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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Checking In

Right now, I am staying with my brother in Pittsburgh. I came here to finish cleaning out my Dad's house and bring back some of the furniture. Today, David and I went through just about everything, clothing, tools, drawers, closets...there's not a ton of things left but it was a very emotional day for me. I kept thinking that I shouldn't be doing this and that any minute my Dad would come through the door asking why we were going through his things. It was surreal and I got very emotional and cried more than a few times while we were working on it. Especially when my husband was trying on shoes that my Dad bought and never wore...I just kept thinking that this was so sad. I know that it had to be done, and yes, I have been putting it off basically until the very last moment before the weather got too bad or the house sold and I was forced to come in the winter to clean things out in a hurry. I still don't like it though.

Tomorrow, we have our first open house. Someone stopped by the house this afternoon to look at it while we were there, she has small children and seemed to like the house ok. She may have been put off a little by the price but she said that she was coming back during the open house with her husband. I would like a family to have the house. It would be nice to have children growing up in it again. I think the house would like it.

On the stitching front, I ordered more stuff, oh, I am SO bad. Samplers this time, some quakers and some schoolgirl ones from Threads Through Time and Samplerworks. I got my order from Silkweaver too for Sarah Tatum. I got inspired by the samplers posted on Legacy stitched by Carol (Samplerfarm).

I also want to thank everyone who came to read my blog about the Autumn decorating. I can see the photos just fine but apparently no one else can. I copied them from my blog, apparently blogspot doesn't approve. I guess I will have to break down and get a Phototrail or webshots account. I'll do that when I get back to New York.

Well, it's 2AM so I need to try to sleep. I can't seem to let my mind get quiet, all I can think of is my Dad and work and all the other thinkgs that go bump in the night.

I will post some pictures too, I received my redwork exchange from Helene in France. She stitched the cutest little chick and made it into a small wallhanging. It's so nicely stitched and made. There is such talent on the boards. I love it and I will hang it in my kitchen. I love red. It's my favorite color.

Well, good night all my stitching friends.


Nicki said...

Just sending a hug because it sounds as if you've had a tough day. {{{{{}}}}}}

Patti said...

Sending hugs Joannie as I know how tough this was for you. One day at a time my friend and your dad is always with you in your heart. (((((((hugs to you))))))

Joanie said...

Oh, thank you! The weekend was an emotional rollercoaster for me. I lost it when I finally closed the house up and realized that it probably would be the very last time I would ever be in it. At my Dad's funeral, I was pretty detached, I think everyone does that to get through that time. Going through the house brought everything into clear focused reality. I realized that I will never see him or talk to him until I see him in heaven. I think that all the feelings that I buried during the funeral and the time right after it came to the surface.
I really appreciate you and your cyber-hugs. I am blessed by you and I consider you not just cross stitch pals but REAL friends. Thank you again for your comments, they brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat.

KarenV said...

I'm a bit late checking in, but here's some more {{{{{{hugs}}}}}} for you Joanie - I know how difficult this is for you.