I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a Happy start to 2012.
I've been just a little busy - the day after Christmas, my sister, my mom, my daughter and I drove to my Mom's house in Upstate NY to pack up her house and put it up for sale. We had a couple of deadlines that loomed over our heads. On Thursday of last week, we needed to be ready for the auctioneer and on Friday the movers were scheduled for 9:30am. That gave us 3 days to sort/pack/throw over 50 years of my parent's household. Not only did we have my mom's collections, my grandmother's collections were intact too! My mom is moving into an assisted living facility in Wisconsin near my sister. Her new apartment has 3 rooms - bedroom, living/kitchen and bathroom. Needless to say, Mom had to part with several pieces of furniture. We joked she is going to have to have antiques in the bathroom!
My sister and I are dividing up the family antiques that will not fit into my Mom's new apartment. I wanted this antique blanket chest that now sits in my living room. It's a great old piece with square nails and is made from wide single boards. Just like I like things - old and primitive.
Above the blanket chest, an antique oil painting now graces our living room. This painting is of my great - great uncle who died when he was 11 in 1858. No one else likes this picture of Great Uncle Willy - creepy eyes that follow you! My sister and I used to scare ourselves silly stealing glances at him when we were growing up. He was never hung in a main room in our house, I don't know why, guess my Mom didn't like the picture either. I just LOVE this painting now and my sister couldn't get it into my van fast enough!
We contracted with ABF freight to drive the remaining parts of my Mom's household to Wisconsin. They are arriving sometime this week, so we'll be driving to Wisconsin this weekend to set up my Mom's apartment. I have some other treasures on the truck that I will show you as soon as I bring them home with me! Now, I'm off to catch up with all of you - I've missed my blogging friends the past week and a half.