I am so busy packing that the holiday season is taking a back seat in my life. Christmas shopping is not an option this year and my craft shows are a distant memory. My life is getting up to boxes, tape, bubble wrap, paper, & lots of STUFF to pack. Even though I have given several boxes (of STUFF) to St. Vincent's, I know there will be more as I go through each room.
I divided lots of Christmas STUFF to give to our kids & re-packed up the rest. I have a tree I got my hubby at my 1st craft show, all decorated in coke memorabilia. He loved it & I plug it in every evening to enjoy, by myself usually. Thankfully I have that or it wouldn't have any signs of the impending holiday. I have to move a small desk into my dining room to use as a buffet of sorts. I plan to put up a little vintage white tree I got at an estate sale this summer on top, with some vintage ornaments I've been collecting since then. I just got into the vintage theme this year. I promise to take a picture after I get it decorated. After the holidays, I will be decorating the desk for staging.
My hubby has already started his job & came home this weekend to the fun job of painting. We have a cathedral ceiling in our living room, dining room, & kitchen combo. The whole caboodle got a wonderful paint redo, with the exception of the kitchen and hall to come next weekend. My brother in law & hubby worked all day painting & I am so thrilled to have that much progress in a single day.
But now my dear hubby is gone until next Friday night and I am here alone mostly, except for Sophie (our dog) and our cat, Mocha. Unfortunately Mocha had a stroke a couple of weeks ago & although she isn't suffering, it is apparent that she is going down hill. She sleeps most of the time (not unusual) and this week has substantially dropped her food & water intake (unusual). She still loves attention and I call her ~little old lady~ because she is nearly 17 now.
Our kids stop in & give me a hand and I got out for a few hours of shopping with a friend to buy several items to freshen up the house for sale time... a kitchen rug, candles, donuts...hmmm, not the donuts for the house, for my stress!! I wish I wasn't a stress eater!
Last but not least, going to church on Sunday morning is a sanctuary in the stress of my life. I am so thankful for that!
So I will keep on packing until I am done, paint & clean until I am done, and primp & stage until I am done...I will mark each milestone off my list. Then ultimately our home will be ready for sale & a new family to come.
May you check things off your lists and feel the accomplishment that getting things done can bring...