By the end of February, I had a house ready for sale.
The most difficult things to sort through for me were the family pieces, handed down from generation to generation, and all the holiday decorations and dishes, that occupied a room of their own. I purged and gave many pieces to my children. What remained was contained in 2 bins. I saved one small bin for the trailer and one large bin to remain in storage along with the family pieces at my Aunties.
So times and life directions have since changed, and I am now at my Aunties with my Granddaughter. My remaining things are here in bins, my trailer is in storage for winter, awaiting new adventures and I'm feeling a bit like a fish out of water.
After Thanksgiving I helped decorate the church for Christmas so it seemed natural to come home and decorate the house for the holidays.
Years ago, I made a tree in a sleigh for my Auntie and Uncle. We redid the decorations with Teddy Bears for this year....With a Teddy Bear Standing Guard.
I brought up my Aunties decorations and we decorated the living room. With Aunties blessing, I decorated the family room with the remaining Christmas decorations I had saved.
Obviously, reducing the amount of things I possess has not my diminished my ability to form sentimental feelings to things. Although I have observed that having some of my things around me has helped me approach Christmas not as it was, nor as it was planned, but in a new way.
While I feel somewhat suspended between the life that was and the life I planned, I am busy embracing life each day.
Emmit got his 'collar' off today.... and proceeds to check out the decorations.
There wasn't room for all of the ranch village I had saved but it was good to see this bit of the ole ranch.
The decorations are in place,
The cooking begun,
Now it's time to.....