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Remembering Charlotte

The house that Charlotte lived her entire life in; she shared the house with her mother.

The house that Charlotte lived her entire life in; she shared the house with her mother.

Slips and toiletries and an old fashioned designed bathroom.

Slips and toiletries and an old fashioned designed bathroom.

It was clear that Charlotte lived tastefully.

It was clear that Charlotte lived tastefully.

On this cold and snowy January day, I was struck by the amount of strangers on our street running in and out of 46 Clarendon Place. A beautiful center entrance green colonial. A house that was always discreetly quiet. Charlotte lived there her whole life with her mother. I knew very little about her. She outlived her mother by only a few years. Rather sad in a sense. Now that she had died and there were no surviving family members around, the house was quietly sold and without warning, estate sale signs came popping up and so did the crowds. As I walked through the house, I relished at all the old fashioned items. It was almost like walking through a museum. She loved literature, Vermont, Wedgwood and fine linen. She liked fine china, crystal and daisy jewelry. It was clear that Charlotte lived tastefully. Estate sales are a little different from garage sales. They can fetch a better price and usually have items available in every room. Estate sales tend to take place for 3 reasons all beginning with D –death, divorce and downsizing. Maybe it’s because I would exchange hello’s with her on the sidewalk, or maybe because strangers were rummaging though her cherished possessions haggling for a lower price, or maybe it made me realize that one day people will be tossing out my things I thought were so prized, but it just simply made me feel forlorn. All of her adored possessions being tagged with 1/2 price after 12 noon today signs. Life is fleeting. Another reminder on a snowy cold January day. RIP Charlotte.

 

 

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things as Christmas 2013 comes to a close.

A few of my favorite things as Christmas 2013 comes to a close.

Anything homemade from my kids I cherish! Woo Hoo a foot rub!!

Anything homemade from my kids I cherish! Woo Hoo a foot rub!!

The Christmas tree is coming down today. The decorations are being taken up to the attic for safe keeping. The gifts are being used and the memories are fresh. Our hearts are filled with gratefulness on this chilly day. I thought I would share a few of my favorite things this Christmas season. Yes, every year I say “I do not need a thing!” But, Yes, I received the Sound of Music CD – the Carrie Underwood version. Yes, I received the Sound of Music DVD of the original Julie Andrews movie. Yes, I received a Michael Bublé CD as a result of his outstanding concert and have over played track #7 “Close Your Eyes”. I love that song!! I overplay songs. I can’t help it. I am a monogram fan. Anything monogrammed. Door matts, vests, jackets, necklaces, earnings – you name it. Our kids all chipped in and got us tickets to see Wicked. So thoughtful. Other favorite items include: gift cards (impersonal? who cares! I love um!), anything from Garrett Hill, chocolate from Switzerland, lotion and soup from Bath & Body, anything pineapple (my Virginia collection), my reusable Starbucks mug for free refills all of January, tervis tumblers, a necklace from my man, and the gosh darn cutest “best things in life are free” coupon book. Yes, I am cashing in free hair brushing, free shoulder rub at the computer and foot rub. No extra charge for lotion! I’m hoping for double coupon days. Here’s to a great year!