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It is difficult to move into most new mobile homes when you are moving out of a regular house. The mobile home is bigger but the storage is almost non-existent. For instance, in our new mobile home, there is no coat closet, no linen closet, no broom closet, and no walk-in pantry. Yes, the cabinets in the kitchen are big and it looks like a lot of them, but I cannot reach the top shelves in any of them without a step stool so that is a waste of space.
We are paying to have additional drawer shelves put in almost all of our cabinets so we will have some more storage. They will be ready for installation in about three weeks. I think this is expensive but it will be a nice investment in our new home and in my sanity. If only new mobile homes came with enough storage.
Honestly, I am having a hard time finding a place for everything in our new mobile home. The majority of boxes have been emptied but I still have quite a few boxes to go and a lot of things to put away. I would like to have a few closets added in the house in various places but at the same time, I hate to give up the room it would take to build closets in new mobile homes.
Bright and early this morning, the propane truck representative showed up and filled the tank to 85% for us. I asked why not 100%. He said because propane expands so there has to be room in the tank for expansion.
It was a lovely, cool morning with low humidity and nice breezes. I took a walk up the hill and took some photos. It was a good walk. Then I did some more unpacking.
Our neighbor has been putting up a bit more fencing between our two lots. There is still a lot to go. It is looking good.
made our old green shed shack into his office. He has air conditioning
in it and spent most of today working on our business, David's Garden Seeds®. I think we should get one of the smaller new mobile homes to house the business with built in bathrooms and a kitchen for the team members' convenience.
Before lunch, David came in and asked me to bake a loaf of bread. I made Almond Cinnamon Bread in my bread machine. It was quite yummy!
Then for dinner, I made a homemade chicken pot pie which was delicious.
The furniture store called to say that our kitchen and bedroom furniture will be arriving on Wednesday.
I closed out today by working some more on the computer on our business.
Today was another lovely, cool morning. A contractor and his assistant showed up to build another DIY PVC greenhouse. This one is covered with plastic instead of shade cloth so we can plant our winter crops in it. They also cut a hole in one of the walls of the yellow shed and installed a window so we can see the lovely green meadow when we work in there.
I unpacked some more boxes including the lamp that was delivered with our living room furniture last Wednesday. It was wrapped very well with lots of type and messy styrofoam. I hope they send the lamp's mate and the tables they are supposed to sit on.
I had to vacuum. I washed several loads of laundry and folded them. I also straightened out some of the laundry room mess so it looks just a little better than it did.
Tomorrow, the replacement leg for my vanity bench should be delivered per an email the company sent me. (It wasn't.) Some new throw pillows will be delivered as well. (They weren't.) I emptied three boxes out of my craft room--the first boxes I have emptied from that room.
I tried to make room for all of the new furniture that is coming. I will throw away the box I am using for a night stand in the morning. It has several holes and is starting to sag.
My trash dumpster is overflowing once again.
We woke up this Wednesday to a cool 68 degrees Fahrenheit and
overcast skies. The cool weather did not last long. By the time the
furniture delivery men arrived it was in the 80s and so humid.
This morning, one of our team members, Bethany, came out to help with the new greenhouse, getting ready for winter planting. She did a lot of work.
The furniture truck pulled up at 10:15am, with the same driver from last week so he stayed on the driveway. The two men brought in all of the furniture except for the foot board for our new bed, the two end tables that should have arrived last week, and one living room lamp that also was supposed to be delivered last week.
Because the foot board wasn't there, the new bed could not be put together. Now they are scheduled to come back next Wednesday with the foot board, which means that two large boxes will be sitting in my living room for a week, holding the parts of the bed. Imagine how happy this makes me!
I was pretty happy to get the dressers so at least I could put our underwear and socks away instead of fighting with them on the closet shelves. I spent the afternoon unpacking and arranging things now that I have somewhere to put clothing.
We got our new dining table, chairs and island bar stools. They look great in the kitchen. New mobile homes have a lot more room than the older ones. This one has way more space than our two story home in San Antonio.
I also got a simple desk to work on. The desk I had was old and broken so we gave it away. I set it up by a window so I can look outside while I work.
A strange thing has happened today. Around lunchtime, we could no longer make or receive phone calls, texts, or emails on our cell phones. Neither of us has any bars on our phones and it has been over eight hours. We tried to go onto the AT&T website to report it but before they let you log in, you have to give them a code they text to you. Of course, we could not because we can't receive any texts so they have a stupid system.
This evening, I was out in the yard with the dogs, enjoying the evening. I took a few photos of them having a good time.
We got our voter registration cards in the mail today. What I didn't get was the new leg to my vanity bench that was supposed to be brought here today by FedEx. I also did not get some throw pillows from Amazon that were supposed to be here today.
We have heard nothing from the Water Well Company on our water well or from the transport company on the bid for our front deck, which means we still have the wobbly, crooked, temporary steps given to us from the new mobile homes company. The furniture deliverers did not want to use the steps. I offered the nice deck we now have on the side of the house, but they would have a hard time getting furniture through the laundry room where the side door is.
Notice how they say "Construction Use Only". We shouldn't even have them here. This is not a construction site. It is a home, one of the new mobile homes that looks more like a regular house.
New mobile homes can look very fancy once they are unpacked and decorated. Ours is not there yet. This morning, we got dressed and went in to San Antonio instead of unpacking. We stopped by work where I had to get some tools to do my job. David had to get a few things as well from the office.
The most important thing to say is that around 1:30am
today, our phones started working again. I was sound asleep but
apparently, David woke up and saw bars on his phone. AT&T chatted
with David online after he could not get logged in on their website and
was told there was an area power outage.
Our office manager, Jay, has a birthday tomorrow.
Bethany, who works at the office and comes out to help at the farm, is the daughter of our pastor.
October is Pastor Appreciation month. So today, we took out our Pastor and his wife, Carolyn, along with their daughter, Bethany, to Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, as well as Jay for his birthday.
When David and I were in the ministry more than 20 years ago, no one ever took us out for Pastor Appreciation Month so we make it a point to take out our pastor and family each October. We had a great time. The folks at Chama Gaucha in San Antonio served us very well.
Jay told me at the table that he wanted me to bake him an apple pie for his birthday so I agreed. Tomorrow I will be baking apple pie.
After an incredibly delicious lunch, we picked up apple pie supplies at the store and came back to the farm.
I would like to report that people from the electric company and from the water well company did not show up, nor did we get the bid for the front steps.
This evening, it got very windy. Sand was blowing across the farm and the plastic blew off of the greenhouse. David had to drive out there and park the SUV on top of the plastic to keep it from blowing away. The new mobile homes are certainly different than older mobile homes with the wind. When we first got married, we were living in El Paso and every time the wind blew hard, you could feel it. I have not felt any wind yet in this home and it blows pretty hard out here on the farm.
Good Friday morning! When I opened the door in the dark to let the girls out, it was raining! Now that it is light, it is an overcast day. The rain is sort of sprinkling, not pouring. I set up my desk in the library in front of the window. I do have more things to find and put on it but at least I now have a place to work.
David is out in the shed/shack/office now working on the computer. Bethany and Nacho were supposed to come out this morning to help with planting and with the plastic on the greenhouse. However, between the rain and wind and dropping temperatures, David canceled their visits. We don't need them to get sick. The plastic was clipped on to the greenhouse PVC pipes but that wind was not gentle. This time, the clips will be screwed on. Maybe it will get done on Monday.
Did I mention the temperature is dropping? Praise the Lord! When I got up around 6am, it was 70 degrees and humid outside. The rain was sprinkling. Now it is 61 degrees! It is windy and wet. So nice!
It is now 3pm and it is 56 degrees and the wind is blowing. I went out a few times and it sprinkles every now and then. The wind feels chilly, which is awesome. I have been working in our new mobile home and I am very warm. I have the A/C down on 73 degrees. They insulate these new mobile homes way too well. I feel like it should be nice and cool but I am sweating.
I put our new throw pillows in the living room, along with decorating the mantel. It smells pretty good in here, too, as I have some fall Scentsy wax going.
I successfully made two apple pies from scratch, one for Jay and one
for David. We are waiting for Jay to come get his after work. We have
not cut into the other one yet.I haven't made an apple pie in a long
time. The crust looks a little wonky but it will taste good.
for lunch, I made broccoli cheddar soup from a mix. I added in
mushrooms, chicken, potatoes, onions, and peppers. It was delicious, our first cold weather meal in our new mobile home.
The trash man dumped our dumpster! The propane man brought us propane! The UPS man brought David a special type of shovel he ordered for the garden. The mailman brought David five boxes and a bill. He didn't bring me anything. No word from the water well company, the electric company, or the transport company about the deck, but what else is new?
Jay paid us a visit to get his birthday apple pie this evening. I gave him his and we cut open ours and we all had a piece of apple pie in our new living room.
After he left, I fixed my vanity bench with one of the new legs (they sent four) and it works!
I woke up this morning to overcast skies and 55 beautiful degrees! It is breezy and feels great. Of course, it will be back in the 90s by next week but we are pretending that is not true.
I plan to do more unpacking today, as well as doing a lot of things on the computer for our business. I am also doing laundry. I need to pay some bills, send out some newsletters, fix some seed prices, and add some recipes to this site.
Our electrician did some electrical repairs for us today. New mobile homes don't usually come wired for doorbells so we had to have some put in. That way, we will hear when someone is at the door. The only way we knew before was to hear the dogs go ballistic. Our home alarm system was also installed this morning. We then worked on our computers and organized a few things around the house.
In the early afternoon, I got a phone call from my saleslady, Betty at Furniture Row. She helped me with my living room furniture. Everything from that order was delivered except for two end tables and one lamp. Betty told me the end tables are on back order until December 2. If she had told me that when I bought them, I would have chosen different tables. I told her this and she said there was only one of the model tables on the store floor. She put me on hold and when she came back on the phone, she said that her manager said they would send it out for me to use until December when my new tables came in. She also told me my missing lamp was on its way and that it should arrive before Wednesday. I thanked her. (*Little did I know this was a lie and that the manager would not allow me to borrow it.)
We were in the media room in our pajamas watching Walker Texas Ranger this evening around 8:30pm. I love Walker and his round kicks to the head of the bad guys. So I was cheering him on when all of a sudden, everything went dead--Power Failure! But how could we have a power failure when we are not hooked up to the electricity yet? How could our generator stop running when it was just filled up yesterday?
David went outside with a flashlight, opened the generator and told me it says "Low Coolant". I was up on the deck at the side door and wondered about that. He went to the shed to get some antifreeze and water. The generator took two gallons!
David turned it back on and everything in the house came back on. The only bad thing is that all of the clocks had to be manually reset. I hate doing that! But I was glad he was able to fix it. We continued watching Walker for the rest of the evening.
This morning, I woke up fairly warm, even though the temperature was in the 50s. New mobile homes are well insulated these days so I did not even have a blanket on, just the sheet.
We woke up early so we would be ready to leave for church by 8:30am. We had an awesome church service in San Antonio, then went to our business and picked up some more items to bring to the farm.
While I was there, I wrote checks paying bills and paying our Atascosa property tax bill that we just received in the mail. It was due October 1, but we just go it yesterday. In San Antonio, property tax is due in December. I casually chose some herb seeds to plant on the farm as well from David's Garden Seeds®.
Then we went to Walmart for groceries. On the way out to the farm, we passed a lot of new mobile homes that have been set up. It was getting sort of late in the afternoon so we grabbed fast food and came home.
We worked out in the yard on the greenhouse for a bit. David drove his little mower up the hill to get more PVC pipes. Lucy followed him on foot. I took photos. I would like to say it is hot outside and I was sweaty. Tonight's low will be 70 degrees and it is 83 degrees right now.
David is making some steaks for dinner, which we have not had in a long time, since before we moved to the shed shack back in August.
There is still much to unpack and set up here in the new mobile home. I honestly thought I would be done by now. I have so much work for the business to get done as well.
We had no visitors or contractors today which was nice. What will the new week bring? Will we finally get our water well dug? Will we get the electricity we asked for back in July? Or will our new mobile home go another week running on expensive propane?
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