Friday, January 22, 2016
The joys of packing
Miss D. and I are hard at work packing our belongings, in preparation for loading them on a big U-haul rental truck next Thursday. The following day we'll load her car onto a trailer behind the truck, then hit the road for our new home in Texas.
I've been trying to pack smarter this time. I've usually tried to use all the space available in each container, even if that means cramming in things that don't really belong together. This time I'm trying to pack by functional groupings. As for books, instead of putting those of the same size together, I'm packing them in the order into which I've sorted them on the shelves. That's less efficient and takes more boxes, but it means I save at least a week on the other side re-sorting them all. I'll take the saving in time over the cost of a few more boxes, thank you very much! (The Lowe's small moving box has proved ideal for packing books. One box - 12"x12"x16" - holds approximately one 3' shelf of books, so one can predict how many one will need; and it's not too heavy, either. The cardboard is lightweight, but since there are stacks of books inside, the latter will take the strain of several boxes piled on top of each other - I won't have to worry about them crumpling under the weight.)
I have a question for readers who've used U-haul's Auto Transport trailer. The instructions emphasize that one shouldn't tow it faster than 55 mph; yet I've seen many people zipping along at 70 mph or more, towing a vehicle behind them on one of these things, without turning a hair. Am I missing something, or is that trailer actually safe to use at higher speeds? I wouldn't want to do more than 60-65 mph in a heavily loaded truck anyway, but I'd appreciate your input, please. (Miss D. will do something unmentionable to me if I splatter her prized car all over the landscape through my stupidity or negligence. This way, I can blame your advice instead . . .)
The cat is eyeing all of the packing and preparations with a jaundiced eye. She doesn't like it when we go away, and she's pretty sure we have something like that in mind; but this time is different. We're not packing suitcases or duffel bags, but cardboard boxes and totes. One can almost see the wheels turning in that little feline brain. She doesn't know (yet) that she's going to be in a pet carrier in the cab of the truck with us for a couple of days. Let's hear it for kitty Quaaludes! We'll have to find a pet-friendly hotel in the Little Rock area to spend Friday night next week. The hotel where we usually stop, in Maumelle, is a bit too high-toned to accept pets, I'm afraid.
It's still Snowmageddon out there, with little prospect of getting out of the house for the next day or two. We'll put the enforced 'idle' time to good use and redouble our packing efforts. Who says there isn't a good side to bad weather?