Posts Tagged ‘empty space’

It’s Now A Bigger Echo

April 12, 2015

I know I have been MIA for a while, I have been clearing, cleaning, sorting, packing and  disposing my parents’ things at long last.  I have been focusing my attention and energy on it, not much left for other things.  Last week was quite busy and tiring, but now we have a lot of empty space in three rooms.  I have been sorting in preparation of the young meant who came Tuesday to pack up things for Candy, the rest is going to a good home – someone from my Breakfast Group.  Thursday Lisa came for the grandfather clock, she is really excited to have it.  The grandmother clock is going to Melody when ever she is able to come for it.

When I had 2 different estate sale people come, I found myself quite emotional about it.  they both suggested I leave and have someone else do it.  Well, there was only me, but I found I didn’t have the emotion when they left.  The two brothers who came were enjoyable and friendly, fun to work with and it worked out well for all of us.  After they left, I found the cable wasn’t working, so I spent an hour and a half with Direct TV to figure out what was wrong.  We finally determined the cable was routed through the VCR, however, the VCR went with everything else.  So with Jen’s help, I plugged things in, unplugged a couple of things and finally had a picture.

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Our own wing chairs

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What you see when you come through the kitchen.

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Nowhere to sit in front of the bookcase.

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The sofa table works fine for the tv.

Unfortunately it was a bit snowy.  We kept trying things to clear it up – I had it once but didn’t know how I did it.  It still thinks it is going through the VCR and I was finally able to understand what button I pushed for a clear picture.  We have an old tv, there isn’t anywhere to plug in the cable.  Now it is working but in the lower left hand corner it shows VCR.  I can live with that.

The brothers brought up 2 of our wing chairs and our sofa table for the tv.  One did say he was wondering what we were going to sit on.  I also asked them to bring up one of the book shelves to put in the office.  They put almost everything in – there were a few things of Candy’s that didn’t fit in the truck.  Steve came by on Thursday and took them.

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Looks a bit odd to see all the book shelves

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Still bits and pieces to find homes for.

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Blue chairs i gone – used to be green.

We have empty space in the living room and now our new dining table is in place.  We have empty space in Mom’s room and also in the office.  I’ve had a sore shoulder a lot of the time, but on the whole I have done very well.  I am amazed and delighted I have been able to do as much as I have and Eddie has done so much too.  We have also filled the recycle wheelie bin until there is no room – thank goodness Tuesday is recycle pick up.  When it is empty, we have so much more to fill it again.

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Our new dining table.  Eddie working on his Report – it has been a really bugger this month.

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Mom’s room  is cleared on one side – won’t dare show the other part yet.

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The two desks in the office are gone.  I am going to build a desk for myself, then Eddie can have his back.

I will say, I am tired and sometimes I think I am too tired to sleep.  I have had some trouble sleeping and my lower back and legs have been uncomfortable – so far no flare-up.   No doubt it is all the bending and lifting that has done it.  Now I need to sort out the hooking things for the lady in Nova Scotia.  I have the room now.

I am hoping to have the living room painted and the floors cleaned and polish – not sure how much will actually happen.  I want it to be our home when we have Mom’s Celebration of Life.

I will take some pictures and put them in this post to show what we have done so far.

I Hear An Echo Here

March 22, 2015

After a long down, it is feels so good to have  some interest and energy for a change.  This last week has been  unusual, but a lot has been accomplished.  We can see a difference as well.   I have been able to start things moving to clear some things out of the house.  Brigh came by Thursday afternoon to take furniture on consignment – we’ll see how it works.  He as a friend who is interested in some things as well, so that should help empty things out a bit.  As a matter of fact, we now have a big empty space in the living room so we can have our new dining set delivered – it will seem odd to have 2 tables and chairs but that won’t last too long.

We have been finding homes for things – I feel as if I am adopting out kittens.  Eddie is definitely happy to see the empty space.  He dropped off several bags of books to open up some space as well.   There is still a long way to go, but there is definitely progress.  I am finding I have no problem saying goodbye to things, I am not emotionally attached to them as much.  Maybe because I know the things have homes to go to and will be appreciated.  If we had an estate sale, we would lose money on it for all the effort and work it would take.

After 2 or 3 days of being tired physically, I was mentally tired on Friday.  I went in for my One to One to work on my podcasts.  We at least have it showing up on its but not playing – I was there with Rhys for 2 hours and at the moment we are at a standstill.  I need to finish putting the podcasts on the blog so they can at least be heard there – until I can find a platform to store the mp3s, it won’t be on iTunes for a while.  If you check out findingthegifts.wordpress.com you can hear the ones I have  finished.  They are not in order, so they skip around on dates.  I plan to have them in order, 1st show to last.  I also need to do a little work on the site itself, not all that pleased with the theme for it.

Wednesday I went to Breakfast Club and then met Char for an outing at U Village.  We have been talking about it, I am the one who couldn’t get her act together.  Then I didn’t sleep well the night before, so I was draggy and not the best company.  Char and I are such good and long time friends that we are glad to spend time together no matter what is happening.  We both understand each other and our situations – sometimes it me, sometimes it’s her and sometimes both of us.  Usually we are both doing well and it works out really well.  Char is so good for me and I am so glad we had our outing.

I decided it was time to set a date for Mom’s Celebration of Life open house – it is going to be on June 14th from 1 – 4 p.m.  It’s a Sunday and I hope we will be able to paint in time for it.  There will be a cake from Robbie and mostly finger foods to make it easier for people.  I am hoping for a sunny day so we can use the yard and the back porch.  Other than that, I haven’t planned anything else.  I will invite the neighbors, the domino ladies,  my Breakfast Group who knew Mom  – not sure who else is left.

The oddest thing is happening, I have hot flashes again.  Why is a mystery.  I can deal with them during the day, but the ones at night make it hard for me to sleep well.  Last night I woke up several times with them, not conducive to a good night’s rest.  I’m 68 for Heaven’s sake – will this happen every few years?  Give me a break!

I’m not the only feeling a little screwy – the plants and flowers seem to be confused.  The early bloomers are later and the later ones flowered early.  The camellias are fully in bloom and dropping flowers all over.  Jorge and his crew came on Friday and did the yard – next thing you know, the camellias dropped more on the lawn.  The blueberries are beginning to bloom and so it the red pear tree – the other pear and the apple tree are just showing buds.   It is beautiful to see all the flowers blooming – we have had rain and wind, so I hope we don’t lose blossoms that will produce fruit.

As long I work on keeping calm, relaxed and at peace with things feel so mixed up, I will be fine.  This may be the new normal, whatever normal is – just roll with the punches and be flexible.


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