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June 17, 2022


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I have not been keeping up with your posts. I also found my spam folder and a bunch of unpublished comments which have all now been published.

I'm sure you can hardly wait until your daughter and her family are near. It will be wonderful for all of you.

John's way braver than I would be. You wouldn't catch me on a roof. I'm terrified of heights, or maybe it's falling I'm afraid of:)

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

John needs to sell them on eBay or to replacements.com So, you are going to put the mower together? Hope it's easy. Linda in 104 degree Kansas.


Laughing at the stacks of holiday plates. I guess it doesn't occur to him that there's a reason so many Christmas dishes end up in yard sales. Who wants something you can only use once a year?

Ally Bean

I feel you about large heavy boxes delivered to the front stoop. I'm good with box cutters though. I'd be like you with John and his stuff. Less is more, I tell myself-- and I definitely don't want anyone else's stuff. Doesn't this guy know about Goodwill?

Donna W

I have some Avon Christmas plates in a box in the garage I need to get rid of. I may just haul them to a thrift store and let them worry about them. I loved them when I was younger, but they are too much trouble to mess with now.

Cats are so funny, aren't they? My Blue is always doing something that makes me laugh.

Arkansas Patti

Envy your fireplace in June:) Yikes we face an oven when we open the doors. Looking at actual hundreds next week. My dog only goes outside briefly and pants the whole time she slow walks.
That lawnmower looks brutal to move. Good idea to do it in pieces like you did.


You did amazingly well dealing with the large box. If there is a will, there is a way! I've always felt, you never know how much stuff you have until you have to pack it all and then unpack. That's a lot of boxes! Z seems to enjoy being up high looking over the boxes. Funny boy. New beginnings are major changes and the pain of letting go of the past is never easy. When I go to estate sales/auctions, I only come home with the item I want. How does John end up with all those dishes? He's definitely a collector. Very soon your daughter and her family will be close. Time to celebrate!


The photo of the Christmas plates made me laugh. Don and I are packing up our rooms upstairs from the junk in furniture and on floors in preparation of getting new carpet. We have created a huge mess in our bonus room with a goal of packing up two or three boxes a day. Also lots of garbage. We must cull this stuff down.


I once had a 400 pound cast iron piece of equipment delivered to the end of my driveway. Evidently I was supposed to have a fork lift to unload it. We ended up sliding it off the side of a semi right on the road in front of my driveway. I spent the next several hours with crowbars and a dolly, opening up the crate and hauling the pieces up into my garage. I couldn’t exit my driveway until I finished!


We're having "Junuary" this evening, after have June-ly yesterday! Such crazy temperature swings. It's always hard to say goodbye to a place where happy memories were made, but there will be more memories in the new one. As for holiday plates, I'm not a fan, but some people are very into them and I suspect they have value, so maybe John can sell them?

Tonya Watkins

Yep, JUNuary. After we had MAYvember. Preceded by AprilPineappleExpress. ARGH!

That is sobering to see all those packed boxes. I have a couple of those digital photo frames (loaded up with TONS of pictures) and whenever one shows up of the camping trailer we used as a cabin here for ten years, I feel a giant sob wanting to break out. Oh, our house is wonderful, but we truly did have so many wonderful memories in that trailer. It was always such a joy to arrive for the weekend (or a vacation) with the cats and wiener dogs. It's a closed chapter in every way.

Joanne Noragon

That's a lotta lawn mower!
Strange, I never thought of them as having to pack to move, like the rest of we mortals. More power to them, literally.

Jenni Elyse

Wow! That's a big mower in lots of pieces. I definitely wasn't expecting that, lol. I love seeing your cat in front of the fireplace. She's so happy, you can tell.


Well, you solved a problem and avoided another (dishes).


I think that photo of all those boxes triggered some form of PTSD in me. I swear I am going to die in this house if at all possible. I have moved enough. I hope the kids have a good trip.


I think I missed something about "crazy cousin." Digging through older posts to try to find it again. Glad the kids made it safely!

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