Monday, May 8, 2017

Basket case...

Time to take up basket making again, or just declare that I'm a basket case...


Dad left so much behind to sort through, his favorite hats are still on the hall tree by the back door.  I haven't the heart to get rid of them, yet.


Been doing repairs around the place, which means a hammer, a tube of caulking, and a touch up paint brush are with me at all times.  There is also a length of weed wacker string, pruners, fencing pliers, and garden gloves dangling out of other pockets. I need to get one of those cool folding wagons to pack all this stuff around.  Cousin Jess had one at the range, and that thing was great for hauling ammo cans, range bags, etc to the stations.  The crimson trace came in for the little Sig. Very cool.  I wasn't going to get one, (not a budget item) but then they put a $50 rebate on it, and the local gunny gave me a deep discount, and I weakened.
Gave Cousin Jess my cowboy hat from Wall Drug in S Dakota, since he has really been saving my butt with the guns and ammo dollars.  I finally got the hat I originally wanted (budgeted for).  



  Now I have some settling cracks to take care of...



and then painting, and then, and then more legal stuff, and then...  my budget is shot to hell, and I haven't gotten my dress for Ali's wedding.  Time to get out the sewing machine.

25 comments:

  1. We have had to do that twice and it's really tough to figure out what to do with someone else's valued things. Good luck with it.

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    1. Rain Trueax,
      This is my third go at this, you'd think I would have the hang of it by now, no...
      My brother has most of the things he wanted, Ol Ugly, the welder, pictures, big hall tree, etc. There is an entire house and shop of stuff to find homes for.

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    2. What bothers me now is our home and all the 'stuff'. Some of it came down through the family, like crocheted doilies. Who does those today and yet what do I do with them???

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    3. Rain Trueax,
      Wish I had a good answer for you, but I don't. I have donated a lot of stuff to our local thrift store, because they support the local family counseling center, a very worthy cause in this area. Still there are a lot of things that I or brother don't need. I might just have a big garage sale to help pay off Dad's medical bills.
      As for the doilies, could you pick a few that have special significance to the family and frame them, with a note on the back of the provenance.

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  2. I would imagine there are some guy relatives that like Dad's hats. I saw a video on how to fix those cracks just yesterday. Would you like me to look for it?

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Most of the guys relatives have bigger heads than Dad, so that is not working.
      I have been looking at videos about drywall crack repair. If ever I get to feeling like I can't do this, all I have to do is watch some of those... lol

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  3. And here I was wondering how you'd keep busy.

    The baskets are cool!

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    1. LL,
      Slow dancing here, one step forward, two steps back. slow twirl.

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  4. The going through the things is a real chore. I am still going through doing the inventory on it all. I am so worn out because my Mom was a hoarder. I could write a book though on how to evade probate. LOL(-: It is really quite easy, just don't inventory.(-: Of course that would be cheating but seriously...(-:

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    1. CiNdEe,
      Dang,that has to be a toughie. Mother wasn't a hoarder, but still there is so much to go through.
      I hear you on probate, it is not a friendly process.

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  5. Maybe the hats ought to stay on the hall tree for awhile. I understand this experience and it is not easy. Not at all. I still have my dad's Stetson and his Harley jean jacket. I just can't give it away.
    You are a very special person, Brig.

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    1. Cheri Block,
      You are right about the hats, they are staying. I have my most cherished things of Dad's (he gave them to me last year) his wings and bars.
      I never know how to respond to remarks like "You are a very special person, Brig" (not that I hear it that often,lol), so will just say Thank You.

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  6. Hang in there Brig. Take it one day at a time...

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    1. Old NFO,
      Will do sir.
      Hope you are on the mend, and that is one adorable little grandbaby you have.

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  7. I still have my mom's best needlepoint yarns, and an assortment of books and supplies. I gave away about 27 tubs of yarn, half-done sweaters, canvas, and so on, but there came a point where I looked at what was left and said, "Ummmm... not yet." It's been seven years now, and it still isn't time. Maybe it never will be, and that will be ok, too.

    What needs to be kept will reveal itself over time. You may be surprised, as I was, at what's special, and what can be let go.

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    1. shoreacres,
      I'm sure you are right, but I have the few small things of Dad's that I treasure. Mother gave away most of her valuable special items to her friends a few years ago, (her diamonds, etc.) which was fine by me. It was hers to give.

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  8. Now THAT is a cool lady's hat! I want to get something similar for my wife up here in Canada but they just aren't seen around here...
    And... Keep yer chin up😉

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    1. Glen Filthie,
      Glad you like the hat, it's an Atwood Nevada Palm Leaf hat with a 4" brim. They have them on line at https://north40.com/atwood-nevada-palm-leaf-cowboy-hat among other places. I think north40 outfitters is closest to Canada.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog, and commenting.

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  9. You now how to sew up a dress? Is there anything you can't do, oh versatile one?

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    1. SCOTTtheBADGER,
      I do know how to sew, but there are a whole lot of things I don't know how to do.
      Or as my yoga instructor says, "You are a little bit of a MacGyver, and a lot of MacMischief."

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  10. Just found your blog, reviewed a bit and want to wish you well after loss of your Dad. Understand the sorting dilemma as went through it with my Mom's things, then years later my husband's. Our daughter and granddtr came from east coast and were with me to assist going through their Dad's things -- our son came from the midwest and had helped earlier. Might have been more challenging on my own but I would have managed and you sound like the kind of person who will, too. I do have some of my Mom's and my MIL's handmade items as Rain described and have pondered what to do with them. Your suggestion about framing them is a good idea. Have some much larger items, unique hooked rugs, quilts, other items, giving me pause to think I should downsize much of my accumulation. I have said that was one of the kindest things I could do for my children -- which your experience reminds me -- is that I should get busy doing more, faster since I'm no spring chicken.

    Flying was special for my husband and I -- our first date he took me flying at night over the large midwest city where we lived. We continued to fly some for a few years until the children were born. He hadn't been in the military due to medical reasons during WWII years but probably would have wanted to be a pilot. Coincidentally, when he unexpectedly died some years ago, but had ill health, there was an air show at a nearby local airport. Unexpectedly, later I heard the sound of planes low over the house -- rushed to the door to see those jets in formation, much like the missing man, or the photo on your blog, which was very emotionally moving to me. In all the years we've lived here and since, with all the air shows they've had, this had never happened before or has since. We had my husband's ashes distributed from the air (as recorded "High Flight" was read) over a legally designated Sedona, AZ area in Red Rock country which had special significance to us. I do hope you have comfort celebrating your father's life as you experience the memories you'll experience visiting the cabin you mentioned. I do wish you the best as you take each day as it comes.

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    1. joared,
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. There is so much sorting through to do yet, some of which I had started on before Dad passed away. I didn't want to do more at that time, because I wanted to Dad to feel like it was still his home, as it was.
      Interesting flying story, it sure sounds like your guy made an honor flight over your house. And what a beautiful place to scatter his ashes. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Hang in there, Brig. All you can do is take it one day at a time.

    Your basket made me think of a good friend of mine that does rope art. She makes all kinds of baskets, lamps, vases ect out of rope. It's really neat.

    I'd have a hard time getting rid of Dad's favorite hats too.

    Good Luck with your repairs. Are you really thinking about sewing your own dress?

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