Did I mention that I initially moved us by stealth last weekend? Not everything, but the necessary things to tide us over at the new place, such as beds, some kitchen things, bathroom things, and most of our clothing. I did this because I really, really wanted to be at the new place and moving stuff in with us, rather than at the old place and moving stuff out before us. Also the old place was starting to really depress me after the break-in, and since I'd been emotionally detaching before that anyway. I moved the stuff myself because TheLimey was worn out with transitions and doing all the heavy lifting, and simply wasn't up to moving that weekend. I decided that if I wanted us over there, it was up to me.
The crux of the move was the mattress AKA our bed, which gave two grown men great trouble to move it up the stairs at our old place (because of weight, bulk, and width--it's a queen--or is that redundant? Well, it deserves redundancy as it is really big, large, huge, massive, and also heavy). I knew if I could get that darn thing down the stairs, then I could do all the rest and the move was on. I had Friday off and didn't mention that or the moving part.
I struggled with getting it down the stairs and had to crawl all over and under it, moving a corner here and bending a section there and dragging that side and so forth, until it was downstairs. Then a neighbor saw me doggedly tugging it towards the car and helped me hoist it on top. I coulda done it, but it was a lot faster with help, I admit. He was actually the neighbor who had helped to get it upstairs last fall, and wondered how on earth I managed to get it out all by myself. "I'm a very determined person," I answered.
I got the smaller mattress down myself, tied them to the car with rope, and took them to the new place. Again luckily, a neighbor helped me get the big one up the porch stairs, but I did all the rest myself. I then went back and forth getting the essentials, including the giant heavy TV and microwave. I also put in changes of address for us at the post office. I picked up TheLimey after work and revealed what I had done, and he was flabbergasted. He was pretty much speechless for a really long time, maybe 15 or 20 minutes, trying to picture me moving the things I had on my own. The word "insane" kept coming up for some reason, when he was able to speak. Well, whatever makes it believable for you, dear.
So we've been living at the new place since then--thank goodness. Moving is hard, but it's worse when stuff is disappearing slowly and then you have to move yourself and your essentials in one day into a place with piles of stuff waiting. Hmmm...now that I think of it, we're still dealing with the piles of stuff hiding our essentials to some extent, but I maintain that it's better regardless. We had TP, shampoo, mugs, diapers, clean sheets on a made bed, and a can opener from the get-go.
Limelet likes the new place, especially the back yard, but he did ask to "go home" several evenings. I'd started calling it the "old home" a while ago to get that term in place, as opposed to the "new house" in which we now reside. We've taken him back to the "old home" a couple times so he could see it emptying and say goodbye to it in his way. The first time he was sad (I think it was a shock seeing all our stuff gone), but the next time he seemed fine with it.
I did feel sad going to the old place Sunday. Poor lonely and empty house. Now that the shock of the break-in is over I can be melancholy, as I always am, about moving. There was one forlorn squirrel there that looked at me sadly from the back yard. Luckily I had left a handful of peanuts in the cabinet for this return trip, so I was able to gratify his/her pitiful look by tossing some peanuts out there. I'll miss watching the full moon rise through the living room windows and the tall pine, and I remember Limelet's great joy at finally having more than 6 square feet in which to run back and forth.
I planted vegetable plants at the new place this weekend with Limelet, which was fun despite his frequent treading on the onions and basil. I really love the new place and the new yard. The inside is absolute chaos with stuff everywhere, as we have not put things in their new homes yet, but that will come.