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Steps...forward and back

I like it here. I like it here a lot.

That's the quick'n'easy report at the end of my first week in Wales.

The longer report is the usual and all-but-overwhelming detail that accompanies any move. One deadbolt and two new handset locks installed; four more yet to go. Six doors?!? Yes, there are six doors...seven, really, thanks to the slider that goes onto the deck, but its locking mechanism is different. Eight, really, once you count the door into the attic loft, though for that one, I'll re-use the really nice handset lock I took off the main entry door.

I only received keys to the main entry door and deadbolt. So long as I always carried my keys with me, I wasn't able to completely lock myself out, but not having keys to any of the other doors made me very cautious whenever I used them. I'm still going to have to be careful -- unlike my old house, which had only door handles underneath the dead bolts, the locking handsets make it easier than I would like to lock myself out.

Yesterday was of the "one step forward, two steps back" sort. New office furniture was delivered -- a couple of hours early, even, but they brought the wrong desk. It *looks* like the right desk, but is missing three important aspects of the desk I selected (power center, drilled out bits in top for wires to disappear, and a finished back panel. I'm not putting the desk up against a wall, so that last bit is as important as the first two. The store is working on getting the right desk to me -- time to call them back and ask the likely timing on that.

Moving my interim end-table "desk" and computer connections out of the way for the furniture delivery led to my losing my high-speed connection for a few hours. It was an easy fix, one I should have started with -- the ether cable into the back of the cable modem didn't seat fully when I plugged stuff back in. No wonder neither my Linksys router nor my computer would talk to the world....

PROmote Communications is registered to do business in Massachusetts for the next four years, and I registered to vote. Still need to deal with the car, and with health insurance. I talked with the house painter last night; it looks like it's going to be early July for that.

I misunderstood the timing of getting my stuff from Minnesota, so I've got a few extra days to paint, lay shelf paper, and do the kazillion other things that need doing, all of which will fall off the radar once 8680 pounds of stuff shows up and all wants unpacking and arrangement. burningriver is coming to help next week, and it looks like she'll be able to come back after Balticon, too. Other friends (WANOLJ) are also heading this way, one and two at a time, loaning me fans, extra pillows, and a featherbed (!), bringing stuff I've stored at their houses, and just plain adding to the enjoyable aspects of moving. Yes, there are many of those, easy though it is to focus on the sheer work and annoyance factors.

Baskerville, a black lab, is coming to stay for a couple of weeks, and fredcritter's best beloveds are coming for a week in June. I so look forward to welcoming them here, and to their help as I continue to settle in.

I think I saw my first coyote yesterday, crossing the top of my driveway. Yellow iris are starting to bloom in the pond; bachelor buttons, phlox, bleeding hearts, violets, johnny jump-ups, and a plenitude of other flowers brighten the yard. And the woods...the woods are exactly what I wanted.

Yep. I like it here.


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May. 21st, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
You know, Geri, if I haven't said it before... congratulations on this apparently successful life change. We hope to be able to follow in your life changing footsteps someday.
May. 21st, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
You know that you can have your locks re-keyed so that one key will open all your doors, right? Just be sure to have your preferred key with you when you buy the lock and ask the hardware store to re-key it for you. They usually charge $5-10 to re-key (and you could even take you existing locks in and simply have them re-keyed, if you can secure the door or have someone watch the house while you're away).
May. 22nd, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
I got lucky on this one.

Most of the existing locks did not meet my requirements for a secure entry door, and a couple of them were so worn that the key insertion point was a worn away roundish hole. So I eliminated the re-keying option on what was already there. And I avoided having to pay a re-keying charge on the new locks by finding 6 that all had the same key code (hence, the same key to start with).
May. 21st, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds lovely! Congratulations on what sounds like a delightful change. Pictures?
May. 21st, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful. I'm glad that you like it there and I second that request for pictures.
May. 28th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sure putting pictures online and linking to them from LJ is utterly trivial -- pointers and suggestions welcome. I'll even try to do something useful with them within the known future.

(Okay, at the very least I could swap out one of my LJ icons for a picture or two from Toad Woods. I know how to do LJ photo icons. Or, at least I figured it out with ease when I joined last fall.)
May. 31st, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
Well, I have a fotki account and just link to there from livejournal when I have pictures to share. I know I've seen others post pictures directly to livejournal but I think those are with paid accounts only which I don't have. If you want to email me the pictures you're interested in linking to, I'd be happy to put them up at the fotki account and you could then link to them. Just email them to my uwo account, (dlacey at uwo dot ca).
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