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Sunday, November 18, 2012

I do not know how we acquire so many "things". We went to dad's house yesterday to try to get a timer to work,,no go.. I started just picking things out of drawers, off counter tops,etc.. filled a whole trash bag in ten minutes.. I am not exaggerating when i say that mom has at least 100 bottles of hand cream/body lotion! I trashed about forty just in a quick few grabs,, they have been sitting in the house for about ten years. IF they did not get all watery, I would have taken them to the home where she lives.
I also set out three big trays of D-con and they were all empty!! We have a myriad of baited traps, about five ultrasounds plugged in the outlets.. These are field mice that come in from the cold; There is a huge field that has been harvested across the road from his house, so in they come!

There is no food in the home except a jar of peanut butter for baiting. We have to store it in the fridge so they will not gnaw the plastic jar open. I am earmarking things to put in the garage sale, I reach up on a closet shelf near the back door, find a leather case:OH NO! Another gun!
I took all of dad's long guns out, all of the visible pistols out too, a couple years ago when mom was moved out. I thought I had all of them, but this Smith and Wesson somehow escaped my view. I know he bought it to have it re-blued and fixed up, but now I need to contact our dear friend, who is the sheriff here, and ask him if he wants to buy it,, Dad groomed him to be sheriff and helped get him elected back when, he is always helpful with Dad's belongings.
These people threw NOTHING AWAY!! I counted sixty vacuum cleaner bags, none of the vacs even work,,,,
A half closet full of club jackets, dad's sheriff shirts, gloves, pants, his Kevlar, ammo, handcuffs,holsters, mace, billy clubs, searchlights, super heavy duty flashlights, sheriff ponchos, hats...etc..
I just do not have room for even more guns in my home.. The clothes all have his name on the front of them, some of the things I can give back to John, the sheriff, but for the most part, I see Halloween costumes..
Five pair of boots, seven umbrellas, enough plastic shopping bags to cover planet earth..
coolers(they never camped), a BBQ grill (never used), 22 hubcaps(none matching), estimate of probably 100 bar signs, clocks. The original Budweiser light for over a pool table. etc,,

Four dressers full of old greeting cards that mom never threw away, about 250 stuffed animals from crane machines that mom won at bingo's, junk, junk, etc,, mom has two huge closets full of just her clothes.. not one dress or skirt, but they are full closets... five safes,,,
we have our work cut out for us..
we just randomly grab things every
time we go in the house and fill up some bags for trash. It never looks like we put a dent in it though.
If I did not work full time, I would just stay there and start in on each room.. soon enough...

Talk about cardio!!!!!

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    Wow that was an interesting Blog Linda. It looks like your Dad had an interesting career. Did you always live in Michigan and was your Dad always a Sheriff, it must have been an interesting lifestyle for you too.
    Hopefully you will be able to sell some of the possessions. Will you be seeing Mom on Thanksgiving Day. Dh is just getting up, he has a fever today so I have not been anywhere. I had wanted to go to Kohls and to go to Plattsburgh but it is not happening. No emoticon emoticon emoticon w I must make a much smaller menu than I had planned. HUGS Pat in Maine. I will catch up later.
    2010 days ago
    Wow! You have actually have more stuff to get rid of than I do. Keep pecking away at it. Every litter bit helps.
    2010 days ago
    2011 days ago
    Good for you for doing such a difficult job! emoticon
    Much luck to you in your continued efforts!
    2011 days ago
    Sounds like you need to contact Craig's List!
    2011 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Whoa, you are living a reality TV show. Some of what you found has value; much is downright scary. Guns scare me, but that's the eastern liberal in me I know. Good luck with the challenges, and be careful what you touch, breathe, etc. Maybe gloves and a mask, until facts prove them unnecessary?
    2011 days ago
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