June 18, 2012

Packin' Up!

If you are reading this, you deserve a gold star for loyalty.  I apologize for the inconsistency of my posts.  In case you missed it, we sold our house and we are in the midst of packing up 10.5 years of memories and 145,983 boxes. ;)
More than anything else in my yard, I'm going to miss this bush the most.  It started as a small 1/2 gallon hydrangea plant as a Mother's day gift several years ago.  It currently stands about 4 feet tall and 6 feet across.  That's even after I hacked it down to sticks this fall!  The blooms are a gorgeous blue (no, I didn't do anything to the acidity of my soil to turn it blue) and make a wonderful indoor bouquet. A friend recommended a rood grower to start my own bush from this one.  I hope it works. What a special, tangible memory to take to our new home!

I took this photo last week.  This week my bonus room looks more like the epicenter of a large bomb.  I'm tackling it tomorrow.  A precious friend is bringing us dinner, so I can focus on getting the job done.  Today I packed my son's room.  Wow.  Little boy toys sure do have lots of little pieces!

I'm enjoying a new summer Bible study.  Living Free by Beth Moore is proving to be the perfect study for this stage in my life.  Tonight I dropped my daughter off at her summer bible study and headed over to a quiet corner at the coffee shop to enjoy some time in the Word.  After listening to the extremely loud pair of women planning their next Women's Club event, I realized that the guy next to me had the right idea: earphones.
 Nevertheless, it was a wonderful break from the chaos/boxes/packing.  Digging into the Scriptures always puts life into perspective.

We have moved 90% of our stuff.  Over the weekend we moved the bunnies and the rest of the chickens to the farm.  The bunny hutches were moved by the 5 of us.  Every muscle in my poor body can attest.  We needed some machine muscle to move the coop.  It's halfway painted to match the rest of the buildings at the farm.  That was my one request: all the buildings painted the same color for continuity.  Okay, I have more "requests" but that was one of my first.  ;)

Chiggers have found their way into our family again, so while I was searching the drugstore for anti-itch cream, I ran across these:
Ummm.... yeah.  The Thin Mint is dark chocolate, so it won my "test taste" but they both merit the Girl Scout cookie status.  I'll volunteer to go to the drugstore anytime!


Bugs and Sunshine said...

Glad to hear everything is going good! I've been thinking about ya, can't wait to see the farm! Hang in there girl! And when in doubt, throw it out-LOL.

Anna said...

Good luck with your transition to your farm!

Kay @ Off the Beaten Path said...

Gretchen, I don't even you the packing and moving. Local moves are always the hardest to me, like a slow dribble. But it sounds like you've got a great attitude about it. Probably because you're mostly excited about the move. Blessings to you, girl, while you finish that move!