We all dread the moving process. You know that your moving 6 months in advance and you make your to-do list 🙂 . You got this, right? You say to yourself, “I am not going to get stuck packing at the last minute, no way, not this time!” You have moved more times than you can remember. But, you do remember what a headache it was, well, you should remember, right? So this is what is happening right now…..
I knew almost a year ago that I was going to be moving at the end of May. So, like any smart person, I made a to-do list. Oh, I am so smart! So about 5 months ago, I went over my to-do list, tweaked it a little, and packed 2 boxes. I got this, yep! I decided if I packed two boxes a day, 5 days a week, I would be completely done before my move-out date. Well, after the first week of doing this, I thought to myself, “Self, you don’t have to do it all at once, you have plenty of time! Go ahead and take the next week off, you deserve it.” Hahahahaha, like packing 2 boxes a day was a really hard thing.
Fast forward 2 months (That would be around February). Wow, well that was most definitely longer then a week off! But, hey I still have 3 months to get this done, no biggy, I can do this. So, I go back to my routine of packing 2 boxes a day, on the second day I step it up a little and pack 3 boxes! My feelings by the end of the 3rd day “Ugh, I hate packing, this can wait a little longer. It isn’t even that hard. I could probably get it done in a month’s time, it really is not that much.”
Okay, now skip to April. I start cleaning a little, sending some things to Salvation Army and Goodwill. Then BAM!!! I get depressed, I don’t want to move, not at all! Now I go into complete denial. But, every once in a while (once a week…lol) I would pack a box.I also washed a lot of clothes and put them in a big plastic tote. I threw a bunch of stuff that needed to go to the thrift store on top of the container. No, the container did not end up at a thrift store. .. whew!
Jump ahead, to today, You ladies know what it is like to lose your favorite pieces of clothing (especially that super comfortable bra). I know, you are probably thinking “How could she not see the big tote in her room?” If you know me, you would totally understand. (Well, I just found it today, so I was ecstatic!)
Now, back to the middle of April (I wish I could do this in real time, I would rewind back to the beginning of March.) Anyways, my sons 21st birthday was coming up real fast and my birthday was right after his, so I had to prepare for that. Also, planning a birthday is much more fun than packing, celebrating is too. So, I had a great excuse not to pack from the 15th to ummmm…. Hmmm? Well, anyways you understand, right?
Wow, it’s May already??? Really? Where did all the time go? Grrrrr, why don’t I have more stuff packed. Well, I better get busy, back to my to-do list. May 2nd – 9th pack bedroom, May 10th – 17th pack living room, May 18th – 25th pack bathroom & Kitchen. Yep that is most definitely doable! I walk into my room and take everything off my wall, then say to myself “The rest will be simple, I will just put it in boxes, no worries. I will do it later, I want to go and take pictures”
I am sure you are seeing a pattern now. Guess when I finally decided to really get busy and pack? Today, May 25th! I have 7 days to have all of my house & garage packed up and ready to go to storage. What on earth happened to my plan?
Oh, look there is a Mama Robin out back feeding her baby as he follows behind her, I have to get my camera! I missed it. Well, where was I? Oh yea, where did the time go? This is a good lesson, but, will I learn from it? Probably not….lol…I am hoping that when I finally get my new place, I will not have to move again for a very long time.
Then to make it even more fun I had a streak of bad luck. The beginning of May I was told that I had an apartment, I was so excited because I had no idea if I was going to have a place by June 1st or not (I have already experienced being homeless and did not want to go through it again.) So, when I went in to sign all the paper work I was so happy I was crying. I was also nervous, because I thought something was going to happen that I would not get the place. The landlord assured me that it was mine. I signed the lease, got the apartment number, and all I had to do was move in on June 1st.
Well, about 2 days later I got a call from the landlord, telling me that the people had paid for the apartment for another month, and she had no idea how long they would be staying. So now, I was crying because I was very sad, and a little worried.
Then about 2 weeks later, my tooth cracks, I call the dentist office in Manistee, and they say, “If you can get here before 2pm, we can help you.” I get there at 10:00 am. Sit there for 2 1/2 hours for them to x-ray my tooth and tell me that they can’t do anything that day.
Well, that was okay, I guess, because I had a doctor’s appointment back in Ludington at 3:45 pm, because I have this painful rash on my leg and back. I go to the doctor, he looks at the rash, and says, “You have shingles”. I ask him, “Is there anything you can do for it?” He says “No, you have had it for over 5 days, so it’s to late to treat it, you have to let it run it’s course.” Oh, yay!
Then I go back to the dentist the next day, he tells me that I could get a root canal. “How much?” I ask. He says, “$2,000” “Okay, what are my other options?” He tells me my other options are to get it pulled or get a filling that is not guaranteed to last. I decide to get it pulled.
Next in my line-up of bad luck. I am telling someone about all of this and I say “I am not going to say, well things can’t get any worse then they already are, because about the time I say that things will get worse.” About, 5 minutes later I am sitting in my car while it is idling, talking to someone and I hear a loud POP or BANG and then a rumbling sound. At first I thought it was something outside, then I realize that it was MY CAR! The tailpipe broke off from the muffler, while I was just sitting there! Yea!
So, I call my brother and he says bring it out here I can fix it for you. I go to his house wait for him for 2 hours, he gets there, looks at it, and says “I can’t do anything with that, it has to be welded back on.” Okay, okay! alright… breathe Jackie… I take my VERY LOUD car back home (20 miles) and go to Northern Classic the next day to get it taken care of. … THE END of my streak of bad luck! Things are turning around now.
So you see, things have to turn-a-round for me, I just have to get an apartment, trailer, or house. My son, Dallas, has agreed to let me stay with him and his family and my cat can come with me, which is great!
Now all of this sounds like I am complaining, but I am not! I am so blessed! I have a wonderful supportive family that is willing to help me when I am down. I have 2 wonderful sons that God has blessed me with. So, I am not complaining, I am rejoicing for everything that I have.
I shared this story because I thought it may encourage someone else, also I want to look back on this one day, and see what the Lord did with this whole situation.