Readers, I’m home.
Or, more accurately, I have arrived in a space that, given a lot more time and effort, will look a lot less like a storage facility, and a lot more like the place in which I intend to live life to the fullest for many long awaited and much deserved years. Brian and I have been Vermont residents for four days, though we both have had experience in the past living in this beautiful state.
On Monday November 28th, our possessions were safely and soundly transported by the small but amazingly efficient crew from the Stair Hoppers moving company, and I retain their five page inventory of 125 items as proof of the magnitude of this undertaking. Unfortunately, most of that number consisted of boxes that needed first to be sorted and carried into their proper rooms, and then unpacked.
I’m happy to report that as of this writing, all furniture has been arranged into a functioning configuration, all boxes are where they need to be, and some of them have even been opened! We have already stimulated the local Vermont economy by purchasing some household items. We have had our first of what will probably be many pizzas from Ramunto’s and we have visited the Chaffee Art Center where we were pleased to see all three of each of our submitted works hanging in prominent locations in the gallery.
There is still much work to be done in the apartment and beyond, everything from the basic task of emptying boxes to exploring our new community and meeting new neighbors. Tonight, in Depot Park, the city holds its annual tree lighting and visit from Santa. Tomorrow, I plan on visiting the indoor Farmer’s Market held inside the Rutland Food Coop. This area has a very strong commitment to sustainable agriculture and green living, and I am looking forward to supporting local farmers whenever possible, which won’t be difficult, especially when it comes to Vermont cheese!
Finally I wanted to leave you with some images of the member of the family who seems most pleased with her new home. Little P has been roaming freely from room to room happily sprawling on and rubbing against everything in her path. Who said cats hate change?
Enjoy your weekends, one and all, and see you next week with more happy news!