Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Unfinished

Mom is home and in order to fit the hopital bed in my parents' room, Dad had to take their big bed apart. The plan has been that he'll sleep on the floor and I work dilgently to get my room packed up and organised so that the stuff thats getting moved to Colorado with Luke and Myself can be stored in the garage, and I will keep the things I need with me for the next two monts sort of accesable but portable. Well, I've been in this tiny room for almost two years now and have figured out how to put things in every nook and cranny. Not to mention we've got lots of sewing stuff of my moms.
Mom is in hospice care , and it is clear that she isnt going to be getting better. As the only other sewer/qiulter I am realising these things are now in the "Jess's Stuff" category as well. Whew. Are you as overwhelmed as I am yet? I thought it would be a while before I aquired all of moms great tools of the trade and fabric stash. Im pulling out boxes and files knowing that many of these things are projects that she intended to get to but didnt. This has become a lesson in finnishing projects I've started. There are many of my mothers projects that I dont know what they were intended for, or what the final goal was. Others that I have no idea what phase theyre even in. It's daunting. There are some special fabrics I KNOW are special, but I'm not quite sure what meaning they hold, as they are unmarked/labled. I'm having to decide what to keep and what not to keep. Am I really going to get this project that A.) Wasnt originally mine and B.) I have no idea what phase its in?
I confess, I'm purging a lot. I'm finding good homes for pattern books, and fabric I don't quite care for. I'm tossing some projects I know are over a decade old and have no "hope" on my list of things to do and create. There's still a lot. It sort of scares me to think about being a frequently moving golf pro's wife with all this "stuff." It seems to be that gone are the days of packing everything I own into the back of a VW bug and taking off. :)

7 comments:

girlyhurley said...

I'm so sorry. I know how hard that is to go through that stuff and know that your mom had other intentions. . . we've been going through that ourselves. . .

Yes it is a good reminder to get our projects done. . .I really don't want to see my list of projects. .. That is overwhelming!!!!

Your family is in our prayers! I'm here for you if you need anything!!!

Lori

Grandma G said...

That must be a tremendously hard job. Seeing every one of those "to-do's" must hurt, because it's like a part of your mom.

Moving is always a good thing for getting rid of excess. Just think how organized and unburdened with 'stuff' you'll be (hopefully!) after you marry Luke and get to moving around! ;)

I think I need to move. It's been 36 years... YIKES!

Thinking of you, Sweetie... with prayers....

The Luedtke Family said...

Oh Jessica,

I cannot even imagine doing something like that without tears. Does your Dad have any recollection about the materials and projects?

Find the prettiest and most memorable fabric. Look for any other coordinating embellishment like ribbon. Give it to one of your other mothers (like Cindy), and ask them to make you a hankerchief to pin under your dress or hide in your purse for your wedding day. It can be your old, in the part of old, borrowed, new, and blue. Perhaps the blue will fit too. Have the other make two, one to save for Valerie.

Prayers for comfort and peace to you and your family.

Katie said...

Tough job. Prayers of comfort & peace are being at the Wiebe's.

Little Spouse on the Prairie said...

What a wonderful inheritance of fabric from your mom! When my Dad went to Heaven I saved all his flannel work shirts to make a quilt for one of his grandsons. My prayers are with you in this tough task! Love, Janice

Jenny said...

I'm so sorry Jess. We'll be praying.

k said...

Jessica, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I am a stranger and yet you and she and Cindy flit across my mind often.

You're close to my heart...