I know I’ve been quiet for a few days, strange for me, I know. We have been busily settling into our new home.
We arrived on Tuesday and were happy to find that our apartment, while small, fits the need for short-term living. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to do this for long as it is definitely cozy (i.e. small) but it will serve the purpose.
Luckily Ricky and Lucy feel better and they are doing their jobs as guard dogs very well by making sure every other person in the building knows they are here and on alert. They also make sure the landscapers know….and the UPS driver….. and a falling leaf. Yep, we are well protected.
On Tuesday evening Roger, Amber and the kids came over and we all went out for pasta and ice cream. As expected, the kids were a little shy at first but that didn’t last too long.
After dinner they came back to the apartment to pick up Whistles (Cory’s cockatiel). He is not allowed to live at the apartment so he is vacationing at Casa Webb for a few weeks. They weren’t here long, but long enough to find out that the “Parking by Permit Only” is a real thing. Roger’s car got towed. We were all pretty upset about that and I threw a fit with the corporate housing people who said “We told you a permit was required”. I didn’t think that meant there wasn’t any guest parking but that’s exactly what it meant. Roger started digging the next day and found out that apparently they have more apartments than parking and don’t even have enough parking for residents so they really don’t allow guest parking. Crazy! I yelled loud enough that the corporate housing folks provided a guest parking pass for the duration of our stay.
Wednesday we got to go visit our new home. I headed out with some trepidation….it’s a little scary to buy a house you haven’t actually set foot in but much to our relief we loved it as much in real life as we did in the pictures. And I was thrilled to find a variety of rose bushes and a huge lilac bush in the front yard. The town is quaint but it does have a small market and a combination pharmacy and liquor store. Now that’s convenience…. we can buy our booze and our hangover remedy all at the same time.
Wednesday evening we went to Roger and Amber’s new house. They made a delicious meal and I finally got a little cuddle time in with Fern. Forrest still wasn’t cuddling but he happily gave me a tour of his new room and his chickens and goats. And we got big hugs from both kids when we left.
Thursday and today we’ve spent stocking the refrigerator and settling in. I have my work area all set up and ready to begin my new work-from-home lifestyle on Monday. Right now I have a pot of homemade vegetable beef soup simmering on the stove (um, yeah, it’s soup weather today – cool and drizzly). I did some laundry and cleaned up the apartment. Cleaning up took all of 30 minutes. Maybe I could get used to this “tiny” living. Tomorrow we’re going back to the kids so I can help Amber set up the kids room and start unpacking the baby clothes. New baby is scheduled for arrival in 5 weeks!!
So far we all give Oregon living a thumbs-up….. except for that little towing incident, of course!