Thursday, June 30, 2016

MOVING TO NH....PART 3....FINALLY HOME....BUT NOT OUR STUFF!

The night of June 9th we got the cars unpacked, the cats and their litter box settled, the boy's rooms organized and groceries bought. It was windy and cold when we first arrived, so although I lived in this house for 22 years, I had no idea on how to turn the heat on. I called my sister, Karen, and that is the first question I asked her. She laughed.

Over the next couple days we figured out where the post office was, found the closest Super WalMart in Plymouth, 37 miles away, went to Sam's happy place....this amazing candy store, called CHUTTERS, found the playground, and went to a BBQ at my sisters to visit my Mom.

Our belongings were due from the moving company by June 14. We waited. We came up with a very long TO DO list and waited. On June 14, still no call about our moving truck. We called ALLIED....you know that nation wide company.....THEY HADN'T LEFT ALBUQUERQUE YET!  Their excuse....they didn't have a driver...ARE YOU KIDDING ME! You are a national company, right? You have more than one driver, right? GGGGRRR!

Come to find out, when they picked up our stuff at our house in New Mexico, they knew they didn't have a driver and still told us they would arrive between June 7th and June 14th and never mentioned the fact that they didn't have a driver and NEVER called us over the preceding 2 weeks.

We called again on June 16, (...are you noticing that we are making all the calls to find out about our stuff and NO ONE from ALLIED is calling us...) this time we talked to a different person, and we were told that they now had a driver and our belongings would be picked up on June 19, Father's Day, and would arrive on or before June 30.

We called on June 20, now speaking to PERSON #3, and were told that the truck that was coming from Texas had an accident and the top of the truck got sheared off. We complained and told them that their contract said our things would be delivered between June 7th and 14th. We only brought with us 2 weeks worth of summer clothes and my husband explained that he couldn't go on job interviews because he was waiting on his dress clothes. They offered us $300. The next day we called to inform them about the $125 we paid to rent a storage unit that has been sitting idle since May 26th. We asked them to cover this expense too and they said the $300 should cover that. We had paid them $6000! Oh, and of course, they had already charged our credit card.

We called on June 21, 22 and 23 getting different people every time and being told by one of them that this was the first time SHE was hearing about our problems. We told her we really didn't care and that we were extremely DISSATISFIED! We were then told our stuff would be picked up over the coming weekend.

We then called on Monday, June 27, speaking to person #6. You guessed it, another issue. The truck they were going to use over the weekend had mechanical problems. We reminded them again about THEIR contracted dates of delivery and that we had paid $125 for a storage unit out here that has been sitting empty. We also explained that now our stuff is close to a month late. They upped what they are willing to give us to $500.

It is now June 30 (the second deadline date for our stuff) and they are finally loading our things and SHOULD leave tomorrow. We do not, however, have a delivery date.

I will keep you up to date and upload pictures once we get our computer hooked up.

Keep us in your prayers!

Friday, June 24, 2016

MOVING TO NH...part 2...THREE DAY BREAK WITH FAMILY

Day 3...June 4...My sister-in-law and her family and Richard's mom live in Nashville, Tennessee. So, we only had a few hours to drive. We took over their bottom floor. We had our own little apartment to spread out in. That afternoon we went to their in-laws pool where Sam got to swim with his cousins. It was gorgeous.

Day 4...June 5....They took us out on a boat on a lake and the kids were pulled behind on a float. Sam had a ball! The water was too cold for me, but Richard took Andrew in the water and he loved it. We had great food and family fun.

Day 5...June 6...Sam got to go with his cousins and their "manny," (nanny that is a man) Jake, to a bouncy place, swimming at a pool and Burger King. Richard and his mom had time together with Andrew while I took some much needed "me" time to change our reservations, so we were traveling less time each day, and my sister-in-law and I got a pedicure. I also replacked our bags and did laundry.

The cats loved being in one place for 3 days and not in a car!

Some people said we should take our time and go fun places with the kids, but with the cats, I just wanted to get to NH....and we still had 3 more days to go. As we told others, this is our move not a vacation. Plus I wanted to get to NH quickly, hopefully so we could beat our moving truck (little did I know.....just you wait to hear that part....Ugghhh).

Day 6...June 7...We all piled back in the cars and drove another 6-8 hours to Grove City, Ohio. Exhausted!

Day 7...June 8....We all piled back in the cars and drove another 6-8 hours to Verona, NY. Exhausted!

Day 8...June 9...We all piled back in the cars and drove the last 6 hours to Lincoln, NH. It's interesting that Richard and I were within 3 miles of each other the entire trip, but after we stopped in Vermont for lunch, we lost each other on one of those "roundabouts" and Richard approached our final destination from the south on I-93 and I came west from Vermont on 91.

....part 3.....FINALLY HOME....BUT NOT OUR STUFF!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MOVING TO NH...PART 1

Where do I begin? I can't show you any pictures because I don't know how to download DROPBOX pictures to my IPad and we don't have our computer yet (Wait until you hear why!!!). You'll just have to imagine it.....

We moved into a hotel (La Quinta...pet friendly) on May 30 after packing up the last of our boxes. The hotel room was very small. Even though I am a very organized person, I didn't think through well the bag situation. With one bag for each of us, and the litter box and cat carriers, it made for very tight quarters. I repacked the bags with the number of outfits we needed and even took one pile of stuff (extra shoes, my journaling stuff, coats etc) back to the house to add to the other boxes.

I felt very calm up to this point, but all the changes finally hit me and I had a panic attack. 

The movers came on May 31 and packed up our house. WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH! We closed on the house on June 1st and actually got more then we expected. SMILE! 

We left Albuquerque on June 2nd....Two adults, two kids and two cats in two cars. 

Day 1.....June 2nd....first stop was Oklahoma City. I used the site FURKOT to plan the trip. If it had just been Richard and I we could have driven 12 hours a day, but with the kids and cats, I figured 8 hours would be good.....but with bathroom and eating breaks and our butts falling asleep, even that was too much. It ended up being more like 10 hours. Andrew (2 1/2 years old) was not used to long car rides and started saying, "Done, Mom," after the first hour. The cats were not happy either. Luckily Andrew slept a lot and I didn't have the "talker" cat. By the time we got checked in and got a quick bite to eat, we all fell into bed exhausted.

Day 2....June 3rd....second stop was Memphis, Tennessee. I was hoping to get on the road by 8:00, since we are early risers, but with breakfast and packing and gassing up car, we didn't get on the highway until 9:00. Another 8....turning into 10 hour day....butts and legs sore. Check in. Much nicer room! Quick bite to eat.....go to bed. 

....part 2....THREE DAY BREAK WITH FAMILY....AHHHHH


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NH OR BUST

Today is out last day in Albuquerque....

...... Lincoln, NH here we come....

Thursday, April 7, 2016

SOLD!

Our house was listed last Sunday at 12:00 noon on Zillow. Monday and Tuesday there were 10 showings. We got 8 offers, 5 being above list.  After much discussion, we chose which one to accept on Tuesday evening around 9:30 p.m. We accepted an offer that was $3000 over list price. We close on June 1 and we leave Albuquerque to drive to New Hampshire on June 2! God is good all the time!