M – Moving



“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.”  Rodney Dangerfield

“The problem with mistakes is they’re so temporary.  You can make one today and then, tomorrow, some people will already have forgotten about it.”  Ritu Ghatourey

Moving in one trip

Fourteen years ago in 2001 my husband and I decided to move from my long-time Kirkland home across the Puget Sound to Silverdale on the Kitsap Peninsula. We did lots of packing and had movers come in and pack up the remainder of the furniture in our house.  On my king-sized bed I had a colorful and interesting spread made in Australia.  I love unique colors and designs especially in greens, teals, and corals— the main colors of this spread.  So moving day arrived, everything was packed up and we headed across the Sound to our new home.

The next day, the movers arrived and unloaded everything… boxes, boxes, more boxes, and furniture.  I quickly put our master bed together and pulled out the linen for the bed.  I found everything but the bed-skirt for my beloved bedspread.  Oh well… I’ll find it later when everything is unpacked.  Finally, a week later with everything put away, I still could not find the bed-skirt.  What in the world had happened to it?  I finally decided that the movers had goofed and kept it for wrapping around someone else’s breakable items.  I was devastated as I felt I could not put the bedspread on without its’ matching skirt.  So I pulled the spread off and packed it away to use on the guest bed, as it is smaller.

Ten years later… I never did find the skirt for my bedspread.

Fast forward… 10 years as we decided that we needed to downsize.  Our home was too big and the yard was way too much work so we put the house up For Sale and decided to move again.  Of course we needed to get rid of extra furniture and miscellaneous sheets, blankets, kitchen goods, etc. that we never use.  My husband piled everything in the trunk of my car and sent me off to Goodwill.  When I arrived at Goodwill, the worker was gracious in helping me unload.  He pulled out a big, old suitcase that my husband had stored in the attic, but it had something in it.  He opened up the suitcase and THERE was the bed-skirt that I had been missing all these years.  I broke into tears.  I was in so much shock I stupidly let the man take the bed-skirt away. My husband, in our move from Kirkland to Silverdale had never bothered to open up the suitcase.  He simply stashed it in our attic storage area to never be seen again.

Only my husband would never wonder why an empty suitcase could gain weight before he stashed it away!





About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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23 Responses to M – Moving

  1. Your husband sounds just like mine who would not know what hit him in the head. Something about men, I guess. 🙂 So glad you found the bed-skirt. I was beginning to wonder as I read on, what in the world could’ve happen to it. But no, all is well, only so many more years later. 🙂 Great post, Gwynn. You have a way with words and humor.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      My husband is an EXTREME TYPE A ++++ personality. Practical is NOT in his vocabulary. Life beyond his desk does not exist. I probably should not have let that bedskirt go, but after all of those years … I just did. I was too much in shock. However, NOW the bedspread is used for my granddaughters when they come to visit.

  2. I think I wouldn’t have let it go if I had finally found it after all those years — unless, of course, the matching bed spread had worn out and been discarded.

    Missing things always turn up in the last place you look.

    Thanks, Gwynn

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      After all of those years the spread remains in the closet except when the munchkins arrive. I use it for their bed. The spread remained unused. However, I was heartbroken. As I told Susan, “Practical” just is NOT in my husband’s name. I can’t believe some of the stunts he pulls. So if you see a cloud of black smoke floating across the continent… it would be me fuming!

  3. Susan Scott says:

    O my goodness Gwynn! As I was reading this I knew it would be found because as Samantha says it’s always found in the last place you look. But then finding it and being in shock … and it being out of grasp yet again????? Hopefully you still use the spread in the guest bedroom – or did you suffocate your husband with it?

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Sadly, Susan, “Practical” is NOT in my husband’s vocabulary… he is clueless. I guess that goes along with his being a Type A+++++ personality. Trust me, I would have loved to pulled out my marble rolling pin and SMASHED him over the head. I arrived home in tears. Heck, a friend volunteered to go back to Goodwill and retrieve the skirt, but I figured that after all of these years there was no point. The spread remains in the closet. I use it for my granddaughters’ bed when they visit.

    • Oh, Susan, you are so funny! 🙂 🙂

  4. Rosie Amber says:

    This reminds me of a car I followed just yesterday with a bed on its roof, it kept moving as they drove along and instead of stopping and re-tying it the passengers put their hands out of the windows to try and help hold it all on. Madness.
    Dropping by from the A to Z I have given your blog a shout out from my letter M today https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Rosie for stopping by to comment and for the “shout out” mentioning my blog. I enjoyed reading the reviews on your blog. I could not find a way to comment though.

      Yes, moving is madness. One of my bosses, in her move the mattress blew off her truck into the freeway traffic. She was afraid to stop to retrieve it or to protect the drivers. Fortunately, I only dealt with a zealous husband to doesn’t bother to look inside of things and dumps things as “unnecessary.”

      • Rosie Amber says:

        You’re welcome! We have to help the aged in-laws move house in a couple of weeks, they have about 200 years family generations of clutter to clear and want to check to all themselves, but in reality it’s all too much, very frustrating to be holding back with empty cardboard boxes watching time tick by.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          Moving is tough. I grew up with a literal library. I still have a book back into the 1700’s. Mom moved all the books for years and then gave them to me. I LOVE books, but where, these days do you put them? I had to get rid of many family law books when I moved.

          Heck or when my parents died and I had to clean out their home I had to get a commercial dumpster for all the stored stuff. In the days of the Depression keeping things was essential… NOW everything is disposable. Too sad. It will be tough on you watching your parents move… been there.

  5. pat garcia says:

    It goes to show that nothing really ever gets lost. Things pop up in the strangest places and you wonder how they got there.

    Enjoyed reading this Lady.


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I do have to totally admit that it BLEW MY MIND to have the bed-skirt show up all those years later and to learn that John didn’t bother to open the suitcase before he stored it. The things my husband does drives me crazy sometimes. “Practical” and “thinking” are not words in his dictionary! 😉

  6. Oh, my. The travails of moving are fresh in my mind! We’ve just been in our home for three years. Then recently I moved my parents into independent living…their needs were much simpler. Dad had a momentary panic because he couldn’t find the peanut butter, but once we found it he was happy. 🙂 While peanut butter and bed skirts are just “things,” they are things we get attached to, things that feel like “home.”

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      This experience happened four years ago. The frustrating part is that I LOVE color and design so this bedspread is something I absolutely enjoyed. The bedspreads these days are SO BORING!! Yes, it is a ‘thing’ that I have lived without for all these years, but the remembrances frustrate the daylights out of me. Heck, I even had to go purchase another bedspread that is expensive as I have a California King sized bed. He could have saved me money by opening that suitcase instead of storing it! MEN!!! 😉

  7. Your post brought back the horrors of our move from one side of town to the other more than thirty years ago and sent frissons of anxiety down my spine thinking of having to move the huge accumulation of stuff from this house (sometime in the next couple of years)! Moving is a great way to pare down!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Ohhhh you are so correct about paring down in a move. However, losing the bed-skirt was not part of my plan. Weird as it is I did keep the bedspread. I use it for my granddaughters when they come to visit. I commented on your blog… it is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have fun with the Challenge.

  8. We moved from our one bedroom apartment to our three story house about ten years ago. Since then, our house has exploded in stuff. Lots of stuff. I’ve tried and tried to downsize our stuff but due to…other circumstances that hasn’t happened.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if my husband tried to do something similar to what your’s did.

  9. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Once you have all your goodies, some day when you attempt to downsize, deciding what you will keep and what you won’t definitely will be a chore. My husband is a minimalist so his favorite phrase is “We DON’T need that!” I can tell you how many times we have had to replace what we “don’t need!”

    Since my husband is an EXTREME TYPE A ++++ personality, “practical” and “think” are not in his dictionary! Just DO and beware of the consequences later. Have FUN!

  10. Stephen Tremp says:

    Ha! Love the pics. So very true.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    M is for Movies

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Ok, I know a few women who move like that too! One woman ended up leaving her mattress in the middle of the freeway because she loaded her truck like the top picture and the mattress just flew away. Funny thing!

  11. suzanne says:

    Sounds like my home! The amount of times we lose something only for it to turn up years later! x

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Losing something for 10 years is a NEW experience for me. One I hope to never repeat. However, we’ll have to keep downsizing so I suppose eventually I’ll have to get rid of the beloved bedspread that I kept. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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