Moving Boxes

Ah… a cross-country move.  Such a joy, especially with 4 dogs in tow.  But, there’s always some humor if one is paying attention. For me, I got a hefty dose of it from those who helped me load the moving truck in Utah and from those who helped me unload it in Ohio.

Just a quick FYI, It’s common in my religion for people to help other people move. There are usually just a couple of church leaders that one can call to alert to one’s arrival in a new area, and sure as sunshine you can expect that they will have contacted a handful of people who will generously donate some of their time to help a person get settled into their new home.  This approach all but ensures that you’re going to get some people helping you that you haven’t met yet.  People who don’t know me yet as The Preparedness Pro can prove to be a great pool of hilarity when they see my “stuff” in relation to the amount of “normal” household goods. There were far more than just 10 comments that made me laugh out loud, and a couple even caused me to snort, but it helped us all get through the physically grueling aspect of the task. So, while you enjoy this post, I’ll be trying to get myself unburied by all of these boxes at my new location so that I can be back to the business of Preparedness Pro in full swing. “See” you all soon!

Top 10 Classic Lines Uttered From Those Who Helped Me With My Move:

1. “Are we going to see any furniture soon?”

2. “You know we have grocery stores in Ohio now, right?”

3. “Are you one of those crazy couponers or something?”

4. “MORE bags of wheat?? Not more wheat! You’re ruining my organization on the truck!”

Moving Day for The Preparedness Pro

5. “I’ve never played Tetris with food storage before. This is going to be fun!”

6. “You know they make these things called a Kindle, right?”

7. “I am not carrying an entire case of feminine products. Let HER carry it!”

8. “Is this really what it says it is…25 pounds of hazelnuts?”

9. “Please tell me that 55 gallon barrel does NOT have water in it!”

And my favorite, as uttered by a very precocious 11 year-old boy who came to help with his dad:

10. “Oh, Good. You have ammo to go along with all of this other stuff.”




Marilyn Godfrey · July 10, 2015 at 12:20 am

That made me laugh, all the
That made me laugh, all the way through. God bless you in your new home. I hope you are soon settled and organized.

Suni · July 10, 2015 at 12:41 am

Congratulations on getting
Congratulations on getting the move completed. Now to just get all the stuff re-re organized. ;o)
I laughed out loud at number 5 although most of them made me chuckle.

Lynn · July 10, 2015 at 3:40 am

Oh Kellene! Thanks for the
Oh Kellene! Thanks for the good laugh! We just made a big move too. It was kind of unexpected due to another job loss….but we were very grateful for the “stuff” we had to move with us. 🙂 We have our own list of hilarious comments which were overheard. We still laugh about it. Although…I will admit kind of shocked at some…as I was assuming that everyone “here” would of been on the same page about preparedness. That kind of opened up my eyes a little. 😉 Have fun unpacking…we just keep doing the same. One box at a time. Keep that humour bright….you’re going to need it……lol

Sherry · July 10, 2015 at 3:40 am

#10! LOL!
#10! LOL!

Tina Watson · July 10, 2015 at 3:41 am

Welcome home!
Welcome home!

Barbara · July 10, 2015 at 6:05 am

So glad to hear that you arrived safely and had help on both ends! We are all ready for more Preparedness from the Pro when you are settled on a bit.

J lynch · July 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Got a laugh from my husband
Got a laugh from my husband and myself. Thanks! Welcome to your new place.

Danelle · July 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm

I LOVE IT!! We just moved
I LOVE IT!! We just moved also, not across the country, but still stressful, and on top of that we moved into an RV from a 4 bedroom house, temporarily while we rebuild a house, on land we own, with no mortgage!! All I can say is it’s been a learning experience. After the third straight week of rain and losing a shoe in the mud every day for 3 days(we had an inch or more of water on top of the grass), and the septic wasn’t happy at all, all I can do is laugh now when things arise. I pictured how I looked to the neighbors (who have to already think we’re insane for our lifestyle) getting my foot stuck in the mud and all I could do was laugh. I just know the neighbors think I am insane for standing in the mud laughing or for hanging my laundry on a clothesline to dry, but I think a good sense of humor is super important when facing stressful situation, and thankfully I have been blessed with a sense of humor that allows me to find humor in almost anything. Peace on your journey!

Mark Bass · July 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

So where did you move in Ohio
So where did you move in Ohio? We moved to the Columbus area 23 years ago. Years ago I lived in Tooele, Utah (beautiful country). Anyway, best of luck in your new home. Mark

    Preparedness Pro · July 14, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Well in that case, Mark, we
    Well in that case, Mark, we’re probably neighbors. 🙂

Kae Bean · July 10, 2015 at 5:55 pm

I’m sorry to loose you from
I’m sorry to loose you from Utah, but happy for you as I know that it is all part of the bigger plan. My husband and I often talk about places to move to as Utah is becoming more and more liberal. You’ll have to let me know how Ohio treats you. Good luck and keep on posting!

Deborah · July 10, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Glad you all had a safe move.
Glad you all had a safe move. Have fun with the boxes. Thanks for the laughs.

kam carver · July 11, 2015 at 2:19 am

I remember moving here 16
I remember moving here 16 years ago now and how the Relief Society President lugged 1500 lbs of wheat in 25lb. bags up to the second floor of the apt. we were going to rent. It is great when people come to help-you don’t feel so “alone” in a new town where you don’t “know” anybody. Glad you got to Ohio safely. Maybe there won’t be as much snow as Utah-looking forward to you getting “back to business.”

Doris · July 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I know this question is NOT
I know this question is NOT about your move but we just learned something very concerning to us about out pet foods, that they DO go bad! They say because of the oils in them. Do you know how to preserve pet food without it going bad? Thanks!

    Preparedness Pro · July 14, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Wet food is made homemade and
    Wet food is made homemade and canned–with most of my protein coming from Zaycon Foods (or I get a good quality commercial made such as Trader Joe’s brand), and a good quality commercial dry food (Trader Joe’s brand, for example) is preserved in half-gallon mason jars with the oxygen taken out thanks to the FoodSaver attachments. ALSO, making your own dry pet food and controlling WHICH oils you use in cooking them makes all the difference in the world. Rancid oils that are bad to begin with i.e. canola, soy, vegetable, etc. are the oils that you really have to worry about. Instead, make your own and use coconut oil, a good quality of olive oil, or even lard and then preserve as noted above.

    My 4 four-legged furry kiddos are a big deal to me. I prepare for them to be comfortable in spite of life’s curveballs just as I would expect anyone to do for their two-legged kiddos.

    (If you haven’t discovered Zaycon Foods yet, be sure to enroll for their e-mails NOW at this URL: )

TPSnodgrass · July 22, 2015 at 1:20 am

When we relocated to Utah 9
When we relocated to Utah 9 years ago, I moved more than 30,000 rounds of ,22LR ammo with us in the back of a Ford Expedition. Still have it, even through the great Ammo Drought. Sounds like the parents of the young man who NOTICED you had ammo, raised him correctly! Kudos to them! We let the moving company schlep the food storage dry goods for us, seemed to fit their truck a whole lot better, AND, they also moved it right back onto the storage racks too! Ohio is a LOT different (in a very good way) than Utah, you will enjoy it! Congrats on the new move. Enjoy the heck out of it.

Pam Troxel · July 26, 2015 at 2:56 am

Congratulations on getting
Congratulations on getting there in the numerous pieces that were yours to begin with. There may be a curve with some culture shock; something we learned the hard way 17 years ago when we uprooted our children and ourselves from PA to Iowa. BIG, Rude Awakening! Go slow and be yourself – which from your interviews and videos I have watched I don’t think should be a problem! Love you and hope and praying for the best.
Still learning, Pam T.

    Preparedness Pro · July 26, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Thank you, Pam!
    Thank you, Pam!

Brenda · July 28, 2015 at 9:13 pm

As we anticipate our own move
As we anticipate our own move from Oregon to “someplace better” I have been wondering about our own 25-gallon water barrels… thanks for answering my question before I could even ask out loud. You continue to be a wealth of information, even as I laugh out loud at my desk! Enjoy your new home.

Brooks · August 25, 2015 at 12:24 am


Thank you for this post. It really made me laugh. I saw in one of the other comments that you have moved to the Columbus area. We have lived in Columbus, OH for the past 8 years. Welcome to the area! I love learning more about preparedness and I loved your segment on NatGeo, your youtube videos and your website. Looking forward to seeing more new things from you. If you ever need anything, feel free to reach out. I would love to be of help as you get yourself acquainted to the area.

    Preparedness Pro · August 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks, Brooks!
    Thanks, Brooks!

RangerRick · September 12, 2015 at 4:54 am

Had to smile. When moving
Had to smile. When moving from the Mid west to the PNW ,I sent out two trailers on a train and made several other trips to get my stuff here.
My realtor found out I was a former Green Beret and said I think I can round up some help here. It seems a lot of Retire SF types live up here.
They were impressed with the many loads I had with me. Man toys. Got to have them to keep the family safe- especially the Hummer.
When my last load arrived, I again made them smile, Weapons of all sorts and close to 600,000 rounds of ammo. Ammo does make an old trooper smile. I shared about 10,000 rounds with them and they were happy as I was.
It is good to have the right friends in the right place.
I am home now, RangerRick

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