Library reading nookSo here we are, calling auctioneers to review the antiques. It took 3 tries to find someone to take them on consignment which tells you the value of our antiques...not much. We called Habitat for Humanity but they were on overload from other folks giving them things. We boxed clothes for various churches and thrift stores and gave almost new furniture to friends. And then there were the old things nobody wanted, the 20 year old couches and upholstered chairs beaten down by kids and shredded by the cat. They really weren't even good enough for my younger sons' college friends badly in need of furniture.
Ahhh, the dump, our refuge and saviour. Hated taking anything there but it was the place of last resort. The dump store took our small appliances and the dump took twenty years of income tax ppwk and memorabilia. They took our books as well. Second hand book stores want books with covers or they say they won't sell. The school library was filled to overflowing. I mean, what does it say when nobody even wants a full set of encyclopedia?
Living Room with furniture & books to go!
The gleaming kitchenAnd the move itself? Back breaking work for my husband and younger son. They worked long hours. It took three solid weeks. We were still packing two days before closing but we got it done. The morning we closed, my husband and I drove to the house to gaze one last time at the home we created. It had been thoroughly cleaned, carpets shampooed, kitchen sparkling and the sun shone through the floor-to-ceiling windows in our living room. We held one another and thanked God for the happiness we shared in this incredible place with our children and pets and friends.
View from the Living Room
And off we went, down the hill, away from our old life, headed for the new one.
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