Monday, March 14, 2011

And So My Life in Hooterville Begins…

I predicted I would probably get emotional when the moving van pulled away from My Cottage of Bliss with all my furniture inside.  However, I was not prepared to start crying the minute the moving van pulled up in front of the house…before the movers  had even turned the engine off or got out of the truck!    Aside from that,  the move to the house in Hooterville was fairly uneventful.  

Through the tears, I couldn’t help chuckle about  the size of the truck they brought.  One might get the impression My Cottage of Bliss was a McMansion instead of a little 1300 sq ft. house.


Obviously, since we had already moved the majority of our smaller items, the larger furniture pieces they moved for us didn’t even begin to fill that truck up! 

The 3-man moving crew was great though.  They were fast, efficient and very careful with our furniture.  Not a single thing was dinged or broken and, as a bonus, the final bill ended up being less than the estimate we were quoted.   Quite refreshing considering all the horror stories you hear about moving companies holding peoples’ belongings hostage until they pay up more money.

My hubby must have  felt bad…really bad…that I cried over leaving My Cottage of Bliss because he came home from work that afternoon with this beautiful flower arrangement…the first flowers I have received from him in years.

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Since moving day, I have been putting in some  long days attempting to get boxes unpacked and trying to decide on furniture placement.  There is still so much to do.  I can see it is going to be a slow process but soon I hope to have some pictures of how things are starting to come together.

We’ve also made several trips back to My Cottage of Bliss to start getting  it cleaned up and ready for the nice couple who will be renting it from us.  They are both school teachers who are retiring from the Pennsylvania school system at the end of this school year.  Their daughter, son-in-law and 2 young granddaughters live just one street over, and they also have other relatives in the immediate neighborhood  that we have known for years.  We were happy to find someone who we know will take good care of our house and they were thrilled to find a house so close to their family members. 


Meanwhile, also happening in Hooterville…

Remember the ugly homemade light that hung from the ceiling in the old kitchen?

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It finally met its demise in the burn pile today (oh happy day!),  along with some of the old cabinets, some brush and other miscellaneous junk. 


It was quite an inferno hubby had going.  The heat radiating off of it was surprisingly intense.  I suppose being able to burn your  junk, trash and brush on your property could be considered  one of the advantages of living out in the country.   ;)


The father of one of my daughter’s riding students volunteered to make  some jumps for the jump course in our riding arena.  When he pulled up yesterday with the first set  in the back of his truck, it caused quite a stir.


Shamu!  Times two! 

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Awesome!  Can’t wait to see what  other designs he comes  up with for the other jumps.


And finally, it’s Strawberry season again in Hooterville.  All the strawberry  fields in the area are in full bloom, including the one right next to our property .


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The berries are plentiful and cheap, but unfortunately the ones we’ve had this season have been somewhat disappointing, taste-wise.  Still pretty to look at though.



Adrienne said...

It's so good to hear that you survived the move. I'm not surprised it was hard - I would do that same thing! So glad you are able to putter and put things away and begin to live in your wonderful, new country home. Can't wait to see photos.

Deb said...

So looking forward to seeing pics!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Shari, you are going to be so happy in your "Hooterville" home.
Farm life always keeps us smiling.
Always somthing fun to do.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...


Oh how cute those jumps are. Very clever! Ummmm, strawberries!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

How very sweet of your hubby to bring you such beautiful flowers. I hope you are settling into your new home. Can't wait to see how you make it "your" own.