Two into one

Our furniture from 42 Gee Ave arrived today in a big truck (only a small part of the truck had our stuff!); we’d cleared one guest room, and left space in the garage, but it’s still surprising how full 8002 now is, with two homes of stuff! Even the fridge is covered:

While Margaret has managed to pack two kitchens into one, and is working on the clothing (though our closet here is much smaller than our old one), there remains a good store of belongings and furniture that will likely remain boxed till we move to Independence


It’s strange to talk about moving house, and to arrive back at 8002 which we’ve owned now for more than five years and already lived here for nearly six months this year – but now we’ve completed the sale of our Gloucester, Massachusetts home, and own only 8002, I guess we have moved!

I took some last photos of our old home, before we left:

All the best to new owners, Pete & Tara; and goodbye, for now, to our neighbors and good friends Pat & Dave, and Joanne & Earle, and their families.

Packing continues …

Margaret has done more and more packing this past week while I work, and we’re getting close now to having packed everything except the kitchen and clothing, ie: things still in use!
There’s a few clusters of packed boxes in the house, down in the basement, and upstairs in the guest bedroom which is now without a bed so a good place to stack boxes!

The big black frame on the right is a second bench test rig cart, for use in Florida; it works much better than the simple shelves I have at 8002 right now (allowing easy access to connections behind), and Matt, Michel and Tim assembled it over the last few weeks ready for the move.

Meanwhile in the living room, we unplugged the amplifiers and speakers today, leaving just the television connected to Apple TV, which anyway is pretty much our only source of TV entertainment! Leaves the room a bit bare, and sounds much worse …

Yard sale!

We’ve lived in the same home in Gloucester for almost 17 years, and there’s lot of stuff we have that we don’t really need – moving to Florida and paying per pound for what gets moved is a great incentive to dispose of everything we don’t really need! So it’s yard sale time!

Quite a few large furniture pieces that we don’t need to take to Florida, and all sort of other items (kitchen equipment, unwanted CDs / DVDs, games and jigsaws we’ve never used, basement shelving too heavy to take to Florida; even the old “lawn mower shed” (though we are taking the mower!):

In total about three hours of set up last night and this morning, a four hour yard sale, and most stuff is gone. Lots of the furniture went next door one side or the other, and most of the rest headed off in cars … we are left with an assortment of items that will go to Second Glance (our local thrift store that fundraises for The Open Door), a small collection of “free, take it” stuff on the front lawn, and some unwanted shelving that already a local metal dealer has taken most of. And some kept back stuff that people will hopefully be returning to buy …

For those that want to know, the day raised somewhere between $320 and $400, depending if the promised last buyers return! Quite successful, though the main purpose was getting rid of things …

For Sale By Owner

Over the last few weeks, Margaret’s been researching selling our Gloucester home, and now has created a very detailed “flyer” describing our home, as well as adding details to Zillow, and putting up a For Sale By Owner sign:

We will see how the rest of the year proceeds, it might be nearly as significant as 1996, when we emigrated to USA!