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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mission to Asheville accomplished!

I went to storage about a half hour early so that I could get all the boxes loaded on carts. It was extremely tiring for me as there were 23 boxes, some pretty heavy. The driver arrived at 2:00 pm, and I quickly got the carts moved to the back entrance and the loading dock. The driver just moved the carts into the body of the truck and then unloaded all 23 boxes in about 10 minutes. It's a good thing about the loading dock because the truck didn't have a lift gate, which I was being charged for. A call to the shipping service took care of that, so I will watch my credit card bill to see that the charge is removed.

As I was waiting for the driver to arrive I wondered what in the hell was so important in the entire shipment. I should have donated it all to Goodwill! I promise myself I will never move my belongings again, above what can fit into my Highlander.

One thing I discovered in the luggage I retrieved from storage was a notebook wherein I had made a list of pros and cons for selling my house and buying an RV, back in late 2008. Some of the items on the list were so naive, and some were pretty much on target. I'm a lot more knowledgeable now, although I don't know if being wiser is the same thing.

I went to four different places today in search of a 1 hour photo developing service. Walmart let me down again - they have removed their photo processor. Rite Aid's processor was broken and being serviced. Two other stores didn't even have a photo department. So I have to wait for the pictures to show them on my blog - maybe I will stop at Harrisonburg VA tomorrow evening, and the Costco is just a few blocks away.

In the meantime, I took a picture of kudzu which some of you may not be familiar with. Sometime around 1876 the plant was imported from Japan to be used for ground cover and erosion control, and was planted throughout the south. It has taken over, covering over 7 million acres in the southeast, and is a good reason why we need to avoid bringing in outsiders to our area - invasive plants (and fish & wildlife for that matter) harm the local flora and fauna and in many cases eradicates it entirely.

Here is kudzu. The tall skinny object in the photo is a huge light standard on the motel property, and as you can see the kudzu doesn't discriminate - it covers everything. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

I am so tired I don't think I can stay awake until dark. I hate to take a nap this late in the day, but I'm nodding. Lady stayed in the cool, air conditioned motel room today. She still has a slight limp, but I think she is doing better. I hope she is just about over whatever it is by tomorrow because it is difficult enough for her to jump up into the vehicle, and even harder to jump out.


  1. No more storage!!! Hope you woke up enough that maybe you could celebrate a little bit tonight. Kudzu is such a problem in the south. Sure wish they could figure out how to make fuel out of the stuff. Hope Lady is feeling much better.

  2. I can't seem to remember. Are all these boxes being shipped to your daughter's in California? Will you be renting another apartment there in the fall? Did you turn in your keys to the storage place?

  3. I'm not putting anything in storage, When I had my business, I rented a storage unit and it was a pain, moving things back and forth. My daughter wants some "family" things, so I will have to ship stuff to her. But if it doesn't fit in my coach, I'm not keeping it. Presale for the garage sale was tonite for family and neighbors and I sold a bunch already.

  4. Less is more. I am so glad you finished your chore, Hope lady is on the mend now. Although our last two have been Labs, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for German Shepherds,I had two while serving on the police department, one was killed, and they are certainly loyal to the death. Be safe out there, and if you get into the St Louis area, like Harry Truman would say. Stop by the house.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  5. Well you got it done just like you knew you would. Give yourself a treat for a job well done. And Lady too....a treat that is.

    Headed back to where with a stop off in Harrisonburg? Where do you stay over night in Virginia?

  6. I'm so glad the shed is empty and the stuff is gone, it's quite a job. We hear it over and over again NEVER get a storage place. Once you're off the road you don't want the stuff in storage and can usually get what is needed for an apt at Goodwill or other second hand places.

    I hope Lady does well, might have just sprained her leg. Safe travels!