Moving Progress

Preparations for Hawaii are falling into place so far.

One: The first thing I did was write a fabulous ad for a “Room Wanted” on Craigslist. He got quite a few responses. Most seemed to be from single women. Now, I suspect they figured he was a safe bet: married, professional, etc., and I don’t think they had any nefarious plans for him. If they had, they would have charged him nothing. But still.

I was glad the choice he had came up: a townhouse in Hawaii Kai. Sitting vacant, the landlord wanted to lease it to someone until it gets a permanent tenant. Yay! It’s on the side of the island where we want to be, the “Windward Side” I think it’s called.

Two: I joined a Mom’s Meetup Group there. I’m not sure that they have many activities, but they do meet once a month for a storytime.

Three: I found out that my MIL’s cousin’s son and wife, who are more or less our age, are moving there in July.

Four: I got in contact with extremely gracious and helpful Oahu author Patricia Wood, who not only wrote the novel LOTTERY, but was also in the Army, lives on a 48 foot boat in Hawaii, jumps horses, taught public school, and much more. In short, Patricia was a font of knowledge about the island, where we should live, public schools, and people.

Five: I found cheap, lightly used boxes from a guy who buys them off of movers. Small but helpful.


Sold off my son's former obsession.
Sold off my son's former obsession.

: The big moving sale is tomorrow. My MIL is helping us a lot. She got us a rather huge amount of change at the bank and is watching our youngest today so we can get ready. I’m scared, though. People have been telling me about horror stories: garage salers who tried to push their way in, who arrive at six, who are annoying. I’ll be ready with clubs. My hubby will have to be the security.

: I get to spend a glorious, kid-free day with my husband. Sure, it’ll be spend hauling out debris, but I take what I can get.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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