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Settling In

What a huge mess!
In the past three weeks since our return, we have done a lot of work, just on the apartment alone.  First, we unpacked all our luggage and found places for everything.

Then we contacted the painters and had them come. It took them four days, I think, but there was a weekend in there, so we were displaced for six days.  Thankfully the apartment next door was empty and we were able to sleep and eat over there.  They used oil-based paints and the fumes were just too much to sleep here!  Most of the apartment is painted white, but we have colors in our room, bathroom, and one wall of Suzanne's room (which will become the office and guest room since there is an air conditioner in there).  However, I am not telling you yet what the colors are.  I have a "new" bedspread, curtains, shower curtain, floor rugs, etc. on a container that is coming.  The colors are meant to go with those items, so you'll have to wait until they arrive before I show you what the rooms look like.  For now, the old curtains are up and they look ghastly with the new colors!

Somewhere in the first two weeks we moved all the stuff we had stored in a container here over to the apartment and unpacked all of that.  It has been quite a challenge to find places for everything. We have TOO MANY BOOKS!  But who can get rid of books?  They are friends!  We have thrown a lot of stuff, though.

We also rearranged some furniture. Some of it just barely fit through the doors and under the fans!

The air freight also arrived, so John got his piano and stand and we got two more action packers we had sent air freight.

Slowly the apartment is starting to look more organized. We still have barrels on the porch that need to be stored, used in some other way, or gotten rid of.  We have a non-functioning chest freezer on the porch.  We're debating whether we should sell it or try to get it fixed.  The problem is, that the time we want to use it most is in the hot season.  We would normally buy up good vegetables when they were in season and freeze them until the hot season.  But with the constant power cuts during the hot season, I don't know if I want to risk wasting a freezer full of good food.  There are also some items still sitting around that belong to other people that we have to move out.

Both John and I do best with a routine and an organized environment, so I hope that we will get the mess fully organized soon!