Welcome family and friends, which includes you readers. No housewarming gifts please, unless it is a nice wine that we can share.
Now, we are unpacking at a leisurely pace, and trying to find places for everything. We have moved from a 1300 square foot space with a shed and off site locker, to a 1008 square foot space, with an unfinished basement, an attic, a three car garage, and parking for our camper.
I’ve unsubscribed from real estate sites, and now stalk Pinterest, looking for storage and decorative ideas. My focus is shifting to home decor.
We found a sofa at a resale shop with good lines. While dated, reupholstery will bring the sofa into the current decade. Changing out the legs to bring the seat height up a few inches would make the sofa more comfortable for a little old lady. I’ve been looking at some wonderful deeply saturated colors that I’ve never considered before.
We have exchanged our large kitchen table for our daughter’s smaller table. Several smaller items have been passed on to family members who can make better use of them. Things I kept in case of a visit, have gone to live with the hoped for visitors. Things of a sentimental nature are getting passed on to those who also have a connection to cherished memories.
Things are only things, yet cherished memories causes us to imbue simple objects with the values of an experience, love, and self. Hubby’s old photo multiplier tubes collected during his career. The chess set we made and painted with my Mom and Aunt Daisy. A small pebble whose color I love, found on a wonderful vacation with my children. My Mom’s lamp, we found together in a resale shop. These are our cherished items.
These are a sample of the things we value. Things we can’t just drop off at Goodwill. Either we keep these things, or give them to those we love who will appreciate them as we do. The only other thing that would separate these types of items from us is a fire or natural disaster.
I swear, I have no idea how I ended up with so many glass paperweights. I’ve never had them all assembled together before. I have an incredible number of cook books, and cooking magazines. There is my ever growing number of hobby items, including: sewing, crochet/knitting, art and craft materials. I have been looking for a ukulele, which I found, but I felt too guilty about all my stuff just waiting for me at home, in boxes. I walked away.
I’m ready to continue the exploration of our new area. More than that, I am ready to get back to ordinary life. I’ll see you around the bloggospere.