After a quick breakfast, Dave and Alice went to Montgomery, MN to pick up the U-Haul truck. It is about 15 miles from here. After cleaning the bathroom, I made coffee for the guys that started to show up to help today. About 6 men from Alice’s church and her stepson, Joe, all pitched in to help about 10:00 when they returned with the truck.
Dave was the coordinator of the truck. I threw in a load of laundry of towels and a few of Alice’s things in her community laundry room. She put it off until this morning because she said “I won’t have anything else to do today”. Dave and I gave each other a look of surprise when she said that.
Alice had a lease until June 2016. But there was an older gentleman that was interested in renting her apartment and buying her stove, storm door, and a 2 bar stools. He kept her on a string this week saying yes, then no, then yes. Even the management had been talking to him. But he wasn’t answering any phone calls today. So I asked Alice if we should go ahead and pack the stove. She went to check with the manager once more. Then I remembered that we were going to make a couple frozen pizzas for the guys. I started heating the oven and was ready to put the pizza’s in the oven when they came in to haul it away. Boy did I have blonde/grey moment. I was the one who thought about packing the stove :(
All the guys said not to worry about feeding them. Most everything was hauled out of the house by about 1:30. But there were still a lot of things in her garage that she wanted to go into a storage unit in WI that we were going to pack last. And there wasn’t enough room. So we let everyone go. Dave, Alice and I went out for pizza. We could leave things in the garage and come back later with his sister’s open trailer. Or we could rent a trailer to haul behind the U-Haul truck. We decided to go ahead and rent a trailer.
Dave headed back to Montgomery, and we went back to the apartment to tie up loose ends. I had to focus Alice on packing her personal items and the refrigerator and let me do the last of the cleaning. It was about 5:00 when we actually left town.
It had been drizzling rain for the last hour, and it continued as we drove our caravan. Dave was in the U-Haul truck
pulling the trailer, Alice followed him, and I followed her. Everyone
was concerned about her having to drive 3 hours after packing since she
is 83. So after an hour, we stopped and regrouped. We thought about
getting a room, but decided to go another 30-60 minutes and see how
everyone was doing. It had stopped raining and we were all wide awake.
We stopped again around 8:00 and had a sandwich. So the 3 hour tour
turned into 5 hours, but we made it to Dave’s sister’s outside of
Cumberland by 10:00 pm.