After Spring Break – a couple of days in Nashville with college girl. She is a bit of a foodie, so she picked and we experienced 2 new favorites - Fido in the Hillsboro West End near Vanderbilt for breakfast and Sinema housed in the historic Melrose Theatre for dinner. I will keep you in suspense on what else we did until I get the photos printed and maybe even scrapped. We got a late start on spring break as she had been down with a nasty cold most of the prior week. But she is well rested and restored now and back at school.
After St. Patrick’s Day – on our way back home, we had a St. Patty’s Day lunch buffet complete with corned beef and cabbage as well as shepherds pie at Ellendale’s.
After the Estate Sale Auction – aunt’s house, contents, firearms (yes, plural), and car all sold on Saturday. All things considered, it went better than expected. Just a little clean-up remains before the closing on the house, and this will all be behind us. We are pleased that a young growing family will be moving into the old spacious rambling house. The new owner works for his dad’s construction company, so they will be able to do the appropriate renovations. You should have seen their excitement!
Until you’ve experienced it, you cannot fathom the amount of latent stress associated with the process of clearing up someone else’s estate. The hard work of it wasn’t so bad, but why does there always have to be a bit of extended family drama associated with the passing of loved ones – even 3 months later. I am so relieved to see the stress of that responsibility lifted off of hubby now that things are settled. He spent most of Sunday recuperating in his recliner - fighting off a bug of his own.
Lessons learned – 1) Downsize while you are still young enough and capable enough to do it yourself. And 2) If there are bequests of personal property that you have promised, implied or intended to make to extended family members – include them in your will or at least commit them to paper now! Everyone will thank you for it.
With Easter coming this weekend, and hubby traveling a bit this week, I am naively hopeful that I can catch up on some blog reading (already started at 3 a.m.) and maybe even finish a half-started layout that has been sitting in the studio for more than a week. So if I don’t get around to Sian @FromHighInTheSky and friends on this Memorandum Monday to see what all you have been up to – know that I am bound and determined and on the path to get caught up soon. Never mind that I said that same thing two Mondays ago; now it might really happen.