Discussion in 'Bug out locations/homes' started by ssonb, Sep 19, 2018.
This is the truth and has happened to me more than once!
My own, very strong, desire to move is often tempered when I look at how much stuff is in my house. Still actively looking for the perfect place wife will be okay with but not looking forward to the process at all. Fortunately I've had a lot of practice in my life.
Up to the year 2012, I could still be packed up and ready to go in 72 hours. Hence why I'm clearing stuff out now.
Got over 200 cookbooks, but actually only use 4, so the rest can go. Some will go to nieces and nephews as gag gifts.
But the rest will get donated somewhere.
Wife had these 3' x 2' x 2' plastic containers full of "stuff". She had so many of these containers that her mothers basement floor was completely covered with them. I ask the wife what was she going to do with them when her mother could no longer live there? I was told that ALL of the containers had garage sale stuff in them and it would ALL be sold before then.
Well it's time. MIL can no longer live by herself and is moving in with one of her daughters. I told the wife that NONE of the basement stuff is coming to our house. We have a house full of stuff that I was told was just temporarily, been 15 years plus, no more.
Cleaning and sorting at MIL in preparation for the move. BIL had a arm full board games and asked me where I wanted them, they came from the basement. I told him I don't know but I do know they do NOT go in my truck. Getting ready to leave, I open the cover on my truck bed and there where the board games. I carried them back into the MILS's garage. I asked the wife what part of NONE of this stuff is coming home with us doesn't she understand?
Final garage sale at the MILs on Friday, what was left over a church resale picked up. Saturday we move MIL. Sunday morning there a two 3' x 2' x 2' plastic container along with several full cardboard boxes in the corner of the living room floor. I ask the wife how much stuff did she sneak home from her mother's? Our two stall garage is an extra 10' deep which is stacked with her stuff. The garage wall beside her car is stack with stuff that makes entry on the passenger side very difficult. Basement is stacked, her hobby room stack, the two "Spare" bedrooms stack, the spare upstairs bathroom floor is covered with stuff, the living room floor is covered as is the dinning room floor and table. I told her enough is enough, she's trying to fill a 16 ounce jar with 24 ounces, it's not going to work! We had a rather cool Sunday.
Sell her basement treasures with MIL stuff. Anything that don't sell goes to Church resale.
Of course things might be frosty(sub zero) for a while.
Where do you live?
If everything that is stacked up is hers?
Not playing Devil's advicate.
You got a hollar that needs filled and burned?
To say that this moovin experance has not been an adventure !!! I think I have had enuf adventure fer a while fer now. We threw away almost 6 tons of stuff before we started packkin , no kiddin we filled a large 7 ton roll off dumpster and that was after we donated many bags full of clothes and other items and I am not a hoarder (or that is what I tell everybody). We now live in an area that does not even get a cell phone signal I think I am going to see if I can get the pony express to at least stop by for messages down to civilization.
Wow! Glad you are moved and I hope you get communications set soon. At least as much communication as you want!
Thanks , I still have to get the time to set up the HAM antennas and rig, I could probably bounce a signal out . It is amazing on how much stuff you can loose even when it is still packed in a box..somewhere!!!
Yes to the first question. All hers.
And to the second question. 10 years after we was married she had filled a spare bedroom stuffed with empty cardboard boxes. She promised they were going to the recycling...one Saturday I hauled them out and burned them all. She cried. She asked what I was planning on doing when I retired. I'm going to start cleaning out the garage, then the basement...she left the room before I could finish answering.
I know this is not an uncommon problem in America. I have heard stories. I have seen some people's stuff.
I'm sorry, but I understand the frustration you're feeling.
I have several cousins that are hoarders.
Their kids and I went cleaned the house of one cousin.
30 days later was right back where it started in first place or worse.
I haven't been back out there to visit in 5 years.
Nor will I .
It's so bad now the grandchildren aren't allowed to visit.
Do I feel sorry for her. No, will she change also no.
Fire department won't save the house if there is a fire.
The second cousin has sideways paths and keeps bringing it in.
She also has 5 inside dogs all German Shepards, Labs, St. Bernard all that shed alot.
Haven't visited her in about 4 years.
She has rental property next door full too.
It's so bad now her children don't visit, and the grandchildren can't stay there overnight.
I cleaned that one out too.
I cleaned out the rental property too.
You might want to look into this for cellphones extenders. I'm not endorsing any of these products but it was a quick search.
We have AT&T and one bar or less in quality signal, the surecall brand offers a nice booster unit with a yagi that will function with that low of a signal strength and in the AT&T frequencies and band ranges BUT that thang is spensive!!!
I saw some brands that if you read the fine tech print finally admitted to work only on a two bar or higher signal envelope ???? If I had two or better bars I won't need a booster. Maybe you use those for signal strength down in your bunker.
If you know the frequencies then a YAGI is easy to build.
Yep 712mhz to 746 phone and bands 17 and 21 or 17ghz and 21ghz.data
ssonb, New house, can you find the new light switch locations in the dark? Stop trying walking though a wall where the doorway was in the old house?
Years ago I stopped in at my Aunt and Uncles farm.
They were loading a big truck for their yearly move from Washington to Alaska.
My cousin was moving boxes from the barn loft into the truck.
They were packed and taped up.
I mentioned it was nice that they had stuff ready to go.
My Uncle informed me they had no idea what was in those boxes.
However they boxes belonged to my Aunt so they just moved them with no questions asked.
They moved them between Washington and Alaska twice a year and had been doing so for over 10 years.
The boxes were stored in a barn loft at the end of each move.
Even my Aunt, who's stuff it was, didn't know what was in the boxes.
I have no idea what happened to all that stuff when they finally stopped moving back and forth or when they sold their farm and moved into town.
I'm going to try to remember to ask her.
Hurricane Katrina took care of most of the junk last time we had to move out of a house. It all got piled out at the road and hauled off by the dump truck load.
I've heard about the fire thing, even about how certain people seem to have a fire on a regular basis every 5 or 6 years. I have no idea how they'd get away with that after maybe the second one.
Hoping not to be moving for a while. Thankfully, we haven't had a chance to accumulate a lot of junk, if we did find ourselves having to move. It would still be a job.
@Weedygarden That sounds like a tradition. "Nobody knows what's in those boxes, but they come with us!!" Imagine the surprise one day...
Yep 'LL still practizin on the light switches , still unpakkin, mounting safes, buildin shelves and general deep recon on the house for example ,New refrigerator was delivered and when the valve for the icemaker was shut off for install on the new unit guess what did not work when the line was disconnected ? I had noted where the valve to shut off the water was between the house and filters. I have also found one room that is five feet deeper than its neighbor.....found it ,dang! No secret room just poured foundation kickout.
Well FINALLY got all the storage rooms empty! At least we do not need to pay someone else to hold our stuff.
Got the Gravley zero turn lawnmower up here now and just in time! I have grass that is over two feet tall, don't have a lot to cut just an 1\8 an acre but guess what??? That LM does not like hills! The slopes in the yard are not steep but apparently steep enuf to make that LM dangerous! That experience would give any amusement park ride a run for its money and I still could not get the grass cut.
Oh well, live and learn...Now I have a leak in the roof.
Congratulations on getting the storage units gone! That was huge for us, too. Felt soooooo good to not need them anymore when we bought our place.
Sorry about the zero turn. Not sure how steep your hills are but we don't have any problems with the zero turn on some pretty steep terrain here in north central TN. I have a John Deer zero turn that I do the whole place with sometimes and that thing will do hills better than I want to ride them. It is a little picky about how but I kinda have the gist of it now. I have the berm of a pond that is the steepest part of the property. It's not quite a 45 degree angle but I think parts of it are close. I'm fine as long as I can keep from mowing downward on the steep parts of it or going directly down the hills. For the most part, I try to make sideways trips around it and stability isn't a concern. Tipping or feeling like it may do that, not even close. What will happen if I try to go down too steeply is that I'll lose traction, which as you know, isn't a fun ride with a zero turn. As much as my brain would think going straight up would be asking to tip over backwards, it's quite stable going in that direction and has never even hinted at being too light in the front end.
Anyway, good luck with your mowing. Hope you can get it figured out for what will work good for you. I only have about 3.5 acres to deal with so it's not huge, but I often end up using my old push mower for an acre to an acre and a half of it and bag the clippings for he garden. I really like the way it looks, plus, I kinda need the exercise. I'm enough of a lazy butt most of the time and don't usually stick with "exercises", but I do like to be all anal with the yard, so it works.
Planted some "maters" yesterday and finally made it on the roof to look for the leak source, I knew where it was dripping on the inside so up I went. I got lucky I hope there were nails that had popped up in the flashing on the not so "expert" siding install, the siding was there when we bought the house. They had mounted the flashing under the siding and mailed the bottom lip to the shingles . I sprayed a roof patch on the naileads and exposed nail heads
and let it tack up then went back and reset the nails and resealed the heads. We will find out at the next rain.
Hopefully that will fix it and it won't leak again @ssonb.
The joys of moving into a new place is you find all the things that need fixing over the first few months and fix them. We are doing that here bit by bit and have found a few of the old home's uniqueness. The house is in really good condition the outbuildings and garden structures not so much but we will get there slowly but surely.
The joys of home ownership! You know where your spare time is going to be used for, home repairs and remodeling!
Doing the same list of repairs at my new house. At first the list is overwhelming but chipping away piece by piece. It's a shame that corner cutting has become so common place now. If you're gonna do something you should do it right.
CBL give a call later the DW now has some medical issues come up and our lives are in for a change, do not as of yet have all the info but it will take about a week to get all the tests done and then go from there.
I hate to hear that, @ssonb ... Sounds like y'all need prayer warriors putting in some words. I know it helps.
Sorry to hear this will add you and her to our list SSO. .
Put us on the list for ssonb too Patch .
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