Friday, May 23, 2014

Here Come the Packers

Hello, Dear Ones.
First of all I want to thank all of you who came to see me and tell our house goodbye with me and to inform you ~ I'm not leaving Blogland and will continue to post here. I felt so loved for so many of you said you would miss me and hoped I would post occasionally. Well, Dear Ones, you've got me! I'm so touched that you would care and like Sally Fields said when receiving her Oscar a few years ago, "You like me! You really like me!" Dear Ones...I just love all of you soooooooooo much!
Okie dokie...
Well, the day came and the packers showed up in this huge moving truck.
The seriousness had begun. We had already packed a gazillion boxes ourselves and our two car garage was almost filled with them! Just a little tip for you. If you're moving or just need to pack away a few things you can go buy your boxes. But I found out that Specs, the liquor store, puts their empty boxes right out by the front door for anyone who wants them for free! The boxes are on the smaller size but very sturdy and you can get the ones with the little dividers in them that held wine and stuff. Those are great for packing glasses, vases and such! Cool! Believe me, I picked up a bunch.
There were 5 members of the team and they went to work! This guy was boxing up art pieces.
The den was looking a bit different. The gal talking to Mr. Precious said she'd never seen so many dishes! :) Hmm...I told her I had friends who had much much more than I did. I don't think she believed me!
Notice all of my dogs have been packed from the dog house.
The packer who was in the kitchen said I had enough Roosters and chickens to open a Popeye's Chicken place! I considered that a compliment. ;) I left all of my curtains for the new owner. I figured if I took them they probably wouldn't work in the house we end up with anyway!
Things were beginning to look nekked (that's Texan for naked). They almost got everything packed in a day but they ran out of wrapping paper and had to come back the next. Then the boxes were all loaded and then the furniture. I was a little sad as my piano wasn't going with me to the little condo (The Little House). The Little House is just so small. The piano has to be taken apart a bit and the hammers tied down and then put on a special board. I've seen this done before and somehow it always breaks my heart so I couldn't watch.

After the house was all empty I went there all by myself and walked around. It didn't feel like my house anymore, well, actually it wasn't. I walked from room to room reliving memories. I did shed a few tears as we had lived in this house longer than I ever had anywhere. But it's just a house and our home is going to be in New York close to my grandbabies ~ in time. If you missed my earlier post about this, you can click HERE.
Earlier in the day while the movers were still there I walked outside and saw those two little Ibises in the front yard.
Aren't they beautiful? As long as we've lived here we've never had a visit from an Ibis before. So this is not common and I considered this a sign from God telling me everything was going to be wonderfully fine and we will be off on a new journey! I'm certainly good with that! :)

Okie dokie...we're moving into The Little House!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Homeward Bound

I'm sittin' in the railway station
Got a ticket for my destination
On a tour of one night stands
My suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned
For a poet and a one man band

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Everyday's an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger's face I see
Reminds me that I long to be

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Tonight I'll sing my songs again
I'll play the game and pretend
But all my words come back to me
In shades of mediocrity
Like emptyness in harmony
I need someone to comfort me

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
Silently for me
Silently for me
~ sung by Simon and Garfunkel


39 comments:

  1. Shelia it is hard to say goodbye to a home you've lived in for a long time, but its also exciting to move on! I'm glad you had a little goodbye time! Can't wait to see the 'Little House' and your fun adventures in Kiki! The New York home is going to be the best because you will be near those Grands and I know that will make you both so happy! How is Chloe Dawn taking all of this??? Big Hugs, Linda
    (email me your new address when you can please)

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  2. Shelia - I am so excited for this new venture in your life. You are handling it quite well. The thought of being close to your kids and grandkids is about the biggest bribe you could get. LOL Enjoy your move and your little house for the time being. Keep in touch.

    Judy

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  3. Congratulations in selling your home and I think what you have planned is very exciting! I'm sure I'll getting teary eyed when I do the final walk though of my home but I'm ready to move on to other things too.

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  4. I am excited for you! and glad you will continue to blog!

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  5. Oh Shelia, what a big job that was! I bet that they say to everyone that they have never seen so much of this or that. It is a bit like going to the hairdressers and they always ask if you are going away on holiday - even if you say you have just come back! One of those sort of occupational conversation starters! Who cares how many dishes you have in any case! I really am so excited for you to be taking this great step, and how great that you kept this blog for several years now as you can look back at all of your photos and memories from time to time and that is so lovely and such a great thing to have. Congratulations again! xx

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  6. How exciting for you and your husband--to be closer to your family is just the best! Have a nice weekend and don't work too hard. ♥

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    1. It is exciting, Martha, and at this point - very tiring too! ;)
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  7. Wow...it kinda makes me sad and I don't even live there! What you are doing certainly sounds exciting...traveling a bit and then being closer to the family. It's just a new chapter of your lives and you sound at peace with your decision. Looking forward to your posts as you travel this new road...literally!
    Hugs!

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  8. I know exactly what you are going thru! You had a beautiful house that you made your home. Now it is back to a house that someone else will make a home and you will make your new house a home! Best wishes!

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  9. I'm glad that you're so excited about the future and what it holds for you!! I certainly understand how God has a way of disconnecting us from people, places and things, when He has something new ahead for us. I've had that happen too!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan ♥

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  10. Shelia, I am so behind on just about everything in Blogland! This post shocked me! Bit you are coming to New York! And I live in New York! Oh, I know you are going upstate and I am downstate but you never know, our paths may cross! Best of luck to you, I need to catch up on your last post! xo

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  11. Well, I am excited for you to start a new adventure. It should be fabulous and I know you will love being near the grands. Enjoy and God Bless.

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  12. Oh my goodness, I had no idea you were moving! I can only imagine how hard it was to say goodbye to your beautiful home, but I so admire your adventurous spirit and am sure your next home will be just as beautiful, if not more so. I was thinking...I sure hope Shelia is ready for us here in NY, but I really should be thinking...I hope those of us in NY are ready for Shelia!! lol Good luck!

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  13. Packing is so much work and so emotional. I bet you are relieved it's behind you! Those birds are amazing...I cannot believe they are real! :)

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  14. I had no idea this was happening so quickly! ZOOM! Walking through an empty house as you leave is always a heart wrenching experience. Choke!
    Jerry Clower said that "Naked" is when you don't have on any clothes. "Nekkid" is when you don't have on any clothes and you're up to something.
    Onward and upward!

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  15. Well I must be PMSing because I am sitting here at my keyboard actually weeping tears for you. Isn't that odd? I guess we DO connect to one another, and leaving/moving is difficult and scary - I am proud you have the courage to do this.

    Don't look back, keep looking forward - oh the places you'll go and the places you will see! I am so excited for you. Hang in there sweet lady. ♥♥♥

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  16. Shelia,
    Oh~h~h. . .how well I remember moving days!!!
    Glad those Military Moves are over with, dear one!!!
    I am so~o~o glad that you will be moving closer to your daughter and her family. . .the grands!!!
    Of course, I'm quite curious to see The Little House where you will be living until your new home!
    Keep those post coming with all your lovely Note Songs!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  17. Oh dear sweet Shelia, I am so glad that you will still be blogging. You were one of the first people to follow me and were always so supportive and kind.
    You will be starting a new chapter in your lives and just think moving to New York to be close to your babies and children - how wonderful!
    I'm sure you will have your new little house in shape in no time and be in Kiki traveling all around. Please let me know if you head to So CA would love to meet you. Wishing you all the very best dear friend.
    Mary

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  18. Excitement and sadness at the same time but fun times ahead to look forward to! I remember one of those trucks moving us once- it chokes you up to see it arrive and then your belongings so tightly packed for the ride. I hope it all arrives in great shape!

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  19. Dear Shelia, This post just made me cry. Not sad for your new journey, but I know just what you are going through and the job of packing and moving on. That last walk through the house I can so relate to and the movers saying you have so many dishes. LOL Oh this brings back memories. Those sweet visitors in your front yard seeing you off. I do believe that is a message from above that all is good and well in your new direction.
    I am so glad you will continue to blog and share your journey. Blogland would just not be the same without you. I know your new little house will be darling when you give it your magic touch.
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend and blessings always.
    Love you lots!

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  20. Oh sweetie, now your grand new adventure begins, in your new home. That is hard work to pack and unpack a home, and emotionally to let it go. You will be closer to relatives so I am sure it is a good move for you.

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  21. Dear Shelia,
    I was so surprised to read that you sold your home. I think it's wonderful that you are moving on to a fun & exciting new stage in your life. If you ever travel to Tulsa, OK in your cute motor home, please stop by & say hello.
    I'm so happy you will still be blogging. I look forward to reading about your travels.

    Smiles & Hugs,
    Carol

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  22. Oh dear...I must have been living under a rock. Going to visit your last post and wishing you all the luck in the world.

    Much love,
    Jane

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  23. Wow, that was fast!!! I loved that house, you made everything so warm and cheerful, as you will in your new home!!! Hope you are ready for the NY winters!!!

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  24. I am so happy to hear of your new adventure. The home you made for so many years is filled with joyful and loving vibrations and thats a most wonderful gift to give to the new homeowners, though they may not realize it yet...
    Keep us posted please, cause ya know we love ya bunches...
    Sonny

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  25. Shelia,
    So excited to go along with you on this new adventure! Can't wait to see the new place!!!

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  26. It will be all good, Shelia! I'm looking forward to traveling with you on your adventures until you set down in NY. Our moving day was a knot of emotions inside me. I could not walk around and look at the empty rooms before the hubby and I left. I knew I would become an emotional mess having lived in it for over 20 years. Plus, we were leaving at 9:30 at night to tackle a 12 hour drive to Ohio, so it was certainly easier to just say "let's go".

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  27. I think they were telling you goodbye and as you said, wishing you well on the next part of this life journey! How very beautiful they are.

    I had to laugh at the packing things -- I think they'd say the same about me! I love the rooster/Popeye comment! Movers must see it all -- bet they had an eyeful at Chez Shelia! NOW, you have to unpack it all! Yikes!

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  28. Strange thing seeing those pair of Ibis's,must have been a sign or something. Certainly a nice way to move Shelia having so much help to pack. Happy move my friend. x

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  29. What a sweet post, I bet it was tearful saying goodbye but how nice to hire some movers helps a little on the back.

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  30. I'm sure you must be overwhelmed with sadness and loss at saying goodbye to your house. I've lived in the same house for almost 37 years with my sweet hubby and I don't know how I'd ever handle packing for a move! And our house would only fit in a small portion of your big house too but we have collected so much 'stuff' over the years. At least that won't be happening to us for a while, that we know of! Can't wait to see your "little house" when you get settled. All the best for the holiday weekend to you. hugs. Pam

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  31. I know it was hard to say goodbye to your beautiful home - but the memories go with you! I can't wait to see your new, little home and hear all about your travels. When the day comes that we do what you are doing, you can coach me through it! Praying for you, dear friend - for peace and rest. And some fun in the mix, too!
    ~Adrienne~

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  32. Shelia, this is so exciting. I had no idea as I've been MIA on the computer myself. Life is full here too
    Where are you moving? Best of luck with your exciting new adventure.

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  33. Shelia, Blessings to you.

    Life is an adventure. I have enjoyed popping in at your place and seeing what you have been up to. When I started blogging, you had no Grandchildren. Things changed and now you're Gramma!
    Glad you'll still blog.

    I always walked through each place we lived when it was emptied and said my good-byes. Sigh. Like 17 times later….this ritual holds a special place in my heart.

    Happy blogging and happy life.
    God bless,
    d

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  34. WOW...I turn for a second and look at all the changes. Congratulations on the sale of your house. Glad to hear you are not going away from blogland though:) Have a wonderful weekend Sheila. XO

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  35. Best of luck! Its going to be a wonderful adventure!!! Hang on and enjoy!!

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  36. Shelia, how exciting! We have done 5 corporate moves with Dear Hubby; and the reality always sets in when the movers arrive to pack. Suddenly, the house doesn't feel like home anymore. But, I quickly get excited when I think about the fun I'll have decorating a new home! I know you will be just fine! It's a great new adventure!

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  37. Dearest shelia, I am away at the moment on holiday and only have my iPad with me along with dreadful Internet signal so I haven't been following blogs except for right now and have just read your previous post and this post. I nearly fell off my chair. Well sweet lady and mr precious, home is in your heart and wherever you are together. It was without doubt sad saying goodbye with you , lucky new owners who will put there own print and memories into that gorgeous house. And here you both are about to embark on a whole new chapter of your lives and I will be thrilled to share it all with you. Embrace each other have a wonderful ride! With all my love, Rose.

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  38. Oh I hope you enjoy your travels - look forward to hearing all about them. I know you will enjoy living close to your grand babies.

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