Our first ‘official’ guests in our new home

Miss D. and I have been unpacking and sorting all day, with a brief excursion to the shops to stock up on essentials.  We found some big European-style stemless wine goblets on sale for only a dollar apiece.  I grabbed the last three four-packs in the sale rack, which gives us just enough to go with the twelve-place guest table setting we’re building up over time.  We already have the cutlery;  now we have some wine glasses, and pretty soon we’ll go visit the Corelle factory outlet store in Oklahoma City.  We like their hard-wearing, almost breakproof glassware dinner sets (particularly the rectangular designs).  We’ll find a pattern we both like and buy enough to complete our table setting.

This evening Old NFO, Phlegmmy and Lawdog came over for supper, our first guests for a meal in our new home.  (Yes, I know they helped lay our new floor before we moved in, and did a lot to help in other ways, but this was their first ‘official’ visit.)  Miss D. made a very tasty chili with rice and a side salad, and I uncorked a couple of bottles of Chambourcin that we’d brought down with us from Beachaven Winery in Tennessee.  There was very little left of the food and none of the wine, so I think the meal was a success.  I’m pretty sure we’re going to end up with each household cooking for the others on one night per week, giving us three shared meals every week.  That promises to be a lot of fun.  The conversation is animated and jumps all over the place, particularly as the level in the wine bottle(s) drops.

A big heap of empty boxes is growing in the corner of the garage.  As we empty each one we cut the tape holding it together, flatten it out, and add it to the pile.  This afternoon I reassembled two sets of plastic utility shelving, and will do a few more tomorrow.  I’m positioning them along the walls of the garage, where I can load boxes and other bits and pieces onto them to get them off the floor.  By the end of the week I hope there’ll be enough space for Miss D. to park her vehicle in the garage, whereupon my old truck can move off the street and into our short driveway.  We’ve ordered a second garbage container, which should arrive within the next couple of days, so over the next few weeks we can dispose of all our packing materials and other junk without needing to clutter up our living space with it all.

So far, so good.  The new house is already beginning to feel like home.



  1. There's something so exciting about opening one's "new" home to guests, especially as those first guests tend to be the one whom one holds most dear. Enjoy!

  2. With some cardboard boxes, a knife to cut some kitty sized holes, and some glue or tape, a truly amazing cat castle can be created…in case you get bored!
    How is your cat adapting? Does she stay inside?

  3. One point of digression… It had beans, therefore not chili… 🙂 But it was GOOD! Enjoyed actually having a place to sit other than on the floor now!!! And I agree, the meals promise to be 'interesting' to put it mildly!

  4. On that Corelle, I highly recommend that you buy extra settings.
    It is really good stuff, but I can attest from experience that if dropped or struck at just the right/wrong angle it can shatter into hundreds of tiny razor sharp bits. Isn't easy, but can happen.

  5. The cat was pretty calm about the moving thing over while we stayed over at OldNFO's place. He doesn't particularly care for cats, so of course she loved him. Once we moved her to the new house, she got rather frazzled, and remained even more so… because she doesn't seem to differentiate between taking things out of moving boxes, and putting them in.

    All she knows is, we're handling boxes, and that means Change and other Bad Things might be happening. Fortunately, as the house starts to look more and more like a home, she's calming down.

  6. You might consider putting all your shipping supplies on CList. Alternatively, cardboard is about the only common recyclable that is worth anything (second only to aluminium cans).

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