Now from Montana
Listening to: The Perishers, 8 am Departure
The big move is (mostly) complete. I still have a few things left in Tucson, plus some construction and cleaning to finish up at the house before I can sell it. I will be here for at least five or six weeks before I get back there.
The house is a funky old place where nothing quite looks right or quite works right but you somehow love it anyhow.
Let's start with the floorplan which is somewhat disfunctional. You enter the living room from the front door, and there are two bedrooms off to your left. So far so good. Continue forward and you are in the kitchen which has a laundry room and a pantry connected to it on the right. Continue forward through the kitchen and your only path is through the bathroom so if someone is in there, the front of the house is cut off from the back. Just past the bedroom is the master bedroom, and connected to that is a stairway that takes you up to a gabled second-story room which was apparently once a kids' room. That's where I'm setting up my drums. It has a leftover foosball table in there, so it is going to be the rumpus room.
The carpet is a dark green, reminding me of fake grass. The refrigerator light does not work, and the shelf on top of the crisper drawers is missing. Three out of four burners on the stove work, but I am promised they're working on the last one for me. There is no fan in the bathroom, but there are two very high open spaces right up near the ceiling which go to the kitchen (yum!) and the master bedroom. The windows of the pantry are cracked and taped back together with scotch tape. Curtains are missing from many windows, and as someone discovered at an inopportune moment, the curtains in the room I have chosen for my bed (not the master bedroom) do not quite cover the window. Ahem. If anyone peeps in and goes blind, I will not be held responsible.
I am settling in pretty well as is my faithful companion, Ms. Pepper Ann Delbarco.
I have most of the furniture in place with only a guest bed and a desk plust two fold-up bookshelves for my cookbooks left to put together. My drums are also yet to be put together- I hope like hell we have all the pieces and that I can figure out where they go. Today I hope to put together the guest bed and also finish unpacking all my non-cookbooks. I don't know where the cookbooks are going to go yet. I would love to get my washing machine hooked up in the next week, and get an electric dryer, too, to go with it.
Pepper has already made a couple of friends. White Rabbit and li'l p brought over their dogs Rowdy and Nixie (a two-month-old puppy) to play in my yard with Pepper the first day. They've been over here, and we've been over there for some indoor playtime since then. Rowdy has made several feeble attempts to hump Pepper, but she has rebuked his efforts.
We have found the sunny spot on the south side of the house, and I have set up Pepper's cushion there so she can sun herself in front of the window when it's sunny like yesterday. We were up into the fifities after noon. Right now it is snowing a tiny bit. We just came in from a walk. She's doing pretty well with the walking in snow thing. The only thing she really, really dislikes is walking on ice that is collapsing under her paws so I try to steer away from that. She is not doing well staying at home alone yet, but I'm leaving her for only a few minutes at a time right now to work up to progressively longer times. But overall I think she's going to do just fine here which is a big load off my mind.