Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sifting through time


It's getting very close to the time when this home will no longer be our home. As I pack I find myself sifting through twenty five years of our lives together. Like this bowl. I remember so well the day we brought it home to our very first home together. It's an old Fiesta serving bowl with a tiny chip in the rim. The little chip in the rim is what made it affordable. We were students at the time and scarcely had enough to feed two young children, let alone splurge on something like vintage Fiesta. I love that bowl. It has been so many places with us.


Days seem to slide into each other as the house fills with boxes. Grandma's china took an entire afternoon. Not so much because there is a lot of it. Each piece needed to be packed with care. I feel extravagent using so much paper to wrap it. But I don't want to lose one precious piece. I try to visualize it in our new home. The picture isn't very clear. There is so much to do.

The studio sits untouched. I just can not bring myself to go in to pack it all away. But Friday week, it will all be loaded onto a truck.



There are moments of humour. I find Peter crawling into a very tall box to arrange the padding in the bottom just so. The tall box is a temporary home to 2 pieces of sculpture that came back with us from Australia. The living room feels empty now. For many years, those pieces of sculpture, a Cambodian spirit house and a Thai dragon have been there to greet me each moning.

I don't remember feeling so nostalgic with any other move we've made. And there have been so so many of them.

The dogs have retreated to a corner. They are not happy, things are not where they should be. They are stuck in a rut and do not like change.  Part of me is not ready for this change either. But I know that once we get going, once we are on the road, I'll be excited. There are so many things to look forward to especially being much closer to our grand daughter. But right now I am so very very tired.

So good bye for now my friends. I'll catch up with you when we reach North Carolina in a couple of weeks.

16 comments:

SueBeads said...

Good luck and happy travels!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Have a safe trip and a stress-free move. See you soon!

windrock studio said...

Hey LeAnn, it's funny how each move is different but they are all mostly draining, at least til the final surge of excitement sets in ... being closer to a grand girl will be a truly wonderful thing for your family.
Travel safe and smart, rest when you can. I look forward to seeing and hearing of your new home.
All the best,
Susan

Greer said...

I soooo feel your pain, but once you are underway the gloom will lift and it will start to be an adventure. At least your 'life' will be unpacked straight away not stacked in a shed for 8 months like us :(
Looking forward to seeing your new house turned into your new home.
xx

mairedodd said...

best luck - i understand the feeling of being so tired... you are almost there! and you are right, once in the truck, the excitement will kick in... to say nothing of the smiles that will greet you in your new state...

Judy said...

Safe travels my friend...the excitement will come when you hit the road to a new chapter in your lives.

stregata said...

I remember that - the stack of boxes and in the end, I wondered who I was and if I existed - my life was packed into boxes...
Wishing you the very best - the best part of moving is still ahead - unpacking, creating a new home...

Courtney said...

Safe travels and good luck!

Janet said...

Ah I would be feeling the same. Hang in there..it will be so wonderful being close to your daughter! North Carolina is such a Beautiful place. So many places to go and see and the rich green countrysides. I lived many years right below Charlotte, but in SC and then Virginia. They have so much to offer these areas. I sure wouldnt mind getting out of Houston back to my Home grounds! A great Adventure ahead for you!

kelleysbeads said...

Safe travels and all of the things that go along with moving. I think it would be hard to not be nostalgic after living in this home for so many years. But your new one is waiting to be filled with your breath and possessions. I don't think it will take long before it feels like home to you. I hope :)

Carol B said...

Have a wonderful trip and have tons of fun setting up the new home! I envy you being in such a beautiful part of the country. I grew up in Atlanta and miss being so close to both the mountains and the ocean.

Happy trails to you...

barbarasfernald.com said...

Safe travels and smooth moving in and getting settled. It will be wonderful once you get there. Get some rest whenever you can. You'll accomplish this move a day at a time!
All the best to you.
Barb Fernald

maryharding said...

Have a good trip LeAnn. I think it is great that you are taking the time to pack and say goodbye to some wonderful memories. You will love your new home and have many exciting new experiences. And you will be ready for them when you get there. Safe trip!!

fishyfacedesigns said...

I wish you a smooth move and I am sure the driving force has a lot to do with your granddaughter... I so understand how the dogs are feeling... change even when you look forward to it isn't easy...North Carolina is such a beautiful place.. I am sure it will feel like home in no time..
Take care,

The Joy of Nesting said...

Take Heart Lit'l Sister!

One foot in front of the other, one step at a time. You know you can do this you have been down this road before. You have been and will remain in my thoughts, and I send you all the strentgh and love one art sister has for another!!!

LeAnn, you and Peter please travel well, stay safe,live and enjoy every minute of your new life!!

Will post this while the internet gods are feeling generous!! :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

My Life Under the Bus said...

I feel for you! Our last house was so tiny we used to drive each other crazy and I thought I'd be happy to be rid of it. Funny thing is I have never felt at home in this curent house and miss my little house all the time -go figure. Have a safe trip!