Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Finish Line

One shelf of many shelves

My husband and his siblings are reaching a slide into the finish line.  Mom's house has been sold (for full price) and house must be emptied in two weeks. So much to do by then, but at each step forward in removal, a closet is opened and more boxes are there.


From Wales which goes to ????
They have not headed up into the attic.  I know what is up there:  A box of sentimental items, a chest of her mother's letters, and a silk wedding dress from 1920.  More of this and that lying in layers of dust, will be assessed as value vs. sentimental value. 
Apparently a very small city

One of twelve + boxes of photos, nicely arranged and scrap-booked.

Consequently, I am re-posting for a few days here and there.  AND I invite readers to head over to my other blog: Long Road Back Home

Wish us all luck.  It is hoped boxing gloves will not be needed.


22 comments:

  1. It probably won't be a fight for who wants things but a fight for who doesn't want to take things.

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    1. That is what is happening. The things that no one wants, but those things have to go.

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  2. Sounds like a lot of work, but it should be fine in the end. Best wishes!

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  3. Hard work, in more ways than one. Good luck!

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    1. Yes, it has been. We all know that in about 10 days of so, a new set of furniture will be moving in, another elderly woman.

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  4. Not an easy task, been there a few times.

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    1. No one can pass through life without leaving a trail. There is the family that follows it.

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  5. Hugs.
    Not fun, but necessary. I suspect there will be a few tears, and hope there is also some laughter.

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    1. We really have not taken the time for the tears. While so much is going on, energy is given to settling that. And then the tears.

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  6. Your efforts at detachment are certainly understandable.

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    1. Thanks for putting and understanding the struggles so well.

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  7. It's a very strange period of one's life, I dreamt very vividly, and strangely, during the time that my parents' home was being cleared ready for sale. We found all manner of things and had to be ruthless. Hope all goes well.

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    1. when my parents had to clear out from their farm and farmhouse to take care of my dying brother, it was loss two times. Ruthless is the word.

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  8. I hope things go well and peacefully. I've been in this boat a couple times now. Take the time to go out for an ice cream or something to give yourself a break, both mental and physical.

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    1. One brother is going on a cruise. But the other 4 can't do that until the end of school. Good idea.

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  9. Yikes, that's quite the task. Perhaps all should be removed to a storage facility so the battles can rage after the house is no longer in the family.

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    1. So far no fisticuffs but a storage facility would be ideal.

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  10. This is why my daughter said to me, "start decluttering NOW, I'm not going through that again" after emptying her mother-in-laws home.
    It's a shame you have only two weeks. Could you move everything to somewhere else and go though it all at leisure? You'd have more time for memories and stories and 'who gets what'.

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    1. We are nearing the finish line. There are large items that which need moving vans. Then mourning can begin.

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  11. I keep meaning to rid myself of "stuff", but it is always a job for tomorrow. I really don't want to hand this job down to my children someday, but heck, half the stuff is theirs that they asked me to store.

    Good luck, I know it is hard, but it is also theropeutic. It is part of saying good-bye.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!