Good morning, everyone!
Yesterday was a pretty busy day and I got loads done!
First of all, I popped out to Tesco to get a few things on Dad's list (and a few on mine too). There weren't many shoppers at that time of day but there were a lot of staff fulfilling Internet orders so it seemed quite crowded.
Once home, I had breakfast with dad before starting off the washing (his sheets are changed on Fridays) and then going up to Mum's office. Mum was a very tidy individual but she was also, like me, a hoarder, so there was a lot of 'stuff' that really was only fit for chucking. I got waylaid several times - for example, she used to edit the church magazine for several years and has kept every copy in files. It was fun to read back and remember things. I didn't chuck those, of course.
I found photo albums and a photo of Mum that is perfect for the order of service.
I went through her sewing cabinet that Dad made for her in the early days of their marriage and which is such a part of my childhood memories as it was so often out and being used. It wasn't a sewing machine table, just a thing on wheels for storing all her sewing stuff and, if I had room, I'd take it but I don't. I now have enough sylko/sewing thread to last me and Beth for several years to come, all the colours of the rainbow, some very, very old.
I had to laugh. For months I have been searching high and low at home for some knitting patterns I know I didn't throw away and which I wanted but couldn't find them anywhere! You've guessed what, haven't you - yes, there they were in a plastic box. At some point I must have lent them to Mum and we never got round to handing them back again. So now I have plenty of choice of what to make with the pack of aran yarn I have in my cupboard.
She also had lots of paper patterns but most were very old and incomplete and had to be ditched. I have a few though that I am sure I will use over time.
I haven't started on the chest of drawers yet although I did go through them about a year ago (at Dad's request) and filtered out some stuff. I may do a bit after church this morning.
So, yes, bitter-sweet, not as tearful as I expected but plenty of warm memories as I went through things.
Today I am accompanying Dad to church. He didn't go last week, obviously, so it might be a bit emotional for us but the ice needs to be broken, so to speak.
Then I may do some more clearning out and this afternoon I'm setting off home again. Once home, there will be plenty of unpacking and finding homes and also a bit of planning for the only tuition session I am doing over this holiday, for my eleven plusser tomorrow morning.
So a busy day ahead of me today but it should be OK. Hoping yours is too.