And here it is – the first day of packing. The pre-inspection guy took lots of pictures, made an estimate of what was to be packed and agreed to have two packers start today with the specific purpose of packing all the books. Of course, when the two showed up this morning from Wiesbaden, they had been told almost nothing. Certainly they had no idea that they would be packing out a household that was going to be close to the weight limit with more than 1/2 of it books. Not being any dummies – they called for more boxes and started on the studio.
Besides the studio, they also finished the side hall. To make things better, I took apart the pegged bookcases since they were about ready to collapse anyway.
After lunch, George’s office and the back hall (main bookcases) were on the agenda for the afternoon. And that was the point at which we started moving around the critters living on the office shelves.
You see, we have things, stuffies, critters living on the various bookshelves. Perhaps they are there to guard the contents, landed there for lack of a better place or sought it out themselves to play hide and seek.
Some of them are new – such as these various ships’s blocks.
Some have been around for a fair number of years – like this mug that the Eldest and George bought for me when we lived in St Paul.
There are hedgehogs
& and beer steins both from Oktoberfest and some that just might have come from one or another of George’s long since died relatives. But then I came to Cat & Elephant. They were hiding among the hedgehogs and Rosenthal mugs to avoid being packed up with the books.
After inquiring to all four offspring – Ms Marathoner acknowledged that she was probably responsible for Cat but couldn’t see that it would be safe living with a golden retriever. Maus declared it wasn’t her. College Guy said he was responsible for a handmade mug out on the terrace but he didn’t remember Elephant. The Eldest said it was College Guy and the other two agreed.
Meanwhile – the characters awarded themselves a trophy along with the right to a California move.