Moving into our new home is certainly reminding us anew about how Murphy is really in charge.
- We modified the refrigerator space in the kitchen, taking out moldings and a low-hanging cupboard so that our large unit could fit into it. However, we failed to allow for the complications of moving. We had to take off its doors to get the fridge out of our old home and into our new one. It arrived safely, as did the doors and the shelves . . . but we couldn't find the mounting hardware to put the doors back on! After much frustration and a bit of profanity here and there, we finally found them late yesterday. Today we'll reinstall the doors, and hopefully by tonight we'll have a working fridge once more.
- We bought new locks and deadbolts to replace the older units in the exterior doors. However, the dimensions of the new locks weren't identical to those of the old, leading to sulphurous comments from Old NFO as he struggled to install them for us while we were busy with other things. He succeeded with the help of a hammer and chisel, but at the cost of some short-term damage to his equilibrium. We offered liquid consolation, which seemed to help.
- NFO, Lawdog and a couple of their buddies did a wonderful job installing our new laminate flooring prior to our arrival; but in the process they uncovered the fact that the original builders of our home, some twenty years ago, had some very strange ideas. Some angles that are supposed to be straight aren't, the front door frame was installed with the aid of what one might best describe as 'creative carpentry' (which elicited sulfurous comments from our contractor), and switches for some lights are rather oddly placed - not what one might intuitively expect. We'll fix what we can and work around what we can't. Nothing we've found so far is a deal-breaker.
- When unpacking most of one's boxes into one's garage, it's not a bad idea to leave a few paths so that one can get to them easily. When one needs box X, and finds that it's taken up residence several yards out of reach behind and beneath a rampart of other boxes and bits and pieces, it's frustrating, to put it mildly!
Despite these trials and tribulations, we're getting ourselves organized. We'll move ourselves in today, after spending a few nights in Old NFO's guest room while we made the place at least barely habitable. Phlegmmy's annual blogger gathering is only ten days away, and we're hosting some of the guests, so we'd better get on with it if they're to have a place to sleep! (I think I'll indicate a few of the heavier boxes and invite them to join us in unpacking them. Insert evil snarky giggle here!)