Sunday, June 28, 2009
Moving By the Numbers
Beautiful back yard of our present home in River Falls, WI. Number 57.
How many times have you moved? I was looking through some old folders and found something I wrote a few years ago. All the places we lived since we met and got married in 1971. I jotted down this information from memory so I wouldn't forget it. I wanted to have a record of this sort of thing to leave to the Grandkids.
No, I'm not dying right away, just getting a few things in order. After all, this is more moving around than most people do, I think. I know I said in 1980, “If Reagan gets elected, I’m gonna move to Canada.” And I didn't say it then, but in 2000, when bush got (S)elected, I should have gone to Canada!
I also made overtures that my next move was gonna be into an RV camper after 29, 48 and 52. I'm in #57 now, so, obviously that didn’t happen. I like it where I am, but I liked it well enough to move into all of these places too, then left them.
A wide variety of reasons made moving a choice. We were evicted after #4 because the owner sold the duplex and the new owner wanted to occupy the side where we lived. Otherwise, all were sold, or rental agreements ended, and we chose to move on. Job changes/distance to work, new horizons/greener grass and that-would-be-nice/that-would-be-cool are some of the other reasons we moved.
Notably, there are four places where we lived and actually moved on the same property. Pine City, Numbers 11-15, The Gunflint Trail in Northern Minnesota, numbers 20-24 and after we bought the Lake Elmo house, when we moved around as we worked all over the country, numbers 31-41.
Each of these places has a story or at least a highlight. We were living at #2 when Maggie was born, #4 when Sarge, our dog, had puppies, #6 when Alyssa hatched and #9 when the stork brought Jayne. Maggie passed when we lived at #19. My first heart attack was at #13, second episode at #25 and third when we owned #54, but lived at #47. I was staying at #54 when it happened. #47 was our permanent residence. We were actually in the act of moving when Alyssa was born.
Two times we reduced our load of material things down to that which we could haul in a 5'X 8' utility trailer pulled by the vehicle we owned. We did that to move into #'s 20 and 25. We heavily reduced our load, but not to that same degree to move to #52.
There you have it. Moving by the numbers. I'll gladly fill you in if you have any questions about any of our places of residence. This post would way too long if I tried to describe each of them. Many of them were very unique, like #'s 6. 16. 19. 26, 29, 33, and 35.
I know I said I would only move into an RV if we moved out of the Cabinette, but I didn’t/ I went to a friend’s place, then rented an urban apartment in an upstairs duplex before buying a home in River Falls, WI in Spring of 2009.
We accomplished the moving with a moving van, a rental truck, rental trailer, our own trailer, a pickup truck, in the back seat of a car and a combination of these modes. And like my good friend Dawn, plenty of black plastic garbage bags.
Please enter your name and phone number so we can call you the next time we move if you want to help. Always a good feed at the end of it all. At least pizza or cold cut sandwiches if not a full out genuine Italian spaghetti dinner.
The place we lovingly called The Cabinette. Number 52
Moves since getting married in October 1971
Note: I have many pictures of the places where we have lived, just not available as they are in plastic storage containers and we haven't unpacked them. So, I only posted a few pictures of the places we lived in the more recent history of Spadoville.
1 Melrose Park Apartment Oct. 1971 to whenever, about a year.
2 Brookfield Owned Home whenever to Aug. 1974
3 Hugo, (Centerville, Lino Lakes), rented Home Aug. 1974 to Dec. 1974
4 White Bear Rented Home Dec. 1974 to March, 1975
5 East side St. Paul, Arkwright Ave. Rented Home March, 1975 to Feb. 1976
6 Lindstrom, on So. Center City lake, Rented Apartment Feb. 1976 to May, 1976
7 Cambridge, 5 acres and a mobile home, Owned Home May 1976 to June 1976
8 Lived with Bruce and Jeanne for about 2-4 weeks on Marshall
9 From Marshall to St. Anthony Ave, Rented Apartment July 1976 to March, 1977
10 1926 Laurel, Owned Home March 1977 to March 1980
11-15 Pine City, 18+ acres on the Snake River, Owned Home March 1980 to May 1989
Pine City: (11) old mobile home w/ addition, tear down and sold mobile, (12)lived in mobile bought by parents, (13) moved to new mobile on house site, (14) moved back into parents mobile as we built home on our site, (15) moved into new home we built. 5 moves on same property
The shop with apartment in Ashland, WI. Number 50.
16 Virginia Ave, Rented Apartment May 1989 to whenever
17 632 S Snelling Ave. Rented Apartment whenever to whenever
18 15 or 16xx Goodrich Ave. Rented Apartment whenever to May of 1991
19 Camp Menogyn, Gunflint trail, May 1991 to March 1993
20-24 Gunflint trail: (20) Camp Menogyn
(21) Rental in Grand Marais
(22) Back to Menogyn
(23) Rent from Lee Zoft for winter of 1992-93,
(24) Some weeks at Hungry Jack Lodge w/ Jerry
5 places in same area with none to really call our own
25 Grand Junction, Co Rented Apartment, March 1993 to whenever
26 Grand Junction warehouse, Rental whenever to July, 1994
27 Hungry Jack Lodge, Gunflint Trail MN, Given House July 1994 to October 1994
28 Duluth, MN at the kids West end apt Nov 1994 for a couple of weeks or so
29 Park Point Rented Apartment Nov 1994 to March 1995
30 Sibley apartments, downtown St Paul, Rented Apartment March 1995 to Aug 1995
31-41 Lake Elmo Owned Home Aug 1995 to Dec 1995
Lake Elmo: To Silver City, New Mexico RV
To Los Angeles
In LA: Jan and Ron’s
St Regis on Wilshire
Venice ave apt
To Stillwater Rental Apartment
Back to Lake Elmo
(Somewhere in this time frame, KOA in Lake Elmo and the Lake Elmo Regional Park)
Back to the house in Lake Elmo (kids moved out, finally)
(This whole sequence is very hard to explain, but we owned the Lake Elmo house, daughters were living in it while we worked all around the country and lived numerous places.)
The house in Ashland between the shop and the Cabinette, number 51.
42 Two Harbors, MN Owned Home Dec 1995 to Jan 1996
43 Palace Ave, St. Paul, Rental home, Jan 1996 to Jan 1997
44 812 James, Owned Home Nov 1997 to Oct 2000
45 540 Harrison, Rented Apt, March 2000 to Aug 2001
(rented an apartment while kids took over our house on James, returned to James house after a year)
46 Back to 812 James Aug 2001 to Oct 2002
47 832 Armstrong Rented Home Oct 2002 to Aug 2003
48 Howard Lake Rented Home Aug 2003 to March 2004
49 Saint Paul, Saint Clair Ave. Rental Apartment April 2004 to August 2005
50-52 Ashland, WI Sept. 2005 to 2008
(50) Shop and warehouse apartment Sept 2005 to December 2006
(51) House on 4th Ave. December 2006 to May of 2007
(52) Cabinette on Lake Superior May 2007 to May 2008
In front of the storefront/apartment I had in Silver City, New Mexico in the mid 1990's.
53-54 Owned and lived in a second home we had in Eureka, California. In 1998 and 99, and again in 2001 to 2003
55-56 (55) Moved in to Steve’s and stayed there in upstairs bedroom as we emptied the Cabinette
(56) Rented an apartment in St Paul on Randolph Ave.
57 Bought a house in River Falls, Wisconsin
I guess I didn’t count the shop and apartment I rented in Silver City, New Mexico because I lived there while visiting down there and we still had a residence in Minnesota. I also didn’t add living in the RV up at Johnny’s RV and Marina, but we did pay rent and live there for a period of time, also while owning another permanent residence.
And that’s where we live now. In River Falls. Been here since March 20 of 2009. I have no plans or desires to move at this time. In fact, I have told close friends that I will not move again, no one believes me, I wonder why?