I'm gonna need some help. Which I suck at asking for or
figuring out how to use. But I'm gonna try.
Mom's long-anticipated move to the Eastern Shore (my sister's
new place in Centreville) is now a reality, packing has begun,
and a date has been set for loading Mom's stuff into a truck and
hauling it and her across the bridge (though I'm not certain how
firmly that date is set). The house in Bowie will be prepared
for renting out, and I'll be moving back to the house in
Baltimore. Which needs a lot of work that, between time spent
watching out for Mom and times when my own health issues have
gotten in the way, I haven't been able to get to. I'll have a
couple weeks to get stuff done after Mom leaves, but if I can get
any of this done before then, so much the better. And in any
case, with how few hours of activity I usually get before I run
out of spoons, I could definitely use help. (My backup plan is
to just do everything as quickly as my body and other demands on
my time (like being here to mind Mom) allow. But it's slowly
dawning on me that ... it's a lot.)
And the asking is stressful, so this is going to be like, half
I need to get the back door opened and re-keyed, plumbing
repaired (which requires access to the porch via the back door),
the oil tank and furnace checked out (which would probably be
best timed for when the plumber is there), and windows repaired
or replaced. It would be a great help if someone could be there
to let the locksmith, plumber, boiler tech, etc. in while I'm
still taking care of Mom, though if that doesn't work out, I'll
try to rush all of that after Mom leaves Bowie. (Or if one of
y'all with the relevant skills wants to get my back door open and
replace the deadbolt, that'll work too, instead of calling a
I also need to start running vanloads of my stuff from Bowie
up to Baltimore, but because of too many "no time to think or
plan, just move everything from this floor to that floor and pile
it however" incidents ... I could use help clearing space to
put what gets carried up there. The place is in a
frankly embarassing state, be warned. Y'all be warned. I'll be
sitting here feeling embarassed. *sigh*
One bit that'll help with making space is hauling the three
8x12 segments of the tent platform for my old tent, out of the
dining room. I'm giving up on the idea of trying to get that to
Pennsic and finding a buyer for it. If any of y'all want it,
fine; if not, it can go on the sidewalk. It was pretty cool when
I had means to transport it easily and a tent that fit on it,
but I haven't used it in a few years. Um, I should also (with
help) haul a couple of ancient mattresses and box springs that
are no longer even emergency-guest-bed condition, out to the
Meanwhile, in Bowie, I need to relocate my stuff to the
designated "out of the way of the teens my sister will hire to
load Mom's furniture into a truck" room, by moving day (earlier
would be better so as to facilitate Mom's packing). I
think I can do that part myself, but I won't turn down
At some point in all of this, I hope to obtain some
mildew-bombs and de-mildew at least my basement -- whether I
need help with that depends on timing -- when I get the foggers
and when the plumber et al will be there.
I need to get measurements of all the doorways a new
clothes-dryer will have to pass through. And, um, clear out some
stuff that'd be in the way of that.
I could also use help cleaning my kitchen and organizing it
better, but that's not so much a moving thing as a
general ongoing living thing. Note that I think this'll involve
borrowing a pressure-washer and taking the top of the stove
Other stuff not on a particular schedule:
- Replace bannister on back stairs (servant stairs).
- Install more lighting in basment.
- Check stuff in basement for water damage.
- Remove fascinatingly crystallized rusted cabinet from
- Install house jacks in basement under kitchen (floor already
sagging) and living room (I want to put bookshelves in).
- Do something about flooring in kitchen.
- Arrange furniture previously stacked willy-nilly so rooms are
- Set up servers (mount in rack, configure, etc.).
The last word from my sister is that she plans to move Mom
this coming Saturday, 14 March, but I'm guessing that
the schedule will slip another week based on how much packing
there is left to do here, of Mom's stuff. I should have another
couple weeks after whenever Mom moves, to get the most urgent
bits of my house taken care of.
It's a lot to ask, and I know that. And I know I've had to
lean on some of you a lot more than I've been able to be leaned
on, especially these past several years. But please, if any of
this is something you can help with, please call/email/text me
-- I'll even check my FaceBook messages this week -- and we'll
try to work out timing. Thanks.