The past two weekends have been full of fun and work. My son and grandson have helped me clean out the basement, throwing away tons of stuff I’ve been carrying around with me all over the country, and sorting through papers that need to be shredded, along with magazines and other things that can go in the recycling bin.
I have been feeling pretty down lately just thinking about leaving here where they are so close. Colorado is just WAY too expensive to stay here. They just raised my property taxes $1,000 to $4022+. So, now, I will be much further ahead in TX with no income tax, even thought the taxes on that property are higher. But I will definitely miss my boys!
Anyway, I am so grateful that they took the time the past two weeks to help me with this mammoth project! There is no way I could have done this by myself. There is still more to do, but we have made a big dent in the work that has to be done. Once I get rid of the stuff I don’t need, I can start moving other things into boxes together so I won’t have so many boxes to load.
I have 2-1/2 weeks to get it all done. Time is going sooooo fast! My grandson has helped by taking care of lots of stuff that he wanted. Two large bags of mementos and a toy chest full of stuffed animals went home with him today. He gets very attached to things when he knows a story about them, and particularly if they are mine. I think my son was a little worried about taking all that stuff home and what my daughter-in-law was going to say. But my grandson was determined! I hope it goes well.
He took my flute–a sterling silver instrument that my dad bought me when I was in 6th grade and invited to play at the community orchestra concert. I was the only non-adult with that great honor. Things have changed over the years, and I no longer have the embouchure to be able to play it. But I loved playing it for many years, often having solos during performances. I was pleased that he wanted to take it home. Such a long time ago!
I will be glad to be back in Texas with my great neighbors and friends, but I will miss my boys so much! Surely without them, I would not be who I am!