Missions Accomplished

Well, we did it. We flew the boys up to Washington State and they are in good hands with family until we finish wrapping up our move from Louisiana.

It was a long day of travel for all of us but we made it with no unfortunate incidents.

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I was terribly worried about the process of going through security at the airport. I was prepared for them to ask us to remove the boys from their carriers but I was so nervous about how it would actually go. Leading up to the trip, I talked our travel plans over extensively with our vet and she gave us Acepromazine to help calm the boys during the long day. We gave the boys their first dose at the house before starting the 3 hour trip to the airport. By the time we reached the security checkpoint, they were groggy and docile and, thankfully, the Houston airport has private screening rooms which are completed enclosed, not just curtained areas. Both boys (one at a time) stayed quietly in my arms while their carriers were scanned through the x-ray machines. And for me, knowing that we were in an enclosed area where I wouldn’t lose them if they fought me was a huge relief. 

Once we got through that hurdle we had hours to wait for our plane. Shortly before boarding we gave the boys another dose of Ace. (The vet recommended every 4-6 hours.) We got on and settled fairly easily. We had upgraded our seats to Economy Plus that morning for a little extra room for us all and boy am I glad we did. We flew back sans kitties to Louisiana this week in Economy and the difference in space was significant. I think we would have had a massively difficult time maneuvering the carriers under the seats in Economy. Economy Plus was definitely the way to go, and might be our choice for all future traveling.

We were delayed almost an hour before take-off for a ‘maintenance issue’ and then the flight was 5 hours long, so about an hour before landing the boys started to wake up. They were starting to meow and scratch at their carriers in protest. I took each in turns to the bathroom and gave them one more dose of Ace which carried them through the rest of the flight, waiting for baggage, and then the drive to Don’s parents’ house.

Finally after about 12 full hours, we were DONE. No potty accidents. No lost kitties. What a relief.

Mission 1: Accomplished.

We were with the boys for a full week in their temporary home. They were a little uncertain at first but settled in fairly quickly.

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Olli kept his distance for the first day. His ‘stranger-danger’ sense was on high alert but eventually he came out to investigate the surroundings.

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He even remembered those strangers whom he had seen at his house a year or two before.

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Milo, ever adventurous, wanted to explore the outside.

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We allowed a few supervised visits. And even one unsupervised until he escaped the backyard and was found looking guilty on the FRONT porch.

Olli is not the adventuring type but he came out to sniff the surroundings. Just a little.

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Milo found a perfect lounging area, just his size.

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Of course, Olli stole it.

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Wait a minute, something isn’t right in this picture! 😛

With so many snuggle spots and a house twice the size of our apartment, the boys probably hardly notice that we are gone!

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But I MISS MY KITTIES!!! Thanks to the benefits of technology, I get photos every day or so by text. Thanks Jean! 😉

Mission 2 was also accomplished – we found a house! Cross your fingers folks. We close June 2nd if all goes well. It all feels very unreal and exciting at the same time.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.
~ Proverb

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On the Subject of Moving

Moving can be stressful and it’s definitely a lot of work but it’s also a time for renewal, a time for new beginnings.

It’s refreshing to take the opportunity to purge things you really don’t need that you’ve been hanging on to. I made 3 trips to the Salvation Army in the last few weeks with full trunk loads of old clothes, shoes, blankets, pillows, sheets, kitchenware, and other miscellaneous items. We also sold a few extra pieces of furniture that we no longer needed or don’t have the space for in our new digs.

I know what you’re thinking. What if we need that piece of furniture later? It’s easy to be caught up in the idea that maybe something should be saved because it could be useful down the road. But really, if we need another guest bed someday, we can find another used one on craigslist which was where we found it in the first place. Better to give it to someone who can use it now than for it to take up space in our garage, closets, etc.

I also find the change that is inherent in moving energizing. It’s exciting to have new surroundings to explore. Figuring out how to get organized, how to unfold the trappings of your life into the new configuration of rooms, closets, and cupboards can be challenging but it’s also fulfilling. I’m almost done with all that. I have one small pile of things to sort and put away and all the pictures to hang. All in all, it took us about 5 weeks, from the time I started packing boxes, till the last box was unpacked.

I know some people thought we were crazy to move, especially when we’ll probably be moving again in two years time. But let me tell you some of the reasons that make me want to do a happy dance.

  • There’s a pool. Actually, 2. (Do I really need to say more?)
  • We can walk right out our front door and around the apartment complex. No driving to the park for a walk. Just walk out the front door – no stairs even. Ah, the beauty of a ground floor unit.
  • There have been no bugs (so far) when we’ve walked. (I don’t know how that can be happening. I keep thinking I’m dreaming or our luck is going to come to a screeching halt. But mostly I’m just reveling in the beauty of the fresh air, breeze, birds chirping, and lack of bug spray required to enjoy it all.)
  • We’ll be paying $250/mo less rent. (That adds up people!)
  • We expect our energy costs to be less because the square footage is less.

The moral to my story? If you’re considering moving but the idea of all the work and stress is keeping you from it, take a chance and just do it. If you are in the process of a move, try not to let the stress and frenzy get you down. It doesn’t last forever. Moving is a great opportunity to start fresh and explore.

20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain