I am from the east coast of North Carolina, although I have now lived in Alabama for more years than I ever lived in NC. My siblings and their families still live in NC and so does my Mama.
Flights home are rather expensive, although, if I am the only one traveling, flying is sometimes the cheapest mode of travel. But I prefer that Mr. Menace go with me and so it is usually much cheaper to drive the 600 miles.
We decided to stop at my brother’s on the way and visit with them, give the kids their gifts, spend the night and then drive on to Mama’s the next day.
I only get to see my Mama 2-3 times a year, which isn’t enough, but we try to get as much out of our visits as we can. I always tell her to make a list of things she’d like help with while I am there and we try to mark as many items off the list as we can. This trip she really wanted help getting her weaving shed cleaned up and some things moved so that she could comfortably and safely move around in there and do some things she wants to do on her own.
*Many Thanks to Karren over at Oh My Heartsie Girl for featuring this post on her blog! I’m #5 on her list.*
This isn’t a totally finished AFTER photo, but it is an after photo of what we intended to do, which was to get it organized enough that she could go out there and work safely. I didn’t take any before pictures, but imagine a room with stuff strewn around so that walking was difficult.
We threw away some trash, vacuumed the floors, hung some decor on the walls, and rearranged furniture to fit the room better and to leave some open space for walking.
And the thing that started the whole project?
Mama wanted to put candles in the windows for Christmas. She had them in the past and the flickering light (battery operated) in the windows was a welcoming sight when pulling into her driveway year ’round. But when she went into the weaving shed to put the candles, she realized what a mess she had.
The loft holds most of her weaving looms.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day playing with the antiques and you know I love home decor and rearranging furniture, so this was just a FUN day for me. And being able to help my mama with a project that she needed done was a bonus.
Do you like to have lists to work off of? Are your parents still with you? How often do you get to see them?