Tuesday, September 12, 2017

From Helen, September 12, 2017:

I can’t get to the Blog at work so I am sending you both an email.

Saturday I asked Dad about how he was feeling. He said that the move was making him nervous but he is looking forward to living at the Forum.
He has been waking up at 3 in the morning worried about the move. Only two weeks to go.

What’s done:
Dave and I worked over the weekend and got most of Dads books ready to go.
We finished divvying up the hollow silver.
I confirmed that the Senior movers are going to move items to my house and Dave’s house and storage. That part of the move is included in the original bid.
To do:
I am recommending that we rent a storage space for the month of October only.
Put everything there that doesn’t have an immediate home or is sale material
Have sale at one of our houses of all those items
               We may have to hire some labor to do the moving or wrangle our boys and friends to help.
               Our friend Kenneth could run the sale on Friday and Saturdayfor a percentage
               I plan to have stuff there from my storage, too
Everything leftover will be picked up by City Square (great organization; check their website.)
If we have items leftover in the apartment, we can get them to pick up there, too.
I have their info; will need to confirm dates
I spoke to the interstate movers. They need an accurate list of what is going where so we will have to figure that out.
               Then they will give us an estimate
               Dad is planning on paying for that move, too.
Dad was looking through the Forum info and each resident gets a small storage area free. Extra storage, if available, can be rented for $10/month
We can store the carousels and photo albums there. We might be able to put the archival boxes there, too.
               We need to talk to Cecilia and get size and availability of extra storage.
Clocks   Grandfather Clock:          $450 repair clean and move
               All other clocks                 $250 each clean
               I have authorized per Dad only the work on the grandfather clock
               Organize and pack garage sale stuff
               Figure out sewing and bookbinding stuff
               The movers will be breaking down and moving the shelving
               I think that we move everything that is going with Dad to the apartment the day before they come to pack his stuff just to help us see what hasn’t been done

I think that is it. One step at a time. Can anyone think of anything else?

Remember, starting 9/14 cheese enchiladas are $2.99 at El Fenix!

Mary, have a great time in Nepal!!

Helen Duran
Chef, Culinary Trainer
CISD Child Nutrition Department

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Agenda Ideas or Next steps

So here are the ideas I had about our next steps for The Move.
Mary will be here from Wednesday to Wednesday
David is taking Friday and Saturday off
I am planning to take Friday off.
Adrian is taking off, too. Details TBD
Travis will be here Saturday

Friday night is Lobster night at Sevy's.

Senior Focused Moving
Denise Miller
2 week notice
1 day pack, 1 day move, 1 day unpack: We will need a place for dad to stay for those 3 days
Start at 8 AM, all movers are employees of the company, no sub-contractors
Estimate $6,499 based on actual hours used: could go down or up
50% Deposit

They will pack everything
We need to very clear what goes with Dad
They do not move fine jewelry, RX, and firearms
Then we mark everything else as to its destination
  • The Forum
  • Landlock
  • Westglen
  • LA
  • Salt Lake City
  • Santa Fe
  • Cleveland
  • Toledo
  • Seattle
  • Atlanta
  • Maryland
  • Storage
We will have to arrange mover/shipper for all out of town destinations

Recommendation from movers:
Interstate Movers
NAVIS 972- 248-3400 (Steve)

Presbyterian - John D

Oriental Rug Cleaning Company
3907 Ross Ave, 75204

Andrews Refinishing
2425 W Parker Road #5
Carrollton 75010

Art Restoration

Bud Milner
Clock Guy
He can take clock, repair it, and deliver to Westglen

While Mary is here she will work with Dad to ID everything that he wants to take.

That's all I can think of at the moment.
I'm sure that there is more.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Talked to Dad this morning. He was about to head to the St. Michael Farmers Market, then settle down to the British Open, Jordan Spieth in the front. Dave and Susan should be en route to Santa Fe and Helen and Will tot Bossier City.
So I have my nose in the computer as usual. Found out a lot about J.D. Then found the Presbyterian Historical Society—I emailed them to see if they were interested in any of the Egypt pics, polyglot Bible, etc. For a Presbyterian, he was pretty interesting.
Also found where the Hilda Holme collection is—I could never remember the name of the college she gave it to. http://collections.digitalmaryland.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/schh
Interesting. Maybe they want some more. ;-)
I'm going to talk to Ken Sanders about looking at some of the prints, etc. He's one of the most qualified people in the country for this and an acquaintance. Maybe he can give us a lead on someone closer to where they are.
Also, a first edition of Sapphira and the Slave Girl in a dust jacket sells for between $50 and $200 on collectors' book sites. So, thanks Helen.
We probably should set up an ebay business. Right.
Safe travels.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Clock Man and Lawsuit News

When I got to Dad's today I called Bud Milner Clocks and he came right over.
Older guy, this is his retirement job. He's from Dallas but has lived in Atlanta and Jackson MS. He had a clock shop in the Promenade when Mother worked at Evert's. His real job has always been managing construction for Club Corp.
So much in common with Dad. Too bad that we hadn't called him before. I bet he and Dad would have been friends.
He took the front off the clock and pulled out the works. Some wires were tangled and  he tried to get them straight right then. Have either of you ever seen the inside of that clock? I had no idea how to take it apart.
Dad said that the clock used to have wooden works. I didn't know that either.
Bud couldn't get the wires straight and he will take it to his shop to figure it out. Since he is in the process of moving the shop he wont pick it up until he has a place to work on it. He will have it done before 9/1.
I asked Dad about whether he wanted the clock at the Forum or not. I think that he is thinking about you Dave. Bud can move it and the other clocks if we want him to.
The lawyer who is working on the bus accident lawsuit called to say that Dad will get $25,000. That is after the hospital and the lawyer have been paid. Dad will get a check tomorrow morning. They will need to go and get the signatures notarized. I think that they will go to Chase for that.

I plan to go with.
More tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Moving Business

Spoke to the movers. We have an appointment on Friday 7/27 at 10 AM at Dad's apt. It would be great if we have an idea what will go to where by then.
I also spoke to the clock guy in the apartments. You know, the blue truck that has the Clock Man on it?
He works in the storeroom on the 4th floor.
He said he can come by anytime to look at the Waddington clock. He can also can move it. We need to find out from Dad how he feels about it.
Dave, you may need to make some room...

Signed Up! (Almost)

Dad and entourage met with Cecilia to finalize the deal. Signed tons of papers, including a lease agreement for one year. Deferred on signing others which required more information. And of course he did NOT give them a check, so the deal is still not totally closed. He told Cecilia that he had to discuss writing a check that size with his banker and that they would have to move some funds to cover the check. So he's got to take the check later in the week, presumably with the filled out forms. She was fine with that.

(Of course the first thing that Dad told me when I went in to pick him up was that he had just talked to Mary at Chase and told her what he was going to do. Once again, Dad the negotiator, retaining ultimate control over the deal!)

We went to the apartment and took full measurements. Helen and I both have copies. Now we can start playing with the plans and see what works best. The bed room is tiny, living area large.

Had lunch in the Dining Room. Food was good, but bland and slightly overcooked. My guess is that Dad will get real tired of the food, real quick.

BUT the move is on. Target is Sept 1.