Monday, November 29, 2010

The House on Elm - moving in

Moving day went swimmingly.
Well - as best as it could for doing the entire move using a pick up truck.
That and we weren't quite, exactly, completely packed yet.

Yes, its true. I may be overly organized now - but back in the 80's I was a bit more - let's just say spontaneous and relaxed.
(thanks again Bets, I owe you still)

Almost needless to say it was a very long day.
And my increasingly-round-wife could really do nothing more than watch. ... and tell us that the rugs needed to come up and the entire house needed to be painted.

Have you ever tried to reason with a woman who is 8 months pregnant?

You see, we bought our house from an old woman with one leg. Peg.
Actually - her name was Mary. But we called her Peg.
Yes, we were that immature.

Peg loved green.
We made this assumption because the entire first floor was not only painted green, but had green wall to wall carpets as well. And really ...who paints their basement green - unless you really, really like it.

Granted upstairs there was a blue room and a pink room, as well as a green one - but Peg didn't go upstairs... with the one leg and all.
In fact - Peg creatively turned the the dining room into her bedroom.
It was, of course, green, and matched her green bedspread.

All of this green needed to go. And there was clearly no time to waste with all this nesting going on.

And so - we rose early the next morning, opened all the windows to the cool March winds and started tossing carpet out of the house.

That week we painted the entire house off white. If memory serves, I believe the color was Navajo White. This was a stop gap till we could make more decorative decisions later.
For now - since the baby was coming ANY SECOND - we needed wood floors and clean walls.


KMae said...

Fun times!
Can't wait to read the rest...

treppenwitz said...

"You see, we bought our house from an old woman with one leg. Peg.
Actually - her name was Mary. But we called her Peg.
Yes, we were that immature."

You owe me a new keyboard if this one doesn't work after it dries out! :-)

Beth said...

Loving the story telling.

e said...

Thank goodness it was March and not January... brr...

You're right, of course, you can't reason with an 8 month pregnant nesting wife. Only humoring works.

thEbalzie said...

That's funny, because isn't your house green?

Kathy said...

There are a lot of things to consider before, during and after moving into your new home. And true enough, that we really redecorate and remodel our new home for it to look newer and more beautiful than it was before. Like you, we just moved in to our new home in Clearwater and we really took our time remodeling everything from doors to tile(s) (Clearwater). We actually bought our tiles at some shops that has better tile flooring (Tampa area) and now our home looks as good as new.