Friday, May 16, 2014

Box Spring Breakdown

Moving is usually not much fun, and seems to always come with a unique set of challenges and problems. Case in point: we dragged our year old queen size mattress across the country, only to find the box spring would not fit up the narrow 100 year old stair case of our new house.

The day after our arrival, we hired some movers to help unload the U-haul. We knew we would be too exhausted from our cross country trek to tackle the massive load. Plus, it's nice to have someone else to do the heavy lifting. At least that's the idea. As with the packing of the truck, I was a nervous wreck. Watching a couple of college students stack boxes loaded with breakeables three high, carry them in behind their backs, search for a high surface (or stack of boxes) to back up to and unsurely set said boxes, was more than I could bear.

Once again, I busied myself. I set to unpacking the kitchen while the trio continued to bring in box after box, until I overheard a discussion over our bed. Turns out, 100 year old homes were not built to accommodate large items (namely beds) being hauled up to the top floor, as most people of that time did not own such things. What caught my attention was the suggestion that the box spring be cut in half. Absolutely not! We just bought it a year ago, and I was not about to see it it be dismembered. We told them to just leave it down stairs, and we would deal with it later.

The next day, we met my Aunt and Uncle for lunch. We told them about our little quandary, and they said that they had just seen an episode of Ask This Old House that offered a solution to just such a problem. What luck! After lunch, we went home and googled "How to get a large box spring up small stairs", and found a bevvy of terrifying videos filled with people hacking at frames with hand saws and a surprising lack of care. This time I googled "Ask This Old House cutting box spring", and found the video we were told about. Following Tom's instruction, we are able to confidently disassemble our box spring, get our bed upstairs and reassemble it without incident. Thank you Aunt Rae and Uncle Mark! Here's how we did it...

To see the video from Ask This Old House, click here.

The tear is where Keith wanted to just rip out the screen (before we watched the video). I almost killed him.

And the fun part.

Taking out a million tiny staples.

For the stubborn ones.

Prying out the support beam.

That wasn't so bad.

Cutting the side beams (and making sure the fabric is out of the way).

Not as easy as you would think.

Strapping it, so it doesn't flop open while carrying it up the stairs.

I didn't photo us using a block of wood to flatten the wire, or screwing the support back into place, but we did a pretty good job of it. 

Final touches, with far fewer staples for when we have to do this in reverse.
All done!

And voilĂ !

Hopefully none of you will ever have to do this. But if you do, you now have some solid references on how to do it properly.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Adventures in Moving: Part II

Hello everyone! As you may know, two weeks ago we packed our lives into a U-haul and headed across the country to Virginia! And it was an adventure indeed!

The weeks leading up to the move had us living in a sea of boxes; utterly wading from room to room, with cardboard as far as the eye could see. For such a small place, we sure seemed to have a lot of stuff  (things you don't realize until you have to put it all into boxes). Throughout the process there was the "Do we really need this?" or "How attached are you to this?" questions, as we tried to thin out our lot. Many things were sacrificed, but most can be replaced. 

When the movers came to help us load the U-haul the day before the move, my inner control freak squirmed and cringed as I watched them stack and cram our possessions into the twenty foot truck. I had to busy myself with packing the last of our things so as not to have an utter meltdown. One little thing we managed to overlook while they loaded up, was our air mattress being lumped into the mix. Doh! We would not be getting the good night's sleep we had hoped for. Instead, we slept on this...

Sometime in the night it got very cold, but we had packed up all of our extra blankets, so we had to roll ourselves up into the comforter like a human burrito. Chilly and unable to move, we got little rest. Oh well. We loaded the last of our things and cleaned the house the next morning. Keith went to pick up the trailer that we were going to haul the truck with, only to find it didn't fit! Argh! We had loaded the truck up Clampetts style, piling everything we could into the back and the cab to utilize every inch of space available. 

Change of plans, we took back the trailer, and got another small enclosed trailer to pull behind the U-haul. We unloaded half of truck into it, because I would now have to make the drive. Not the ideal situation, as I usually fall asleep two hours into any road trip. We ended up buying a set of walkie talkies, so that we could talk without having to deal with our phones while driving. They were actually great at keeping us in touch and alert, as well as fun. So off we went; two Texans, a cat, a U-haul, a small trailer, and a truck, off to Virginia!

We  made a few stops along the way (including taking the obligatory pic in Texas bluebonnets), and I snapped some pictures of the scenery (which was mostly the ass end of a U-haul), that I thought would be fun to share. Most of them were taken through the windshield, so please forgive me. Here is the rest of our adventure...

Hope you all enjoyed the visual tour of our journey.
Tune in next week to find out how we got our queen size bed up the small stairwell of our new house!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Strawberry Gin Fizz

Hello Gypsies Crafts and Treats readers! My name is Sasha and I’m the blogger behind Tattooed Martha!

Amber and I have been following each other’s blogs for a while now and I’m so excited to finally share a post here! As you all know, she’s been a busy bee with moving life to Virginia and any type of move can be stressful, let alone to a whole new state. Since I can’t be there in person to whip up a cocktail to help ease the moving woes and worries for her, this recipe post will have to do!
The perfect combination of sweet, strong, and bubbly that will quickly become your go-to cocktail for those sweltering summer days!

(makes 1 drink)
3-4 fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and sliced
2 tsp sugar
Juice from half of a lemon
2oz gin
Sparkling water
Fresh strawberries and lemon slices for garnish

In a tall glass, add strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Muddle strawberries with a wooden spoon to release their juice. 

Add gin and top with sparkling water. Garnish and serve!

Enjoy responsibly!
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Thank you again Amber for having me! :)