Getting Real

It’s hard to believe that in less than 3 weeks, we will be out of this house and it will not even belong to us anymore! Even with all the packing we have been doing for weeks, it has always seemed like the move was a long way off. Now we are down to the nitty gritty.

In less than 2 weeks, the house will be totally empty, except for my office, a few clothes of mine and something for Huck and I to sleep on. We have a sizable crew of friend coming on the 10th to help us move all the big and/or heavy items. Many of the smaller things have already been moved to a storage facility. The girls are so excited to get down there that they are going to set up camp on the 8th or 9th and then once everything is out of the house, start living down in Jake. I am going to wait until we close on the house to move down fully. It will just make it easier for me to not try and have to move and set up my office the same weekend we are doing the main move.

The utility logistics are starting to get more complicated. I probably should have researched it a bit better, but it turns out I need to have the septic site evaluation and site approval done before I can do anything else. Even pull power into the spot. The septic does not need to be done, so that is good, but it still would have been nice to get electric on site first. In any case, I am thankful that we have note encountered a situation that presented very difficult challenges.

With my health back to nearly 100 percent, much of this past week was spent on packing up and moving most of the remaining things we can handle on our own. The house is getting emptier and emptier and a 10 x 20 storage locker is already full and we just started on the second one.

We have been missing some beautiful beach days this summer, so yesterday it was decided that we would spend the morning doing things for the move and then head to the beach for the afternoon. Even though they have not had to pack or move a single item, I think the pups were the most excited to head to the beach out of all of us!

It was a perfect afternoon for the beach and we were able to find a spot that we could have pretty much to ourselves. Huck jumped in immediately, but we are still trying to get Bleau to go in at all. We worked with him and by the time we were getting ready to leave, he was comfortable going up to his belly. I have little doubt that in time he will be swimming like a big dog. His bloodline is full of breeds that love to swim.

There was an off shore wind, so Nora and I did not wade in past our chins, but Gracie too the full plunge. She did not last too long fully in, but did make several trips between playing on shore and going in at least to he waist.

On the way to the beach, we walked past some wild blueberries, many of them ripe and ready for picking, so we picked a few quickly and then moved on so the dogs would not pull our arms off in their excitement to get to the water. The report from the berry department is that the strawberries are pretty much done for the season. Blueberries and cherries are fully ready for picking and both look to be a healthy crop. The raspberries have around 2 weeks to go, the thimble berries 2-3 weeks and blackberries around a month. The home we are moving to has wild blueberries growing in the property and they also have domesticated raspberries. I know I would like to add some more raspberries and also get a healthy amount of strawberries going. I also know that Nora is wanting to have a similar raised-bed garden to what we have up here.

I guess that about covers it for this one. Strange to think that next weeks entry will be the second to last one from this house. Ah, the adventures to come!

Good Night from the Keweenaw..