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Back from Oshawa, and back on Live Journal, for the first time in the longest time. My life, once spinning out of control, is now resuming some semblance of normalcy, or at least as much as it can.

We finished Kathy and Pat's last trip to Dad's. They dropped off the keys to the place with Margaret. I still have a bit more to get (read: my car is overstuffed), and need to make one final trip to pick up two light-but-bulky items.

The house is now almost completely empty. The basement is denuded of stuff, except for Dad's ancient but incredibly sturdy work bench, a couple of couches and a matching chair to that couch, and a 1970's-model console stereo. The appliances and window treatments are going with the house (not that anyone in the family has any use for old Eaton's Viking ranges and stoves, or for old Sears washers and dryers).

Console stereos. A concept that doesn't exist anymore, thank goodness. They were nice pieces of furniture, but they were as bulky and unwieldy as a Lazy-Boy. Many have been converted to dry bars. I understand the radio might still work, but the turntable and 8-track don't... not that it would be all that easy to find 8-tracks of, say, Lady Ga-Ga or Black Eyed Peas. The sucker is about 3/4 of a metre high, a half-metre deep and a metre across. That's a hell of a lot of real estate for an AM/FM radio with two speakers.

On the top floor is Dad's old desk and office chair. The couch (the matching love seat is on its way to Sturgeon Falls with Kathy & JP) and one table lamp and table are temporarily in the living room - they're spoken for, and going. There's some miscellaneous junk in the kitchen. One bedroom has a box spring and mattress. Everything else - the bedroom suites (one from about 1950, complete with hope chest), the rest of the living room and hall furniture, every picture on every wall, everything - is gone.

It was nice-but-sad seeing my sisters, brother-in-law and stepmother again. Kathy & JP even brought down their son Francois with them (nowadays he sports a beard as thick and black as a Saracen's, he looks a bit like Blackbeard the Pirate). It almost felt like the last time, to be honest, after all the trips that we, especially Kathy & JP and I, had made in clearing the place out. Well, as they gave their keys to Dad and Mom's place over to Margaret, it is. I'll be back for one last pick-up next Saturday and then as far as I'm concerned, it belongs to the new owners.

As I got ready to enter the car, I had one last look around the back yard of my youth, had a little sniff, steeled myself, and got in the car. I did feel a bit like I was abandoning my parents there, but I've even packed them away with me, in my happiest memories, to be taken out and admired whenever I'm feeling sad.

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Date: 2009-04-13 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dejana.livejournal.com
*hug* Good to see you again.

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Date: 2009-04-13 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lordshipmayhem.livejournal.com
Thanks! It's been a sad time, dealing with the death of your last parent, especially with my family so scattered (Mom passed away a few years back, Margaret and Dad met in grief counseling, Margaret had just lost her husband). Still, it's coming to the end of that phase and I'm ready to move on.

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Date: 2009-04-13 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dejana.livejournal.com
I'm glad to hear you're rounding that corner. :)

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Date: 2009-04-13 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lordshipmayhem.livejournal.com

I can smile again.

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Date: 2009-04-13 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hysteriachan.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're back, too. *hugs*

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Date: 2009-04-13 02:24 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] haruhiko.livejournal.com
*hug* Glad to see you back. Sorry that things have been so rough lately.


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