That about sums it up for us right now. When the heck did moving become such a hard job? I mean, I know it was never easy, but this time around really seems to be kicking our butts. We ache in places where we didn’t even have places a week ago.
We took a break from cleaning and hauling stuff in from the motorhome yesterday to make a run to WalMart, and then to Home Depot to pick up some stuff. A lot of stuff, as it turns out! Just because we have such a big house, I didn’t think we had to fill every room up right away. But it seems every time we turn around there’s something else we need. I’m not talking about furniture, just little things like mops and brooms, and air filters, and a couple of fans, and before you know it the old credit card is begging for mercy. Nobody told me it was going to be this darned expensive!
Back at home we worked until after 11 PM, and I think we finally made a dent in getting the place cleaned up and livable. Poor Terry never seems to stop for a second, she is focused on getting the job done and she can’t be comfortable until the place is cleaned up, things are arranged where they need to be, and all of that.
And it’s going take some trial and error, of course, to get things where we need them to be to work best for us. When you live in an RV fulltime like we have for over 17 years, everything seems to be within easy reach. And even when you live with a slob like me, it doesn’t take all that much to keep it clean. In a house this big it’s a fulltime job just carrying things from room to room until you figure out where you want them.
I also spent a lot of time being frustrated by technical things yesterday. On Saturday Bright House came and connected our two TVs, and also installed an Internet modem. The tech did not have a wireless router with him, which we need to be able to have a WiFi signal in the house for the smart TVs, my tablet, Terry’s computer, etc. The tech suggested we just go to WalMart and buy one, saying it would be cheaper in the long run.
So that’s what we did, and then I spent hours fighting with the darn thing trying to get it to work. I called Greg White two or three times, dealing with the terrible Verizon signal here, but we just could not get the router to connect to the modem.
And as if that wasn’t enough fun, we’re having problems with both TVs. The one in the living room has a very pixelated picture that drops in and out, like you would experience on a satellite TV dish and rainy weather. And, only about half the channels seem to be working. On many of the channels we’re supposed to get, when I go to them the screen just goes blank, no sound and no video. Then when I try to change back to another channel, a previous one I have been looking at, I get an error message saying the channel is temporarily unavailable, or else it goes to something called Envision and the message comes on the screen saying they are working on the problem. Then, no matter what channel button I push, or even the guide, nothing happens until I turn everything off and start over again.
The bedroom TV has a good picture on the channels it gets but again, it’s only about half of them. I get the same black screen with no audio or video on others. And the channels are not consistent from one TV to another. A channel that will work on one set goes blank on the other. So I’ll have to get Bright House to send a tech back out and see if they can get things working right.
Several people have asked if we were going to get a pet now that we are living in a house again. We don’t plan to because we still intend to do a lot of traveling in our Winnebago and it just doesn’t work out for us. We know lots of RVing pet owners, but between running around covering stories and doing the things we do all the time on the road, we are gone a lot and we just don’t feel it’s fair to an animal to leave it at home alone all of the time.
That being said, maybe the animal world has a different opinion on that. Yesterday evening I heard Terry laughing and then she said, “we have company.” A small lizard was in the bedroom. She caught it and took it outside, where lizards belong. There are a lot of those little critters running around in Florida, and I’m sure it’s not the last one we will see. Maybe it’s an omen, since my next John Lee Quarrels book is going to be titled The Gecko In The Corner.
Then, a little later on, we met our first palmetto bug. That was certainly fun! I guess it’s all part of life in Florida, right?
Congratulations Keith Trantow, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Midwestern town in 1951. We had 107 entries this time around. Stay tuned. a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Seek respect, not attention. It lasts longer.