Well, after some horrendous missteps caused by the bank, we finally closed on our new Florida home and are slowly settling in. The settlement was supposed to have been on Monday (July 29) but due to a bank oversight, they "discovered" a document they didn't know they had (had it since May and they HAD requested it) and this we found out when we were getting gas on the Ohio/Kentucky border! After having major meltdown, and some fast typing on the internet - thank heavens for smart phones - we were able to get rescheduled for Friday (Aug 2) at 9 a.m. I had to dissolve my business in order to avoid trying to find 2 years worth of income tax returns (which were on the moving van that was somewhere between Florida and Michigan and we weren't driving it).
Settlement went off without a hitch, almost, had to sign a letter stating that the documentation we had provided stating we no longer owned a house that had been sold last January, AND that my business was dissolved and the documentation I had provided for that was true. We went to the house right after the settlement and DH carried me over the threshold. Unloaded what we had in the car and then waited for the moving van and unloaders to arrive. The van was late as dispatch gave them the wrong address so they arrived at 5 p.m. The driver wasn't the brightest as he pulled the entire trailer onto the front lawn (on the road side of the ditch) and promptly got stuck when he tried to drive the truck away from the unhitched trailer (which sank 1 foot into soft, wet soil). He left deep davits when he was finally pulled out. The unloaders showed up at 5:15 p.m, they also were given the wrong address. Took until 8:30 p.m. to totally unload the trailer and it can't be removed until Monday.
Sure glad I used plastic tubs as boxes would never have made the trip, the load shifted. We have tubs that are dented, bent and some with broken lids; however, ALL the items unpacked so far are undamaged. What has been damaged are my pictures, which have shattered glass, my chest freezer - which has a severely dented top and we don't know if it will keep things frozen, and the loss of my spices which HAD been in a box and it fell apart, or exploded, when a tub shifted and fell on it.
Have been unpacking and so far, have 20 tubs unpacked and only 266 more to go. DH is installing a new microwave, washer/dryer get delivered tomorrow, bedroom set will be delivered on Friday. We have already received a sofa/loveseat which reclines, coffee table that expands to a tray-table type of affair, antique oak dining table that has a large pedestal with claw feet, new entertainment center AND plasma TV! So the house is slowly starting to take shape.
My antique White Treadle sewing machine made it without any problems as did the handcrank antique Singer and 1939 Featherweight! Now all I have to do is find my fabric and I may even get a reprieve from unpacking and do some sewing!
Today we got our Florida driving licenses and tag for the car, opened bank account and had social security changed. Have to go to the tax assessor's office with DH's VA disability paperwork and we'll get a discount on our property taxes for him being a disabled vet AND a senior! Since Florida has no state tax, we will no longer being having our pension taxed (Michigan Gov. Snyder's gift to disabled vets and retirees).
Gotta run and get back to unpacking. Hope to see you soon with sewing.
Oh, before I forget, some of the tubs we'll keep for storage, others that are badly damaged will be recycled and a few I may even transform into a kitty condo for SamWise our cat! Suggestions were also made to sel them on ebay. LOL. We shall see.
All the best - Terri