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Moving In – Day Two: Unpacking

Moving In – Day One

category_bug_journal2.gif The moving company said the van would arrive on Monday morning, sometime between 10AM and 11AM. I left Ollie the cat at my brother's home and drove here early. Good thing. The van and three men showed up at 9:15AM.

In less than three hours, all my earthly belongings had been toted into the apartment and set down in their respective rooms.

The lead mover was grateful, after negotiating everything down a narrow staircase in Maine, that this is a first-floor apartment. After I'd filled several trash bags with packing paper from the "open me first" boxes, the kitchen area looked like this:


It's funny how, in only 12 days you (or I, anyway) can forget what you own. In planning the layout of furniture here, I had made no allowance in my mind's eye for the rattan chair and loveseat that had made up a small sitting area in the end of my large Maine dining room.


For now, they will remain in the living room – rearranged from what you see above – but I have no idea where they will eventually go. I'm sure I'll work it out in time.

Of course, the first area I made livable (after the coffee in the kitchen) was the desk in the office. (How else would you be reading this.)

It's going to be a comfortable place to work. In Maine, my desk was as far as you could get from the kitchen and still be in the apartment. Here, however, it is directly across from the kitchen – the better to keep the coffee flowing when Ollie gets me out of bed at 4AM as he did this morning.


No photo of Ollie yet, but when I brought him into his new home yesterday, he would have shrugged if cats did such a thing. I showed him where his litter box is and his food bowl, then he set about leisurely checking out all the rooms.

No hiding, no running scared and when he was satisfied, he stretched out on the sofa for a nap as though he hadn't traveled 3,000 miles or suffered through a strange hotel room, a drugged plane ride and a week fending off a dog and two cats he had no interest in knowing.

I had bought some grapes, a bottle of Oswego Hills pinot gris and a hunk of Oregon Tillamook cheddar. Then last evening, my brother and his wife, Isa, dropped by and we christened the new apartment.

After a long day, Ollie and I slept in our own bed again. There is a lot of unpacking to do, but we are home.

At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Johna Ferguson: Vanity


Raising my cup of tea to you and Ollie to welcome you to your new home Ronni. Blessings of settling in, blessings of quiet joys, blessings of new discoveries. An Irish blessing of Happiness for you:

"May the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within.
And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From those you meet along the road."


Just one bottle of wine?

Dammit Ronni, your last paragraph actually made me cry.

Fantastic, Ronni! I'm happy for you.

Finally. :)

Do you think Ollie reacted that way because the apartment has all the familiar furniture/home smells from the old house?

Congratulations on your new home! and your new city! You're giving me the courage to consider re-locating to NYC, where I've always dreamed of being and get "homesick" about (even though I've never really lived in the city.) Maybe I need a companion like Ollie before I set out on a "moving" adventure....

Welcome home, Ronni.

Congratulations on your new home. It looks like you really did a good job in choosing it. I think I would be very happy in your lovely new abode.

Ollie knew he was home at last. Aren't cats amazing creatures?

So happy for you Ronni....and Ollie.
Read your post (first thing, a Glad you are home.
s always!)
and smiled:) ....all is right with the world.

Hooray!! Your new home already looks wonderful and somewhat lived in. Love your desk/office area.

This cat fanatic is mostly relieved that Ollie is now home and feels at ease. Yes, cats are quite amazing!!

Ah, the memories of last year that your photos stir. Pleased for you and Ollie, that darling man in the cat suit, that bumps have been so few.

Yeah!! I know you'll make it wonderful.

I'm glad you are in! What an adventure! You are without doubt The Intrepid Traveler!

Not really a "ta-da," just plain ol' hard work.
Best of continued good luck as you two settle in.
Hip, hip!

My mother always used to say that cats "know which side the bread is buttered on", meaning they know where to get their comforts. So glad that Ollie (and you) are making yourselves at home.

It all looks wonderful...even unpacked. As I said before...I really love your new place. Congrats on finally getting there and good luck getting organized Roni. Knowing you...everything will be in its place in no time. I'm very happy for you dear friend... Love, Joy

Thanks for this chronicle of your first day in your new Oregon home, and the photos, too. Wishing you happy and fruitful times on the west coast.

Good to hear that you are finally home and that Ollie seems to have settled in his new place. Still quite a bit of work for you to do, but I have a feeling you are going to like Portland, Oregon, than Portland, Maine. Quite a lot of bloggers out there, too.

Great to hear that you and Ollie are settling in, and it's lovely to read (and see) your progress with that.

Preliminary photos show it will be beautiful!! Ollie is doing well - as I predicted. Have fun opening boxes!

Interesting color combos on the walls - very warm and inviting! I love bright/intense colors, but my problem is I never know when enough is enough!

Hope all is settling down now. Hugs to Mr. Ollie and you!

So glad you're in the "home stretch." A three-hour unload is lightning fast! Congratulations to you and Ollie!


Please take every comment above ,wrap them all up together and tie them with a big bow of love and admiration,from me, to you and Ollie,

How great and welcome back to Oregon. Sounds like Ollie is going to do just fine with it-- a tough little cat.

A BLESSING DEDICATED TO YOU....Praised are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who kept us in life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this moment.

A Buddhist blessing on you, Ollie and your new place:

Just as the soft rains fill the streams,
pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans,
so may the power of every moment of your goodness
flow forth to awaken and heal all beings,
Those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

By the power of every moment of your goodness
May your heart's wishes be soon fulfilled
as completely shining as the bright full moon,
as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.

By the power of every moment of your goodness
May all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.
May no obstacle come across your way.
May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

For all in whose heart dwells respect,
who follow the wisdom and compassion, of the Way,
May your life prosper in the four blessings
of old age, beauty, happiness and strength.

I know it is great to be home again...Ollie knew his furniture and was soooo happy!

What a long strange process it has been from idea to actuality and how poignant that this adventure's approval should hinge upon the quiet, satisfied repose of Ollie on the couch...content.

So cool! It looks lived-in already. Congratulations.

Your apartment looks beautiful ... lots of windows and open space. I'm sure you and Ollie will love it there! Congratulations on making such a move!

Julie said:

Ollie and Ollie's owner are home at last! :)

Divine, lovely colors, trees out the window, western Oregon is heavenly in my mind, Ollie knows a good place when he sees it. Congratulations.

This new place looks fabulous; a fireplace! i love mine. I could sit by it for hours watching the embers...but we will have to wait for winter...glad you are safe at home with Ollie

Sounds like it was a success in spite of all the ups and downs. It will be fun watching your blog in the weeks to come as you begin to settle in, and perhaps, change somewhat in a new place. Looking forward to town shots, area photos, etc.

Congratulations! What a great feeling to be home. I myself will be moving in a few months, so have particularly appreciated reading your posts about your move.
Enjoy your new home.


If Ollie could talk, better yet type...
I imagine him causally strolling about
his new digs with the air of a VIP who approves, and is majestically relieved.
Great armchair adventure for the rest of us, your applauding fans.

Wonderful to see you finally there. Looking forward to more stories and snippets as you go along. Oh and more pics. Every blessing in your new home.

Congratulations Ronni.

Ronni, you have truly inspired your readers to make a decision, form a plan, find resources, and get moving. When the time comes for us to downsize, I will remember how you did it, step by step, even with your cat.

Ollie must already like his new home. The photos look so cool.

Wow. I wish I were there to help you unpack and set up your new digs.

Cool running!

I'm so glad you are home!
Happiness is finding the corkscrew...

Welcome home! And let's hope this slow spring turns into summer soon.

I already love your new place. It looks like you.
I know you and Ollie will be very happy there.


It looks great! So happy you are back in Oregon and enjoying your family, Oregon wine and cheese....Yay Ronni.

I admire you for making such a brave move as you have across 3,000 miles. i only hope that I will have the courage to do the same when the time comes and it will only be a short distance in the immediate area where I live.
Looking forward to your blogs when you get settled in Oregon.

Hoorah! There's nothing like your very own bed, is there?

Cats rule! Welcome to the Great Northwest. We're to the north of you just outside Seattle, but we share much of the same weather and I'm with Hattie in that it would be nice to see some spring-like conditions. This is not typical, even for the Northwest.

Your condo is already taking shape, and I bet it will look terrific when everything is unpacked and arranged.

I've said it to you many times before, but can't resist saying it again. I sure wish you'd write a book.

Welcome home!

Happiness is nesting among pets, wicker, and plenty of light. So you must find a place for the hominess of the wicker settee and chair, but you said you would and I believe you.

Congrats on a very lovely place.

congrats. i loved coming along with you on your move and raise a glass of wine to you from me. love it that you have a painting above the mantel already. I would do that, first thing. oh this is so exciting. aren't cats just so funny. i accidently locked Emily Dickinson out on the porch last night and now she wont talk to me. well, if she had meowed last night instead of at 4 am this morning i'd have known. gulp.

Welcome home! It looks as if you and Ollie are settling in just fine!!!!

Everything sounds and looks just great.
So pleased for both you and Ollie!
And I agree with Nikki about writing a book. You've had and continue to have such an intersting, full life.

I feel so darned happy for you! All warm and fuzzy inside, just as if we are close friends - not hampered by geographical distance. I believe it must be from your delightful sharing of this experience. I am so grateful that I found TGB. Mazel tov.

Take your time unpacking. No more deadlines. How wonderful.
Happy nesting, you two.

I have been reading your posts starting around the time you mentioned moving. It has been fun reading for me as you found the new place and worked through the transition. Best wishes in your new home.

Excellent! Ollie's reaction is a good sign. You're home!

Ollie taking to the place made me sigh happily!

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