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A Lifetime of Magazines

July 15th, 2007 at 08:56 pm

I continue to chip away at my new task of clearing out my parents house.....not totally clearing it out, just the parts mom gives the go ahead on.

Today was a carnival here........craigs list folks, freecycle folks, both the door bell and the phone ringing non stop. (the chihauhau went a little nuts)

When my son arrived for a visit, he kindly carried up the 4 boxes of National Geographic magazines of my dads. We had used them for school reports as well as general reading material in the house for all the years I can remember. It was odd to see them all head to a new home. (still can't believe someone WANTED them all....the collection went back to 1952 and up through 2000)

As I'm finding all these collections new homes, I am continually tightening up my list of what is important to me. Boxes of magazines.....absolutely not. Do I want to "collect" anything? I don't think so. Interesting thoughts as I wade through the stuff here. Things important enough to build custom book cases to fit the collection of Natl Geographics for heavens sake. (also a custom book case for the Readers Digest books)

I knew my dad was an odd duck, but I'm getting an even closer picture of him by going through all his things. Pretty darned sure I don't want anyone going through my things after I die.....most likely that is why I'm able to trim down my trappings these days.

No spending today, ate fresh veggies & salads from the garden. Feel quite productive this evening as I realize what a mountain of stuff I moved out of here today; the 50 years of magazines, 2 rockers, a coffee table, an old table top game set up, a home made balance beam and a 1962 set of World Book Encyclopedias! TA DA!

6 Responses to “A Lifetime of Magazines”

  1. baselle Says:

    Sister and I did the same thing with our parents National Geographics, and they had a bookcase made especially for them too. NG was one of the first magazines to go for color pictures and fascinating articles about the early space program. Historic, kind of, but those suckers are heavy!

    I had similar feelings about stuff, too, while we were cleaning. My mom especially thought that this stuff was worth something, but it went for pennies on the dollar during the estate sale. Much better to sell or give away before your heirs have to!

  2. yummy64 Says:

    Woo hoo! You rock finding all those possessions new homes where they will be happy and cherished! Way to go!

  3. Nic Says:

    My partner just went through her grand and great grand-mothers letters,recipes,pics,quilts,dishes...you name it,it was there. Whatever we can salvage will go to charity. Many pics had NO names or dates on them...sad....we're starting to mark dates and names on our stuff to save someone else the trouble.

  4. boomeyers Says:

    Do people really want old encyclopedias??

  5. Ima saver Says:

    Some people will take anything!!

  6. fern Says:

    I'm sure it is a unique experience to be going thru all your dad's things, and i have sometimes wondered how painful/poignant it will be when that happens with either of my parents. I love them both as parents today, but i suspect i will get to know them better as individuals at that time.

    I've been enjoying small helpings of blackberries and raspberries growing around my yard...organic!

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