Friday, June 15, 2012
The Oregon Gardens trip was fabulous. I WILL post photos. However, my partner and I and several friends have been diligently working like crazy this week setting up an estate sale for a dear friend who passed away a year and a half ago. Her partner recently got a position in a different state. She had to move really fast. Like, two weeks to a whole new place, life, etc. Everything had to be moved out of the house. It's going on the market soon. We sorted, boxed, put stuff in storage, got the really "good" stuff moved to high end places to lovingly find their way to good homes. We kept lots of stuff out of the landfill by getting things to their proper homes. Now, there's this fantastic estate sale at our house on Saturday. We are still unboxing, sorting, pricing, and getting ready. The big push is tomorrow. Show time on Saturday. Then...rest.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
My partner and I and a few friends are going to make the trek tomorrow to visit the Oregon Gardens which comprises 20 distinct gardens and also has The Gordan House on site. Tomorrow, June 8th, is Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday. The Gordan House is the only Wright designed home in Oregon. Before this home was saved, moved, and restored to it's former glory, there were actually people who were going to have it razed. I'm glad there are visionaries who "get" what genius, beauty, and genuine originality are all about. The Gordan House endures and we get to take a tour of it on Wright's birthday!! How cool is that? I'm so excited.
Here are a few photos (from the Oregon Gardens web site) that show four of their 20 gardens.
The Green Roof Garden
Lewis and Clark Garden
and, 16 more gardens to tour and enjoy.
Saturday, June 02, 2012
This past week my partner and I and other friends were all helping a woman pack up her worldly goods to travel to another state for a new job and a new beginning. Her partner died a few years ago and they had years of accumulated goods, knick knacks, little treasures, buckets/baskets/containers of shells, rocks, and agates, beautiful clothes, lots of sterling silver, and...terra cotta pots. Lots and lots of terra cotta pots. Leslie did so love to garden. We are going to have a "garage sale" of the goods and then pass on the proceeds.
I must say that this experience has reinforced in me that I want to focus on clearing out my own accumulated stuff. I want to start paring away all the non-essentials and get to the place where only useful, meaningful, and/or pleasurble things, activities, experiences, and people remain. I want to continue on this journey with a lighter, more purposeful step. Minimize to maximize.
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