The move has been taking place in three stages. I'll briefly explain.
Stage One - After the sale of our home, we hired a major moving company to pack up our things and move it all to Fort Mill, SC. It took three guys an entire day to pack up our possessions. (This after I had purged closets and cabinets!!) I had spent two days prior packing up my studio as I wanted to know where things are when we get to the new house. The next day, it took four men all day to load all of the boxes and furniture onto the truck. They finished at 4:45pm.
When the moving van pulled away, we hopped into Winnie (our RV) which had been fitted with a car dolly to pull my Mini up to Heidi's house. It was our intention to drive for a few hours then pull over at a rest stop. By now we were exhausted from the excitement of the past few days saying goodbye to neighbors and friends.
We had the car loaded with everything the movers could not take; food, aerosols, things that we would need the first few days after the closing, etc. Also onboard was the TREE, minus a limb that snapped off trying to load it into the shower again. I was heartsick, but immediately filled a bucket of water and am rooting the branch.
You may have seen my post on FB - at 11:30pm, just as we were about to pull off the highway to rest, a tire on the Uhaul dolly blew out. Now what to do?? Gratefully, Uhaul Customer Service handled everything. They had a crew out to replace the tire and get us on our way by 2am. What a day!!
Stage Two - After leaving our things at Heidi's house and filling out all of the forms for Oma at her new home, we drove back to Florida. We rented a trailer to collect Oma and her furniture. The Villas hosted a nice send off party for her complete with cake and a butterfly lift off since it was the first day of spring!! Many caregivers had tears to see her leave. Lots of hugs that day!!
So with Oma in the RV pulling her trailer of possessions, Ron headed down the road and I followed driving his car. We stopped every couple of hours to stretch. She was a trooper. Refusing to sleep, she kept him company until we stopped at a rest area and forced her to close her eyes for a while. We slept in our clothes which she found confusing. "Where are my pajamas?" I told her that we were camping as part of this adventure.
We delivered her to her new home just in time for breakfast. The staff helped us unload the trailer and we set up her room. By now she was exhausted and only wanted to sit in her chair! Poor dear! We were tired too, but had to return the trailer and find a campground to park for the next few days until our house closing.
Stage Three - It's finally here. Closing Day on the Rosebay house. I am filled with happy anticipation for what the future is about to unfold for us. In some ways it feels that it has been a long time coming. On the other hand, the timing feels absolutely perfect! To be who I AM today, facing a future with my guy, surrounded by the love and good intentions of our friends. It's a Dream come True!
Oma is settled into her new home. The staff is getting to know and love her already. She's exhausted from the trip but seems happy to have made it here. Her room seems larger due to the floor plan. We hung her pictures last night so it really feels like 'HOME' now. It's bright and cheery. The double windows are letting in a lot of light. And she has a view of the garden. We can put a bird feeder outside her window. She will like that.
Worrisome to me right now is my moms condition. She fell in the back stairwell on Tuesday afternoon and shattered her right shoulder. She's in the hospital with so much pain. Poor dad doesn't know what to think. They watched a movie together. She sent him up to their room via the elevator while she checked on the mail and took the stairs like always. That is when she fell and now he wonders when she is coming home. He is lost without her. Thankfully, my siblings are there to take care of our folks. Bless them all for this undoubtedly stressful time.
For the first time in my life, I feel totally FREE to be ME with all of the Infinite Possibilities that are before me. Liberated. Transformed. Loving and Free!! I'm hoping to quickly get my studio set up so that I can continue making my mandalas. I have a feeling that now is the time for my LoveLights© to shine!
Until next time-
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