Planning Ahead for a Successful Move

Is it just a coincident that I received the following as an e-mail message today??  I’ve been “downsizing” (like crazy)–but is this a foretelling of things to come??  Is there a move in my near future??  “My life is but a weaving….”

Planning Ahead for a Successful Move

Making a major move can be chaotic, but with the right attitude and foresight you can organize a stress-free and orderly move.

One piece of advice we always give is to start planning your move far in advance. Early planning will give you peace of mind and ensure that your move is smooth and unproblematic. If you’d like more information from our experts, visit 1-800-PACK-RAT

4 Tips to Plan Ahead Successfully

Clean it out! Now is the time to go through the garage and attic and get rid of the items you no longer need or use. Having a moving sale is a great way to purge your home of unwanted clutter while making a few extra dollars! Don’t have time for a moving sale? No worries – donate your unused items to a charity. Some organizations will even pick up at your home.

Do your research! This is another area where waiting only hurts you. Don’t wait until it is time to move to collect your quotes and estimates from household moving and storage companies. Do the research well in advance so that you can get the best rates. You should secure your contracts at least 6 weeks before your expected move.

Get Supplies! Yes, we say it a lot, but it bears repeating. Be sure to acquire all the supplies you need to move in advance. If you have fragile items, be sure to order bubble wrap or specialty containers.

Take measurements! We always recommend taking measurements of the rooms and doorways of your new home to make sure that your existing furniture and appliances will fit properly. If they won’t, this ensures you have plenty of time to find new pieces for your home.


The Weaver

My life is but a weaving

Between the Lord and me.

I cannot choose the colors;

He worketh steadily.

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,

And I in foolish pride

Forget He sees the upper,

And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent

and the shuttles cease to fly,

Shall God unroll the canvas

and explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful

In the Weaver’s skillful hand,

As the threads of gold and silver

In the pattern He has planned.

~~ author unknown ~~


Christmas in July!!

Christmas in July–and August.  It hasn’t been a secret; I’ve been “downsizing”!!  A good many days–during July–have been devoted to “Memory Boxes” for my children and grandchildren.  Several boxes are packed and almost ready to haul to United Parcel.  ~~  In August, I hope they enjoy opening their treasures!!

Call to action !!

Dems pledge to ban Chick-fil-A.

Rahm Emanuel goes after Chick-fil-A.

Billy Graham Throws Support Behind Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A Culture Wars.

Palin Shows Support….

Stand with Chick-fil-A on August 1 in Support of Traditional Marriage (The following message from Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse.)


Just a few days ago, Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, affirmed his stance on the sanctity of traditional marriage. The restaurant chain has been, and continues to be, under a concerted attack from same-sex marriage advocates.

I applaud the courage of Cathy to take a bold stand for the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman in a culture that has grown openly hostile to the Christian faith and its followers.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has called for a National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Wednesday, August 1, to demonstrate support for the company. I would like to join with him, and ask that, if you live near one of their restaurants please drop by and let them know how much you appreciate them and their stand.

I have known Dan and his father, Mr. Truett Cathy, for many years, and I respect how their company was founded upon and operates by Christian values.

In the words of the bold, biblical prophet Daniel who refused to bow to the culture of his day: “The people who know their God will display strength and take action” (Daniel 11:32, NASB).

Thank you and God bless you.


Franklin Graham


Postscript: I (Lorraine) am “voting with my feet.” I’ll visit a Chick-fil-A, on Wednesday, about fifteen miles from the Christian organization (JAARS) where I live and volunteer.  Basically, I follow a vegan diet but will make an exception and purchase an item with chicken.

Whew !!

Heat index: “Over 100 degrees this afternoon” according to local TV news.

(I’m not complaining. Millions of people are, likewise, baking this summer.)


Postscript, Friday 7/27/2012, 6:00 PM: With a heat index over 100 degrees, I worked in the yard (before noon) trimming the dead Topsy-Turvy upside-down tomato plants.  Under other circumstances, the plants should have lasted another two months.

Bluebird house raided !!

Breaking news: Bluebird house raided!!  During the cover of darkness, a crime was committed.

Waxhaw, NC, 7/23/2012, 6:30 AM:  I awakened to see the Bluebird house at precarious angle.  Pine needles (nesting material) was poking out the door.  I’m sure Mama and Papa Bluebird are traumatized so I have not attempted to open the house to see if the babies survived.  ~~  Stay tuned; additional details to follow.