Mrs. Lion and a friend are busy packing. I reminded Mrs. Lion to pack the paddles before her friend arrived. Her friend has no idea what we do and would almost certainly be shocked and put off. I had a male chastity device on my desk. I planned on reviewing it before we move, but time got away from me. I put it into a drawer for safekeeping and distance from prying eyes. Today, the handyman comes to deinstall our water filter and smart thermostat. He is also taking down the last of my ham antennas.  We’ll meet him at the new house tomorrow and he will reinstall the stuff.

When we were at the house on Saturday, we set up our WiFi using our new router and access point. We have a 5g T-Mobile Internet connection there. It was originally meant to back up our Xfinity cable Internet. We were delighted to learn that at the new location, the T-Mobile 5g connection is 245 Mbs. That’s faster than the Xfinity. We will bring our cable modem with us when we move and add the cable Internet to our home network. Mrs. Lion works from home and doesn’t get paid if she can’t access the Internet. Her company contributes to our bill.

All packing here has to be done today. We will be at the new house tomorrow with the handyman. I suppose that Mrs. Lion could leave me there and return to the old house and pack some more. That would be a huge waste of time. The new house is over an hour away. There is a ton of work for the handyman at the new house. I’m sure he’ll be there all day.

I would be very surprised if Mrs. Lion’s friend didn’t stumble over a sex/BDSM toy as she helped us pack. We may have some interesting conversations today. I’m not all that concerned. I think that Mrs. Lion did a good job getting spanking stuff out of the way. If we need to explain a toy, I’m happy to do it. Why not? In my experience, people only ask about things that interest them. They ignore and overlook other stuff.

Mrs. Lion has taken time off to deal with the move. Today is the last day to finish packing. Wish us luck.

google is the largest spammer

Most of the spam we receive comes from gmail accounts. Spammers set up thousands of “burner” accounts that they can use to blast spam and then move on to another burner account. Google does nothing to prevent this outrageous abuse.

Yes, I get it, Google wants to make it easy to own a “safe” anonymous email account. In doing so, they have created a haven for phishers and other spam. My spam filters fail because the thousands of gmail accounts come and go before any of the email protection services can blacklist them. I’m starting to wonder if I shouldn’t simply block all gmail accounts. I know that some of our readers use gmail, but the proliferation of gmail spam is getting out of hand.

Most email hosts offer a way to blacklist domains. Maybe I’ll add gmail.com to mine.

We are in the middle of our move. Things aren’t looking too good. The movers are coming Wednesday, and we have a lot of packing to do before then. The logistics aren’t easy. On Saturday, we rented a UHaul truck and hired workers to load and unload. They took our outdoor furniture, barbecues, gardening equipment, and other bulky items. By doing this we saved the expensive movers an extra van. As it stands, they say they need two vans and two days. The load on Wednesday and unload at our new house on Thursday.

Tomorrow, our handyman is coming to uninstall our water filters, thermostat, ham antenna, and other stuff. He returns to the new house on Tuesday to reinstall that stuff. Logistics, logistics, logistics. That’s been my job. On Saturday, after the UHaul was unloaded, Mrs. Lion and I set up the new WiFi in the house. It works! That means our household automation will be plug-and-play when we move in.

The big, scary part is packing. I don’t think we will be ready on Wednesday. We have to be. Maybe we will make it. We’re spending Wednesday night in a hotel. All of our stuff will be in the moving vans, We have a large credit from a travel agency. I’m using part of it to pay for a suite in a Tacoma hotel. It will be a nice treat after a day of loading a truck. We plan to unload and set up as much as we can on Thursday. On Friday, Mrs. Lion can return to our old house and clean up.

We are both unhappy that we only got to stay here for four years. We expected to be in this house twice that. Neither of us is very good at change. We like things to stay constant. Moving is pure stress. Mrs. Lion is working hard to stay calm, but the effort is taking a toll on her. I wish I could do more to help. Meanwhile, we stay happy and very much in love. I’m very grateful that I found such a wonderful mate.

As you might imagine, we are struggling to get ready for our move. My role is minor. The most important job I have is to make our new house smart. The key components we need in place are our internet connections and home network. Our current network is rather old and I am replacing all of the key components. Because of that, I can have our WiFi up and running before we move. That will allow all of our Echo devices to function just by plugging them in.

I made a discovery that might be helpful if you are planning to replace your old network equipment. It turns out that business-grade components are cheaper than the home versions. For example, I bought a TpLink router for $49 and a business-grade access point for $79. Most home “routers” are actually a combination of a router and WiFi access point. The combination of the two commercial products costs $130. You can’t buy a cheap home “router” for that price. Sometimes I think I should start an electronics blog.

The setup was pretty easy, and we’ll install it before we move in. We’ve agreed to put the spanking bench under the living room bay window. Our plans for the new house are coming together. I’m still having trouble finding my way around. It will take me a while to figure out where to go.

Since I started using Edex, our sex seems to be on a twenty-day schedule. Mrs. Lion is agreeable when I ask if we can do something, but she doesn’t initiate any more. I worry she’s tired and has sore shoulders, so I don’t ask too often. I suppose this works, but a lot of the fun seems to have gone away. I’m considering just stopping.

We are less than ten days from our move. At this point we have to focus on getting everything done, not sex or spanking.

We are trying to get ready for our move. It looks like we are way behind in packing. I’m starting to worry that the movers will arrive and the house will be ful of loose stuff that will cost a fortune for the movers to pack for us. To make matters worse, my vision has deteriorated substantially. I can hardly read my computer screen. Forget the laptop. I need further surgery to try to save what little I have left. Not a good time for us.

I can’t help at all with the packing. That leaves it all on Mrs. Lion. She is reluctant to get rid of stuff we haven’t used in a long time. Right now, the house is full of loose items sitting on every surface. I’m considering hiring movers to come in sooner to just pack things. We have to be out of here shortly. It will exhaust savings to do this, but we may have no other choice.

Meanwhile, sex and BDSM are not happening. I have a chastity device to review, but can’t get to it because of the chaos here. This is one of those times when I’m in over my head. I’ve never had so many physical issues before. Dealing  with them takes time for doctor visits, etc. We can’t afford to delay our move. We are paying rent for two houses this month. We can’t afford to do that in March.

Anyway, just wanted to give you a quick update.