Seventeen Days and Counting

In just about a week I will be flying to New York to spend some wonderful quality time with family and feast on the delicious food prepared by Darrin and Maria. I am looking forward to seeing my wonderful grandchildren and getting their wonderful hugs and kisses  These hugs warm my whole being while filling the void created by missing them.  I then realize that these are just some of the things in life that mean so much to me.  Even Sam the dog and Bonkers the cat remember me and I get some kisses from them too!

And so as I prepare for a new start early next month, I look back at all that I have accomplished and I feel pretty comfortable about  patting myself on the back.  I do recall being apprehensive about doing this or that but my personality always kicks in and tells me to try it.  If all else fails, at least you tried!  So far the failures have been few.  And, through these situations, I have gleaned so much wisdom that I have applied to my next course of action. If anything at all it has made me a stronger confident woman.  Just this past weekend I sold my car and turned in the plates and although it is strange not seeing it in my driveway, I am not sad about it.  Actually, I jest about being like Miss Daisy and how fun that would be, but driving Ms Millie will have to wait until I hit the big lottery.

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Let It Go

Those three words sound so powerful yet for me when it comes to getting rid of photos from years ago and clothes that are out of style,  I find it extremely difficult to “let it go.”  And so as I pack and label the cartons I now have some large plastic bags with the names of charities on it.  One for instance is St Joseph’s Hospital for children that will take clothes and accessories plus shoes and handbags.  This bag I can fill easily with shoes that are almost brand new and handbags I just don’t use any more. Besides anything that will help a child,  especially a sick one surely works for me.  The Salvation Army and  Goodwill stores are also favorites that I like to give to. Realistically this will probably be my last move and so I am thinking along the lines of keeping the minimum and filling my life with fun things to do and learn.

Besides the fact that it will be so wonderful and exciting to meet new acquaintances and to hear all about their hometowns, heritage and customs.

Well, that’s it for now!

I will be back soon……….Enjoy your weekend!

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Trying to Easily downsize

My cute villa went on the website on Friday and by Monday morning I had 3 interested folks booking their times with their agent.  On Tuesday, I quickly used the swifter to freshen up the tile floors for the next three buyers.  On Wednesday the last person came, and I thought for sure he might be the one just because he kept complimenting on its appearance and its ample closet space and storage.  But this time my intuition was off and the quietest of buyers had put in an offer for my asking price and the date I requested to go to closing.

Need I tell you how surprised and happy this has made me!  The inspector will be here on Wednesday followed by an appraisal sometime in November that will seal the deal.  Hopefully, there will be no issues and it will pass with an A-O.K.

Luck is on my side and the inspection of the villa has passed.  Now it is a wait for the appraisal  and if all the figures jive I can move the first week in December.  My good friends Victoria and Kashi have been my sellers on Craig s List and local exchanges and on Saturday set up tables in their community garage sale.   I really don’t know how I would manage all of this without their help.  Truly I am so grateful for their friendship.

Now my villa is no longer neat with each room filled with boxes-bags.  I don’t really think it will all fit in my 1 bedroom apartment.  I do have access to a storage area but I am thinking ” I still have too much stuff that I probably will not use and will have to give it up and put sentimentality on the back burner.”  This is not an easy think to do but I have no choice.

Making Room

My closets are starting to look empty ( but my utility room is an eyesore) with boxes and bags labeled for garage sale-donate and give to my son Joe.  My goodness,  I never realized how much stuff I have and although it is in great condition I no longer have use for it.  My big cooking days for the holiday dinners are a thing of the past and sadly, I need to part with my baster for that wonderful Thanksgiving turkey along with the glass baking dish to hold my delicious (heard it on the grapevine) stuffed shells or lasagna.  Cork screws for the bottles of wine I no longer buy or use and baking pans of all shapes and sizes.  I can’t even give those away as most of my friends are way younger than I and they don’t bake or even have the time to do so.  So far I have a buyer for my computer and monitor,  but I need a buyer for my computer table that is a dream to care for.  And so I might be buying a laptop that will fit just about anywhere.  Alas, the postal service is making big bucks on me mailing my son priority boxes of photos, knickknacks,  holiday trinkets and stuffed Santa Claus’s up North that I think my grandchildren will love.

I think my biggest challenge thus far is trying to sell my solid oak furniture that is 28  years old and in great condition.  The latest news is that no one uses armoires any more.  They are a thing of the past and being I am from the old school, I don’t know where they store their clothes or linens.   I might just have to give it away to a needy person, perhaps someone who has lost everything in a fire or flood.   It would help them while giving me that “feel good” feeling for helping another human being in need.

Well that’s it for now……..

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Hard Choices

I am at the stage of going through my closets and seeing (really seeing) clothes and shoes and purses and belts thick and thin and some I haven’t seen in years.   Fortunately, I am still the same size but my goodness the fashion isn’t the same and I am too mature in years to wear some of my favorites that would make me look tacky.   I don’t want to dress like a younger person having an older face and hear the snickers and embarrass my self  And so I have been making me 3 piles that consists of donating-giving to a consignment shop- and finding someone in my size and give them my treasures.   Same with my boxes of cd’s  that are no longer of value and too cumbersome to take with me.  I was actually planning on keeping a few favorites like Elton John in a boxed set I received as a present from my son Darrin way back in 1990.  Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey along with Tony Bennett and Sarah Brightman and my Forever 50’s do-wop will also end up being keepers……Thinking I might treat myself to a smaller unit like a Bose that will give me music and the option of playing my favorite cd.   It is so difficult parting with the things we love but smaller spaces say I must.  Furniture that I have had for almost twenty five years and in great shape also has to be sold and you don’t recoup much as everyone wants to sell furniture and are not willing to pay top dollar for solid wood when purchasing replacements.

Most of my family lives out of state so giving it to them is not an option and the cost is prohibitive as far as shipping goes.   I may take half of my bedroom set and sell/donate my armoire and the same with my sofa.  But my wonderful recliner and reading lamp comes with me as well as another chair and ottoman.  My wall hangings also will follow me as I can’t bear to part with them and perhaps I can just rotate them every few months for a new look.  I have storage space too but not that big to start collecting stuff all over again.  After all there will come a time when someone might have to decide what to do with my so called treasures and so the less I have the easier it will be.  (I think).

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