All kinds of things have happened since I last posted.
Last Friday the loader/mover guys showed up at 9:30 a.m. to start processing the move away from the farm and toward Kansas for my brothers. The Mayflower driver that turned up to take the goods turned out to be .... um .... a very bad representative for Mayflower and their customer service. We had hard and hot words together until about noon ... at which point the folks at the local movers took over the contract and dismissed the Mayflower driver. Sigh. Even with that slow down, the four guys who were there, added to my niece Stephanie and her husband Christian, finished the loading around 6 p.m. Hard work! The stuff goes into storage until the house in Kansas is ready for occupancy in a couple of weeks.
Stephie and my brother Kevin set off for Cincinnati to say goodbye to Jeff in the nursing home and to stay the night at Stephanie's house (so they could help Christian unload the UHaul van with the antique bedroom set we gave to them). They were leaving for Kansas the next day.
On the next day, last Saturday, I finally got in touch with the house clearing folks (around 3:30 p.m.) to show them what Farmer Frank wanted them to leave and what could go away - to be sold, trashed, or donated. While I waited to meet them, I stopped at Frank's farm store and sat in the sunshine for a while, visiting and enjoying the day. Such nice folks! One thing I will miss from my sojourn in Ohio is the good neighbors. :)
Because the time was getting late, I stopped on my way eastward at my Aunt Janice's house (about 40 minutes away from the farm) to say goodbye to my Aunts Janice, Joyce and Jean and my Uncle Jack (my Grandma Moles was clearly stuck on J's, eh?:). They are all afraid they'll never see me again, I'm sure. Sad to say, I made no bones about the fact that I have a negative desire to ever live in Ohio again. Grin.
I only managed to drive another hour or so across the Ohio River as far as Parkersburg by sundown ... so I stayed overnight in the Hampton Inn in Mineral Wells, West Virginia before driving back to Columbia on Sunday. As always, I was surprised at the seemingly-sudden appearance of a lot of eastbound traffic around Hagerstown, MD. It has been so long (four months) since I drove anywhere with dense traffic, my skills are a bit rusty. I work to not let it make me anxious, though - this time I listened to a digital book most of the way home (a Dick Francis mystery called Second Wind, about a weather forecaster and his chasing-hurricane adventures:) I got in about 6 p.m. or so and spent the rest of the day just sitting and being happily at home. :)
Monday I spent the day at home, unpacking my clothes, sorting through my accumulated mail piles and reaquainting myself with my own house. :) I did call and register to take a class on Tuesday evening at the local bead shop ... one I've been wanting to take for some time.
Tuesday was a busy day filled with officialdom. I took my son to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a state identification card (he does not drive and does not want to drive ... but does need a good i.d.:). That was a two hour adventure which we were both deliriously happy to be finished with! :) We have been working toward getting this i.d. card for some time - he had to get a birth certificate, local voter's registration card, and two forms of address verification. At 32 years of age, my maybe-agoraphobic son finally has something he can carry to tell the world who he is and where he lives. :) Our next chore will be establishing a bank account - but we have mutually decided to table that until we return from vacation.
We also went to lunch at one of our favorite local places. I had cheese and kale ravioli which was delicious (like all their food:). Was sooooo nice to get to visit with and talk to my son! We enjoy each other's company which makes me happy. :)
Tuesday evening I went off to Bead Soup in the Savage Mill shopping area to take a class (my first) in chain mail construction. The class project was the pretty bracelet I showed at the top of this post. The teacher, Mary of Bead Me A Story, was really good at conveying information and helping a clumsy person (me!) get the hang of working with jump rings and beads to make a chain called 'shaggy loops' with cross links. :) The color combo I chose for my project was royal blue, orange and soft yellow-green ... but I bought a second kit to make up in the lavender more like the photo (which I took from the shop's website having been too lazy to take my own:). I got the chain's backbone finished in class before my hands and brain got too tired to process any more ... and I learned how to put in the cross-linking rings with beads, too. I am taking the two kits with me on vacation with hopes that I can finish them. I like making bracelets for the same reason that I like to knit scarves - they don't have to be (very) fitted and they are quick to make. :)
Today my son and I went out shopping for new shoes and Fall shirts for him. The weather is pretty stable here in eastern Maryland but we do have somewhat cold weather in the winter season. He needed long sleeved shirts and some close-toed walking shoes for vacation. As usual, I spent more money on shoes than clothing - really well-built shoes are important ... but he cares even less than I do about what he wears. :)
We are leaving soon to go to the Great Smokey Mountains for a week. I look forward to hiking (gently) and visiting the woods/mountains as we have done annually for several years. My friend Patty will be watching our house and feeding our one remaining furry family member each day.
I got a call yesterday from Batavia saying that my brother Jeff is back in the hospital (from the nursing home) with heart fibrillations. Poor man. I have to remember to call daily to check on his progress.