so im in a bit of weird place…
thank you Tom...
A while back, John (my husband) was driving to work around 6:45am and saw an old man hitchhiking down west second…being that he was old, small and a bit drunk..John picked him up, the guy asked for a ride to shari’s and filled up Johns gas tank, which led him to believe this guy was probably decent..through the 8 min. drive, John learned that his name was Tom and he was 73 and his wife died october 8th and 1:04 in the morning, and he was desperately sad. We’ve gone by several times to check up on him and shovel his driveway, bring cookies and company etc..and over this course he has come to the conclusion we are the last two decent people in McMinnville (not true but sweet nonetheless) and has decided also, that he wants to pass on to me, all of his wifes sewing/crafting things. At first I was so not into that, it just seemed so weird, and felt like I was stealing or taking advantage of an old, sad widow, but then, since no one took anything, he literally threw away her two thousand dollar serger and computerized janome sewing machines…ACK! I was so bummed! So…on saturday John and I went by and he gave us, count them…1 2 3 4 5 garbage cans stuffed chock full of fabric and batting and pillow forms, emroidary hoops…you name it! And now he wants me to come over and help him go through the rest of her stuff and take it, but I feel so weird still…doesnt that seem weird? Im thinking I will pack up everything that looks sentimental or important and put it in his storage without him knowing, and dump the trash and take the things that truly are worth giving away (i.e. sewing needles, ribbon etc)…what do you think? He wont talk about kids, says dont ask, but I know they both have some so I want to save the important things. Im also afraid that in a year, when the grieving starts to lessen, he’ll really regret giving away all his memories of her. And he often talks about how he gets drunk and just gives stuff away that he can’t remember…he gave me literally ALL of her jewelry, which i categorized into little baggies and I think im just gonna hang on to and not touch…cause i have this sneaking suspicion that he or one of his related will want that, some pieces are incredibly vintage and lots of junk, but nonetheless, I would want my mothers old jewelry, not some girl who never knew her…anyways..comment please!
Lacy here…Warning…this is my first time putting my words into a blog. I’m afraid Sophia is a much better writer than I am. So here goes…
Every year I make a New Years resolution or two. I typically don’t write them down or even tell anyone. But this year is different. Yes, I will accomplish some goals this year!
1. First off…I need to finish what I start!!! I’m ALWAYS starting fun crafty projects (or cleaning projects for that matter) and never finish them! The first thing on my list is to finish the quilt I started for my grandma in 2006. It’s a cathedral window quilt with the ‘panes’ made of pieces of my grandpa’s shirts. He passed away summer of 2005, so I know my grandma would love to have this.
2. I need to get my home in better order (and I will be blogging about this alot in the near future!) I need to declutter, simplify and organize. Along those same lines I need to make a list of daily ‘chores’ for myself so I can keep my house ‘drop-in-visitor ready’ 🙂
3. Start on DIY Christmas gifts early! No more crazy late nights in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
4. Stop spending money on pointless (cluttering) junk! This will make my husband (and my bank account) veeeeeeeeery happy!
5. Of course, the obligatory weightloss resolution! I never drop all my baby weight while breastfeeding, so I need to go easy on myself…but I do want to drop those last few “Solly pounds” plus a bit more.
And here is my adorable excuse for the extra chunk around my midsection…
- the ever growing “must haves”
So… about a year ago I really started wanting to sew, like really really…I would go to sleep at night with little dresses and shoes, blankets and peasant tops dancing in my head…For christmas I got the raddest brother sewing machine a girl could ask for (thanks mom, dad, david, illy and ange!!) and i’ve begun collecting books here and there that are full of amazing patterns and ideas and mostly how to’s, and with Lacy teaching me I think i’ll really be able to see some fruit of all this studying!!!
on another note..we had a break in last night!! ack! I woke up for no good reason (mothers intuition) and just started walking down the hallway when I realized all the lights were on and the laundry room fan was blasting away..of course i assumed John had for some reason left all this on before he went to bed (he stayed up till 1230 playing scrabble haha)…as I passed the bathroom I saw the light was also on and went in to shut it off and there was a man peeing in our toilet holding himself up on the counter…hmm…my first thought was “wow, John must be up and getting ready for work…” and exactly at the same time I thought “I just saw John asleep in my bed”…very disconcerting let me tell you. Im so proud I didn’t yell and startle the dude..I just booked it back to our room and flipped on the light (thus flipping out my husband ha) and told him there was a man in the house, to which his eyes grew bigger than big, and scooped our sleeping one year old off the bed and high tailed it to the nursery where our 2yr old was snoozing…John jumped into pants and stood at the door wondering how to confront said stranger, he handed me the phone and said “CALL SOMEONE!” haha, we were both so sleepy still, I called 911 and commanded the poor lady to hurry the heck up..John told dude to leave, then realizing he was extremely drunk realized he probably wasnt very coordinated or threatening and got closer and after freak asked my husband “whats up?” a million times he finally left..but! The police were on their way, so John went outside to see where he went and he was at our neighbors attempting to break in there!! fast forward..he got arrested, they found a knife in his pocket, we pressed charges, and John and I havent slept since! whee!!! actually it was somewhat amusing after the whole ordeal, but mostly incredibly violating..to see a complete stranger inyour HOME, one room away from your sleeping baby..man that was weird for sure.