7-26-21 Monday

Jump to comments

This is the post about the move – it’s a long one, but if you’d rather skip it there are kitten pics at the bottom, so just scroll on down.

This is what the garage at the old house looked like a month ago.

The house was completely packed except for the things we were using on a daily basis, and we were both more than ready to get moved.

We closed on the new house on June 30th and the movers came July 8th to load us up. In the week between the closing and the move, we loaded up the car with boxes every day (sometimes twice a day) and brought them to the new house. There were things we wanted to move ourselves, and we also figured that the more stuff we moved ourselves, the less time we’d have to pay the movers. I spent all day at the house one of those days unpacking the kitchen. By the time we moved, the kitchen was 99% set up and ready to go.

I found that the little attic access door, located off of Fred’s room, led to this:

Well hello, storage.

The Saturday after the closing (6 days before the move was scheduled), the guys came to deliver the flooring for the upstairs. The entire upstairs was carpeted, and we are no fans of carpeting. Area rugs? Yes. Carpet that the cats can barf on, drag their butts over and walk their grimy feet all over? No. (And when one is fostering kittens that often have giardia and coccidia as well as other fun stuff, carpeting is to be avoided.) One of the guys delivering the flooring took it upon himself to tell us horror stories about how people had had the flooring delivered, only to find out when the installers came that for some reason the flooring could not be installed.

“Ha ha,” Fred and I said. “That sucks, but that won’t happen to us!”

On Monday – the 4th of July – the installers showed up and guess what? The floors upstairs are too out of level for the flooring we’d chosen. They recommended vinyl flooring, and Fred and I went to Lowe’s, chose vinyl flooring that they had in stock, and we scheduled the delivery for Tuesday. I was pretty sure that we were going to have to schedule the installation after we’d moved, but Fred threw himself on the mercy of the people at the installation place and they were able to schedule it for Wednesday.

I was skeptical that it was going to happen, but it did – and the floor upstairs looks amazing. I am beyond happy with it – and as it turns out it’s truly waterproof and scratch resistant (the flooring we initially chose was “water resistant”), so I think it turned out to be a better choice for us.

Wednesday evening we brought all the cats except Newt and Archie to the new house and set them up in the master bathroom (which was plenty large enough to contain 5 cats.) Thursday morning before I was awake, Fred brought Newt and Archie to the new house and set them up in another bathroom. (The reason we kept Newt and Archie at the old house with us overnight is because Newt gets medication every morning… and Archie is Archie. He gets along with Newt, but probably wouldn’t have handled sharing a bathroom with 5 other cats very well.)

On Thursday the movers showed up (two hours late) and while they loaded the truck I went behind them and cleaned. It took them about 4 hours to load the truck and after they left I did a quick vacuum and cleaned a few rooms before the photographer showed up to take pictures of the house so that we could get it listed as quickly as possible. (Side note: the house went on the market at noon Friday and we accepted an offer about 36 hours later.)

The move into the house went fairly quickly – three hours or thereabouts – and I mostly tried to stay out of the way. My main concern was that the couch going into the kitten room is REALLY heavy and I was SO SURE that there’d be an incident that took out the staircase, but it turned out just fine.

There were a few hiccups, the biggest one being that the laundry room doorway was too small for our standard-sized dryer. Fred ended up having to take the molding off from around the door before the doorway was big enough to move the washer and dryer inside.

Soon enough, the movers were gone, our beds were put together, and we let the cats out to explore.

It took a few days for them to settle down, but at this point I think the cats have completely settled in. I didn’t sleep much the first night because Khal kept coming to the doorway of my bedroom and meowing until I called to him, whereupon he’d jump onto the bed with me and insist that I pet him. Which I was HAPPY to do, but it’s hard to pet and sleep at the same time. He did it less frequently the next night and even less frequently the next. Now, two and a half weeks later, he does it every so often, but most nights he doesn’t.

This is my bedroom – Archie on the bed, Charlie on the floor. Yes, you see carpet in this room. There’s also carpet in the computer room – as soon as we close on the other house, we’ll be buying/scheduling flooring for those two rooms (which are located downstairs).

I swear Newt has checked out/slept in every inch of this house.

If I were to do anything different, I would have shut the door to the foster room and never let the permanent residents hang out in there. They, of course, LOVED the foster room and were some kind of ticked off when I shut the door and locked them out the day before I brought the new fosters home.

You see no Khal.

Charlie in the little cat tree in the foster room.

Newt and Jake.

Khal and Jake in Fred’s bedroom.

Jake in the computer room.

Archie has a grumpy.

The cats have been allowed onto the back (screened) porch, but we don’t have a door with a cat door in it yet (it’s on order) and they don’t like being let in and out, so it’s been limited time out there. Fred did get the cat fence put up in the back yard but he’s waiting on some more fencing so he can block the cats from going up the trees, so they’ve had only limited supervised time in the back yard yet.

At this point, the house is 95% unpacked/organized. I really like it here (so does Fred) and I think once the cats are able to get into the back yard they’ll be perfectly happy (they’re pretty much perfectly happy now, actually.) We have a lot of projects to get done in the near future (and in the extended future as well.) I do plan to do a photographic house tour in the near future (hopefully early next week), mostly because I want to repaint most of the inside of the house, and I want to be able to see/post my progress.

So that’s the story of the move. Got questions? Leave a comment and I’ll answer questions in Friday’s post.


Molly’s keeping an eye on things (while Tia and Sofia eat.)

Theo Pesto loves to hang out in the bottom of that ham-mick (getting a little attitude here from Franco Fondue.)

Tia Teriyaki is skeptical of my intentions.

Molly is JUST. SO. PRETTY.

Don’t get used to those mirrors – I took them down and replaced them already!

Theo needs a squoosh.

Franco Fondue feelin’ floofy.

Theo’s keeping an eye on Sofia.

I nearly forgot to mention – thank you all so much for the great suggestions on what to call the litter. There were too many good suggestions for me to decide, so I made Fred do it. He proclaimed that FONDUE IS NOT A SAUCE and so from here on out they’ll be known as The Dippers.

(Yes, Fred knows that alfredo isn’t a dipping sauce; he doesn’t care.)

Also also, I didn’t say this last week when I introduced these fosters and should have: I did not name them! Brittany came up with those awesome names, and I approve 100%. (I believe in giving credit where it’s due!)


2020: You might be surprised to hear that d’Artagnan has an opinion and isn’t afraid to share it.
2018: She cracks me up – she’s like a puppy in kitten clothing.
2017: More about Belle and her beasts.
2016: Here’s the story of Hemlock.
2015: No entry.
2014: “And she put this HARNESS thing on me, and then she threw me in a CARRIER, and I was in there FOREVERRRRR…”
2013: “WHAT DOON, LADY?”
2012: “Go ‘way, lady. We’re wallowing.”
2011: Random foster pics.
2010: Meet Martin’s new “sisters.”
2009: No entry.
2008: No entry.
2007: “I am former Senator Stanley J. Boogerton, and I approve this bed.”
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



7-26-21 Monday — 29 Comments

  1. The Dippers is a great name! My family has been known to ask for a bowl (gravy boat?) of Alfredo sauce to dip our breadsticks into at Olive Garden, so it certainly is a dipping sauce!

    Maybe I missed it, but why the move?

  2. What type of flooring did you initially order that didn’t work out with your out of level floors? I suspect this will be a problem for me, too.

  3. I love that picture of Newt and Charlie on the stairs. Also glad you chose The Dippers as this family’s collective name. I liked it best of all the options, followed by the Epicureans, but maybe that could be saved for another food-themed litter! Pleased your move went well, and looking forward to the tour!

    • Me too, I love the pictures of the boys on the stairs. Maybe the whole gang will cooperate for a Christmas card picture one of these years.

  4. Love the name is The Dippers and very happy for you all to be getting settled in nicely. On seeing the pic of the sofa going up the stairs, my mind immediately heard Ross from the sofa episode of Friends yelling, “Pivot, Pivot, PIVOT!”. 🙂

    • Exactly what I thought, too! PIVOT! Although I also thought of my dad, who was a furniture mover who get anything anywhere. And yes, he dismantled a few doors (and windows), like Fred did to get the dryer into the laundry room.

  5. Funny, I was thinking of the Big Bang episode when they were moving the time machine up 4 flights of stairs and Howard declares, “If I push any harder I’m going to give birth to my colon.”

  6. Love all the photos!! And since you mentioned your bedroom is downstairs, I was wondering which downstairs room the kitten room is over and how it sounds with the li’l Dippers running around. And thank you in advance for tracking the painting progress – of all my online addictions, interior house painting is definitely the weirdest.

  7. Speaking of sound… are your new neighbors fireworks fans? I remember that was something you were happy to leave behind when you moved to Shady Cove. I’ve heard that the kibosh on public gatherings due to the pandemic has driven up sales of both legal and illegal fireworks pretty much everywhere.

  8. Looks like great house! Looking forward to seeing more of it! Love the Dippers name!

  9. I’m so happy you and the gang are happy in your new abode, but…I would have killed for your old place and I’m sorry to see it go!

  10. My son would argue about Alfredo sauce not being a dip — he frequently uses it as a dip. 🙂

  11. Can confirm – vinyl flooring is awesome. I have grouted vinyl tile in my basement. It is waterproof, warm to walk on, scratch-resistant and beautiful. We just ran furniture sliders supporting an antique china cabinet across vinyl flooring, no issues.

  12. Ah, yes. The joys of moving cats into a new home… I never realized how much smaller Jake is to Khal!

    And how cool is that attic space, did you not know it was there?

  13. The Dippers is the cutest! And they can be Little Dippers now and Big Dippers later. It works both as a food ref. & to the constellations—shaped like sauce ladles!
    Fred did good!

  14. Will the cats be able to climb any of the trees in the backyard or are they all too close to the fence?

  15. Have you heard anything further from Fizzbin’s new family? She was my personal fav from Canasta’s litter <3

  16. I look forward to seeing the progress of the Dippers!

    I loved the way you unveiled the extra storage space! Always welcome!

  17. Alfredo sauce might not be a dipping sauce, but it should be!
    (boy howdy am I going to have the munchies every time I read about this litter –)

  18. OMG the horror story of the flooring! Were you able to return the stuff that didn’t work? And how the heck are people supposed to know what won’t work? Are you supposed to have installers look at the place before ordering? :O

    I love that the permanent residents loved the foster room– it shows that you really saved the ~best room~ in your house for the fosters and THAT is part of why you are amazing!!!!!!!

    • I was wondering the same thing Sarah! Us frugal “frannies” need to know the important stuff.
      Also, that is a fabulous pic of the cats of the stairs. It definitely should be considered for the calendar.

  19. I have loved seeing the photos of the house and all the move, i love noseying into these kinds of things! Thank you for all the updates, and great to see the new foster, they are adorable 😀 That dark void string bean Sofia is awesome looking.

  20. i LOVE the name the dippers!

    & that makes molly the big dipper and the kittens the little dippers! <3 <3


  21. Seeing posts like this remind me of Bitchy poo blog and this blog in the beginning. I love the kittehs, but you sharing your everyday life events was so much fun <3