One year ago today…

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:

At last!

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.

About Rick Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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15 Responses to One year ago today…

  1. Bill Crider says:

    Happy one-year anniversary, and may all those to come be just as good. If not better.

  2. Richard says:

    Bill, now that we’re mostly settled in, and with Wife retired, it should be even better.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Wow, it’s been a year already? Time really does fly. Glad you’re happy with the decision you made.

  4. Frank Denton says:

    Egads! A year already. Congratulations on getting settled into the northwest. It’s a pretty darned good part of the U.S. in which to live.

  5. You had me at Boxes of Books

  6. Stan says:

    Frank Denton! Wow – long time. How are you doing?


  7. Patti Abbott says:

    And many more!

  8. Richard says:

    Jeff and Frank – yep a year, time does seem to fly, doesn’t it? I was l ooking back at the photos we took when we first got here last year, the mostly empty house, the boxes of belongings everywhere. We weren’t sure we’d ever get it all put away, and these days I still sometimes can’t find things. But then I’d been in that previous house for 22 years…

    Charles, yep, that’s a true catch phrase, isn’t it?

  9. Richard says:

    Stan, Frank lurks or drops by every now and then, sorta like you! It’s really good to hear from you both when you can drop by and make a comment.

  10. Congratulations on surviving the Move and settling in. I’ve found with my various moves that it takes about a year to adjust to a new home.

  11. Carl V. says:

    I can’t believe its been a year already. That seems unfathomable from where I sit. These little reminders that time is moving at warp speed are disturbing at times! Congrats on year one. It is a lovely home.

  12. deslily says:

    actually that sounds like a pretty nice memory ..along with the year that followed. We should all have such nice memories. Congrats on settling in!

  13. Richard says:

    George, then I ought to be settled. One thing that was a hassle in the first couple of months was finding all the people and places that were automatic in the old place: doctor, dentist, bakery, produce place, good breakfast place, vet, nursery, eye doctor, library, used book store (besides Powell’s) etc. That’s all behind us now, thanks goodness.

    deslily, you’re right and I should look at it that way. Thanks for the congrats.

  14. Richard says:

    Carl, yes, from this viewpoint it seems to have gone fast too, but on the other hand there were stretches that seemed to last a long time, like waiting for summer to finally arrive after an especially long wet spring. Just entering the Fall-Winter season now, it’s getting toward freezing some nights, may hit it this weekend, and we had a big storm yesterday that pretty much cleaned off the last of the leaves. Now they are all over the ground, flag, steps, lawn, driveway, and if it would stay dry for a day or two I could rake / sweep them up.

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