a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

oops.......

I accidentally deleted my last post called Trifecta.  I was doing some blog maintenance getting ready for A/Z and had some drafts of posts I had written but then decided not to post.  I was going through those and deleting them and in my "click happy deleting" state I accidentally deleted that one.  

Just in case anyone didn't read that one, it was announcing 3 events:
1.  House bought (close and move later this month).
2.  Baby born (all healthy, doing well).
3.  Hubby got a job in the Phoenix area.  

Thanks everyone for your congratulations on that post :) Looking forward to getting settled.

Now to other news, so to speak.

We got our taxes done last weekend.  That in itself is an accomplishment. Usually I dread it (did this year) and usually wait until the last moment (I kid you not, we have gone as late as April 14th in previous years). But because of moving and wondering about things with selling a house, etc., we decided to get them done early and then if we had to pay we would pay on April 15th (which I think is actually April 18th this year, according to what the guy said we did our taxes). We are getting a NICE refund.  Both of us did our withholding as married and zero dependents. It will help with the move.

The neighbor cat across the ravine from us is a hunter (and a good one). I have seen him with a lizard in his mouth at one time and a bird at another time. He likes to hide between our bushes right under the bird feeder and wait and see if anything comes along.  The quail usually come by these days late in the afternoon, right when the light is almost out of the sky.  The cat has started hanging around at that time too.  Several times we have had to go outside and "intervene" to keep the cat from getting to them.  He is very patient and I think he glares at us when he sees us breaking up his fun so to speak.  It would horrify me if we didn't and he got one of them...... Hubby refers to them (the quail) as the "kids" as in "did you see the kids today?" 

We went down to Phoenix last weekend for a baby shower for our little grandson.  People had the audacity to want to hold him so I didn't get to hold him much.....that will change in a few weeks.  We probably won't be back down there until the actual move as we'll be packing here, etc; but I'm looking forward to getting settled and working out times to see him.  

So if we didn't unpack 60% of our boxes while we lived here and we haven't missed anything (well I haven't, hubby has), do you think it is okay if we just give away the things and not even bother moving them????

That would go over with me, but 50% of the things not unpacked were hubby's musical things. I don't think he would be willing to part with them.  But it is a thought.......

Just saying.....



44 comments:

Sue Elvis said...

Betty,

There's a way to recover deleted posts. I don't know if this is the best article about how to do it. There are others. So if you want to retrieve Trifecta you might be able to!

http://www.howtocomp.com/2014/03/Recover-Deleted-Blog-Post-Page.html

jack69 said...

Now having boxes still packed is a plus. And Ain't no way you can get rid of them if you haven't used or missed what's in 'em. Just as soon as you do, you will miss something you really wanted to keep. hahaha It is some kind of LAW< LOL

I like the 'have you seen the kids today!'

And yep, we all get click happy at times and regret it.

Love from North Carolina.

Sunni said...

Betty,

I know what you mean about getting rid of stuff before you move, but it's only right to look in the boxes you haven't opened, especially if it's not your stuff. Then donate, throw away, or have a garage sale of unwanted items.

baili said...

really helpful dear glad you shared it have a lovely day

Ann Bennett said...

Being a packrat and thus a huge, big hypocrite, I would open the boxes and make sure nothing is very valuable in them and get rid of them. I'm painfully getting rid of clothes this morning. You would think I wear them.

Taxes done. I'm jealous. I have got to do ours. My mom always have to pay and I may have to this year. Oh well, as a friend said, "He loves to pay high taxes since it means he made a lot of money. He was an accountant."

Cheers and good luck with the move and hubby's new job. Shame on those folks for hogging the baby. I think it is a rule, Grandma gets to spoil baby really bad.

Liuba said...

Congratulations and wishing you a great spring!!! Liuba x

Linda said...

Nice of you to share your grandson at shower! Glad things are fine, was beginning to wonder about missing post. I'd include boxes in move, but then take a serious look and probably simplify even more under the "unused" circumstances. Wishing you well on move, hopefully no snow!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's going to be so wonderful to live closer to you grandson and get to see him on a regular basis. I have thoroughly enjoyed the ones that live close to me. I even get the pleasure of babysitting them. At no charge of course. Thankfully I still have some that love to sit on my lap, but they are growing up fast and it won't be long now till they'll be independent too. Enjoy it all while you can !

Chatty Crone said...

I don't know about giving hubs things away. And have you sold this house or were you renting? Hope so. So you guys are doing great and I am so happy for you. And I know you will hold your grandson as much as possible. Good thing the cat does not get to your kids!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm a big advocate of getting rid of stuff I haven't missed. Sadly, I'm married to a pack rat who is sure we'll need that stuff someday.

re: babies
Now that I think of it, I don't think I've ever asked to hold a baby. I'll take him if they offer but I never ask. Especially when they're brand new, babies should be limited to family so they can bond.

Jo said...

Poor little quail, they will be fair game once you move. Told you they are good eating.

I know what you mean about not missing stuff packed away. I have a whole bunch of stuff on our balcony because of our bug problem and I really haven't missed anything. However, if your hubby has missed it, guess you can't just get rid of the things.

Veronica Lee said...

Hey Betty, you still have a cached copy of the post - http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:dvcTa921LzQJ:viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/2016/02/trifecta.html%3FshowComment%3D1456868642135+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk

But I have no idea how you're going to get it live again!

Pat Hatt said...

Blogger hiccups can be a pain. May want to watch giving away his things haha hunter kitty sure sounds determined too.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

The nerve of those baby-holders!

Hubby won't ever part with his musical things, will he? No music man I ever knew will ever part with much.

I'm looking forward to pictures of your new home and new area! Good, good, good for you!

Paula Kaye said...

I'm looking forward to your A to Z. I just don't think I will participate this year! I can't get excited about any of the topics I picked. I think you could just leave those boxes if you haven't unpacked them! LOL!! I have boxes in my bedroom that belong to Darian. I told him the same thing. If you haven't needed anything for the past 18 months we can probably just throw them away. I am glad you will be closer for more "baby-holding"

Saleslady371 said...

Now, Grammie, you must share! So cute that "they had the audacity to hold him on your time!" Brings me back to my first days in Grandmother mode and the awe of it all. Again, so glad you grandparents will be close to watch all the amazement as he grows! Taxes...we must do them too. I just reminded the husband!

Intense Guy said...

What you need is something to pack the Quail in to bring them with you!

:)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Give those boxes away, Betty! If you haven't bothered with them by now, you haven't missed what's in them. Such a great opportunity to de-clutter before your move. Of course, I'm a minimalist, so it's easy for me to say that :) Today I packed up a lot of stuff to donate next week. I tell you, getting rid of things makes me soooo happy. But it's not easy for everyone to do.

And that is wonderful about the refund. Such perfect timing, too.

I bet you're so excited about being closer to your grandchild. I can just imagine the joy you will experience on a regular basis!

Mevely317 said...

I remember having accidentally deleted one of my own posts. For sure, it's an AAAAARGH moment!

That's funny about ridding yourselves of those extra boxes. Murphy's Law -- as soon as you do, one or both of you will think of something you desperately need. (Been there, done that!) I hope your new place has lots of room so you don't have to make that hard decision just now. (Did you get the pool you wanted?)

Won't it be fun, imagining yourselves a year from now all settled in and near that adorable baby. So many firsts ... you're truly blessed!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I'm really excited for you on all these counts. I can't wait to hear more about grand baby and the move to Phoenix!

Liz A. said...

They do say if you haven't used anything in over a year, you should get rid of it. But you didn't unpack the musical things for a specific reason, right? So, I think the musical things do need to be kept. Perhaps a look-see through those boxes to see what can be gotten rid of.

SweetMarie said...

As far as that cat, get a Big water bottle! If you start spraying him he should finally give up. What I don't like about outdoor cats(that have homes) is most of the time they torture the bird, etc, it dies and they don't eat it.
We didn't unpack a lot of boxes, since we're leasing, and I told hubby I haven't missed anything. lol
Hope everything goes smoothly with your move.
Congratulations, again, on your new grandson!
hugs,
Marie

DMS said...

So sorry to hear that you deleted that important post! It was sharing so many good things- but at least you have a good attitude about it. Yeah about the tax refund! That is always nice. :)

You made me laugh about the boxes. I don't think your husband would be happy! Good luck getting ready for the move.
~Jess

Elizabeth said...

It is too easy to get click happy with deleting, sorry to hear that :(
I like that you husband calls the quail the kids :) You might be able to get away with getting rid of some of the boxes, I know I've wanted to do that with some of my parents' stuff before.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Glad you got your taxes done. Mark always waits until the very last minute. That darn cat!!! We had a squirrel yesterday. First time every here in California for us. We didn't have them in Fontana either. Skye went crazy! Personally I couldn't do that with the boxes however that fact that you haven't needed the stuff is true and I hope to someday get to the point of being okay with LESS! Stuff is a burden we don't need and I know that for a fact because I have too much stuff. Best of luck with your packing.

Wendy said...

I was upset with myself for posting a blog too early - evidently didn't set the date like I thought. But I'd rather do that than delete posts!

As for those boxes, aren't you even curious??? I'm sure I would be. Once my curiosity was satisfied, I could throw stuff away.

Blue Grumpster said...

Well, what do you know...

1. House bought (close and move later this month).
2. Baby born (all healthy, doing well).
3. Hubby got a job in the Phoenix area.

Congratulations, betty!

P.S. Doing taxes terrifies me more than bad reboots. That's saying a lot...

yaya said...

I didn't put out a bird feeder for years because of our cat. I thought it was a safe zone now since our cat passed away, but every now and then the neighbor's cat finds it's way to our place and likes to creep around and watch. However, I think the 2 huge owls living in the pine trees has kept the cat away! When we moved to the Pines we had a storage locker full of stuff that I didn't miss at all and frankly, I wish we had left it there! Now we're going through every nook and cranny here and will hopefully have a handle on all our junk before the end of the year...it's my goal! Good luck with your move and congrats again on your new arrival!

Danielle L Zecher said...

It's so tempting to just start leaving things behind at moving time. :-)

Glad you're getting a refund timed well to help with the move. Good luck with all of the packing and moving.

Chrys Fey said...

I noticed that post vanished...

Ick. That's why my cats stay indoors. I don't even let them out on the screened porch because one would bring in lizards. I don't like lizards!

You know, my mom is having the same problem with her newest grandson. The other family hold him constantly and she hardly gets to hold him.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That darn cat better not catch your quail. I'll miss seeing them after you move. Is packing or unpacking the worst part?

baili said...

have a a lovely pleasant spring dear best wishes for each step

Sharon said...

Unpacked boxes - over four years in the same place - need I say more? And I can't blame it on my hubby. It's all my junk...I mean treasures.

xo

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Betty, they say if you haven't used the stuff in a while, you can get rid of them, but then as you pointed out, they belong to hubby.

Yup, everybody wants to cuddle babies. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

New home, new addition, and new job. Everything's turning up Betty!

Rachel Federman said...

Congrats on all the wonderful news! Came here by way of Stephanie Faris. I always bring my taxes at 11:59 pm on April 15 to the main NYC post office. Even April 14 sounds super organized to me!

Romance Book Haven said...

I agree with the other commenters, check the unopened boxes before throwing them out. Maybe something you need in there.

All the best!

Ruth said...

Great news!

Toni said...

Congratulations of baby and house! Blessings to both.

Every now and then my clicking finger gets little seizures and I delete important things....with new baby, new house and packing boxes, I'm surprised it was only your clicking finger that went haywire!

Thanks for visiting my pages.

Nick Wilford said...

Well, I missed your post so congrats on your awesome trifecta of news! Glad the baby's doing well and you'll enjoy your new house. We did get rid of loads of stuff moving to our new house, but that doesn't mean we've unpacked everything yet!

Linda Lee said...

It will be fantastic to be settled in your own home with your family close! Think of it as Christmas when you unpack your boxes! You may discover things you forgot completely about! Maybe-if there are things you haven't used and don't need it could be repack to be given away!!! Enjoy your time with your grandson! Grandkids are truly one of our greatest blessings.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Congrats on your sweet healthy grandchild and on your new home! All this new has to be exciting, but exhausting. So glad to know you'll be in the Challenge again. "http://lifeLife & Faith in Caneyhead

Juli G said...

The last time I moved I threw away nearly everything and started over.

Perhaps I'm not the best to consult on this.

Our cat is a HORRIBLE hunter, as you may have read in some of my posts, so yeah... not the best for comment on that either.

But all those random people having the audacity to want to SMOOCH on YOUR baby? Outrageous.

Bijoux said...

How rude of those baby hogs! LOL......

Taxes are always painful.