Three more days to moving day, To the apartment! Not to Panama, not yet! Don’t worry, I’ll still be here until June!



I took this whole week off work to help pull this house and yard together by Friday. Every day we are up by 6:00 and working non stop until the wee hours of the day, it’s 7:30 pm right now and we just finally sat down. I’ve been in charge of the landscaping and it’s really coming together pretty good. Sunday and Monday I had help, thankfully, from Cindy, Janet ,(the best next door neighbor EVER!), and Mariah. Cindy came with me to the nursery and we bought tons of flowers and shrubs. I think she may have been slightly overwhelmed by the amount of plants we had to decide on and buy. We bought so many Pansies and Marigolds If I see another Pansy I think I’ll scream! Then on Monday Natalie and Patti came over for a few hours and we got the rest of the front and most of the side yard planted. Patti and I had to run to the nursery for more shrubs for the side yard. We had plenty, more than plenty flowers but needed shrubs to fill in around the side yard and courtyard areas. I love shopping with Patti because we are both really good decision makers and we pick things out really fast without even questioning our decision,”Yep!, That’s Perfect!” and off we go! We picked out the plants and bought and loaded them and got back to the house pretty quickly. Natalie was planting away in the front yard when we got back. I bet Natalie will also scream if she see’s another Pansy! I think all my friends think I’m going a bit overboard with all the flowers and plants but I think it’s really important to make everything look perfectly beautiful. I want someone to come into this house and just absolutely fall in love with it. Then I want them to write me a nice big check so I can catch the next plane to Panama, Well, ok, maybe not the NEXT plane .

While I am gleefully planting pansies Scott is gleefully finishing many different things at once. He is finishing 34 more cabinet doors, sanding, staining,polyurethane-ing and drilling them for hardware. Seven doors are ready for installing and ten more will be ready in the morning. Today after his two workers left for the day we had to go get a truckload of mulch for my landscaping and we hit Home Depot for a few things we needed. We had to buy a light fixture to replace the one that was over the pool table, not the best look for a formal living room , which is what that room will be staged as. Then we got back to the house and I helped Scott spray a coat of polyurethane on ten of the cabinet doors. Then we came inside and made some progress on replacing the wood floor in Mariah’s former bedroom,it did not survive her teenage years. Luckily we still had several more boxes of the Pre Finished Cherry wood floor . We are trying to install about two or three rows of wood on the floor each night before we drop from exhaustion, by Friday we should have it finished. The painters have most of the Malibu beige done in the house and tomorrow I imagine they should be making a dent in the walls that will still have colors on them. They know they have a deadline of Friday for the interior so I’m hoping they are on target. The stagers dropped by today to take a look at the progress and they are really excited about the design they have in mind for the staging. I cant wait to see what they do to make this house look like a model home. I’m sure everyone who knows us will want to walk through the open house so our realtor is in for a busy time! We are shooting for March 23 and 24, cross your fingers!

Tomorrow,(Wed) I will be attacking the jacuzzi, getting it cleaned and filled up. Scott should be done rebuilding the new deck tomorrow. Then I think Mariah might come back to help some more, which would be great. Believe it or not, I still have a bit more to plant here and there as well as spread the mulch all over the planting areas to finish it all off nicely. I think I’ll get one of Scotts laborers to power wash the tile patios while I am working on the jacuzzi. whew! Do you get tired just reading this? I am one girl who is looking forward to being homeless! Getting this whole house thing over will be such a relief.




About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

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  1. Holly, if you need gardening help still by Saturday and Sunday, call me!! Or text me. I LOVE planting things and I love pansies and marigolds! (650) 279-6384 — Arwen

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