All of a sudden the time is shrinking, from now until take-off! The luxury of being able to say "we still have four months to get (fill in the blank) done" is a thing of the past. Now it is about one month and we can feel this new type of pressure.
We are probably in better shape than we think, but we are far from objective right now. We sorted through a huge pile of stuff last weekend and have boiled our potential "take with us" items into about 9 bins. Now we need to go through these 9 bins and whittle some more.
And, for everything we discard, it feels like we are buying something to fill the empty space. Michael and I have a new best friend in Amazon.com. We are now placing an order for trailer-related products...the hitch thingy and ball, locks, a tire boot, chocks, etc. etc. This, to me, is the non-glamorous stuff, but stuff we need nonetheless.
We sent in our registration form to Escapees to sign up for their mail-forwarding service only to learn that we filled out the postal service form 1583 incorrectly. This time we will carefully read the directions.
We've gotten several insurance quotes for the trailer and car, so we'll make a decision this weekend...I hope.
We made our landlord aware we are not renewing our lease, only to learn they are remodeling the current 1980's kitchen to one with granite counter tops and new cabinets. Of course.
Today, a co-worker and friend asked "how do you manage to have every little thing gone by the time you are ready to leave the Cape?". Excellent question and one we continually ask ourselves. Our other new friend is our garbage dumpster and we stealthily sneak to it with a zillion garbage bags under cover of night. But when do we give up the bed? The lamps? The towels? How do you choreograph that?! We're working on it.
This weekend we will have another co-worker and friend come to see our home as a possible rental for her and her boyfriend. I have told her repeatedly that this is a GREAT place and well worth their time to check it out. We'll send Emily off with some plants and dishes because no one leaves here empty-handed!
The other morning Michael and I were interviewed for a local magazine called Prime Time about our plans (geared for the over 50 crowd). When Judy was getting ready to leave, Michael offered her an orchid which she happily took. Anybody is a prospect for one or more of our possessions!
Most of my waking hours are spent planning, worrying, organizing, stressing. What have we forgotten to do? We have a to-do list, but for every one thing we cross off, two things are added. This is that challenge of getting it all done before we shove off. In his own fit of panic, Michael went into high speed mode the other day, and cleaned the stove, 'fridge, and kitchen cabinets, and found enough stuff to toss to fill up eight more trash bags. Where does all of this come from?? I can't believe how much we're getting rid off one way or the other. 'Stuff' multiplies like rabbits!
This week - health insurance for me. And maybe filing our taxes for last year.
So for now, with a mid-March departure date looming ahead of us, we spend every waking hour thinking only of our teardrop future! A big US big map hangs in our living room with post-it notes all over it showing our upcoming route to Wisconsin (to pick up the camper) and onward to Texas (to establish our domicile and to bird, of course!), Arizona, California and the Pacific Northwest.
On this upbeat note, I am off to get some sleep before the sun comes up!