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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 1/29/2011

Wow... how in the world did we ever get so much stuff? It's a good thing I built a new house 'cause our old one is FULL!!!!

After a couple of weeks of taking up small things (brushes, pillows, etc) for spending the night or getting specific tasks done, we finally had a good enough weekend that it made taking a load of actual things up to the house worthwhile. So this morning we loaded up Blackie with box after box of books from the library here at Wyrdhaven, tossed in some smaller bits of furniture (end tables for the apartment mostly) to round out the load, and headed up to Tanglewood.

I used the axiom of moving the heaviest stuff first, since I was likely to be tired by the time the day's end rolled around, and it was a good choice. After unloading all of the boxes and furniture into whichever garage bay was closest to their ultimate destination, I changed out of my muddy shoes (the snowmelt has made for quite a mess in some areas) and began hauling boxes upstairs to the new library. Since I don't have bookcases yet (and haven't even gone shopping for any), I just stacked them in the center of the room out of the way of the main flow of traffic so they aren't in the way. In all, I moved up about two dozen of the computer paper boxes I'd been bringing home from work for the last couple of years (the final tally, by the way, was 402 boxes), and a half-dozen end tables and chairs went into the apartment.

After all of the stuff was unloaded, I'd originally planned to work on doing some more staining of the mantel in the main house (having run out of brushes a couple of weeks back), but just yesterday I received the thermostatically-controlled outlet I'd been waiting to install in the solar shed, so I went to do that instead. I found the Win100 a snap to program, and think it will make a huge difference to the simple timer I've got up there right now, since with the unit I know it'll only turn on the space heaters I've put up there when they're needed rather than running them arbitrarily throughout the night. I'm pretty sure that many of the more recent challenges I've had in keeping the power on in the shed are due to these huge power users (and let's be clear: space heaters are a horrible thing to have on a solar system) running overnight, so anything I can do to trim that down should help. It'll take a few days of testing and running to really see what kind of difference it makes, of course, but I'm looking forward to not having to worry about my batteries as much.

After this was done, my light was beginning to fade and it was getting cold rapidly, so rather than fiddle with anything else, I simply shut up the house and left. I need to get the garage doors all unwrapped (they were covered up for the painting done in the garage at the tail end of construction) and working properly so I can open the other doors as moving intensifies, and I think I'll spend the night at Tanglewood again tomorrow to help keep up the pace on the Punch List work (since I didn't really do much on the list today). I'll also bring up another load of books and furniture (mostly apartment things I think) and have decided that there will be  no more trips with Blackie up to Tanglewood without him having a full load in the back--there are simply a lot of things to move and we should take every advantage. 

It was a good if exhausting day. It felt really good to finally be moving belongings into the house and beginning to mark it as our own. There's a lot more to get done, but at least this was a start.

Steven in Colorado Springs

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