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COUNTDOWN T-1

MAY 04, 2021



1 days to go

This is the fourth in a series of five posts. Click here for part 1, here for part 2, or here for part 3.

I don't mind admitting that one of the things that was most concerning about our move was the baby grand piano - all 600 pounds of it! While still in Pensacola, I called Payne movers, specialists in moving pianos, and spoke to Ronnie Payne.

I was so impressed with Ronnie that I asked for a quote on moving all of our belongings. The quote was quite reasonable and so the plan was set.

Ronnie and his team loaded our truck early Friday morning and everything went very well. They arrived right on schedule, mid-morning Saturday, and got right to work with unloading.

The initial plan was to bring the piano up the three flights of stairs first thing while the movers were fresh, but somewhere along the way the move of the piano was shifted to the end of the job. While we made great use of the old elevator for most of the smaller items, it was not going to be of any help in getting the piano up to the third level. As such, Ronnie and his team took apart what they could and then heaved and hoed to move 600 pounds of piano up three long flights of stairs.

Fortunately, all went very well and the piano was set safely in place along with the rest of our belongings. Patty and I took it from there and after only a day or two, had everything unpacked and in place.

On an extra note, that old elevator always worried me and while I used it to load things like groceries, I don't think I ever rode up in it. So, it felt like no great loss when hurricane Michael took out the first floor elevator shaft.

We converted the rest of the shaft to storage and in October of 2019, we moved Patty's elderly mom in with us and added a nice cargo lift outside to get her up and down. It was a big improvement over the elevator in my mind and remains a big blessing to us, even after Martha's passing.

More tomorrow when the countdown concludes!


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