Wednesday, September 26, 2012
When you are moving a 93 year old MIL into your home, you must first go through your drawers, closets and cupboards and get rid of your own hoard before you can replace it with her hoard. We went over last night and cleaned out a bookcase full of cookbooks and misc. It now fills the trunk of hubby's car and so today I have to go and bring in a load and go through it and repeat as necessary. We had a really good box I was using to transport things and hubby elected to take it to a neighbor so now we are boxless.
I will say though, as I was putting some things away, I found a piece of tupperware that I forgot I had that is perfect to use to store 2.5 inch squares of fabric! Can't remember when I've been so excited about tupperware. We used this container while stationed in England in the 70's. It was the perfect size to house a slab of English butter, doesn't get any better than that! English butter that is.
She has a small bathroom sink, single size, that is so packed full of stuff, it falls out when you open the door. So I went into our own bathroom to inspect our sink cabinet and found some containers I can use for fabric! Wow, who knew I had this stuff? So I guess there are positives. Later.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Well, I thought we were going to get a divorce yesterday, arguing in front of the sales help at Lowes, trying to find hooks to hang a pole. I already have it in my mind how we are going to move her and set up her furniture. After all, I'm an interior designer and I do this same thing for my clients and make money doing it. So I told my husband last night, leave the decorating up to me. I will hang all of her pictures and place all the furniture and orchestrate the move, just like I do for my deliveries.
I figure it will cost about $2000 just to move her from a small apartment to our house, what with all the preparations and details. Now, I'm thinking I need to put window treatments on the 3 french doors in the family room. We rarely sit in there at night and we have a protected court yard so for us, it isn't necessary. But this is where MIL will have her TV and recliner and I feel that when we have to go out at night, she will feel insecure with all that glass uncovered.
My husband goes out every Thursday for Barbershop practice and I go out on the second Thursday for quilt guild so I think I need to order some shades by then. Maybe she will feel more at home by then. I'll have to cage the dogs so she doesn't trip over them.
Hubby brought home a closet full of coats that are now hanging in our shed. We won't throw anything out unless she decides to get rid of it. We live in Florida of course and she has 2 raincoats, at least 3 overcoats, some wool jackets, sweaters, etc. Now, the time for us to wear a coat around here is pretty slim. It has to get real cold and that doesn't happen often. I have my own set of 3 coats in the closet that don't get worn much. Sigh, I've already been through that closet but I guess I can part with at least one of them. I have a cape that I made with wool I purchased in Scotland and wore when I was pregant with my second child. That cape got me through the English winters in 1977/78 so I can't throw that out. I can still wear it and do sometimes. And my husband has an equal # of coats as well. They are nice to have when it does get cold but 3 or 4 apiece, well. And its a small closet. Oh, well, tomorrow will come too.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I decided to blog about our effort to move my mother-in-law in to live with us. So I took a box over today to try to unload some of her drawers. She wanted to make sure I brought all of her cards and cribbage boards with her. She only has about 25 decks of cards. What does a 93 year old woman do with 25 decks of cards. And of course I can't throw anything away so we are bringing her to the house for dinner tonight so we can empty the box and find a place for everything.
Honestly, I know she thinks I am going to throw things out that she wants to keep and a lot of it ought to get thrown out or try to sell it. But we will go through the box, one thing at a time and find a place or she will decide she doesn't need 25 decks of cards and will get rid of most of them. At least I hope. We have to clean out our own stuff before we can fit hers in. So that's what I'll be doing for the next 3 weeks.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Haven't felt like blogging lately. So much going on, just want to take a nap and forget about it. Hubby and I have been nursing chest coughs for 2 weeks and finally broke down yesterday and went to the doctor. I got 3 scrips and he got 2. I already feel better after taking two antibiotics. I guess it wasn't going away on its own. Today I just want to veg out. I haven't even felt like quilting. Maybe today I will just take the rest of the week off and then reboot on Monday. The weather is absolutely fabulous here in Northwest Florida. Great football weather! Enjoy the weekend.
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