2023 Life Logs, Day 159: Jolted into Reality
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Weather: Partly Cloudy: High 66, Low 51 degrees F
Location: At Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Yes. I knew before today that I am moving in three weeks. But not until I actually started packing today was I jolted into what that reality means. Moving is never easy, but since I have moved twice in the past seven years, it seems this should relatively easy. Today was a lot of work, but it was not difficult. Friend Christina Brodie spent most of the day with me and she is fantastic packer. Thank you, Christina. But it is when I start in on the plastic bins in the basement that it will get difficult. Deciding what can be thrown away, given away, or sold is the hard part. Today we packed 44 boxes of books and kitchen items. There are more boxes than normal because I bought small 12 x 10 inch boxes so I can handle the weight. A regular small moving box full of books is just too heavy for me to move if I ever want my back to heal. So, my summary of day one is that is was not hard, just overwhelming. Karen Baranowski is coming over tomorrow morning to help for a couple of hours. Then I will put the move on the back burner for a few days while I get the garden at the new house under control. Once that is done, I can focus my full attention on the move. But things are moving along.

I talked to my friend Lynne Kirwin tonight. She arrived in this country from New Zealand late last week and is now settling in at her sister’s home in Michigan for her summer and fall visit. At some point she will be coming here. I look forward to what is becoming our annual visit. Maybe one of these winters, I’ll have to fly to New Zealand to visit her!