At last I have wifi internet at home. In fact I spent yesterday doing all the things that mean you are settled. I.e. I got a driver’s license, library card, gym membership, bank account and subscribed to the newspaper. We (the family ) will be hanging the art this weekend. Tomorrow I will take Caitlin to her second therapeutic riding lesson.
And best of all.. The trash collection picked up the mountain of boxes and packing material accumulated at the curb. I assume my neighbor’s are as relieved as I am. We had a terrific night of sever. We had thunder storms with heavy wind and drenching rain two days ago. As I heard the thunder and looked out and saw the black skies, I started trying to bring the mountain of boxes stuffed with paper packing into the garage. The wind was blowing boxes down the street, and the rain started drenching me. I would wrestle two boxes into the garage and then chase four or five more down the street. I got most of it in before it was soaked. I, though was thoroughly soaked and dripping. But by trash collection today it was all dry and back at the curb. Whew!!
Now we are back to punishing heat in the upper nineties.
Two weeks now we have had this weather. At least it is no longer humid. Poor Noel. Her car just died. Shuddered to a stop in the middle of the street on the way home yesterday. Grant went and helped her push it to the side of the road. She called a tow, but had to wait in the punishing heat. I went to sit with her in my air conditioned car. Soon Nate showed up with jumper cables, which got it started, but it was unable to keep going once the cables were removed. A wonderful demonstration of the blessings of being family in the same town.
The rest of you can stop here… Soccer fans might read on.
I used my brand new wifi to stream the Copa American semifinal;
USA vs Argentina. USA was trounced, mostly by Messi. But it was a good game. Messi made an amazing goal off a penalty kick. Then Messi was pushed over the fence and into seats by a wayward ball. A spectacular spill that he miraculously appeared uninsured by; and he went on to score again. A great maiden run for the wifi.
It defies my best hopes how smoothly this move has gone. Everything on time and as expected. And no complaints from the renter in DC.
Dawn on the prairie
The tornado siren just around the corner
If this appears twice, it’s because the blog program does not work without wifi, but saves things to publish when in wifi.
It is impossible to publish a post without wifi. So it has been a while since I posted. We arrived in Columbia in time to met Noel for lunch and get a tour of the Geology building, and her office, and then Jeanne and I cooked dinner for all of us.
I took the day off Wed after arriving in Columbia at Noel and Grant’s. That morning Jeanne left to return to DC. We were both exhausted after our fabulous road trip. Unfortunately Jeanne’s rest was delayed until Thursday, as she had a long wait at the airport. Caitlin woke up sick Wed and had to stay home from school. I stayed with Noel and Caitlin, who napped most of the day. Noel worked a bit, and I played hookey all day, having secured the keys to my house the previous day. Late that afternoon, I arrived at Caitlin’ Preschool to meet Noel and Grant to go to her first therapeutic riding lesson. It was 100 degrees, and she was not at all happy to find herself on a horse. She screamed and cried until they trotted. Then she seemed to be happy; until they stopped the two and were walking again. She was not the only unhappy kid, and the instructor said it usually takes two or three times before they enjoy it. Noel brought milk for her, but I will remember to bring water next week, when I take her to the lesson.
It has been so hot here for the past week, and will continue for the next week. Is this summer in the Midwest? The people I have met say this unusually hot for an unusually long time. I’ll see how it goes. Fortunately there a plethora of lakes and pools in the city where one can keep cool.The parks here are so numerous they are like Starbucks; one on almost every corner. Many pools or other water features.
Thursday the trailer arrived as requested, and Noel and I went to Walmart to get a car seat and stroller for me. Noel was also on a mission to find lace up shoes in 6 T size, as Caitlin had refused to put on shoes that morning, and she needed closed toe shoes for her first therapeutic riding lesson that afternoon. I picked up some other necessary things for setting up the kitchen for unpacking. Drawer liners, organizers for drawers and shelves and the like. Then I met the delivery of washer and dryer at my house. It seems odd to an east coaster, but no rental in MO comes with those appliances. You are supposed to provide them. They are not usually supplied when you buy a house either. In any event I ordered them Wed. And they were delivered Thurs.
How many times does that happen on the east coast? And installation was included.
Grant made a delicious Tuna steak dinner, which inadvertently had much garlic that I did not detect . Friday was moving day. The movers arrived on time, but I was sick as a dog from the garlic poisoning. Mid morning I called Nate to bring me a coke and sandwich as I was feeling sick and woozy. I thought I was hypoglycemic and /or dehydrated. After consuming those, I felt better, but still so sleepy. Nate was ready to help unpack, but I was too sick and sent him home. When the movers left, I went to bed and slept 10 hours. Sat. I was much better. Noel arrived to help unpack, and we unpacked the kitchen and dining room. No surprise that there was not enough storage in the kitchen for my plethora of cooking equipment. But Noel came up with some great ideas to solve that problem. Now I need child locks for the drawers and plugs, etc.
Nate arrived just as we were done for the day and settling down to chat and relax. It was such a pleasure to chat with them without the pressure of time. Knowing that I would see them again in the next few days. Once the kitchen was usable, I bought a few groceries, and then it felt like home. In the early evening I joined Noel, Grant, Nate and Caitlin at a neighbor’s pool for a refreshing swim and cookout. We all spent the rest of the evening hanging out on Noel and Grant’s deck. It was so enjoyable. The woods beyond their deck were alive with fireflies. It was as if the trees were sparkling, glittering. There is a red tailed hawk who likes to hang out on a tree in their woods. What a glorious bird. I suspect it is in wait for the bats, which might be easy prey.
On my way home that night, I felt like I was in the right place. I could be happy here. I like the more relaxed lifestyle. I have met two neighbor’s; Tom from two blocks over, and Harry from three doors down. I am waiting for Dick to show up.
Nate showed up as promised to help unpack on Sunday. We set up my office/study. The files are put away, the computer and printer are set up and working; though no internet as yet. I have a desk workspace now. And we finished setting up the living room, and the bathroom.
My closet still needs unpacking, but it is coming together. I think it will take another week to get completely settled, but it feels like home already. Once. We were done, we had brunch/dinner at a nearby restaurant, and chatted. I like this easy accessibility to my family without the the pressure of a visit. I did not attend the Unitarian church as many were away at UA. I’ll go next Sunday.