discovered and then to our first visit to IKEA. This should be fun!!!

Happy to be back blogging!!!!! Toodles!!


Brenda said...

Oh wow glad to have you back! We moved the year and month I turned 50 from a house we lived in for 28 years. I might have already told you that. It took me 6 months to unpack most everything. Hubs actually has boxes that I do not think he has ever opened. I think one day I will get brave and open them instead of just leaving them stacked in the storage room. Ladybug would be the same of coarse. We have a rabbit that comes into the yard area from the woods every day around the same time and a turkey first thing in the morning that walks through the yard. Drives her absolutely bonkers!

http://thankfullga447 said...

Welcome neighbor I live in Nebraska, and yes we get tornadoes. Yes we go outside and watch them but everyone needs to take it seriously. I go to Vail to visit my sister and the altitude in Denver is a killer, they say it gets better. Moving is not easy but you will adjust, you will love Ikea.

PamKittyMorning said...

Been wondering about you! Glad you're getting settled in and back in business! xo

Jen said...

Been thinking about you! Even tried to e-mail but the address wasn't working! Hope you're enjoying your new digs.... Can't wait to see pictures!

Susie Q said...

Hi Jean, welcome to your new home, glad the move went well and remember if you still have boxes and not unpacked them after a year you don't need what's in them! Good luck with the rest of the unpacking. Susie x

Thimbleanna said...

Yipee -- you made the move! Thanks for checking in. Poor little Maggie -- she's just doing what she's supposed to, but don't you hate it? I hope you love your new home -- I'm sure there are some adjustments. And could you send some rain our way please?

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