While I’m taking a break from packing, it is a good time to write an extra column just in case the people who are supposed to come to our North Carolina house to hook up our Internet don't show up for a few days, or that I am too exhausted from unpacking to think.

By the time you read this, we should have all of our belongings in one house. At this moment I have just about all the kitchen stuff packed up and we still have four days to live here. What is not packed is laying all over the counters so I can figure out how many more boxes we might need to contain everything.

I am normally a very neat and orderly person, so this part of the move is driving me crazy.

I managed to make a pumpkin pie this morning which was nothing short of a miracle. I had a pie crust in the freezer leftover from when I made The Man of the House his birthday berry pie. I also had one small can of pumpkin, had not packed the spices or brown sugar yet and had four raw eggs and some milk left in the refrigerator. That was all it took. In fact I now have two raw eggs left that will probably be given to the next door neighbor.

I also made a huge batch of tuna salad to use up the rest of the mayo and cans of tuna. That should take care of lunches the rest of the week. Now we are down to a bag of carrots, a few apples and little oranges and a lot of bottles of salad dressing in the fridge. Why we have so many different kinds I have no idea since we usually use just one.

I am going to attempt to make some kind of soup by combining several cans of things so I don’t have to pack them. I have a can of minestrone soup, a can of green beans, some kind of canned tomatoes with peppers and onions, and two little cans of tomato sauce. Of course, we now have no crackers to go along with them, but there are still a few slices of bread and a little bit of peanut butter.

If we get desperate we can always eat out. Right now we have several meals scheduled with friends.

After we pack up all of our worldy goods on Saturday we will sleep at the next door neighbors so we will have a bed. They also are planning to feed us dinner that night and coffee the next morning before we head out very early.

Since the grandchildren and their friends are helping us load and unload the moving truck I need to have some sort of food available to keep up their strength. I have two large bags of chocolate chip cookies in the freezer for the occasion.

When we get settled I plan to really cook something. That will be after we make a major grocery shopping trip.

We need to pack up our cable boxes and remote controls and deliver them to the office of our provider by 6 p.m. on Friday. The office is within a stone’s throw of the kids' house where we plan to go for our traditional pizza.

This means we will be without TV Friday night, but we will try to be brave and go to sleep without it.

The thing that I am missing the most right now is I have no books to read. I just finished the four I had borrowed from the library here at Del Webb and all my other books are packed in a box somewhere. That was poor planning on my part.