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Friday, November 2, 2012

Not much time for Stitching

For all those people who have moved house recently, we now know how it feels.  Our house sale has just become unconditional, so now we can go forward with our plans.

DSCF3263 Our agent attaching the Sold sign

With five weeks to go, there is a lot more to happen before the actual move out day.  DH and I have been in this house for 29 years, so you can imagine what is hiding in wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, the garage and the shed.  All sorts of things, and a lot that we had forgotten all about.

We have had a garage sale, listed some things on Trade Me, and given a lot away.  “Dress for Success” is a charity which passes on corporate and office wear to women who do not have anything suitable to wear to a job interview.  They received several nice jackets and other items from my days of working in the big city.  The local OP Shop is continuing to receive bags of stuff on an ongoing basis as I continue to clear out cupboards.  I even found a home for some worn flannelette sheets.  Seems that the garage who services our cars buy used sheets from the OP shops, rip them up, and use them as rags to wipe their oily hands.  The mechanics have been happy to take several pair of of flannelette sheets off my hands – must admit that whenever I have replaced my winter sheets the old ones just got pushed right to the back of the linen cupboard.

So you can see why I haven’t had much time for stitching, although I did a little mending the other day, but that wasn’t very interesting.  What I did squeeze in though, is cook up another lot of kiwifruit jam.  (I couldn’t have left the fruit much longer, my big container of kiwifruit was extremely ripe.)  There’s something rather homely and therapeutic about making jam, (and making soup too, in the winter) that appeals to me.  And there is nothing nicer that admiring the jars of jam in the pantry which you have made yourself. 


Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Good luck with the move. You are so lucky to have been in one home for so long. I was trying to think how many time I have moved in the last 29years. Too many to count!!! I hope I'm not moving again any time soon.

You're so right about the jam making. I used to put up 100 jars of jam per year. Looking back. I wonder how I did it!
There's a great feeling of satisfaction when you see those jars glowing on the bench.

Maria said...

Best wishes with thepacking up of your house...
I remember what it was like when we moved here after 28yrs in the previous house. It's hard work...

Linda said...

Believe me when I say that I know exactly what you're going through, preparing to move. It's torture to go through now, but in the end you'll be SO glad you did! It's a wonderfully unburdening feeling to purge oneself of "stuff!" Stay the course! You won't regret it.

Katie said...

Wow. I have never lived in a house for that long. I'd like to! :-)

Leeann said...

Wow when I first read this post I thought you said 5 days not weeks! I'm relieved now that I have re read it. All the best with the clearing out and packing. Do you know where you are moving to yet?