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Goodbye, House

July 29, 2009


Tomorrow is goodbye to our house. Dina says I need to go from room to room and do a little ritual to make sure I gather up all the leftover good energy from all the years of family laughter, pool splashing, holiday dinners, art making, board games, and hours of good late-night conversation. I think I will do that, but will leave behind many good wishes for the new family.

This place has been well loved — the hub for a transient extended family over the years. It’s the only Marshall grandparents’ house that my grandchildren can remember. Some of them are a little sad, but I know they will love visiting us in our new surroundings. Trips are already being planned.

This is also goodbye to my blog friends for a few days. Today is when our cable connection will be gone. Tomorrow we hit the road in two cars — with the kind assistance of my niece — with 3 dogs, 2 cats, and all of their necessities. We will stop overnight halfway there. Today is a rush of final packing and tossing.

It turns out that the animals will be staying at a kennel owned by the daughter of my best friend from high school, right down the street from their new home. They will be in very capable and trusted hands. I can’t wait till the dogs get to run in that big back yard. What a thrill that will be.

A very big thank you to all my loyal blog readers for being here day after day. I promise to always try to keep it fun. So for now, happy creating. We’ll talk soon.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2009 5:31 am

    Homes are one of the few things we can create in this world. No matter if it is a mansion or a one-room rental, we put our love, energy, family and things into these spaces. It sounds as if your former home was a wonderful creation, so no doubt your next one will be, too. I love the thought of your leaving positive energy behind for the next residents. I do believe those positive thoughts will be felt by them.

  2. July 30, 2009 7:59 am

    best wishes on the big move!

    i’ll be packing up some of my own paintings soon; i’m shutting down my florida satellite studio, as that property is finally sold (my main studio abroad will remain as is). i have to move the paintings and supplies to storage at another property in alabama. so i’ve really enjoyed seeing your pics of how you packaged your work for moving and storing. very helpful.

    i look forward to future posts from your new studio!

  3. July 30, 2009 12:59 pm

    it’s sad leaving a house isn’t it but then it’s joyeous new beginnings too – I’m going to be doing this in a couple of months as I’ve just sold my house – I like the ritual idea!


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