Friday, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Feeling Like Home

my new home
August 2018
One of the maintenance guys came by on Friday to hang my pendulum clocks, fix a window crank, and attach my flag holder. With that all done, my apartment now "feels like home."

I am very impressed with how helpful the manager and maintenance crew are in this complex. The maintenance guys even hauled some of my "purged" items to a local church for a yard sale. All of the residents that I've talked to (some have lived here from 5 - 10 years) are pleased with how quickly their requests are handled. I'm happy that I found an apartment that is well maintained and the people are friendly.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Exploring the Neighborhood

Little Free Library
Laramie, WY
August 2018
Saturday was such a beautiful day that I explored the neighborhood. I found a Little Free Library all decked out with solar, decorative lights at the intersection of Plains Street and Bath Avenue.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Finding a Solution

August 2018
My sewing machine hasn't been used for over a month, but on Friday, I moved the pile of "stuff" around it to sew a couple of curtain hems. Most of the windows in my new apartment are covered with vertical blinds. When I bought my previous home 25 years ago, all the windows had vertical blinds, and I grew to detest them because they do not provide a lot of privacy. To my dismay, vertical blinds haven't improved much.

The master bedroom in my new apartment has a patio with a sliding door that faces a sidewalk, and outside the door is a flood light that has a motion sensor. For the first week in the apartment, I struggled getting adequate sleep, as the flood light came on frequently (there a tree near the sensor), and the vertical blinds did little to darken the room.

The only solution (other than unscrewing the bulb) was to add curtains to darken the room. I found a pair of curtain panels at a local thrift shop for $5 that I thought would block the light. I hemmed the panels and slipped them on a couple of tension rods.

I hung the "right side" of the curtains (a bold buffalo check plaid) to the outside. While it's not very attractive, these panels block the flood light completely, and I am finally getting some quality sleep. The panels also provide more privacy than the vertical blinds alone.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Poker Run

thirteen bikes participated
in the Eagles Charity Poker Run
August 2018
My friends, Sue and Bert came to Laramie for a charity Poker Run, sponsored by the Laramie Eagles Aerie. Sue invited me to ride along as she followed the bikers in her vehicle, and I jumped at the chance to visit with her for a full day.

The group planned stops along the route where participants drew cards to create a poker hand. We drew cards in Laramie, Woods Landing, Riverside, Centennial, and again in Laramie.

It was a gorgeous day with very little wildfire smoke visible.

bikers stopped for a group photo on the Snowy Range overlook
August 2018
Sue and I saw two moose getting ready to cross the road as we began to descend toward Centennial, and we pondered whether moose have antlers or horns. As we suspected, several of the bikers at the rest stop told us that moose have antlers. The shed antlers are rarely seen since they typically fall off in the high country or in water.

one of the bikers draws a card at the
stop in Centennial, WY
August 2018
My poker hand consisted of a pair of sevens, a deuce, an ace, and a king. Needless to say, it was not a winning hand.

Sue, thanks for the asking me to join you on the Poker Run. I had a great time, and it was wonderful to see and visit with you again.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Resisting Temptation

crab apples
Washington Park
Laramie, WY
August 2018
If I hadn't given all of my canning jars away, I might have been tempted to pick some of these apples to make crab apple jelly.

Several years ago, I picked crab apples from the trees surrounding the parking lot at Central Wyoming College (CWC). They made the best jelly.

Have you picked fruit from trees in public areas that was going to waste?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Handy Chargers

USB charger in Laramie motel
August 2018
I was pleasantly surprised to find USB charging receptacles easily accessible at the two motels that I stayed in recently. One was on the wall above the night stand, and the other was on top of the alarm clock.

alarm clock with USB charger
August 2018
Have you seen these in your area?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Reaching Out

library knitting
August 2018
All the boxes are unpacked, most of the items have been put away, and life is starting to settle into a new routine. Now, I plan to venture out and find individuals who share some of my interests.

I found some local knitting opportunities. On Wednesday afternoon, I knit with some ladies at the senior center; on Saturday afternoon, I went to the local library for the weekly "Sit and Knit," but I was the only one who showed up. The librarian told me that attendance is sporadic, so I'll go a couple more times to see if others attend. Cowgirl Yarns, the local yarn shop, also hosts a knitting group on Mondays.

I am confident that between these three groups I will be able to connect with other knitters.

Laramie also has two quilt shops, and one of them hosts a Quilt of Valor group. I plan to attend some of their organized QOV sew-ins to meet some quilters.

Thursday, August 9, 2018


As I get closer to moving day, I'm feeling more like the bug. While I haven't experienced any large obstacles or detours, I'm tired exhausted. I'm ready to be surrounded by my possessions instead of boxes, tubs, and bins.

Today, the movers will be here to pack and load my things. Once the truck is loaded, I'll give the house a good cleaning (vacuuming and/or mopping the floors) and cleaning the hall bathroom. The refrigerator and oven have already been scrubbed, and the master bathroom has been cleaned (the door is securely closed and a sign taped on the door to use the hall bathroom). The garage needs to be swept when everything is loaded.

The moving truck will depart Riverton early Friday morning and drive to Laramie which is four hours or approximately 221 miles away.

Marilyn and Brenda are driving up from Colorado to help with unpacking. By Sunday maybe I'll feel a bit more "normal."

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Making Progress

Brenda's vehicle loaded with "stuff"
July 2018
Several of you have asked if the move is going smoothly, and I'm happy to report that everything is on schedule.

Brenda was here for the balloon rally, and she helped me start the purging and packing phase. She climbed on a step tool and cleared the top shelves in the garage. She helped me lug items out of the backyard shed. She advised me on what papers to put aside for shredding. She assisted in packing my fabric stash. We loaded her vehicle with "stuff" for donation and then loaded it with items that she wanted to take home. Some aunt I am: she came to see me for a vacation, and I put her to work. I honestly could not have managed without her help. Thanks, Brenda!
two extra rollouts from the city
July 2018
I requested two large rollout dumpsters from the city, and for a few bucks they obliged. I packed them to the gills, not once, not twice, but three times!
items designated for the Senior Center
garage sale - July 2018
I was grateful that all of my "stuff" found good homes. In addition to this pile, I got rid of a love seat, a recliner, a trundle bed, a cedar chest, and a dresser.
Dwight and Maria loaded their vehicle with "stuff" too
July 2018
My nephew and his wife came by for an antique buffet, and I managed to persuade them to take even more. My bicycle, canning jars, camp stoves, and other assorted items went to live at their house.

You're probably wondering about the "That's WY" flag. It's the new tourism slogan for Wyoming (WY), but I thought it fit my purging process, too. Distance did not stop me from sharing the wealth of my "stuff." In June, my Noritake china was sent via my brother-in-law to my great-niece in Minnesota.
"stuff" piled in the front room
July 2018
Not to worry, I still have plenty of "stuff" remaining and will probably have to purge again when I'm in the apartment.

I had several large plastic tubs and bins and some boxes, so the mover told me I could save money by packing things in them, and I did.

My "good" knee is speaking volumes to me, so I am going to let the movers pack the rest of the items. I still have a lot of loose ends to tie up with doctors, etc., so I'll stay busy until the movers show up on August 9th to pack.

I'm living amid chaos, but at least I'm making progress.

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