Just for Fun... #61: Another Move...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-22-2012 11:11 PM 2298 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Toward the end of April, Debbie and I finally got the apartment we were looking for, and on the first of May began the move.
We left my Aunt’s Home in the hills of Henniker and moved to our lovely State Capitol, Concord, New Hampshire. It took twenty trips in the ‘Yota, two trips with a U-Haul, and nine days (and it rained all nine days!), but the move was finally made…
So we’ve been pretty busy, trying to make order out of the shambles of moving, and generally getting assimilated back into city life…
The Rav-4 worked excellent for moving all the small stuff!! With the rear seats removed, I was able to fit everything but the biggest things…A good hunk of the shop...

I checked, and even though I was exceeding the allowable weight for the vehicle, I still got 22.5 mpg… which isn’t bad… The move also cut my commute to work in half, so that will save us some moolah…

The new apartment is in an old, largish block of a building, very similar to what we lived in in Manchester… but the units are split “vertically”, rather than horizontally, kinda like a condo… In other words, we’re renting from the basement, all the way to the attic!! Four Floors, all told… I’ve already staked out the basement for shop space, but it’s going to take considerable work to straighten it all out, bring in light, and such-like…IMG_20120522_101303.jpg

The Shop is in total chaos, of course, but I’ll have a fine, big space to play around in when it’s better organized…

The only Woodworking I’ve had a chance to do, was to re-hang my Porch Door. As promised here, the door made the move with us, from Manchester, to Henniker, to Concord… I had to shave a whisker off of it with the circular saw, about a blade’s width, and then clean it up with the old plane, but it is “back in service”...Installing the "New" screen door...

I was talking to Debbie today about maybe giving it some TLC when I have a chance… a little sanding, and some poly, and I think the thing will be good for another hundred years or so…
I feel bad that I haven’t been able to keep up with everybody’s work here on LJ’s, no time, but it’s been good to see that everybody has been busy!! Keep having Fun my Friends!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 11:32 PM

Hope you are happy there, Mike. At least you will get exercise going up and down all the stairs!

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 11:45 PM

congrats there mike and debbie, a new home sweet home and before you know it , it will be just like you had always been there, if you really want it to be like home and give ya that feeling, just start baking some home made bread, that always makes a house a home…shop space looks really good, cant wait to see it after your all done getting it up to speed…sorry it rained on you for 9 days…that had to …oh here it comes…dampen your spirits some…lol… look good mike holding that plane…just like it fit like a glove…glad things are looking up…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 11:48 PM

So glad to here you and Debbie are finally getting to move into a place of your own, Mike!!

That basement workshop space is going to be fantastic!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 11:53 PM

congrats Deppie and Mike :-)
glad to hear you got yourself a new home
looking forward to follow the renovation blogs over the next year ….. lol

take care

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 11:57 PM

Concord is such a cool place, Mike! I lived in Allenstown, just a few miles south, and worked on Pembroke Road in Concord Heights. Sadly, The NH Highway Hotel is gone, and a few other landmarks. I mostly recall Vinnie’s pizza on So. Main st, Veano’s in the Heights, and I used to buy a ton of tools and antiques on Bow St I believe. The name of the auction place escapes me now, but it’ll come to me. Haven’t been there in 10 years now. I attended NHTI, which is now a part of UNH, on the north side of the city. Concord had by far the most interesting people, and I’m sure you’ll fit right in. So I guess you’re not working at the Red Arrow anymore? Good luck in your new endeavors!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 12:16 AM

Congratulations Mike & Debbie.
Get that basement in order Mike, and treat us to some of your talent.

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#7 posted 05-23-2012 12:24 AM

Wow a brick wall how are you going to hang shelves there.

Welcome back.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 01:16 AM

As an expert on basement shops look for the water stains and place tools on the high lands:)
Nice little truck but you didn’t get the roof in…do you have roof racks for lumber hauling????
Have fun in your new space, If you have any luck your shop will be at 100% in a week or two!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 01:36 AM

Congrats Mike. The 4 flights of stairs should keep you guys fit and trim (and no need for a Stairmaster!) That basement looks dark now but it should be a nice shop once you work your magic on it. I like that you moved the door.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 01:46 AM

Glad you are settled with a shop space ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 05-23-2012 05:40 AM

Congrats Mike and Debbie… back to the city again! Sounds like you have your work cut out for you getting your shop organized but I know you will do it!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 05-23-2012 10:30 AM

So happy for you and Debbie getting into a place like that. What a lot of work moving is! Also sorry to hear of the rain. That is hard when you are trying to move. But soon that will be behind you and you will settle in and make the place your own. Good luck in your new digs. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 05-23-2012 11:00 AM

Thanks Everybody!!
Julie: We are loving it so far! I’ll be eternally grateful to my Aunt, for letting us stay in her home, but it was her home… We had no places to put any of our stuff. Most of it stayed in boxes for the whole six months that we were there… Now we’re opening up boxes from Manchester, from Henniker, and hybrids from both places… But it’s slowly getting done and we’re finding all of our missing little treasures… It’s been very good!!
Grizzman: Thank You Bob! It’s funny you should mention cooking… I haven’t baked any bread yet, but the other night I pan-fried some steaks for us… and burnt the butter terribly!! It was the first time I’ve cooked on an Electric Range in over twenty years!! That is going to take some getting used to…
lew: The basement will be perfect for me! There is even a Workbench that somebody made already in place! It can almost be seen under the clutter on the right…IMG_20120522_101733.jpg
Dennisgrosen: You are very far-seeing my Friend! There are a hundred (or more) things to fix and do here, and I’ll be spending plenty of time doing them… and telling the stories…
Oh, and there wasn’t an opportunity to get any “Action” pictures of the move again… I apologize for that… I even wanted to “stage” one, just for you, but didn’t get a chance… :(
Poopiekat: Concord is a beautiful city and, unlike Manchester, is still maintaining it’s small-town charm. I’m only starting to learn my way around it… But the place to go for Pizza these days is Constantly Pizza on Main St…. It’s hands-down some of the best I’ve ever had!
One of our neighbors told us that we reside now in the Abbot & Downing section of the City… Apparently, they were the “Big Wheels” who founded Concord Coach…
I haven’t worked for the Red Arrow in almost seven years my Friend… When the Chef there decided to open her own place, I sorta went with her… and am still working with her at her small restaurant on the West Side of Manchester…
Woodwrecker: I mean to do just that Eric, ASAP! Priorities though, priorities… Debbie has done heroic work getting the place in order, but there is still a lot left to do, and I help when I’m able to… It’ll get done, eventually…
Karson: Bricks indeed, but those are only the separating walls between the cellars, the actual foundation is Granite. It’s funny, because for many years I referred to Concord as the “Brown City”. When you pass through it on the highway, the over-all appearance of the brickwork is a sort-of somber brown… I mentioned this once to my Dad and he, being a man who seemed to know a little something about everything, explained that my eyes weren’t deceiving me… The sand that they had used to make all the bricks, contained more (or was it less?) iron in it, and it was the rusting (or lack of it) of the iron in the sand that gave them a distinctive color…
Bob Kollman: I don’t have to look for water stains my Friend! With all the rain we’ve been having, I can clearly see where the water comes in, and it’s mostly coming through the broken basement window… Somebody gave it a quick fix, but I’ll see if I can do better…
gfadvm: All the stairs are helping us to get in shape already Andy! At some point, I’d like to replace the basement stairs, or at least the treads… they’re in pretty rough shape after about a century of use! The Screen Door was fun because I had to Reverse the opening direction… I “flipped” the hinges and changed the pulls, and then had to recreate the self-closing arrangement… All, while trying to locate the scattered parts!!
Topomax Survivor: I’m glad too Bob!! :)
Ellen35: It’ll be an on-going process, but it’s not a race, and we have the rest of our lives (God Willing!) to make this place our own… We’re not overwhelmed, and are wholeheartedly looking forward to the challenges!
Sheila Landry: Thank You Too Sheila!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 05-23-2012 01:49 PM

Hi Mike,
It sounds like this move will allow you to settle in for awhile. You can set up your shop and put your great woodworking skills to work! Congrats to you & Debbie.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#15 posted 05-23-2012 02:51 PM

Congrats on you two getting your own place again, Mike. I look forward to developments in the shop.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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