Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Getting ready

Less that two weeks. That's how much time until we know if we'll own The Cat House.

I just bought Tom's airfare. This is the first time that Orbitz has had the best deal, what with that price guarantee thingy where they'll refund the extra if anyone else books the same flight through them for less. Yeah, it's a crapshoot, but since Travelocity and others offered the same fare without the guarantee, I went with Orbitz.

Because I did the booking and because I could.

Strangely enough, it is less expensive to fly out of Charlottesville than either Roanoke or Richmond, on these particular dates. Ch'ville is only an hour from work, while Richmond is 2.5 hours and Roanoke is around 1.75 hours. It's a smaller airport and easy to get to. I've only flown into/out of there once, and while I'm not nuts about flying on a puddlejumper, I'll do it.

It would have cost over $550 to fly from the airport closest to us. So, no.

So things are falling into place. We spent the long weekend working on our deck (which is SO nice to have!) and packing/getting rid of things. It's finally starting to show; rooms are looking bigger and moderately less junky. I've gotten rid of tons of clothes that don't fit or that I'll never wear ever again. All kinds of kitchen stuff is going. Got an extra? Mercy House or Goodwill. Ugly clothes? Same. Nana's table/chairs and china cabinet? Give to Liz. Midge? Joan'll take her in and care for her. (I honestly thought that I'd given her to Joan oh these many moons ago.) Christmas ornaments? Grandkids, whether they want 'em or not.

It's a royal pain, but it's gonna be worth it.

Some maroon stole our for-sale sign that was next to our driveway. WTF? I mean, I know it's West Virginia and people may have a different definition of "fun" than normal people do, but unless it's needed for patching that hole in the outhouse roof, not cool.

Knitting: Ten pattern repeats without too many screwups. They're there, but I'm pretending that no one will notice them. Still going with Spring Tulips (sorry, Elaine!) with markers every freaking 8 stitches. It's the only way I can make it come out even near right. At the end of this week, I'll pick a winner for the pattern contest since I'm using one I'd already come up with.


Georgi said...

It is so hard to prepare a house for showing and then to pack up the stuff you have left. You have my sympathy. But I am really glad I live in CO so i am not tempted to offer to help,lolol.
When we moved here, I got rid of so much stuf that I thought we would need to by tons of stuff, but surprise surpise, I've gotten rid of tons more.lolol Good Luck on the Cat House!

Anonymous said...

Betty said....

Now I know why I haven't heard from you in a while....you've been BUSY! It's a lot of work, but I'm sure that knowing you are doing it so that you can end up in Florida makes it all worthwhile.

rita said...

Even without children around, it's almost impossible to have the house "showable" all the time. I'm messier than any child.

Wow, thanks for the offer, Georgi!!! Too bad you're not closer......

Yep, we've been busy. I didn't even check my gmail until yesterday afternoon so I didn't know about the possible Sisters' Weekend. Too bad; that would have been fun!

Anonymous said...

Betty said...

Sigh. It would have been fun. But, Joan decided that she'd rather go to the Rivah....otherwise, we would have called you.

Kathy said...

So you are going to live in the KEYS? OMG.

How fun to clean out stuff and give it away!

Will you get a Key's kitty with an extra toe?

rita said...

We can't compete with The Rivah. No point trying.

Yes, we'll get a cat with extra toes! I think it's required by law.

Elaine said...

What a bummer :-)

Glad things are falling into place and that the shawl is progressing. Really, really really. Well only slightly p-o'ed.

rita said...