Monday, May 27, 2013

It's Oh-So-Quiet...

It's been quiet around here lately.  I apologize for that.

They say that life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.  I don't know who the proverbial "they" are, but "they" are right. 

In a nutshell, the Goodlaffs have had a lot going on.  I didn't blog about it, but at the end of March, we took the first step towards becoming homeowners by attending a first-time homebuyers class. Three days later, we were pre-approved; two days after that we were meeting with a realtor. We began a house hunt and found one we liked.  We made an offer and it got accepted.

The day we found out that we bought a house, I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg.  In a few weeks, I will be getting rechecked to make sure it's gone, and then we will set about finding out what caused it.  I've been resting and healing, and I haven't been able to eat much in the way of green leafy vegetables, as it interferes with the blood thinning medication I've been taking. It's funny, but the minute the doctor told me that I couldn't eat spinach, all I wanted to do was sit down and eat a big old spinach salad.  And I'm not even that big of a fan of spinach!

Since then, it's been a whirl of doctor's appointments and weekends at The Home Depot. We've learned how to use a lawnmower, hacked back the wilderness that was our backyard (see below!), installed a mailbox, had the electrical completely updated, and, in the course of appliance shopping, learned the hierarchy of refrigerator brands. 

Yard before:

Yard after:


We move in less than two weeks.

We've started packing; the house is a disaster, with alternating towers of empty and full boxes clinging to the walls for support. The first of what I'm sure will be several trips to Goodwill happened today, and even though we took four trash bags full of linens and clothes, two paper bags full of books (yes, I got rid of some books. Be proud.) and various other sundry, a lamp, and a filing cabinet, the house still feels as full as it did before. 

All of this means that I've been neglectful of this blog, and you, the five people who read it. 

As soon as the dust has somewhat settled, I promise I'll be back. But for now, wish us luck with our move.  We are going to need it!