Well, in fact, the first change we necessarily made was to acquire some furniture.
Our house in Yap had been furnished. We had shipped everything we owned from there - but the only item that could be called furniture was an enormous kauri (at least, Susan believes it to be kauri; from its age, I suspect it is more likely totara) lab table that I acquired for $5.00 in 1974 when an old chemistry lab in the Old Choral Hall
When we bought our house from Mr and Mrs Shaw, Mrs Shaw persuaded us to buy their old clothes drier and kitchen 'fridge - and under the house, there was a (working!) electric frypan. Otherwise - it was bare.
Mr Peck's secondhand store became one of our regular stops - both for buying and for selling back - for the next year or so.
Our house has three bedrooms - and a building divided into a garage, on one side, and a garden shed on the other. Chronology is a bit hazy here, but very quickly - certainly by the end of the year, and probably by November, 1984 - we had done the following:
- Wired the two rooms in the outbuilding for electricity. The garage-cum-garden-shed is, in fact, a very solid building (so long as no earthquake happens - the outer wall on the shed side is laid brick). We acquired (free!) old carpet (from the man who was, for a while, Johnny's soccer coach). Both sides have, thus, carpeting - not properly laid, just lying down, but who cares?
- Acquired a 5KVA 220-110 stepdown transformer for the garage side; a 4KVA for the house. We would bring a large amount of 110V equipment from Yap (the very last of it has only just this last month - 29 years later - gone out of service).
- Acquired furniture of various sorts for the house.
- Acquired an ancient black-and-white television.
- Acquired a large steel desk for the garage - which thereby officially became my office
- And - wonderful friends! - Rob Darby installed bookshelves - just from rough timber - in my 'office' and in the downstairs garden-shed room - which thenceforth was officially called the schoolroom.
For we were - or, rather, Susan was - very definitely home-schooling.