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DH Railroad is dismantled and packed away.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I feel so very bad about taking the layout down.
A couple of years ago now we had lots of rain and the basement was constantly wet. We had a contractor come to give us advice. They decided we needed to remove the cellar floor and the finished walls. DH and I did do that we actually cut out part of the false floor we put in years ago and we took a panel out of the wall. Beneath the floor the wood was dry with no evidence of water damage. The walls had no weeping cracks.
We decided we needed to take down the railroad layout to check if it was coming in to the floor from elsewhere. It was not. We decided the water table gets so high it comes through the garage drain, that is also covered with a false floor.
Now we have taken the rest down and packed it all away. I have left one are still attached to the wall. That makes an area where I can put my sewing machines so we can now add a bedroom in the basement.
I have a huge cutting table in there and we discovered the table base will not go through the door. We have just put it up against one wall so we can put things on it and in it. We cannot rip much more apart.

Now we have to start on the toy closet. I am going to sweep the garage floor and bring all of the toys in to the garage. That way our sons can decide if we keep or get rid of their belongings.
There will be little time to get to the stuff so I will make it very available.
Over the years we have collected thousands of pieces of LEGO. These days they are in a very large box and trunk. Our grand's have played with them whenever they have been here but now it is time to let it go. My mother brought Lego from England for the boys long before it was here.
We have instructions for all kinds of houses garages boats and trains.
I am thinking I will donate it to a school or library if they want it. Otherwise I will advertise to let it go.

Today I have spent hours going through my Fabric stash. A friend has asked me to teach her to sew. I will keep some of the fabrics to teach with.

I will be doing that after the family visits. I think it will help me when they all leave again.

Still a lot of work is going on. Looking through boxes and taking boxes out to the garage and putting it on tables.
Tonight we had a heavy rain and thunder it was really long and the TV was interrupted for flash flood warnings. Hopefully it will move our for a while so we can get to mowing the grass.

I can see I have little tomatoes but I am not walking out there right now it is so wet and deep.

Off to bed Hugs Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
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    We have tubs of legos too, son wants to save them for his future family he hopes to the meantime we need to go through our garage one of these days soon.
    1696 days ago
  • TERRI289
    1696 days ago
    Sounds like you are getting lots accomplished. You must be exhausted! I'm making a short to do list for my summer break. Between computer classes, eye surgery and trip home for the reunion I won't have much time at all. It will go by quickly.

    No rain here, just lots of heat and humidity. The dry heat I can take, it's the humidity that bugs me. I've had all my fans going for the last few days, I hate to see what my electric bill will be this month.

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    Sounds like you are making great progress on getting things organized and ready for your family when they visit. My tomatoes are just about done. I picked plenty over the last month or so but as the temperatures rise the plants wilt. I think in about 2 weeks they will be totally done.

    Have a great week.

    1697 days ago
    Brings back all the memories of purging and cleaning! Some times I look at a house and think about all the "stuff" they must have. It's good to be doing it now while you can.
    1697 days ago
    Wow, you sure are doing a lot of work on the house. It's exciting to think the family will be there soon. Way to go Pat! hugs.
    1697 days ago
    Pat, sounds like a lot of work is going on at your place. I just finished my closet. Swapped my winter clothes for summer clothes plus straightened out the floor area. Makes one feel good. HUGS, Terry
    1697 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    A few miles from here, they got FIVE INCHES OF RAIN IN ONE HOUR!! My dehumidifier goes 24/7, we empty it twice a day.
    We have huge amounts of legos too. DD was into the pirate sets,, we love them!!
    She is 31. they are extremely expensive to replace.. i was at Downtown Disney and you could spend your whole lifetime savings in one transaction!!
    1697 days ago
    You are very good going through sorting
    everything. It will be good to know whether
    they will want to keep their stuff. As you say,
    what they don't want can be donated or whatever.
    That way you will have a lot more room. My son
    always had Lego and I have donated it to the school
    where I work as he did not want to keep it. It is
    really good for the childrens' gross motor skills.
    Have a great July and don't work too hard.

    1698 days ago
    You sure are doing a lot of cleaning and moving. I also feel sorry about your DH's trains. I still have my husband's all packed up and not sure what to do with everything.

    We broke records for the amount of rain in June. Believe me, it shows. Just walking out to fill all the bird feeders is terrible. You actually sink in the grass.

    Hope the weather has improved by the time your family arrives. Have a great day and wishing you some sunshine.

    hugs...Mary Anne
    1698 days ago
    I need to do a lot of cleaning out and getting rid of stuff. My oldest sister just went into a nursing home and her children are getting rid of her stuff. I don't want mine to do that with all my treasures, so I better do it myself.
    1698 days ago
    When I learned that you had 8 sewing machines, I wondered if you couldn't have sewing classes to groups? I think sewing skills are almost a lost art, and you could set your own kind of makes me think of the fiction books centered around knitting groups that I so enjoy reading....

    You are definitely making progress; mine is only being made in my head as I walk!
    1698 days ago
    Legos were my favorite toys that my son had. We still have his and plan on keeping them. They are fun even for adults.

    We are doing the same thing. Looking through our things for stuff to give away to my son. Downsizing. We will have less to take care of and the cabinets will be clean.
    1698 days ago
    Oh my gosh. That was my DS's toy of choice, LEGGOS. He could simply get lost building things1

    Sounds like you had a very productive day.

    HGUS and smiles, Pat.
    1698 days ago
    Kids love LEGOs!! It's one toy my grandkids don't tire of. You are making amazing progress. I know this must be hard emotionally as well as physically. I hear you repeating "I must let go"; "it's time to let go". You are a strong woman. This is a bittersweet time. Hugs!
    1698 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    I have Big Totes Full on Legos that I brought when I had My Childcare Business in Salem. Also have Barbie Dolls and Clothes Etc. They would be great to pass down to your Great Grandkids Etc too. You are really tearing the house apart, tossing and getting rid of a lot of things that You can't use anymore. After it is all said and done Your House and Garage will be Well Organize, Roomy and Nice. You and DH are doing Excellent with all of this. Just make sure You take Care of Yourselves and Don't Get Sick. Try to get plenty of Rest and Sleep. If You do sell the Legos how much would You want for Them? Hope the Weather Improve in Maine For You Too. We are having a Severe Heat Wave Problem out West. God Blessings to You, DH and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1698 days ago
    I have a huge tub of Legos. The first ones we got were from Belgium, but as soon as they got here we started buying sets. I've saved many of the booklets but not all. We have a small stash of Duplos too for the younger set.
    It's great when the grandchildren come, if it's rainy or too hot outside. It's also great when others with children come-as long as there is pick-up before everyone leaves. Life saver! that's what that huge case of Legos is. Creative entertainment for adults and children.
    Good job on the clearing out Pat. Day Cares might be an option for some of the games and toys.
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    1698 days ago
    We still have some lego here too. It has been well used.
    1698 days ago
    I see you're still cleaning & purging! Lots of hard work! I remember having done just that...& it was very satisfying to get rid of stuff that'd been sitting around for so long.

    I hope you & DH are well, Pat! Get some rest, hon!
    1698 days ago
    My boys loved LEGO, it was used very well. our Grandchildren love it as well. Many hours they would work; setting up for a relay reaction, and had many contests over the most Lego pieces in their settings. Lots of laughter and high praise for the designs and how well the relay worked.

    A lot of work for you now; other little hands will have a lot of joy with those many pieces of colourful plastic.

    It sure seems a puzzlement about how the water has been getting in. I hope you find an answer that can be fixed easily.

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