Leaving Heidelberg

The last couple of days have been insane.

Let me recap. Got home on Tues. Appointment at the Notar”s re:the house sale. It took time to get through the documents as this is the German system that in effect insures that both the buyer & seller are proceeding with the agreement according to all rules, regulations, spelled out fees, taxes, titles and all the rest. Replaces essentially what is done in the US partly by the real estate agents and what is done by the title attorney/legal offices.

Then home to deal wth the house which meant going through all the rooms and sorting to make sure that those things which need to be in the final shipment are in a location that is easily identifiable by our friend who is going to oversee the process and to avoid having those things which are to remain in the house/find a new home winding up in a shipping container.

And packing suitcases since we fly tomorrow. Since nothing goes out before Jan it is unlikely to get to California before I leave mid-Feb so anything I need for California, the meetings I have in March and the land exploration in Nepal, Butan, NZ and Australia are all going to have to be going with me now/later.

Did I mention the two backpacks of cameras and lenses? How about the extra laptop? Or the netbook that allows me to deal with the website I am phasing out. Or yarn? Can’t leave without at least some yarn because I just might not have enough in storage in the US…..( beach front in Idaho anyone?)

Had a couple of fellow knitters drop by this evening which means that some yarn, a box of Handwoverns&SSDs along with any remaining fleece has already found a home.

The German/American Women’s Club will take any/all clothes (for the refuges) as well as probably paperbacks for their next flea market. Same friend as mentioned above is also going to help with making sure that promised items connect with the right people.

I know that somethings are going to get lost/misplaced/forgotten/put in the wrong pile. But I am so tired right now that I am increasing the likelihood this is going to happen so it is time to get some sleep. We catch the Lufthansa shuttle to the airport at 0530 tomorrow morning. It is a bit earlier than the train but avoids the whole issue of hauling luggage through the train station and most of the terminal.

Expect that my next update will come from Berkeley

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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