Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Downsizing...Courtesy of Moving Company

I never expected that a moving company would contribute to my downsizing, but they did…by nine boxes and one trough.  All but two of the bowling balls that I decorate for yard art were destroyed…

The bowling balls left my house in Washington safely in a trough and arrived in Arizona in a cardboard box.  Who knows where the trough is.  I've been pretty upset about what happened to them.  It appears to me that someone didn't give a rip and threw them into the box without a care.  I could be wrong but that's  how it feels to me.  

Since my “plans” have changed so dramatically, i.e, I’m in an RV park instead of a rental house, I had to rent a storage area.  Three men delivered my belongings and they appeared to be in a hurry and were rude.  My outdoor solar lights were in a plastic bucket and the man carrying the bucket swung it just as he was walking into the storage area and one of the lights fell out and broke.  He said they should have been packed better so it wasn’t his fault.  I guess it was probably the foreman, spent the whole time complaining about how things were packed and it should never have been put on the truck the way it was. 

I have three pole lamps and they left Washington intact, meaning the shades were on.  When they arrived in Arizona the shades were in a box and broken.  Fortunately, the one I like the most wasn’t damaged.  But still. 

I was so frustrated and irritated when they were unloading the truck.  I called and complained about their treatment of my stuff and about the trough. The next day, in 94 degrees, I moved everything in storage and went down the inventory to see if everything had arrived.  They had other people’s things mixed in with mine so who knows where mine have ended up. 

I called yesterday to inform them about what’s missing and she wanted to know how I determined it.  I thought it was a rather strange question.  I mean how else would I know unless I went through the inventory?  She was supposed to call me back yesterday and didn’t, so I’ll be on the phone right after they open this morning. 

This is for my Washington friends…sorry…but I’m sitting outside in the sunshine, waving to all the people walking by with their dogs, as I type this post.  Right now it’s in the high 60s but will get to the high 80s later today.  No more 90s…what a relief. 

Somebody that I’ve met here at the Voyager referred to being here as “Adult Day Camp” and I think I agree with her.  Since I didn’t go to camp when I was a kid, I think I’m going to really enjoy it here.

I went to my first activity last night…Mah Jongg.  Boy is it different than what I’ve been playing on the computer.  My brain is reeling from all the new information it’s trying to hold onto.  I think I’m going to enjoy it.

Beginning Line dancing starts in a week and I’m excited about that.  I hope my two left feet won’t hamper me too much. 

I downloaded the first book, Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver, for the book discussion group I’m thinking about attending and I’m having trouble getting into it.  It hasn’t grabbed me yet, but I’ll try it again and maybe I’ll have better luck next time.  I downloaded it to my iPad and it was so easy.    What’s nice about a book on the iPad is that when it gets dark I can still stay outside and read!!!  It gets dark fairly early here…6:30 or so.  With the 90+ degree weather we’ve been having, that’s about the time to be outside so being able to read is a real plus for me.  There’s also a lending library here so I can still read the old traditional way.

This is so cool.  I just watched a military plane take off from Davis Monthan Air Force Base, while behind me a plane from Tucson International took off.  I don’t have a problem with airplane noise, it’s the yappy little dogs I’m surrounded by that drive me crazy.  If it weren’t for my dog, I wouldn’t be in the pet section!!!

I just found out that there’s a photography group that meets twice a week, once off-site for photo sessions and the other for information exchange. 

Olivia is getting smaller every day.  I’m thinking of other options to increase my living space…slowly.  I don’t want to do anything in too big of a hurry so I’m thinking about other options.  That sounds like another post.

Loving the sunshine,



  1. Jeana,
    I am so sorry about the balls, I don't know how or what you use to afix the glass beads but maybe you can salvage some of them that didn't look to bad. I think I have some of those colors here at my house. If you need the room to work on them I have a large shed. We can discuss this at lunch on Thur.or give me a call.

    Moving companies will try to blame everything in the person they moved. When I moved they broke the hinges on a 39yr old hutch. the guy was screaming at me and I let him have it right back. Of course my hutch never was repaired and he went out of business.

  2. OK, I couldn't even read to the bottom of your post, since this is so flippin' unbelievable. We've had things get slightly scratched (the geniuses who packed us up in Puerto Rico) and a slight cut on one of the couch cushions (the genius in the Netherlands unloading the truck and cutting off all the bubble wrap). HOWEVER, there was always a complete manifest of each and every box, including what it contained, and never, ever was any of our "stuff" mixed in with someone else's. There was no "anybody else", they were paid to move us, and that was it.
    How does that even happen? Were these College kids and a van? I just don't understand. Did they pay you to move them? Am I living in a different world?
    You know, you folks have that whole Second Amendment thing going on there, and one of these fine days, that company is going to piss off the wrong hombre. And you'll be reading about it in the news, under "Owner of schlocky moving company gunned down in his office."

  3. Oh, and I forgot to say, I'm sorry to read about this. I guess I was too annoyed!
    And I think anybody who broke something of mine and said, "It should have been packed better", would have received a kick in the family jewels, with an admonition that they, "Should have been protected better".
    See how he likes that theory.

  4. Did you pack them yourself, or did the moving company have packers? If they had packers them anything broken due to incorrect packing should be insured and paid for. If you packed it yourself I doubt they will cover anything at all. The guys that move the boxes are paid to be quick, not careful!



  6. I would sure not drop this with the moving company especially since items are missing from the inventory sheet. We have moved numerous times, once the cracked the top of a triple dresser because they sat a couch on top of it. Then they broke the shelving on the side of our mirror/dresser top. The moving company paid to repair them. We got the check and never repaired them. Kept them from 1976 to 2006 when we moved into our rig. When we talked about the move it just made for good conversation for us. It was a move from Las Vegas to the Netherlands. Our other moves all went well. I would sure encourage you to keep on top of this.

    So sorry you are having to deal with this though. I didn't realize they had a pet section at Voyager when we stayed there. We did not have a dog but the people in the park model two doors down from us did. That was in February of this year.

    Enjoy your reading!!!

  7. Hi, there.. enjoy your blog... Stay with The Lacuna! A friend insisted I read it, I had such a hard time with the first part, but it's excellent! Don't skim over the first part.. it ties in later... let us know how you like it..

  8. Hi Jeana!

    Trying to catch up since I feel out of the loop. That is HORRIBLE about your bowling balls! And your other things! We had a bunch of stuff damaged in the move due to the first movers, and I'm still reeling from it...some of the furniture of my grandparents that matches the wall unit. It just frys me, because we take such good care of things, and I would never do the same to someone else's stuff. Really frustrates me. I am so glad to hear about you and the ipad! What app are you using for downloading books? Curious to know. Mike uses amazon and google books. I got my dad to start using my mom's ipad when we were traveling and he really likes it! How is the big guy doing? I am eager to hear. Really looking forward to talking with you and catching up, but it looks like you are settling in well! Hugs, Kate

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