It’s official! I am a North Carolinian!
Well, according to the state of North Carolina anyway (I have a feeling some of the locals would have a different opinion). I spent a morning last week getting my North Carolina Driver’s License and License Plate. While the DMV was predictably unfun, the people working there were nice and I got everything done; so hopefully I don’t have to go back for a LONG time. Woo-hoo!!
I have been in NC for a little over 2 weeks now. All our belongings arrived about a week ago. Aside from Michael (and Bailey… and Mango) not being here yet (I am missing them terribly), it’s starting to feel like “home”. It has set in that this is not a vacation. I have had almost two weeks on my own (plus a few days the previous week with my predecessor) at my new job. I think once I settle in and learn the new software, and new policy/structure, I will feel right at home there also. Everyone I work with seems really nice and not at all annoyed with all my frequent interruptions to ask them questions. All that, AND my drive to work has some amazing scenery.
The weekend before last, Michael and his brother (and Bailey) came up to help unload the trailer with all our stuff in it. We used a moving company called U-Pack. I think we definitely made the right decision on that front. This company dropped off a giant 28’ trailer thing in the driveway in Florida. We put all our stuff in. They picked it up and drove it to the new house in North Carolina. Doing it this way really made the logistics of getting our stuff moved so much easier! We paid by the foot and since we only used the first 12’ of the trailer it saved us some money. This was great because deciding how big of a truck you need is darn near impossible. Also, it was cheaper than renting a U-haul truck and just a little bit more than a Penkse truck, for our move. Plus, neither of us had to drive and maneuver a big ol’ truck 12 hours and into the mountains! Additionally, there was a possibility that I would have needed to move up here before we found a place to live, if that happened they could have stored everything for me until I found a place. Going this route saved me so much stress! And the drivers from the company seem highly skilled because they fit the trailer some tight locations. My new NC neighbors were impressed lol. I don’t plan on making any more long-distance moves in my life but if I did, I would use them again. It definitely took a lot of stress off of my shoulders.
I think I can comfortably say that I am mostly unpacked. I do have some boxes stacked around the house… Ok, a lot of boxes. But in my defense, most of them are not going to be unpacked in this house; they will stay boxed until we get our forever land and home. I am hoping the Florida house can be ready to put up for sale the week after next. Michael is working hard trying to get the last few projects completed before it’s listed. The sooner it sells the sooner Michael can come up here… AND, the sooner we can get our land.
It snowed this past weekend. So, while I was inside keeping warm, I started some of the garden projects I’ve been itching to start. I upgraded my worm bin. I had a worm bin in Florida but for some reason they all disappeared a couple months before the move. So, I planned to start over once I got to NC. A wonderful and generous (former) co-worker in Florida gave me some of her worms to bring to NC with me. I got them some bigger accommodations and set that all up. They live in the kitchen for now but once it warms up I’ll move them outside.
I also started some seeds in a seed tray for transplanting into our first NC garden when it warms up. In the past I hadn’t bothered with starting seeds inside but it’s necessary now that I live somewhere that freezes. I started seeds for asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, peas, spinach, and tomatoes. At least 2 varieties of each type are in this round. There are some things I will direct sow into the garden bed and I may start another tray or two of seeds inside when my next seed order arrives…
I ordered a bunch of seeds from SeedsNow this weekend. I usually order from SeedsNow because they have a great selection, good prices (plus they email me discounts), all their seeds are non-GMO and many are organic, heirloom varieties. They have an awesome search tool that makes it super easy to find the right seeds for your climate and planting location. When I was shopping on the website this weekend I signed up as a SeedsNow affiliate. For anyone who doesn’t know what that means, it means that if you use my link, it doesn’t cost you any extra but I will get 20% of whatever you spend! Basically, I am collecting a marketing fee from SeedsNow to encourage others to buy from them. It is pretty amazing actually! I have been recommending them to people for years, even before I was an affiliate, but now I get paid to do it! So, if you’re going to buy seeds anyway, consider buying them through my affiliate link and help support our homestead dream. It would be greatly appreciated!
This weekend I will be assembling one of the compost tumblers we got on a sweet deal. I’m pretty excited to see how they’ll work. I’ll keep you posted, of course.
Hope you are all chasing your dreams too! Thanks for following along 🙂