Apparently having Christmas decoration themes that change every year (and require you to buy new decorations) is a thing for some people. But nothing so absurd and wasteful will ever be a thing for me. This has nothing to do with decorations, really. My grandmother moved to assisted living on Tuesday. Yes, on Christmas Eve Eve. So this year the holidays were a weensy bit hectic.
The place she was leaving was not the house where she lived for 50 years (getting her out of there was the stuff of nightmares) but a condo in a high rise that she bought and my parents and I renovated. Yes, we talked an 88 year old into buying a fixer upper. Soon when I’m on a break from renovations and you’ll get to hear more about that.
Anyways, last Sunday I helped my parents pack her up. the plan was to have professional movers bring out what she was taking with her and leave the rest until the place needs to be emptied. They didn’t want more clutter in the basement rec room, which was already cluttered with my stuff. But after realizing that it would cost less to get everything out right away, my dad was all for it. And here’s what the basement looks like now.
My parents may have been sad to lose me. Really. But now that I’m taking most of this with me I’m sure they can’t wait till I leave. You can see that the style of furniture I have now puts my original ideas for how to decorate my house out the window. But after the house ate all my money, free furniture is the most expensive furniture I can afford. I can replace things later if they don’t suit me, but it’s equally likely that I’ll never care enough to do so. Knowing that I’m not being wasteful makes me happier than any furniture ever would.
And on the Christmas gift front, behold! All the door hardware I need for the entire house, plus a few extras. And those outlandishly fancy pocket door pulls are what I got for Christmas. Yes, reproductions. I tried to put in old beat-up things wherever I could, but I needed huge pulls to cover damage to the doors and old pocket door hardware can be really expensive. I’ll take nice door knobs over furniture that matches and/or is in style any day.