I apologize for missing last week. By the time I had time to write, I was too exhausted and escaped into YouTube and Pinterest for what little brain power I had left.
Let’s see, where did I leave off in the ongoing and going and going saga of our epic move? As of Friday, July 26th, we had been moving for one month and 26 days! If we weren’t physically carrying boxes and furniture, we were doing repairs, sorting, trying to find things and cleaning up. Friday morning we officially packed up the last truckload of stuff, locked the doors for what we hope is the last time and drove away. We haven’t unloaded that truckload, but it is at least in the same county with us. We started celebrating in the afternoon. We have not closed on the property yet though. We are now on our FIFTH closing date. Yes, you read that right. FIVE times the closing has been set. Please cross your fingers, say prayers and send good vibes our way for this coming Wednesday…to actually sign the papers and have it DONE.
We started celebrating the final moving trip because it seemed like it would never end. Add to the physical exhaustion, there is always stress involved with a move and there has been even more stress with Dad’s condition, getting Miss L’s paperwork to school, arranging her 13th birthday party (yes, we officially have another teenager), having her braces put on, D. started a new job, having to go two different places to feed animals, etc. etc. etc. I have had to apologize for a few stress induced meltdowns. Have you noticed that everyone and everything seems to hit your last nerve when anxiety and stress lingers for a long time? My last nerve is worn to a nub.
How did we celebrate? Well, D. saddled up his horse, KC, and went for a nice, two hour trail ride. He rarely gets to do that. I probably should have warned the neighbors that he could possibly show up on your doorstep to say hello…with KC also standing on their doorstep. Expect it. At least one neighbor had that happen. She was not expecting it.
Miss L and I went to the community pool and I read and visited with my sister for awhile when she came to chill by the pool also. We talk virtually everyday now, but it is usually a run down of how Dad and Mom are doing and what do we need to do that day. She is under the great banking cloud of doom from a merger of the bank she works for with another bank. Daily she has to face the stress of the upcoming layoffs and wondering if she will be with or without a job in the very near future.
Fun times we are having in 2019. Our friend Alan says it all has to do with Mercury and its place in the heavens. Sounds like a good enough excuse for all this crazy. Oh, and by the way, a HUGE thank you to our friends Alan and Sharon for helping us wrap up the last of the repairs. They saved us another weekend or a couple of late nights finishing those.
So my little celebration was a small project that I have been wanting to do for about two years now. Other than a knitting project I started, there have been no creative endeavors for the past month and 26 days. If you have read any of these posts you know that I am a much saner person if I am making or gardening. My current tiny garden is below. It is not big enough for a major stress reliever.
My celebratory project was painting this vintage bread box. Ok, so it’s not a huge thing, but it is. It is my first project for our future selves. Everything else we have been doing has involved trying to close out a chapter. It has often been depressing and hard because we have been waiting to move forward but couldn’t. Now we can.
The bread box belonged to D’s Great-Grandmother and then his Grandmother according to his sister. It was a fixture in his Grandmother’s kitchen as long as he could remember. Other members of the family may know the actual age, but my best guess is the 1920’s – 1940’s. Now before the antique/vintage purists give me grief about painting it, know that we have no intention of selling it. We plan to use it and enjoy it as long as it holds together. That said, it’s cute but needed a fresh coat of paint. It is going to reside in our new, to us, kitchen that will have a vintage vibe. I’m glad it was originally red because I have always liked cheerful pops of red in my kitchen. I have another upcoming paint project that will be having a color change. More on that to come.
So I am happy to report we are closing out a chapter and looking forward to the new one. If you have been reading this blog lately, you are probably pretty darn happy about that too. I know that my whining has been somewhat endless. My next goal is to FIND MY ART SUPPLIES!
Here is our freshly painted breadbox!
Have a great week and may your future be bright!