Archive for November, 2011

November 24, 2011

A Flock of Thanks!

by heatherkp

I want to say thank you today to so many special people in my life.

I’d like to start with my Mom because she is the someone who has always encouraged and nurtured my creative spirit! She is hard working and has had many careers and volunteer positions that taught me the value of serving others.

Thank you to my dad who is the most giving and generous man I’ve ever met.  I value the sense of discipline, both spiritual and otherwise, I’ve learned from him (probably since he was career Navy)!

Thank you to my brother who is one of my best friends who I can share the adventures of life and fun with and my sister in law who is teaching me what it means to have a sister, not to mention one from a different culture (Norway)!

To my husband’s family who is honest, down to earth and the most “real” group of people I’ve ever met:)

Thank you to my husband who has been more supportive of me than I could ever ask for.  He knows me so well and reminds me to be gentile and forgiving of my own faults when I need to be.

To my fantastic friends who are my extended family and who inspire me to celebrate life!

Thanks be to all those who love us and all who we love and have loved!

…and a final thank you to our sweet kitties who shared a very special place in our hearts over the past 15+ years and who will always be with us in spirit.

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November 21, 2011

Moving Monday::Landed and Nesting

by heatherkp

So here we are in South Carolina!!  It’s been 2 weeks since I posted last on Moving Monday because last Monday we were right in the midst of the move and well, I just didn’t have the time to write something up before hand!  Things got a little crazy as would be expected the weekend of the move.  Leave it to me to make it even crazier by having a Moving PARTY on 11:11:11 the night before we got and loaded the truck.  We did it though and it was worth it to say goodbye to friends and family who made it over to our box filled home.  And at 11:11 we did make a toast of farewell to our friends and a wish for happy new beginnings.

Saturday started out quite well with the expected friends showing up to help us all through the day.  About mid-day though we began to realize there was a strong possibility not everything would fit on the truck.  My husband had spent some time the previous week taking measurements of boxes and furniture and drawing up a rough schematic but despite all that it seemed clear it wasn’t going to work!  The BIG problem was that the truck was about 1′ shorter than expected.  That might not seem like much but over a 26′ truck length it adds up and most packing boxes are made to fit in certain size trucks a specific way.  If we had that extra space we could have packed the truck a bit more efficiently but trust me, they packed the truck without an inch to spare.  FYI, this truck said it would hold a 5 BR capacity which is nonsense!  Our house was approximately 1600 sq. feet and three BR’s but only one BR worth of BR furniture (office, tools, art studio and other normal household furniture).

In the midst of my almost moving meltdown I had to run out to a eye Dr. apt and thank god for my friends and mom who stayed behind diligently packing and cleaning at the house.

It was actually very good for me to step away for a bit to put things in perspective.  My mom gave me some great advice that day and as simple as it is it’s worth remembering.  Everything takes time!  So I just tried to remember that for the remainder of the time it took to load what we could.  Sunday AM we had planned to leave around 9 but because not everything fit we had to make some last minute trips to drop stuff off to be donated and stored.  We also threw and gave things away that we hadn’t originally planned to but nothing that we can’t live without after all, it’s just stuff!

With the house empty and cleaned we finally hit the road for our 8+ hour drive at 4:30PM.  The drive was slow with my husband driving the big truck and me in my car.  It ended up taking us 11 hours but we made it safely and boy was I happy to see palm tree’s and Spanish moss!  Somehow after only 4 hours of sleep we got up and unloaded the truck into our storage bin with the help of my husband’s parents and one kind neighbor friend.  It took 5 hours to pack with 10 people helping and only 1.5 hours to unpack with 5 people.

What a relief to have it all unloaded and in storage now.  The next phase of our life involves living in a furnished home for about 3 months with a minimum of our belongings.  We can run down to our storage unit and get things as we need them but when we packed we selected the items we would need and had them mostly accessible from the time we arrived.  We are on our own now and are nesting in our new, temporary home.  I’ve spent the last several days cleaning because despite the fact that this is a clean house, I guess I just need to put my own mark on it.  I’m also feeling a little lost since we are not in our final destination so this is my way of making it feel like our home.  We re-arranged furniture and have cleaned, unpacked and even done some cooking here.  As you can see by this post, I’m also starting to get back into the swing of my old routines…integrating the old with the new.

One new routine I’m loving so far is walks on the beach every day!

How do you get settled into a new place?  What is nesting like for you?

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November 19, 2011

Silent Saturday::RIP our Beloved Sachi

by heatherkp

1995-2011

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November 16, 2011

Wednesday Wellness::Sometimes You’ve just got to Stop!

by heatherkp

…so after a BIG push to load the truck with all our worldly possessions (quite a bit had to be ditched, given away or stored with friends before we left) last weekend we drove 11 hrs (what’s normally an 8 hr drive) and arrived at 3:30am Monday.  I’m not going to lie, those last 2 hours of driving were brutal and we came close to running out of gas on some very back country road at 1am, but we made it safely and I was never so happy to see 95 and the South of the Border signs light up in the distance!  Once I began to see the Spanish moss dripping down the live oaks and palm trees along the sides of the road, I knew it was all going to be worth it!  After 4 or so hours of sleep we unloaded (with the help of in laws and a neighbor!) everything into storage for the next few months with relative ease and are now resting and recharging for a few more days before trying to find a new “normal” here in South Carolina.

The weather’s been warm (80′s) and we are finally catching up on a lot of lost sleep!  We are enjoying some family time with the in laws before they head south for the winter (yes, further south than coastal South Carolina!).  We’ve already seen sunrise at the beach, sunset on the river and are planning our first canoe ride and some golfing (my husband, not me) soon.   I’ll be back with more details about the move and happenings in the next week but suffice it to say our week or so off is more than well deserved!

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November 11, 2011

Farewell Friday

by heatherkp

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the people, places and unique aspects of my life in Maryland.  This area is dear to me for so many reasons, a little list of what I will miss the most follows.

  • All the amazing and FREE Museums in DC just a short metro ride away.
  • The beautiful autumn colors in the trees along with brisk cool weather alternating with Indian Summer.

  • My parents, best friends and new friends made over the past 6 years.
  • Being a short train ride (or drive) away from NYC and my brother.
  • The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

  • Blue crabs!!!

  • Cultural diversity, I look around at my neighborhood, people in their cars, in the grocery stores etc and love all the differences.
  • Rolling hills leading to the Shenandoah and Appalachian mountains.
  • Fantastic food like my favorite vegetarian Indian restaurant, Madras Palace,( just 5 min’s from my house), Addies, Clydes and Benjarong to name a few.
  • Living History all around.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • The Master Gardener program.  I’ve met and been inspired to learn so much more about gardening from this talented group.
  • Some great Yoga and Nia instructors and fellow class mates!  I’ve grown, stretched and danced my way to better fitness.

Oh, I’m sure there is more but these are some of the things I’ve been really trying to soak in over the past weeks as we prepare to leave.  There is one thing here I will not miss, the increasingly horrible traffic!

I’ll miss you Maryland but I’ll be back!

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November 7, 2011

Moving Monday::1 Week to Go!

by heatherkp

We are really in the final days before moving now!  I can’t believe I began writing about this move 6 weeks ago (or maybe a bit more?).  This has been a really bittersweet time with the prospects of the future ahead and making our dreams come true but also saying goodbye to two members of our family household that we will miss more than we can say.  Both Tai and Leo were our kitties for 17 and 16yrs (respectively) and they were both Maryland kitties with us from the beginning of my husband and I’s relationship.  Maybe it is fitting that we have left them here but they will always be in our hearts and their sweet spirits will live on with us forever.  We are working through some health problems with our youngest kitty, Sachi but she will be coming with us and she is our Savannah kitty so she’s going back to her low country roots.  Thank you  everyone who has offered kind and supportive words of love in this difficult past couple weeks!

We are ready to move forward and we are buckling down to the tasks ahead for the week.  We will pack the remaining items that we will not need in the next few months into boxes and have sorted out those things we will need to come with us in luggage and bins for short term use while we are in our temporary housing for a few months.  Since we will be in this transitional period packing has been that much more challenging, trying to figure out what we will over a 3-4 month period!

This week our agenda includes canceling our utilities, notifying important people and companies of our address change, packing, cleaning and saying goodbyes to friends and family!

It has been a truly spectacular fall here in Maryland and I will miss the rolling hills, fall color and yes I will even miss the snow a little, but it made a sneak appearance for us last weekend as we were packing.  I can say I’m truly getting excited now!  This year began with a focus on finding Clarity and I’ve truly found it by allowing myself to try new things, face my fears and live more boldly.  We created this change in our lives by setting our intentions to live a more fulfilling life and the challenges that have been thrown at us will make us that much stronger! These words by Mary Anne Radmacher sum up how I am living life going forward.

It has been a truly spectacular fall here in Maryland and I will miss the rolling hills, fall color and yes I will even miss the snow a little, but it made a sneak appearance for us last week.

One week from today we will be in South Carolina, just a few minute drive from the beach!  We will be unpacking all our belongings into storage and settling in to a new routine.

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November 5, 2011

Silent Saturday:: RIP our Beloved Tai

by heatherkp

1994-2011  We will miss you dearly~go and be with Leo

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