Moving Preparations


I’ve been getting things packed this week and ready to move. I found an apartment and put down a security deposit. It’s a cute two story 1850s house split into four apartments. It has beautiful hardwood floors, and I was lucky to find one in which all utilities are included. It’s a one bedroom apartment but has a good sized living room and kitchen. I’ve only seen it in pictures, but I know it’s the one I want. It’s in an excellent neighborhood and the price is good. It’s within walking distance of the museum, and on the same road if I choose to drive. And when friends and family come to visit, there is a bed and breakfast located conveniently next door.

Now that I have found a place to live, it’s all about the packing. Since I don’t want to rent and drive a moving van and tow my car up there, I have decided to take as little as possible. My parents had originally planned on going with me, but the timeframe changed and they will come up in a few weeks. They will bring any nonessentials with them when they come. I will pack clothes, a few appliances/electronics (tv, microwave, a few lamps, etc. that I will need), dishes, pots, and pans, some linens, books, and DVDs. I have the furniture I want already picked out and ready to be delivered once I have possession of the apartment and an address. Also, this way, I can buy what I need now and get the pieces I want later to add to the furnishings. I do wish I could pack the guy sitting in the car in the above picture in my car. He’d make a nice decoration for my new apartment.

So next week, I will be packing my car and getting ready to leave Wednesday morning to make the drive to Vermont over a couple of days. I know I will stop and visit a friend of mine at Virginia Tech and spend the night there on Wednesday night. I plan to spend a night somewhere on Thursday night maybe somewhere close to the New York-Vermont border (any suggestions) and then drive the rest Friday morning and get the keys and move into my new home.

So right now, that’s the plan. God willing, I will be in my new home on October 9. So far, God has been pretty willing, I pray he continues to be and this is a smooth transition to a new home.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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