So, a couple of weeks ago I went to visit my eldest daughter in Georgia.  And then, leaving son-in-law and grandson home, we went to a OneRepulic concert.  I am delighted to say that they sound just as good (perhaps even better?) live than their recordings.  But wow!  Has concert etiquette changed since the last time time I attended a concert (which was apparently in the Dark Ages of the 90s when this same daughter and I went to see Pink Floyd).  Why, oh why, would you go to a concert only to arrive drunk?  Why is smoking OK – and even if it is OK why is it acceptable to flick your cigarette butt off into the crowd?  And what is with standing through the entire thing?  I think that will probably be the last live concert I attend.

Anyway, the music was great.

Then and now

So, last Wednesday all my stuff that had been in storage was finally delivered.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is my life in pictures.

Dining Room – 3 Oct

Dining Room – 8 Oct

Living Room – 3 Oct

 Living Room  – 8 Oct

 Office – 3 Oct

Office – 8 Oct

Kitchen – 3 Oct

 Kitchen – 8 Oct

 Hall – 3 Oct

Hall – 8 Oct

I am SO tired!

Failure to communicate

So, October is here.  Which means I’ve been officially retired (the second time) for 3 months and here in Louisiana for about 6 weeks.  And what have I learned?  i’ve learned that retirement is wonderful, home ownership is so much more expensive than I thought, and that I cannot effectively communicate in my own country.

Example 1:  I purchased my pro stove, pro hood, dishwasher and washing machine from a local company.  They recommended an installer to make bring all my appliances to the house and hook them up.  I had to have 220v run for the convection oven, and since I wanted my laundry room moved to where it was originally in the house, 220v run for the washing machine.  The electrician came and fixed the electric for the oven, but told me to have the plumber in first.

It’s a beautiful range and hood – and I love them.  But look closely at the hood.  Notice how it doesn’t vent any where?  That is because the installer doesn’t “do” duct work.  So I still need to figure out who does duct work and have them come complete the job.

Example 2:  Plumber came out and while I thought they’d go under the house and reconnect the hot and cold water and the drain, I was wrong.  They said it would be better to come through where the “new” laundry room was located.  Here’s a professional plumbing job if there ever was one:

That is a hole in the wall in the pantry (previously the laundry room) and while you can’t see it here, behind that big pipe is the bath tub in one of the guest bathrooms.  The bit with the duct tape is my sorry attempt at trying to keep critters out of the house.

Example #3.  The electricians told me that whoever did the previous renovations cut the wires totally in the old laundry room, and this I can believe.  They said they’d run some conduit and I ASSUMED that the conduit would run to the laundry room and that they’d be able to somehow use the old outlets.  I was wrong.

My new extra outlets!

The new dryer outlet.

My new light – and one of my daughter said it looked like art and maybe it’d be fun to have more conduit ran in spokes coming from the light.  Sounds good to me.

I’d hoped to have the walls repainted before my furniture arrives (which is in 2 days so that isn’t happening).  I’ve tried color after color and can’t find anything I like.  The lighting is strange and every color looks like a different shade on each wall.  Here’s what it looks like now:

Wall 1with purples and yellow .  The light colors weren’t working so I thought I’d try dark…

Doesn’t work for me either.

One thing that is going well is that my Dad is installing my new surround sound system.  We have the holes drilled for the center speakers and the rear speakers.  So I have 4 holes in my walls like this one with wire coming out:

We still have to get the wires from the receiver, up through the walls behind the TV to the attic and then across to the holes and then the job will be done.  But it is harder than it sounds.  All of the interior walls are wall board OVER 1″ thick board, which is attached to 2x4s.  To it is slow going, but I am happy knowing the house is so well constructed.  (Note: the more recent renovations like the “new” laundry room are just dry wall attached to 2x4s.)

The older cat has just about had it:

And I’m sure you will all be delighted to hear that Bilbo Baggins didn’t die after all.  He’s alive and well in Bossier City, Louisiana where he opened a sports bar:

Hope this finds you all well and enjoying life!

No more road trips for a while – please


In a week and a half I put 3,689 miles on my car.  I do enjoy road trips, but I am sore from head to toe and oh, so weary.  Now I’m home and trying to get the house organized.    The dining room is done (it consists of a folding table and folding chairs) and I spent the rest of the day on the office.  The printer took 2 hours to set up – couldn’t get it to print for anything.  Paper jam after paper jam.  Finally went on line and was unhooking it to do the clean the rollers thing when I discovered I’d not pushed in the bit in the back that does the paper feeding.  Worked like a charm.  But couldn’t get it to print via wireless from the iMac.  Looked and somehow the drivers on the computer had been deleted (probably by me or the cat!).  Installed and, just like magic, everything worked.  It even works with the Dell laptop for my business.  How is that for just perfect?  Still need to hoover the floor and clean with the steamer.

Cleaning the living room was on the agenda for today since my new couch and chair are being delivered tomorrow, along with the new surround system.  But I’m tired and sore so that’ll be a task for the morning.

Kitchen looks like a typhoon hit it.  That too can wait – but not too long because I am so clumsy and the stacks are reaching critical mass.

I used to be able to do all the unpacking and getting the house together in about 3 days.  I moved so often i had it down to a science.  Now I’m older, I no longer have the energy.  The fibromyalgia is tricky too – some days the pain is just too much, but I’m lucky this trip and now – pain is pretty manageable.

The later part of September I’ll be going to Illinois to attend a nephew’s wedding and I’ll arrange to get the furniture that is in storage delivered.  It’s most of what I have, and the cost of bringing it down is so dear — but not as much as replacing it!  🙂

So I’m going to return to listening to iTunes while I finish up for the night!


(second) Retirement – Day 1

You know, no matter how much you think and plan, things don’t always work out like you want them to. My last day of work (yesterday) was filled with tasks taking so much longer than they should have. Then the landlord, who was supposed to be at the condo at 3 so I could return the keys and hit the road, didn’t show up until after 5.

My middle daughter, son-in-law and grandkids had come up to help pack and they ended up loading the u-haul truck for me. Son-in-law and one grandson left with the u-haul for El Centro. That drive normally takes about 5 hours. 4 hours into the drive they stopped for supper — and hadn’t even gone half the distance. We did a check and there were lots of accidents which was causing traffic to move at a snails pace. I’m not sure how the accidents turned out, I’m just thankful that none of us were involved. And in reality my moaning is nothing! Anyway….

Since we were having such a late start we decided to go to a local Thai Restaurant before we hit the road. (And the meal was lovely.) About an hour into the trip we realized just how exhausted we all were so decided to get a hotel. My youngest daughter got on line and then called a hotel that would take pets. We arrived about an hour later only to be told they wouldn’t be honoring the reservation. Thank you Best Wes….. you know who you are. That is one chain we won’t be staying at again! A quick check of the iPad and we found several others that would take pets – but rooms were tight. We finally found one and went there. It was wonderful! A really nice, helpful staff. Really CLEAN room, wonderful beds and linens. Yes, we were all really tired, but it was such a comfortable and restful night.

Got to El Centro today and the truck unloaded tonight. We are all really tired again, but NO MORE WORKING FOR me. (at least for awhile, more on that later)

So, all in all, (second) Retirement – Day 1 is good.