We have given up hotel living for the time being, and are now apartment dwellers. It was a long, long, day! It began as many of our days, with continental breakfast with the Red Roof guests. Most of them are spring breakers, spring training or families visiting Florida.
Then we picked up our apartment keys, and scooted down the road to pick up another Uhaul trailer.
Prior to all this activity, on Monday, we confirmed our apartment lease, set up electricity service, internet and cable TV, and purchased renters insurance. On Sunday we visited a church in the morning and then attended their "Get to Know us Better" event that evening. We are starting to feel more responsible again. Hanging in a motel, though, means that you go out and sit in public much of the day. So we did business chores at a Pizza Hut, while partaking in the lunch buffet, free wifi, and excellent air conditioning. Then we drove to check out some neighborhoods, and ended up at the Nauti Parrot, our semi haunt. Our real estate agent sent us information on 19 homes, several of real interest, and some in the North Fort Myers area, near our haunt. Hey! It's on the river, has live music every night, and 2 for 1 happy hour, for (you guessed it) 2 hours.
But back to moving day.
Our Tropicana storage unit is 2 hours north in Clearwater, so we pulled the trailer up there. This life event is a logistics puzzle: The trailer turned out to be smaller than our previous, and we didn't believe that we had room for everything in our 750 sq ft apartment. So as we loaded the trailer we had to make the take or leave decisions again. This time the determining factor was: will it fit in the truck during a later trip? If yes, it can continue to lounge at the Tropicana, but if it is too big, it must go in this (our last trailer). These are the kind of life decisions that we get to make because we decided to move ourselves. Kelly found a storage unit in Ft Myers that is smaller, air conditioned, and indoor. We learned why people like that. When we opened the Tropicana Storage door, it rained leaves, pollen, and catkins (from live oak trees.) So the items left there are now covered with multiple moving blankets.
The ride back to Ft Myers was interesting. The trailer was maybe not as good as the trailer coming from Texas. Kelly had no problem pulling that trailer, and only a few times did it start swaying. This smaller trailer would start swaying coming down every overpass, and we could not go more than 60 mph, and sometimes not that fast. Slow trip!
The trashcans and paper goods did not make the cut to even come to Florida, so we didn't have paper towels, toilet paper, or trash cans when we got back to the apartment. But Downy seemed to show up on boxes and stuff. Long Day!
But every housewife raised during the 60's knows the first thing you do is make the bed!