Monday, July 26, 2010

Treasured Memories ~ Part 1

This post is one of the hardest ones
I think I have ever written

when my Dad's sister came down this year
she came with a purpose

the farm has been sitting
without care, without heat
for 2 years now

it is deteriorating
and getting worse as the time goes on

back in the 70's
it was signed over to the 5 kids
so that was my Dad, his brother and sisters

there were a lot of items distributed at that time
to the family members
along with an auction to sell off other things

when Grampy passed away
in 1994
more things were divided up
but there were still things left there.

Last summer some items were taken out of the farm
without permission of the remaining 4

it is something that has divided the family
made things very hard

I feel out of sorts
and out of it mostly as since Dad's passing
we don't have a say anymore about what goes on...

so when 3 of the 4
gave me the opportunity
to go in and take a look around
I was looking for memories...

knowing my love for dishes
and the memories these ones brought
I was tickled pink to get these....

I also love all things "Eaton"
as I worked there for 17 years.

Aunt Sue, Heather & I went through some of the items
that she packed up to take back with her

we spent an evening going through papers
and pictures

lots of treasures

these were a fixture in the old kitchen
I remember them well...

loving this old scale

this is my great grandmother Helene
sorry about the picture quality ~ and the glare!

my great Uncle Earl

this is my grandmother and her sister

this is my g
Great Grandmother's high school
entrance certificate ~ dated July 1899

These were some of the items that I wanted to get shots of
before they were packed up and handed down
to the next generation.

Gina and I were lucky enough
to go back in while she was here
and go on a treasured memory hunt of our own

more on that to come...



this free bird said...

Oh Lori I can relate to this so much and feel your pain...won't go into detail here.

So happy you were able to go in and retrieve some special items. The pictures are incredible and I love the scissors. Have a pair of my grandmother's that are very similar.

xoxo to you dear heart.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh Lori I understand your pain. When Honey's dad died the house became a shrine and everything in it held a memory. He was able to pick out important keepsakes, but his mom auctioned off his whole workshop and has pretty much erased him from the house. I understand...she's remarried now and it's painful, but it's also weird. There's not even a picture of him anywhere. said...

Ugh, I hate going through someone else's stuff after they have passed. You got some great stuff there though. I can see why you would want them. Loving the china cabinet behind your cousin! Just gorgeous!

Cathi said...

What precious memories, Lori....beautiful post, my friend...I know how you feel about this having gone thru this myself! xxoo :)

City Girl said...

You have a way with words captured my feelings and thoughts as well. Guess we really are a lot alike. As we said when we went through the farm, we have so many memories that pictures and things cannot capture...they are in are heads and our hearts. They go with us everywhere...even miles away! Miss you! xo