It’s been a hectic ten days getting settled into our new home. Today Miss D. and I both agreed that things have pretty much come together in terms of the living-room, kitchen and dining area. Our bedroom’s about 80% organized, the spare room is ready for our first guests this weekend, and her and my offices are taking shape, although more slowly than the rest of the building. We’ve paid more attention to common and entertainment areas, obviously.
My books are now largely unpacked and set up in the living-room. After last year’s big weed-out I’ve got eighteen 3′ shelves of general non-fiction and reference, five of general fiction and four of science fiction. I’ve got to assemble a new bookcase that arrived today, then my religious books will fill five 2′ shelves, and that’ll be everything. It’s been a lot of work getting them all unpacked, but my idea back in Nashville to box them in their alphabetical order by author meant that unpacking and racking on this end went much more quickly and easily. I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time (which hopefully won’t be anytime soon!).
I’ve been struck by how few new or new-ish books I have in my shelves. For the past several years, if I’ve wanted something new I’ve tried to buy it in e-book format. I now have several hundred books in my e-library; they weigh nothing, are accessible on multiple devices whenever I need them, and when it comes to moving they don’t weigh a thing and don’t take up any space in the truck. What’s not to like? I’ve kept in paper mostly the older volumes that aren’t available in e-book format. In some cases they are, but at a price that’s too high for my budget. In such cases I’ll either keep the paper volume I have, or order a used copy for much less than the cost of any new edition. However, I’ve made a new rule for myself. My categories of books have to fit into the shelves I’ve allocated for them, without expansion. If I get a new paper book and there isn’t space for it, another book has to go out. No exceptions. That’s the only way I’ll keep my library under control!
The garage is still half-full of boxes, but there are a lot less of them than there used to be. We made a run to the local landfill yesterday to dump a pickup load of flattened cardboard boxes, bags of packing paper and other materials, and I daresay we’ll make another one within a week or two. Now that the initial urgency is over I’ll tackle a box or two a day, and we’ll slowly but surely pare down the outstanding stuff over a couple of months. Miss D. should be able to park her car in there by the end of this week. I suspect my pickup may be a bit too big to squeeze in alongside her vehicle, even when the garage is otherwise empty, but we’ll see. I’ll be selling my 5’x8′ enclosed cargo trailer, as I’ve nowhere to park it and I don’t want to pay monthly storage fees. (If any of my readers in or near northern Texas need a small cargo trailer in good condition, with new tires and spare tire, for half the new price, and can come to collect it, drop me a line – my e-mail address is in the ‘About Me’ section of the sidebar.)
It looks as if repairs to our problematic HVAC system will be covered by the move-in insurance policy provided by the seller as part of buying the house. That’s good news, as it would have been tricky to find so much money out of our own resources. Upon investigation, it turns out that the entire housing development of which our home is a part was built with geothermal HVAC systems that are too small for the very hot weather conditions here during summer. Most people seem to run one or two window A/C units to ease the load on their overburdened central systems. We’re planning to do the same, and in due course, after I sell enough books to make it possible, we’ll consider upgrading or replacing the entire thing. That won’t happen for a couple of years at least, though.
Phlegmmy is holding her annual blogger gathering, known as Phlegmfest, over this coming weekend. Her guests start to arrive tomorrow (most of them also our friends and acquaintances), and we expect to accommodate anywhere from one to three of them. The festivities will center on Old NFO‘s home; it has the biggest and best-equipped kitchen of all our residences, so he’s
been dragooned graciously volunteered his facilities. We’ll provide some of the food, of course, preparing it here then carrying it over there to be devoured by the ravenous horde. We’re looking forward to the festivities.