The Last Push

The Last Push

We are still unloading the third moving truck. Attila stopped to eat around 3:00 p.m., and then he slept, before he works tonight. The truck must be returned mid-morning tomorrow, so we will have a very busy morning.

Terra kept some office equipment at her house for me, it would not fit into Mist Cottage. I sold it today, to a woman just opening up her own business. This meant I was out at Terra’s house, and it prompted me to go through the boxes at Terra’s. There, in the biggest box, lay my Cowichan sweater and my new winter coat. No wonder we could not find them.

Terra has a “century farmhouse”. Her house is old. She and Lares have two very active dogs. She had been confining them to specific areas of the house with baby gates. The system failed recently when one of the dogs discovered how to unlatch it. Terra got to work yesterday, and built two partial doors. She and Lares bought hardware for the doors yesterday, and today the doors were hung. Since I was out there to conduct the sale of the office equipment, I got to see the brand new doors. Terra is getting very good at woodworking.

Terra’s doors. They are like the bottom section of a stable door, and are very effective in keeping the dogs where they need to be. You can see the dogs in the bottom right image.
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7:00 p.m.

FaceTime is a wonderful thing! My two sisters and my Mom called on Sis’s iPhone, via FaceTime. I gave them all a tour of the house and yard, and we had a great time chatting. Such fun!

Attila slept for only an hour or so! He is too preoccupied with getting the truck unloaded to rest properly. I am afraid he is in for a very long night at work, and a very long morning, finishing the unloading, and returning the truck. By noon tomorrow the truck will be gone, and hopefully Attila will fall into a long, deep sleep, to begin recovering from this last push of the move.

It is at times like this that I truly miss being able to physically assist with lifting and toting. I dare not though, for all we need is for me to end up in bed with my back, needing Attila to care for me. That would not do! So I watch from the sidelines, and do every little thing I can to facilitate the process.

One of the things Attila brought is the flooring and siding we purchased years ago, for this house, and the garden shed. Now the building materials are here, in the truck, and they need to be unloaded. I think that the flooring and siding, in particular, have been on Attila’s mind. He needs to find a protected storage area for them, so that they are not damaged before we get around to the building project… that will be next year I think!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 5:00 PM EDT Sunday 4 October 2015
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 15.9°C
Dewpoint: 5.9°C
Humidity: 51%
Wind: ENE 12 km/h


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Maya Angelou
1928 – 2014


  1. crochetlady or Lee Ann

    Well, once the boxes are unpacked you know that Attila is going to start on the flooring, don’t you? He sounds like a man that needs projects

    Your daughter’s door is pretty. By building it herself, she probably saved a pretty penny!. The dog looks like he’s thinking,”Ah,Jees, why’d she’d have to go and do that?!”

  2. NORA

    Hi Maggie,

    Well, it seems endless but I know you are at least nearing the end of any involvement with the truck! I get shivers when I read all the things that have gone into your move. It brings back the back breaking moves we did a few years back when we moved out of state (from NC to CA -From CA to AR- From AR back to NC all in 8 months time. Very hectic very disappointing but lessons learned, I think! Luckily your move is a good and blessed one.

    I had NO IDEA what a Cowichan sweater is. I Googled them and saw how beautiful they are and pricey. I checked quite a few out on eBay just for the heck of it. They can sell for as much as $265.00 big ones. I assume they are extremely warm and comfy. I liked the pull over style the best. Love a warm collar around my neck. I am sure glad you found yours.

    The doors look like they will keep the curious dogs in place. Is that cute or what.

    I’m not sure where Attila gets all his energy but I am truly amazed he can keep going. Soon he will not have to be so bound by the move. You’ll be able to set up house and enjoy each other and the warmth of home. So nice! x0x0x0x0x

  3. Lee Ann, you are right about Attila and his projects! He is making a list as we go along, looking forward to getting his teeth into something.

    Terra’s doors are doing the trick, and the dogs are not well pleased! Somehow, her fine craftswomanship hasn’t made an impression on them.

  4. Thanks Diane, Cowichan sweaters are a treasure. They are the only sweaters I know with “serial numbers” and certificates. My emotional attachment to my Cowichan is deep and strong. I bought it when I was still enjoying career prospects, the world looked rosy at that point in my life. I wore it through the best years of my life, and many of my fondest memories are attached to it.

  5. Nora, your moves sound horrendous indeed, and in only 8 months, no settling in after two of the moves. May your next move be a happy one!

    We feel very lucky these days! The state of Mist Cottage is almost overwhelming, but not quite. We have given ourselves a year to settle. A year to purge and merge. A year to decide what flow the house needs for maximum comfort. We are looking forward to the year to come.

    The Cowichan sweater is very warm. I have worn it beneath my 23 year old GorTex parka in -37C weather, and been cozy and warm. I would feel lost without it.

  6. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    Enjoyed the pics of Terra’s project and the dogs. 😉 For a time, we had to do the same for Skye, when she was a puppy. The half door did finally come down when she – long-legged dog that she is – found she could scramble over it. Would have taken a 3/4 door to keep her in check. Fortunately, she reached her full height and put aside destructive puppiness at almost the same time.

    I’d love to put in some time to housing projects. Seems like I just keep on making myself more website projects, though. Hopefully, that will be done soon and we’ll have more time for changes in the house.

  7. I am very impressed with the doors! I love that style. And the sweater being found… so good. I have to google it, also, as I’ve never heard of them. But then I’m the farthest thing from anyone interested much in clothing that you could find this side of a homeless person! I wouldn’t know one brand of sweater from another honestly! So nice that you both can see that light at the end of the moving tunnel! xxxxx

  8. Teri, Terra’s black lab is still very young, she is sweet tempered, and very undisciplined. The doors are working so far.

    Terra took up woodworking after they moved to their big house in the country. It seems a lot of young women are taking it up, the Ana White web site really kicked that off. Terra has made some beautiful furniture.

    I, on the other hand, am interested primarily in food preparation and preservation. I do little projects in other areas of interest, but cannot seem to sustain a long-term interest in physical skills. I enjoyed cartography a great deal, but that was fine, detailed pen work, which my old eyes just can’t handle anymore.

  9. Bex, I love my Cowichan. It isn’t exactly fashionable, but it is warm and cozy, and familiar. I had not heard of the “granted sweater” before, very interesting, and knitted in a similar fashion to the Cowichan. I expect my Cowichan will see me through the rest of my days here on planet earth, a trusted companion.

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