Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Betty's Busy Summer

Hello My Blogging Buddies!

My summer so far?

Well, let's see.  Finals week was a week-long stressfest.

Then I went to a five day intensive workshop on technology in the classroom and almost blew out my brain cells from trying to learn how to incorporate  them there I-Pads in the classroom.

During that week, my divorce was finalized.

After that, I flew off to Kansas to visit my family and friends.  (I had a lot of fun and a Certain Very Nice Man visited Kansas with me!)

When I got home, a contractor called and wanted to know if I needed work done on my house.  Yes!  I replied in a frenetic tone and so two days later, I signed a contract and right now I am in the midst of moving everything out, boxing things up, throwing things in the trash and sending lots of items to Goodwill.

It's exhausting, both physically and emotionally.  This house was saturated with stuff, both physical and emotional from my past.  Cleaning out closets involved sending lots of HOB's (now XHOB) clothing to Goodwill.  I threw in my wedding dress for good measure.  I am boxing up the hundreds of family pictures I have taken over the years, each one reminds me of the passage of time and of the life that is no longer mine.

So, yes, it's exhausting and it's scary.  I am making major decisions on my own for the first time.  I may be making big mistakes, but there's a certain thrill in knowing they are MY mistakes to make.  I am investing and caring for a house that needs serious attention--a house that was ignored and neglected for way too long.  If I had time, Betty Readers, you KNOW I would make a five hundred word essay out of this subject, but, lucky for you, I have boxes to pack up.

I have to get ready for the painters, and the asbestos abatement people, and the carpet guys.

I have a lot to do.

Time to get moving.

Time to move on.


Here are some pictures of the current action around my house.


My Hallway--soon to have new Pergo.


Ceiling in bedroom--last chance to look at water stains and use as Rorschach test.



Decorative hole in wall--checking for mold



Current state of my garage.


I SO miss you all and promise I'll be back, haunting your blogs again soon.

I'll check back in when I can!  


32 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful BB!!!!! Asbestos!??! Yikes!! Get out of there! LOL!

But seriously!! I'm just so happy there's a Certain Very Nice Man in the offing for you! :-)

Take care
x

SueAnn Lommler said...

Whew!! I am tired just reading all that is going on.
A nice gentleman huh? Well good for you!!
Enjoy the mess!
Hugs
SueAnn

Hilary said...

That's a lot of work but it sure sounds like you have the energy and oomph to do it. And I like the sounds of XHOB, but not nearly as much as knowing there is a Certain Very Nice Man in your life. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Good on you for getting after this stuff, Betty. And yes, they'll be your mistakes. Revel in them. It's all part of the fun.

ellen abbott said...

What better time to divest yourself of the remnants of XHOB! Divorce is final, time to get rid of the stuff he left and the vestiges of his residence there. Re-make your house in your image. When the boys get older and settle down give them the old photo albums. You have a new life to document. Yay!

Robin Larkspur said...

Out with the old, in with the new!! It does sound and look daunting at the moment, but wow, will it be fab soon! And all yours! Sometimes mistakes are like happy accidents, as Bob Ross used to say! I think I can safely say that your readers are happy for you, and proud of you! Way to go, dear Betty!!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Betty I am so inspired by your strength- You rock.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Betty, it's all good! So what if you make mistakes? They will be YOUR mistakes. Be darn proud of them!

john said...

Enjoy the house makeover. HANG ON to the photos tho - resist the urge to burn any pictures with XHOB in them. You'll want them later. Maybe MUCH later, but you'll want them at some point. At least most of them - it's OK [and quite therapeutic] to take a few to the range. It improves one's marksmanship... :)

middle child said...

May I suggest a nap? You are right. That wouldn't even put a dent in the rest you need. Please tell me you're a drinker. If not, how do you survive? If it makes you feel any better...my garage looks the same AND so does my house!
As for the Rorschach thingie....it is a baby in the womb.

Mamma has spoken said...

WOW you look busy! But then isn't that what summer vacation is for :o/

Pat Tillett said...

You are clearly moving on! Happy to see it Betty...

jenny_o said...

Very therapeutic work! And it's good you have a large block of time to concentrate on it and get it out of the way. Good luck with all the hard work. Looking forward to "after" pictures :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Good for you! I'm so proud of all the work you're doing. And a Certain Very Nice Man went to Kansas!....oooo Betty.

I'm not far behind you in the house department. We are moving in a few weeks and mine is currently in the same state as yours. Here's to a fruitful and efficient organization. For both of us.

Tabor said...

Lots of big things going on. You seem to be handling all this stress well and it looks like pulling off the scabs means less scars below!

Brian said...

Oh my goodness, you need some catnip and a nap!

Nicole said...

Sending you good vibes!

Nicole said...

Sending you good vibes!

Ms. A said...

I don't envy the "in progress" but I know I'll be green with envy, "upon completion".

Good luck!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think the spot on the ceiling looks like a blossom and is a sign of your rebirth as independent wonderful person.

Ann said...

I need to do roughly the same thing here at my house. After all the practice you get there, when you're finished you want to come help me?....lol

Pat said...

Sounds like a huge undertaking, but one that you can handle. Must feel cathartic to get rid of exhusband's clothes. Me? I probably would have had a bonfire with them!

Hope the remodeling goes along smoothly!

Lin said...

What a great way to start the summer! While it may be a mess and a lot of work, I think it will be nice to start fresh with all that paint and carpet (or Pergo). :) I'll bet it is nice to be able to do things that YOU want to do for a change. Hooray!

Baby Sister said...

Looks like you're in for a busy summer. :) Change can be scary, but so good. I'm excited for you and your house!!

Peggy K said...

Okay, I'm coming clean here. We talk about you when our Scrap Cellar chicks get together to scrapbook. We rode the ups and downs of all you've been thru this past year. And last time we were together, someone asked if they thought you had an "interest" in your life. So you have a fan base in Illinois who are delighted at the thought of a Certain Very Nice Man in your life.

And HURRAY for moving forward with getting things done. Goodwill customers appreciate it as well!! As far as any mistakes go, they only make you a stronger, smarter person! So embrace it all!

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice to hear from you, you have been busy

annie said...

Glad to see you forging ahead with life. You are doing it!
Hugs!

Daisy said...

It's surprising the amount of "stuff" we accumulate over the years, isn't it. I'm glad to hear you are doing well and moving forward, Betty. Sounds like you are very busy, but that's a good thing, I think. I'm happy for you that there is a certain very nice man around. :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. so good to hear you're having fun, making major decisions and getting on with things (even better) .. and just generally being you - great news .. continue to enjoy despite the hard work et al ..

Cheers Hilary

baygirl32 said...

wow that'a a lot you have on the go - busy busy

Retired English Teacher said...

Oh my, what a project! I know this seems so difficult, but I am so happy that you are making the decision to make all the repairs and changes. Like you said, if you make mistakes, they are yours to make.

Heidrun Khokhar said...

Yes getting rid of clutter is a huge emotional drain. I think we all tend to cling to too much. Photo journeys are a treasure and sometime painful. But after time even that changes.
House reno seems overwhelming!