Archive for the ‘Moving’ category

End of day 1

August 2, 2012

First day is done. We drove 355 miles today. We just pulled into Newark DE at a Days Inn. $59 per night, not fancy but will do. The AC is working and it has beds.

They have free wifi, but the download speed sucks, so I’ll use LTE.

We stopped for lunch in Vernon CT at Reins’ Deli. This is a great NY style deli that has been there for many years. First discovered it on a business trip with my good friend Tom Speake. Great food.


Took the Merritt Parkway through CT. Good news no trucks, bad news can’t go much faster than 50 mph.

When we got to NY, we only made one mistake getting on the GW bridge, then on to NJ Tpke. Heavy traffic through Newark. Eventually eased up.

Tomorrow we travel from DE to NC to visit the Fishers in Cary and the Wedges in Mebane.

This morning we dropped of the key to Janice. Folks at Chelms Peds asked when are you leaving? Answer: Now.

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Location:Newark DE

One day to go

August 1, 2012

One to go until we leave. We started planning this trip about two years ago. It always seemed like this day was so far in the future and now it’s here.

I m sitting in the hair salon waiting for Paula to get her hair done so I have plenty of time to blog even with getting my hair cut.

So today when we finish here we go to Brookline for doctor’s appt. then tonight I have lodge Past Masters’ dinner.

Last night we had dinner with Jim & Janice at Kimball’s in Westford. Tomorrow we head on down the road.


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Location:Chelmsford, MA

D day minus 2

July 31, 2012

Met with the RE folks yesterday. Took condo off of market for few months. Let thing settle a bit. Probably back on market in the spring. Still trying for rental.

Put the patio furniture and grill away. Assuming that no rental, then we have to have the patio stuff in for winter. Took down “Bowker Party Deck” sign.

Dry cleaners SNAFU’d yesterday. Clothes not ready due to boiler failure. So now we have to go to Laconia to try and find the stuff. Closed out PO box. Got refund, didn’t expect that.

So got to go up the hill to dumpster with the trash then start loading.

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Location:Plymouth, NH

Weather etc.

July 3, 2012

Time for an update. After seeing the national news and national weather maps, I begin to appreciate how nice it is her in NH. The south-east is sweltering with no power and no AC. Colorado and Utah are up in flames. And here in NH, it doesn’t get much higher than 80. We don’t have AC in the condo, and mostly we don’t need it. This morning’s temp was about 55 with ground fog. Warmed up to about 75 by mid-afternoon.

If it weren’t for the winter, this would be a nice place to retire. Last few days our routine was to go to the UPS store, then the deli next store for lunch, then across the common to pick up the mail at the Post Office. Sometimes we go to “Annie’s Overflow Cafe” for lunch. Sign over the door says “$5 charge for whining”. They have art work posted on the walls from local artists. My favorite is titled “Sit Free or Die”. (pictures of many NH outhouses). I have been tempted  to buy it. I don’t think that Mary K would appreciate the yankee humor.

Shipped the last of three boxes off to Mike. Sent stuff that we probably won’t need until we get to California. Should ease the pain of packing the Jeep. We did our grocery shopping today and we are all set for the Fourth of July. Nothing special planned. If it gets hot, we might find a movie in the afternoon.

We still need to catch up to Bill at Hebron Marine. He told us that the boat has been sold. So we will have a couple of checks to catch. Unfortunately, the closest B of A ATM is in Concord.

The trip to Ireland is all set. We will be in Ireland from 7/13 to 7/24. So stay cool. If you’re out west pray for rain. If you’re down south, I hope you get the power and AC back on. I know how hot it can be down south without AC.

Cheers,

Joe

Retirement

June 27, 2012

It’s beginning to feel like retirement. The weather has been cool and rainy. We haven’t felt the need to get up early. I can do two crossword puzzles if I like.

Paula and I worked on packing up some boxes of clothing that we aren’t going to need on the trip. We also packed up some stuff for Neil that we had intended to carry in the Jeep. UPS is better option. So we dropped off two boxes at the UPS store. We’ll probably do a couple more boxes of stuff that we won’t need on the trip.

We finally got around to look into the trip to Ireland that we had been wanting to do but didn’t have the time to do. So we’re booked on a 7/13/12 flight to Dublin. Click here for info.

Did some shopping at the outlets in Tilton. Got some new shorts for me and new dress for Paula. Then we had lunch at the Tilt’n Diner. Back to the condo by 4pm in time for a nap.

Life is good.

California Here We Come

June 26, 2012

Phase II

June 26, 2012

We arrived in Plymouth on Sunday. Completely unloaded the Jeep yesterday. It felt good to get out of the hotel and be somewhere familiar.

We are kind of glad that we haven’t sold the condo. We now have a place to relax and get ready for the long cross country trip.

We got a couple of boxes at the local UPS store in Plymouth. Paula is packing up her gowns to be shipped ahead to Mike. We’ll do the same for a lot of stuff that we won’t be needing on the trip.

Called Electric and Gas to cancel. Checked bank to see if Dave deposited the proceeds check (He did. Don’t think I’ve ever seen our checking account with that much money.)

Today, we catch up on laundry, blogging, another trip to UPS store. and relaxing.

Joe & Paula