Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Little Purging…A Little Packing…A Little Playing

October 30th was one year  since we bought the house in Hooterville.   It’s hard for me to believe it has been a year already. 

The renovations to the new house are far from done but we’ve made enough progress that the formal move is imminent and it’s now time to start the dreaded chore of packing. 

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I’m quite sad about leaving My Cottage of Bliss.   Hubby and I have  lived here more than 35 years and  lots of memories have been made in this little house.   My childhood years were also spent  in this neighborhood…just 4 streets away. 

I’m attempting to lessen the  emotionality of it all  by taking baby steps and packing a little at a time but it’s still a challenge.

The first room to be significantly taken apart was my tiny, but cozy,  family room.   I have to tell you…

when it went from this…


to this…

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the reality of the move hit me…hard. 

I am also completely overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we have accumulated in the 35 years we’ve lived here.     Sheeeesh!  It’s unbelievable.  Some days I feel like  it’s going to take another year to empty out this house. 

Knowing I already have way too much stuff I have to either purge or pack has  been  good motivation for me to drastically cut back on  my thrifting trips to  Goodwill,  since that’s where I seem to find things I really don’t need. 

One thing I almost always find impossible to pass up at Goodwill are random china pieces with pink roses.

For example…

               this  round, domed butter dish I found recently. 

Five dollars.

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TOTALLY unnecessary but I ask you…

              for $5.00, how could I leave this beauty behind?


I’ve also developed a weakness for silver flatware, especially spoons.  I found these 7 Wm. Rogers & Son silver soup spoons at Goodwill for just $1.00. 

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The pattern is very simple but they are bigger than my everyday flatware soup spoons and have a deeper bowl on them, which I like.   For some reason,  cereal, oatmeal and soup seems to taste a lot better when eaten with one of these spoons.  :)

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 It was really dreary and rainy here today, which means cooler temperatures are finally on the way for us Floridians.  I had plans to start emptying  my china cabinet  today but I got a little side-tracked and did more playing than packing.   Just for fun, I plopped a few pretties (some of which were previous Goodwill finds) in my old childhood Easter basket and was so pleased with the results, now I don’t want to pack it up! 

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Next week, some major changes will be taking place at the farm on the Craigslist barn.

Also, the tile I ordered for the bathroom renovation has come  in and I finally made a decision on a vanity so that project should be getting underway soon. 

Meanwhile, I’m still trying to get the house in Hooterville kitchen  painted and the backsplash done! 


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Shari, which Goodwill to you go to? I went to our local GW on Tuesday for the first time in 3 months and was shocked that there was hardly any china. They used to have a whole aisle (both sides) full of dishes. Now they barely had one side. It appears to me they are stocking new items to sell. Very disappointing. I sure would love to know where they are funneling all the china and dishes. Hope you will be more encouraged with your packing.


Cindy said...

I can't imagine living in the same house for 35 years, that would be so lovely. I have moved so much in my life that I can't even count them. My dream is to settle down and never have to move again, I want to be taken out of this house feet first.
Packing is never easy, so fun that you are taking time to play:)
You do have such great taste, I know your new home is going to be gorgeous.

Hugs, Cindy

Adrienne said...

Of course you couldn't leave that china piece! Especially not for that price. And I love the spoons. I love silver pieces and have been looking for odds and ends wherever I can find them.

I know leaving your long-time home is hard to leave. You are doing the right thing to take it in bits and pieces.

Sending hugs your way,

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello dear friend,

Oh, I can't imagine having to pack up things in that pretty cottage. I know what you mean about getting things from Goodwill that you really don't need, but will buy anyway cause they are just such a good bargain. I haven't been there lately. I have bought stuff, with plans to put it on e-bay, then I decide to keep it or whatever. You could just pack that pretty basket and send it right out to Miss Debbie!! lol Love that!!! Wish I could be there to help you.


Shelia said...

Aw, Shari, I hope your little heart doesn't feel too badly about leaving your wonderful little home! I know you'll have your new one feeling like home very soon.
Wow, why can't I find deals like you do?
Love that gorgeous piece.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marilyn said...

Your new treasures are going to be lovely in that new home. I've moved several times in the 32 years we were married before my husband died last September. We moved everything, from inside the house to all my flower pots, garden decorations, and of course my ROCKS,small and large. I'm glad we did it ourselves or the bill to move all those rocks would have been astronomical!! :-D

Just label everything as to which room it should go in with a nice big black marker. Good luck on packing. ♥♫

Mimi said...

Beautiful finds, you have a nicer Goodwill than around here.
The pattern to your silver looks like Mayfair 1923. I love the shape of the soup/gumbo/bouillon spoons, too.
I do not envy you packing up a 35 year old home, we did our 14 year old one 9 years ago, it is hard work!