As promised, here is a look into the long lost-at-sea cargo that has taken nearly 3 months to get here and that has been seriously in danger of being discarded as…meh…who needs it?
The first box I opened had, right on top, a bicycle helmet and baseball gloves and a baseball. OH NO! COULD WE HAVE BEEN THIS STUPID?? That baseball glove hasn’t been used since I was in …grade 10? Honour wisely reminded me that we made a lot of decisions in a very little time, so relax.
I’m happy to report that was the low point and it was pretty much all great after that.
Some years ago I read an article about an army Mom who had to move her children every 2 years. For some reason, maybe because moving every two years is a bit of a fantasy of mine, I remembered her strategies. One of them was to have the family photos to be the last to be packed and the first to be unpacked. In other words, do what you need to do to make the house feel like your home. Have some meaningful artifacts that follow you around that define your family. I’m glad I remembered that.
There are many things in the pictures below that have come to me through some pretty talented women. I have put links below of where you too can source these things.
So here are the things that came with us:
First – how they came. Here it is arriving, being unloaded and …my life in boxes. That’s it, that little pile.
All and all I think we did pretty well. There are definitely things we are kicking ourselves about. Dave – about the sound equipment that took years to accumulate and that he sold for a song. Me – kitchen tools that aren’t cheap and that I actually use. I almost bought a pie plate tonight, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. Do you know how many I have?? And all the pamper chef items, kitchen aid etc…oh what was I thinking leaving them to my girls! They’d better make good use of them!
Anyhow – I do love the things I brought. Whew!
Sources you should definitely check out. I mean – if I was so happy with their products that I had them shipped 1/2 way around the world, well, you should look in your back yard don’t you think?
Jewellery by April. One of a kind! Really. (I have a testimonial on the page called “feel the love”).
The cookbook I love so much – Cooking With Sin – written by my childhood friend/cousin/buddy Carla Johnson. Recipes, containing alcohol, that come with heart warming stories. It’s not like anything you already have. You can order one here.
Several of my home decor things came from White on White which is not there anymore – but you can follow Cheri’s (owner) blog and stay up on the things she’s finding beautiful right now. It’s mostly a picture blog and such a breath of fresh air. Maybe she’ll open another store some day – or something online!
5th Avenue Jewellery – if you’re looking to supplement your income and you love jewellery you should talk to Michelle. She’s completely turned her financial life around with 5th Ave.
Sounded like a lot of commercials there but you know what – I love my hardworking, creative girlfriends and seeing all their contributions to my life and the beauty that surrounds me does my heart good.