Monday, May 7, 2012

Cleaning Mom's House


Well, well, well, it's me Jane!

The last couple months have been a little crazy, sad town over here. 
My sister and I have been working on cleaning out Mom's place.

For those of you out there in your 60's, 70's please know that in this day and age you no longer have to keep all your
bank statements, your electric bills, your phone bills or your credit card bills.  
Think of this as Public Service Announcement
don't do that to your children!!

Mom had boxes and boxes of this stuff.  
And the worst part, back in the day, 
they just put your social security number on 
every bank statement for all to see.  
I shredded enough paper to supply a ticker tape parade in every state!!!

It's hard cleaning out your deceased parents house.  
You come along so much fun stuff.  
My sister and I would find pictures and sit down 
and go through all of them....
we'd find a drawing one of did in first grade that Mom kept and we'd sit down and talk about that....we'd find a old pitcher and talk about it........
needless to say this process has not gone fast.

We found some old books..........




And Mom's Diary.......

This will be fun to read!


We found this chocolate box.  Look how cute it is!



Mom's toy gun when she was a kid. It weighs a ton, solid metal!

We found a few of these bottles. 
My sister says they are old prescription bottles??
Does anybody know?


And Momma loved her pottery! 



And now comes the time my sister and I get to fight over who gets what!!

HA HA.........I kid........I think.....


More stuff to come.........Red Wing dish set...........


10 comments:

  1. We lost our mom and dad within 6 months of each other last year. It's been hard and we are just getting around to clearing everything out so the house can be sold. The paper trail is endless. My mom was a writer and she has pages and pages of her stories which we will treasure, but soooo much to divide. Daddy was a pastor and we have sermons boxes after boxes. Thing is, we can't read anything he wrote. Only mama could. Which we had been able to decifer those. Oh my. What a gold mine! Thanks for sharing. So many of us are there!

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  2. I know it will be me to go through my Mom's house when the time comes. She has so much but just can't get rid of stuff. It's hard I know but like you said, you are also finding things that bring back good memories!

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  3. Hi Jane, we are going through a similar situation. I think my parents kept everything! Old bank statements, receipts, books, report cards, pictures,you name it they kept it. It is very bittersweet going through this stuff. Good luck, just know I'm right in there with you.

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  4. Hi Jane,
    Good to hear from you. I have been away from blogging too and probably for the same reasons you have been. Bruce passed away on January 26th. He was so strong throughout the two year battle and never gave up hope. He was really an inspiration to so many. I've been adjusting.....not easy but I try to stay busy.
    I know it's got to be difficult to go through all of your Mom's belongings but I'm glad it's also bringing back some good memories for you and your sister.
    Take care.
    Jane

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    1. Oh Jane, I didn't know. I am so, so sorry.
      Two weeks after my Mom passed away my ex husband died from a rare form of cancer. We were jr high, high school, college, sweet hearts. We always remained best, best friends. I have been devastated over losing him, I can't even imagine your loss.
      My thoughts are with you.
      Big hug.
      And I swear some day we need to go antiquing together!!!

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  5. Hi Jane,
    Good to hear from you. I have been away from blogging too and probably for the same reasons you have been. Bruce passed away on January 26th. He was so strong throughout the two year battle and never gave up hope. He was really an inspiration to so many. I've been adjusting.....not easy but I try to stay busy.
    I know it's got to be difficult to go through all of your Mom's belongings but I'm glad it's also bringing back some good memories for you and your sister.
    Take care.
    Jane

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  6. Some great things, and some wonderful memories. My parents are both 84 and I know they won't be around much longer. It's good you have your sister.

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  7. My mom died a year ago and we are still going through this. It was so awful and hard for us. We couldn't even walk inside the house at first. I have several boxes full of things. It really upset me at first but I've been slowly learning to look at the things with happy memories instead of sad. You are strong!

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