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Days 22-24 – Unpacking in the Rental

During the initial tour of the rental, we became aware of a few issues we’d have to remedy upon moving in.  The biggest concerns were the lack of hot water, a broken window, several windows with severe leaks, a non-functioning door with a huge air leak and a general sense of dirt/residue on surfaces.

When we first opened the door on Wednesday night, we were met by the sound of the heater working…or so we thought.  It turns out it is also malfunctioning and will only blow cold air.  We immediately turned the whole unit off and plugged in our space heaters.  It was 42 degrees outside and felt much warmer than inside the trailer.  Oh boy…

The only bag that didn't make it was the one containing the iodine and other random items.  The iodine made a huge mess so we said good-bye to it all and threw it away.

The only bag that didn’t make it was the one containing the iodine and other random items. The iodine made a huge mess so we said good-bye to it all and threw it away.

We got through the night okay, thanks to the down comforter.  Fred Bird was positioned near us and in the direct line of the space heater.  He survived too.

Thanksgiving Morning Clean-A-Thon

While Brian unloaded the truck, I started cleaning at one end of the house and working my way across.  The bedroom came first.  I’m glad I didn’t find any gross, sticky lollipops in the drawers or dead mice in the closet.  I’m not squeamish by nature but when you’re stressed, it is sometimes tempting to just pitch a fit.  What I did find was a sense of empowerment and the confidence that everything was going to be just fine.

While attempting to assemble my desk, Trooper came over to either 'help' or demonstrate he knows how to target a surface.

While attempting to assemble my desk, Trooper came over to either ‘help’ or demonstrate he knows how to target a surface.

We left the desks and computers until last.  They were unloaded Saturday night.

We left the desks and computers until last. They were assembled and unpacked Saturday night.

The bedroom is actually pretty cool – it has a nice set of built-in drawers and a good sized closet.  The carpet was all recently replaced so all good in that department as well.

The bathroom wasn’t as disturbing as I thought it would be.  There was a lot of dirt and grime but nothing the cleaning solution and elbow grease couldn’t handle.  Under the sink was the worse – it was like it hadn’t been cleaned in years.

Shelf in kitchen, next to the oven, where the dryer vent terminates.

Shelf in kitchen, next to the oven, where the dryer vent terminates.

The kitchen also had some gnarly zones but worked out okay.  My least favorite part was cleaning the cabinets.  Do you know how many different areas of a cabinet need to be wiped off to be clean?  There’s the inside shelf, the front of the door, the knobs, the edges where the dust collects and the back wall.  By the time I was done with the kitchen, Brian was done with the truck.  We took it back and came home to get ready for Thanksgiving lunch.

Adjusting to the rental

Since we don’t have hot water, we have been packing up our shower caddie and driving to the mobile down the street.  It also has functioning heat, so it’s not a bad visit.  This is my last complaint about dirt – The shower has gross grime all over and doesn’t drain well.  I am very thankful to shower without glasses on, which means I can be mostly oblivious to my surroundings.

The dogs don't have a go-to zone yet so they've been making due on either the messy pile of blankets or pile of dirty packing materials.

The dogs don’t have a go-to zone yet so they’ve been making due on either the messy pile of blankets or pile of dirty packing materials.

Another example of no dog zone - Trooper sleeping underneath the laundry rack.

Another example of no dog zone – Trooper sleeping underneath the laundry rack.

We went to Walmart during Thanksgiving evening to purchase curtains for all the windows.  Without them, it’s a little like living in a fishbowl.  We had driven by the store earlier to make sure they were open – they were and there were some cars in the lot.  That’s what we expected when we returned that evening.

Wrongo!  The lot was packed!  Apparently, Black Friday starts on Thursday and Walmart is the only store in this region that makes a big event of it.  They release certain items on sale every few hours.  So people stand in line for hours and flip through catalogs frantically, as if they are about to miss out on a treasure hunt.

Our plan had been to pick up several items – curtains, toilet paper, food, etc.  It was so overwhelming, though, that we just got a few essentials and left as fast as possible.

It was actually a funny experience.  There was a lot of joy in the area.  The staff were excited and the shoppers were having fun.  It was crazy for sure, but no one seemed stressed out crazy.

During our Silver travels, we found awesome brand of chili.  It has huge meat chunks and tastes delicious.  When we found it on sale at one of the groceries, we cleared out the shelf.

During our Silver travels, we found awesome brand of chili. It has huge meat chunks and tastes delicious. When we found it on sale at one of the groceries, we cleared out the shelf.

 

 

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