A Visit With Old Friends

I know I keep saying I will do a post about Ogopogo but honestly other things keep getting in the way. This week we had a visit from hubby’s cousin and her husband and they stayed overnight with us. We had so much fun that we didn’t get to bed until the early morning hours!

Saturday and Sunday, were spent visiting with old friends 🙂 But not the kind of friends that you can talk back and forward with, in fact these old friends don’t talk at all.

For the past six years we have had all our household items stored in a 20 foot storage container and this past weekend we pulled everything out and had a visit.

It really was a lot of fun sitting on our furniture and looking through what we had.

When we listed our house it sold in six hours, but of course we had to keep it on the market for about ten days while we waited for the home inspection to be completed, which meant we could not pack or sell items we knew we would no longer use. Once the sale was final the new owner wanted a quick possession, which worked well for us because we wanted to head south before the snow came … the downfall though was not being able to sell some of the furniture we knew we would no longer need.

Lunch time, which I enjoyed in a living room chair and hubby enjoyed in a recliner from our den … I wasn’t sure he would get up again 🙂

Fortunately I had already retired so I was able to pack up all our belongings and had most of it done before hubby retired a week before we had to be out of the house. Unfortunately, while packing up some stuff in our crawl space, a large, heavy, brick fell on my foot and broke it in two places. That put me on crutches for six weeks and because I also had some deep cuts, which had to be monitored for infection, I was unable to wear a walking cast. That meant hubby had to finish the packing on his own, in a short period of time, and with the help of our son-in-law, had to pack the storage container without my help … really let’s face it I probably wouldn’t have been much help loading the container anyway 🙂

We rented a second container for the weekend just in case it rained. As it turned out it was the warmest day we have had so far and beautiful blue skies, so we probably could have managed without the extra bin.

So where am I going with this story? Well I’m not really sure but I think what I wanted to get out was that I wasn’t involved in the final packing and I sort of felt like I missed saying goodbye to my stuff … silly, I know, but that’s the way it is.

Our stuff has been in storage for almost six years and we felt we needed to get the container unpacked, first of all to make sure everything was okay, but also to see if we could get rid of anything.

Actually what started this whole process was the fact that I was missing my mixer, and for the last few years I was pondering buying a new one. Hubby thought we should get mine out of the container and save about $500.00 dollars, and that brings us to this weekend 🙂 We finally found the mixer in the second to last box in the very far right corner of the container!

We did have many conversations about what to do with all our stuff, should we sell it all, or continue paying to store it? Well ultimately we decided that there is some security in knowing that if need be we could easily set up a house, and that did give us a lot of piece of mind when we were in Niagara Falls and I was told I had Cancer. Fortunately that statement was wrong, but it was nice to know that we could easily set up a home if we needed to stay in Kelowna for the winter.

So after six hours of work yesterday, four with just hubby and I, two with our daughter, son-in-law, and one of our grandsons and another two hours this morning with the four of us and three grandsons, all our items are safely packed away for what we hope is another fun filled six years!

All packed up again.

Until next time …

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17 thoughts on “A Visit With Old Friends

  1. We just moved a bunch of stuff from our friend’s house where we were storing it to my dad’s house, so he can use the stuff. It was fun looking through some of our things again. We didn’t keep much, and we actually got rid of some additional stuff this time, but like you, we didn’t want to have nothing available, if necessary. It’s a balance.

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    • I think it’s a dilemma all full time RVers face. We could get rid of a lot of stuff but our furniture, that we want to keep, won’t fit into a smaller box so we have lots of extra space which is why we decided not to worry to much about what we kept.

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  2. Now that is a lot of work to find your mixer. I think I would have purchased a new one.

    I went back and read about your cancer scare. Very trying times, so glad it all worked out for you. Keep enjoying life to the fullest.

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  3. Everyone has different ways to look at things and that is nice. We need to be able to make our own choices. Having a storage unit of any size wasn’t for us. We got rid of anything that wouldn’t fit in the Suite. We didn’t have anythiing that wasn’t easily replaceable down the road for the $ it would have cost us to store it. $130/mth x ?? # of years – wasn’t in our budget. I’m glad you had fun and it was such a lovely day. Love the lunch picture. I’m glad it was only a scare for the big C, I can’t imagine what went through your head and also read that post.
    May your stuff remain happy in storage and you two happy without it for many years!

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  4. Smart move in saving things just in case like if the Diagnoses had been correct.
    You’ve taken the same mindset that Kathy did when we rented a Climate Controlled Storage Unit. The only furniture we kept was a Recliner Love Seat, Our Dining Room Set and a Box Spring and Mattress. The rest is small kitchen appliances and Clothes (That we’ll be going through) and little bits of Memorabilia.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the freedom of Fulltiming.

    It’s about time.

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  5. At first I thought “that’s a lot of work for a mixer” but then I think about not having mine and I totally get it. I went back and read about your cancer scare. I’m so relieved that it worked out as well as it did.

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  6. You have to get it out and touch it every so often to make sure its real!! Lots of work packing and unpacking but your post tells me it was worth it for you guys. I hope you don’t need any of it for at least 6 years and double that as well. We didn’t keep our furniture and I am sure looking forward to a brand new lazyboy in 20 years or so..

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