Thursday has arrived and the purging and packing continues. We must have it all done by 10am Saturday when the movers come. There is still a lot to do but I know we will get it done. Donna is off work today so she is purging while I am packing.
She has lots of stuff she is giving away. Yet, just like we found with our move…actually getting the people who say they are taking it to show up and take it is proving to be a struggle. I don’t think I will ever understand that. If you tell someone you are going to take something then show up and get it. We do have a Plan B if we need it come Saturday but hopefully people will come through.
The fun part of all of this is spending time with Donna and Carl. These two have such loving hearts. They are both such giving people and it has been great to meet many of their friends who love them just as much as I do. They will truly be missed here but I know that they will have lots of visitors at the lake.
As Donna is sorting and I am packing we are telling stories and looking at family photos. I always find it so interesting what different memories we all have. I have found it with my sisters and I know my Mom found it with her brother and sister. Even growing up under the same roof my sisters and I obviously have shared memories but there are some that only one sibling recalls. To them it is a vivid memory and it might not even be a glimmer of a memory to the others. We came across some family photos from our grandparent’s wedding and another relative’s wedding of the same era. Some people we recognize but there are some that neither of us know who they are. I’ve been taking photos of the photos to see if I can match them to any of the family photos that I have. Our Grandma Salter was so organized and thankfully wrote the names of people on the back of photos. Hopefully I will be able to match the photos and figure out who they are. Then the plan is to get them scanned so that they can be shared with the whole family.
It’s hard to believe that the day after tomorrow the movers are coming. Hard to believe in the sense that Donna and Carl’s dream 20 years in the making is finally happening. Tomorrow is Donna’s last day of commuting 2.5 hours per day. That’s 12.5 hours of her life per week that she is getting back! How wonderful is that!? The company she works for is being smart and letting her work from home in NC instead of losing her when she moves. No more commute and when she takes her lunch break or finishes for the day the lake will be waiting for her.
Not a bad view, huh? It will be interesting to see how quickly it sinks in with Donna and Carl that this isn’t vacation at the lake anymore. This is their new life in their happy place.
Sometimes dreams take a bit of time to come true. The trick is to never give up.