Thursday, July 25, 2013

On the move

Yesterday we departed Ananda Village with our rental truck bound for Ananda Laurelwood located west of Portland, Oregon.  

We stopped just outside of North San Juan about 10 minutes from village where Sraddha asked me if I remembered the shelf brackets, er,,,huh?,,,,er,,,no...She turns around in the subaru, drives back to our garage, loads them up along with shelves in the subaru and catches up to me in Oroville.  Sigh.  the brain just fades sometimes.

I fueled up in Las Molinas because of uncertainty of getting to Medford without refueling.  Glad I did.  Used 40 gallons (whole tank) to drive to Medford.  We lunched late afternoon in Medford then tried to find a hotel.  All sold out.  What?  at 4 PM in the afternoon?  Only smoking units left.  Yikes, what to do.  S getting pretty good on iphone so she started to research options in Grants Pass north about 30 miles.  IT is now 100 degrees outside. Ugh!

She found a nice motel on the Rogue River.  A bit pricey but better than the regular Holiday Inn Express type. 

 I reserved it and she took off to check in whilst I refueled the truck. Memo to Kent"  Next time you pull into a real truck stop for diesel, just go to the front of the station where the automobiles go.  It has diesel too, and you don't have to be with all those HUGE long haul trucks and make 3 trips into the store to complete your transaction.

Arrived at motel by 6:45 and went swimming in outdoor pool. Probably only pool date all summer. Very relaxing.  Muscles sore and cramping from the packing and loading process of past 2 weeks.  

Now on the downhill side of move.  Sraddha still sleeping.

We will make it.
22 ft long bed.  Could we get everything in?
Is it all in there?  not!

We had been on a forced march for past two weeks, sorting, packing, loading, sorting, taking 17 big black bags of trash to the dump, 8 bags of recyling, giving away things, selling things, and we still had enough "stuff" as George Carlin calls it, to almost fill this truck.  Oh, my...
The first third was our long term storage of household goods, some furniture and clothing which we will put in a storage locker near Forest Grove.  Ugh.  Renting space to put stuff we won't use for years.  "Is it worth it?" we ask ourselves.  We will see.

Some of the stuff is our personal tools and office items we will use at Laurelwood.  Probably, no, hopefully, 55% is to be donated to the community for various uses, like emergency food storage, some furniture, garden tools, altar and decorating materials of Sraddha's.

We had lived together at Ananda Village for 15 years, 12 in the current home which had both a big attic, garage, tool shed and garden shed.  So many plaees to store stuff.

Now on the downhill side of this move, we still will need to cull out a few more items to get the long term storage to fit.  That begins today when we arrive in Laurelwood.

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