we got the keys to this house and were officially Portlanders. We’d been staying at a local hotel for a couple of days, after our two and a half day drive from southern California. We covered a lot of miles in that second and third day: Gorman to Redding, then Redding to Portland. Looking back on it, seems I was in a daze, but we enjoyed the trip as much as you can with a destination, timetable and a car crammed to the brim with bags and a lot of stuff the movers wouldn’t take (a few plants and basic supplies).
We met our realtor at the house in the morning of the 15th, got the keys, did a quick walk-through with her and that was it. The place, of course, was empty, but we’d had the utilities, electric and gas, turned on already, and Comcast was scheduled for that morning, along with a locksmith and other first day people. As it turned out, we didn’t have phone or computer access for days, as Comcast didn’t know their ear from their elbow, but you don’t have to when you’re the only game in town.
Aside from that, there wasn’t much we could do until the next day when the moving van arrived:
Up the hill it came, we got all the furniture, Wife’s car, which had come in the van, the 240 or so boxes of books, all the garage stuff; all our things. The garage stuff had no place to go, as we’d not realized in the garage there wasn’t a hook, shelf or even a nail on which to place or hang anything. First order of business would have to be to get cabinets and shelving installed.
The place looked empty even after all of our stuff was in. We’d moved from a two bedroom, 1000 sq. ft. condo to a four bedroom plus family room 3000 sq. ft. house. It took us months to fill the biggest furniture gaps (small ones still exist), get garage storage and bookshelves built, add rugs to the hardwood floors. We’re still not completely unpacked a year later. In that year we also made over the front, side and back yards, re-doing the front ourselves, having landscaping professionals do the big work we couldn’t on the sides and especially the back.
We’re delighted to be here, in this city, in this house with the space, views, friendly neighbors. We don’t mind the weather, mostly. It’s been a good year.