and Jill Move to Boise
August 8-23, 2008
written by John
In May 2008, when Jill and I drove out to Boise to take Jackie
with us down to the Bert N. Whitney Reunion in Panaca, Nevada, it came out that
Jackie had decided to go on a mission. Now that's an entire story in
itself, which Jackie should write up on her own page. So if you're
interested, contact her and suggest that she make that update. Anyway,
when Jackie leaves on her mission there will be nobody to take care of our Boise home.
So we decided we should move to Boise either until the house sells or
until Jackie returns. The latter scenario is preferred by Jackie,
because she informed us that she would like to continue living in the
home after her mission.
On Friday, August 8th, we packed up the Tacoma and the Civic and we
each drove a vehicle to Boise. We took the walkie-talkies with us so we
could keep in touch along the way. We drove to Miles City, Montana, and
spent the night Friday at the Econo Lodge, where we had experienced a bad night on
our last trip along that route. Fortunately, this time we got a
second-story room and it was very quiet and we both slept soundly.
That's good, because it helped reduce the probability that we
would be falling asleep while driving!
Saturday we were driving beside the Gallatin River in Montana around lunch time.
suggested that I find a nice picnic area where we could stop and
eat our sandwiches. I drove along without finding any, and
was wondering if there simply weren't any, but then all of a sudden a
campground with a picnic area appeared, and we stopped. It was right
on the banks of the Gallatin River. It was a very nice spot to relax along
the tiring drive.
We arrived in Boise on Saturday, August 9th, in pretty good shape
despite the long, hot drive. We attended our new ward, the Franklin
Ward, the next day and got acquainted with Bishop Brown. During the
next few days we bought some things for the house, and started in at
making it into OUR home. With very little furniture, we were sleeping
on an air mattress on the floor. But at least we had a bedroom. Jackie
had moved from the master bedroom to the room at the end of the hall
before we arrived.
Jill was having trouble getting comfortable on the air mattress, but
couldn't just go
sleep on the couch, since we didn't have one. She did leave, and when I
found her she had taken apart two butterfly chairs that Jackie's
former roommate had left, arranged the cushions on the floor, and found
something a little better to sleep on than the air mattress. So on
Monday we went shopping
and found an 8-inch memory foam mattress which, even though still right
on the floor, was a great improvement over the air mattress.
Wednesday, the 13th, we headed down to Orem to
meet up with Jerica
and attend her graduation ceremonies. On Thursday afternoon we went to
the commencement exercises at the Marriott Center, where all the
graduates were in attendance,
and the speaker was my mission president when I served in
Richard G. Scott. We were able to sit about three rows
behind Jerica. She was surprised when she saw us there because when we
first came in we were considerably further away. I took some
videos of the graduates coming in and exiting. Click here to watch.
commencement, Jerica wanted a picture of
her in front of the Bell Tower, which she loves to hear and which she
will greatly miss. The three also posed outside the Marriott Center. It
looks like I am being attacked by a deadly tarantula, but it is only
the shadows of the nearby tree that I didn't notice as I quickly took
my place after setting the camera to go off in ten seconds.
On Friday evening we all attended the convocation for the College of Humanities, also
at the Marriott Center. This is where Jerica walked to the stand and
received her diploma from Dean John R. Rosenberg. Actually all she got was an empty cardboard container
for her diploma, which she hopes comes later in the mail.
Saturday might have been a good day to pack up and take Jerica up to
Boise, but she informed us that she was a speaker in her sacrament
meeting on Sunday. She actually volunteered to give a talk and they
took her up on it. So on Saturday the three amigos walked around BYU
campus and took pictures of Jerica in front of all her familiar places.
We also had time to visit with Jill's sister Joy and her family, who
were very gracious to allow us to stay in their extra bedroom and give
us an abundance of tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplants from their
bounteous garden; and with Jill's sister Adele and her family who
provided Jerica a wonderful place to live during her last semesters at
Jerica spoke in sacrament meeting on the topic of sacrifice and a
broken heart and contrite spirit. She did a beautiful job. She spoke
first on the program, and the concluding speaker was from the high
council. He was someone Jill recognized as a teacher at the same school when she
taught during her last year at BYU. She approached him after the
meeting and talked to him for a while. It seems that he didn't remember her from 39 years ago.
So on Monday the 18th of August we finished packing
up Jerica's things and headed up to Boise. Jerica also got to sleep on
our now available air mattress in the third bedroom.
We jumped right into the needed projects at our Boise home. On the top of
the list was getting furniture. Jill started Monday afternoon looking on
Craig's List and found a number of things that seemed worth checking out. The first
thing we got on Tuesday was a nice glider with footstool for $40.00.
The last major item we got on Thursday was a huge couch in great shape
for $125.00. As you can see it's big enough for me to stretch out
with room to spare.
Tuesday we also found a bed frame for our memory foam mattress. There
concern that it would be too low for only just the 8" mattress. We
decided to try it out in the default position and if it is found to be
too low it can be raised fairly easily. We got it for $140.00
Wednesday Jill and Jerica came home from a visit to someone selling a
bed, all excited because they bought Jerica a queen size bed, mattress,
box springs and all for only $100.00! I was in the process of
painting the garage floor, and they hurried me along so they could
take off the Tacoma's topper and return for the box spring and mattress. So we did that and went back to Kelly's to finish
picking up the pieces. We were all impressed by Kelly, who recently
moved to Boise to be an assistant basketball coach. She is easily as
tall as I am!
So now we can live in great comfort in our Boise home with the major
items now purchased, and at such bargain prices. Earlier in the week we had gone to two furniture stores and decided that an
incredible deal on a new couch would be in the $500 to $600 range. So we feel really blessed
that we got all these things for less than one new little couch.
of garage floor painting, we had decided before coming out to Boise
that we would paint the garage floor because it had accumulated a lot
of oil spots over the years. We looked online at stores in Boise and
determined that they didn't have available the GOOD non-water-base epoxy paint
that we recently used on our Eagan garage floor and felt it was the
best product. So we bought two kits at Menards in Minnesota and hauled them out to
Boise. Jerica and I degreased the floor, scrubbed it with detergent,
etched it with muriatic acid, then painted it in between trips to get
furniture. The floor ended up not quite as good as I had hoped for, but
it does look pretty good and will hopefully serve us many years. Of course
with the floor looking so much better, the imperfections in the walls
and ceiling really show up now. So we have added a total patch and re-paint of the garage to our
list of projects!
project we almost got completed during the week was to get shelves
for the garage. Jill found some wood shelving units, very similar to
the ones we have in Eagan, on sale at Fred Meyers. We bought four of
the 17" deep ones and one 13" deep. On Friday Jill set up the pieces
before we put them together and each of us got a brush and applied
polyurethane to the sides and to the tops of the shelves. Jill had it
organized that it was done in no time. Now they are in the garage and
we can put all our things on them next week, after I get them attached
to each other and properly positioned.
On Saturday Jill got out several samples of fabric that might work for
recovering the seats of the four chairs we had previously brought out
to Boise, and which were needing new seat fabric pretty badly. After
some discussion it was determined to use the fabric you can see here
and I proceeded to recover them.
Now we've been in Boise for two weeks, nearly half of which was spent
at Jerica's graduation. We feel that we have greatly blessed to get so
much accomplished already. And by the way, Jill, Jerica and I have
on our bikes several times this week as well. I have ridden 86
miles this week on three rides, going south on Cloverdale Road until
there is nothing
but sagebrush and very little traffic.
We really miss our Minnesota home and our family there, but we are glad to be with Jackie and Jerica at this time.