5 Questions Friday: 5X

Yes, 5 Questions Friday is back! And since I have missed a few weeks, I am multiplying it by 5 so that’s 25 questions for Eric! Oh wait. I’ve just been informed that it’s been longer than a few weeks. Since March? No way. It cannot be that long! Has it? Looks like it’s been 8 weeks! I can’t believe that.

Anyways, I know many of you will be sooooo happy! We both have no idea why people like 5 Questions Friday so much! I’ve gotten so many emails asking me “where’s 5 questions?” or “is 5 questions ever coming back?” it’s starting to give me a complex. Maybe I should ditch basketmaker’s wife and just start an “Eric Answers Questions” blog!

Just kidding. I love that people are interested in what Eric thinks and says since I tune him out most of the time. (I’m kidding again. Well, maybe just a little…)

So without further adieu, here is Eric’s 5 x 5 = 25 Questions!

Q: What’s Chance’s new nickname?
Eric: tick magnet. But he’s also “patches” now too since you shaved him yesterday.

Q: What is your favorite song this week?
Eric: That’s easy. Mama Rock Me.

Q: What time does every service company show up here in Tennessee?
Eric: If they say they are going to be there first thing the following morning, it’s 8:00 am. If they say they are coming the next day after, they show up at 8:15 am.

Q: What time did they show up back home in New Hampshire?
Eric: Between noon and 4:30 pm.

Q: Other than our family and friends, what will you miss about Manchester, New Hampshire?
Eric: This is a hard one. Oh, I know… Alley Cat Pizza, the best pizza in N.H., delivered to our front door.

Q: We can’t get Tennessee pizza delivered to our door?
Eric: No. Turns out that we’re apparently outside the delivery zone for all the restaurants in town.

Q: Oh. That’s depressing. What will you not miss about Manchester?
Eric: “Fun Boy”!
(editor’s note: okay, that’s an inside joke with my family and friends. May save that story for another post.)

Q: So that’s it? Only Fun Boy?
Eric: No! The list goes on… sirens, the low-driving Honda’s with the loud mufflers zooming down the hill, the gun shots, the people walking down the street with shopping carts, our narrow driveway where I could hit the neighbor’s house, the insane high property taxes…
(OKAY! enough with that question!)

Q: Do you think Chance misses his little tiny yard?
Eric: He’s so exhausted every day here I doubt he even remembers where he lived before.

Q: On a scale of 1-10, how much do you think Chance loves his new digs?
Eric: He’s off the scale on loving this place.

Q: How come the little wheel on the mower attachment to the new tractor is bent?
Eric: Oh, I had a slight mishap.

Q: What kind of mishap?
Eric: Well, that tractor is very fast. And I should really slow down around the fence posts.

Q: How come I never ran into anything when I was mowing?
Eric: Because you’re perfect.
(editor’s note: Well, he does have a point)

Q: How long did it take you to build your new trailer to your new mini tractor?
Eric: Ah, about two hours.

Q: When are you going to build “sides” to it so things don’t fall out, like all my sticks that I pick up?
Eric: Shortly after you stop asking me when I’m putting sides on the trailer.

Q: How do you like my new “art installation” on our miles-long barbed wire fence?
Eric: Quite frankly I was on the fence about it (no pun intended). But it’s growing on me. I’ll be happier when you stop asking me for sticks and just get your own.

Q: Hello! They keep falling off the trailer because there are no sides! What’s your answer to that?
Eric: Patience.

Q: How long do you think it will take me just to do one row of fence?
Eric: A month.

Q: How long do you think it will take to do all of the fencing?
Eric: Forever. I think you’ll quit before you finish.
(editor’s note: Wow. He is so supportive…)

Q: On a scale of 1-10, how stressful was our move here to Tennessee?
Eric: That’s a hard one. I cannot really give a good answer since it’s technically not over yet! But every day it gets less stressful.

Q: How long would you estimate we spend everyday just looking for something?
Eric: I’d say if you add up the time, easily about 3 hours total. And finding that disc you were frantically looking for for one of your clients over the last week was my Holy Grail. And in the last box I opened!
(editor’s note: It’s always the way! I even tried reverse psychology and purposely went to boxes I would most likely open last, skipping all the ones in front of me!)

Q: I’ve lived in Central Time zone before when I lived in Texas and Illinois and actually like it better. How are you adapting to CST? Do you notice a difference?
Eric: Yes. Megyn Kelly comes on at noon. I like that. And the local news comes on after the national news. I really like that. And cannot wait until Football season. I can be in bed before midnight!

Q: What are we cooking tonight now that our gas stove is all hooked up?
Eric: I went to the store and bought all the ingredients for chicken tacos!
(editor’s note: YUM!)

Q: I don’t like referring to this building as the “church.” Especially since it really doesn’t look like one. What can we rename this building?
Eric: oooh… let me think. Oh, the McSoHo Building! Because our living quarters is like a loft in SoHo!

Q: Have you ever been to SoHo?
Eric: NoHo!

If anyone has any name suggestions for this building, comment or send me an email!

“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy….”

Uhm… not when you’re carting off a toilet. I don’t think Kenny Chesney had this vision in his head.


Does this photo need much explaining? All I can say, is that it’s my husband, future redneck, driving his mini lawn tractor, hauling off a sink and an old toilet into the sunset.

I sure hope I don’t need to change the name of this blog to the redneck basketmaker’s wife.

Discombobulation is an Understatement


So we’re finally here in Tennessee. How long have we been here I cannot say at the moment unless I go through a pile of receipts and figure out the exact date. That’s how discombobulated it is around here.

When we closed on our new place here in Tennessee, two days later we accepted an offer on our home in New Hampshire. We were so lucky! But we worked hard to get it ready to put on the market so it was well-earned. But as soon as we went back to our northern home, it was time to pack up, and quickly, because the buyers wanted to close asap.

So we picked up the largest truck we could rent without a commercial truck driver’s license, a 26-footer. And as the end of the day approached, we discovered we needed another truck! The only one available to pick up the next morning was a 17-footer. And when we filled that truck up the following day, we discovered we needed to leave things behind at my parent’s home. So when we return to New Hampshire for one of Eric’s workshops in June, we will still be packing and moving! Ugh…

Nonetheless, we arrived safe and sound. Only a few mishaps on the trek down. Nothing major. My cousin’s husband Paul drove one truck and Eric drove the other. My dad and I left about six hours after them. I needed to stay back so I could clean our home, with a big help from my mom, before the final walk-through. But my dad and I were able to shave off a few hours and almost caught up to them.

Then the unloading of all our stuff. That’s when we started to live in temporary chaos. Below is me sitting in our bed, with my laptop trying to work, overlooking our disastrous living space! We were also trying to figure out how to create our living space! We will be staying in the “church building” while we renovate the mid-century farmhouse. So we needed a functioning kitchen and bathroom with a shower. Paul came to the rescue and worked with Eric on accomplishing that. And we are grateful.


Eric and I like to relax in the evening together with him in his chair and me on the couch. As you can see, my favorite green cabinet divided us. There’s my couch but there’s Eric’s chair, so far away. We were too exhausted to even move them closer together! I like how Eric’s chair has his computer set up on the table in front and then the drill and bits to the right! That’s really how our life has been for the last couple weeks!


But it all hasn’t been total unpacking exhaustion. We were able to do some exploring of our property! My favorite thing to do every morning is walk the property with Chance and check on the progress of our peach trees. Here’s 3 little peaches that should be ready soon! I cannot wait to pick them. (Are those peaches? I think so! Remember, I’m sort of a city girl.)


And Chance is probably the most excited. So many new things to explore! Below is him digging a giant hole. One thing he was never able to do! When you live in the city with a postage-stamp-sized lot, you don’t let your dog dig holes! He was always reprimanded. But with 5 acres, he can dig to his heart’s content. And dig he will! (I told Eric maybe he will dig it so deep that we can turn it into a tornado shelter or maybe at least a wine cellar. It’s about time this dog earns his keep!) moving-chance-digging-hole

So now that things are slowly getting to a somewhat normal routine, I hope to be back to posting regularly. I really didn’t expect this move to be so intense. But in a way, that’s probably a good thing. Otherwise, I would’ve been so doubtful on being able to buy a property and sell our home all within a matter of a couple months.  When we look back on it, we just cannot believe we did it. Especially after realizing how long it has taken to simply unpack our belongings! How did we ever pack it all up so quickly? And not one thing broken. Well, with the packed items. The furniture is another story. A few little mishaps there. Like when I lifted a box out of the truck and down came one of our cabinets, smashing to the floor. But overall, we arrived here safely and loving it in Tennessee.