Hey, folks, it’s Katie again! I really don’t know how we managed to find only hotels without internet access (two of them claimed to, but then found out that it was “broken” after we got there and had checked in). But, Dad did a fabulous job of updating this, and pretty much covered all of the basics.
We arrived last night at just about 4am, after the fuel fiasco happened around midnight. We crashed and woke up this morning still groggy, but too excited not to get up and get up to the house. We were short 8 hours of sleep, so that’s only goal only partially met, but it’ll suffice.
We returned the car carrier, and ended up with an army of people to help us unload the truck. There were three good friends who happened to be in town (plus an infant who is a new friend, though not much help with the unloading), three good friends who live in town who unexpectedly came down with a sickness that left them unable to go to work but still able to haul heavy things for us, and three parents who are ever-willing to do anything they can to help us out. The eleven of us merrily pulled everything out of the truck in approximately 2 hours! It’s crazy how fast things can go when you have a lot of help and don’t need to worry so much about making sure how it all fits together.
We had a delicious meal at the local Store and Grill down the end of our road. I think we’ll be frequent patrons! The store was essentially abandoned when the forest was closed by the Forest Service during the fire here last year, and the long-time manager purchased it from the old owners and has added a new outdoor stage and seating area as well as the deck that’s always been there (it’s on a hill). It looks really good, and they make a mean burger! They also offered “free refills” on fries because they made too many, and we were the only ones there. Can’t beat that!
After eating most everyone headed back over the mountain to the Santa Barbara side except for Dad and Orin, who stuck around to help with some unpacking. I got the bed set up first, then Orin and I started in on the kitchen (my favorite room), while Matt and Dad started re-assembling and arranging large pieces of furniture.
I know it’ll take us months to get things completely settled, but I’m really pleased with the amount that we were able to get done today. And being totally without any gainful employment for the time-being, we’re free to dedicate ourselves to unpacking, organizing, patching, painting, plumbing, and socializing. I think I can handle that. 🙂
I’ll try to get some pictures up tomorrow. There aren’t many, so don’t get too excited, but we do have some.
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