Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Phone Calls

Hey, Y'all,
Yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon making necessary phone calls. Calls after a death must be made to put affairs in order. There are insurance companies to be called, along with those companies that make deposits and withdrawals into and from bank accounts. So many details must be repeated and then corroborated so that it becomes an almost endless task. Many of the calls involve automated systems, and also long waits while the caller must listen to ongoing canned music.

Yesterday was no exception. The music they choose to drum into the ears is pathetic and should only be played in the dead of night when there is no one there to hear it. I suggested to a couple of people who are not responsible for the music that the company might choose a Willie or Waylon song to play instead. Of course, i got the response I was looking for - laughter - and agreement that the music is, indeed, horrible.

Anyhow, when I did get to speak to humans instead of machines, there were only wonderfully understanding people on the other end of the phone line. I did get most of the calls made, with only a few left and it was heartening to get them made.

I received a call early yesterday afternoon before I made the calls, that the pod was due to arrive at my new dwelling place. So I went over and got there just after the POD delivery guy got there. I am so glad that I saw it unloaded. What an interesting sight it was. The truck parked parallel to the house and then the frame holding the POD lifted the pod, and began moving toward the driveway end. The frame has a double wheel at each corner and when it got even with the driveway, the frame turned on those wheels, positioning the POD with the end to be opened facing the house and then continued on up the driveway so that when it set the POD down, it can be opened facing the door of the garage. There are operating levers on the rear corner of the frame holding the POD. It was absolutely fascinating. The fellow then unhooked the chains holding the POD, and moved the frame back onto the truck bed using those levers, fastened the frame to the truck bed, shook my hand, and said goodbye.

I was fortunate enough to meet one of my new neighbors. He was across the street watching the whole procedure. His name is Brian and you will probably hear more about him and his family as time goes by. He has a wife named Paula, 12 year old son, and a 15 year old daughter, and is a CAT salesman. He is a very interesting person and i also found out he is a Baptist.

Today, I will be going early over to my new house (that has a nice ring to it) and begin the real moving in process. Carol has hired a couple of fellows to unload the POD beginning at 9 a.m. I really look forward to the getting settled in. I packed my suitcase last night in hopes of sleeping there beginning tonight.

Speaking of sleeping, I went to bed at 9 p.m. last night and as of an hour and a half ago, I had all the sleep I could take, so I am up at 4:30 a.m. and writing this entry. I will probably creep back up the stairs in a few minutes (very quietly so as not to disturb the two sleeping yet).

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. More later. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

It's a big upheavel moving and to move a great distance even more so.
With so much going on lately you must be exhausted, but sleep does not automatically come however tired you may be.

Good luck moving in.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I imagine the unloading of the POD was a fascinating sight.

Barbara said...

Good morn. Ruby I hope you have a great day.The moving in the new house must be exciting,hope all goes well for you.Try to let the guys do the work,you can supervise.

Trudy said...

So glad that your pod arrived and you can begin to make your new home feel more like 'home'!

I'm sure it does feel good to get some of those calls made, it can't be easy but is necessary.

I am praying for you dear Ruby and hope you are doing well!

God bless!

Anonymous said...

Those phone calls can seem endless can't they? I'm glad you're not putting them off and that you're keeping your sense of humor (about the songs).
Glad you're POD arrived and I am sure you're going to stay pretty busy setting up your new home. Don't overdo - and remember to find some time for YOU.
Hugs and prayers,

Anonymous said...

I have seen them unload those pods before and you are right, it is just fascinating how it works. I am so glad all you stuff is there and you can start to get organized in your new home. You will have to post some pictures of the outside and inside once settled. You are starting a new life in a new place. Thinking of you.

arlee bird said...

Home sweet home. Gosh, you are certainly getting settled in quickly. I've lived where I am for 13 years and barely know any of my neighbors.

Tossing It Out TN said...

Hi Ruby, I'm glad the POD arrived safely. I'm sure you are glad to see your "stuff." Don't work too hard and enjoy the new home. Sounds mighty exciting to me!