Thursday, May 8, 2014

The One Where We Hunt the Wild, Elusive Blogger

In the month since my last post, I've been frantically working on commission pieces and (semi-successfully) sorting my belongings.

Let me tell you, it is tough working full time and trying to move to the other side of the world. Keeping things running has been cutting into my move prep and sleep time, and I am really beginning to feel it. Not being one to ask for help much, I felt a little sheepish calling out to all my friends for assistance, but I'm so glad I did. One lovely friend drove up from the Madison area at the drop of  a hat to help me get things in order (I'll tell you more about that later); another will be coming on a Sunday in a couple of weeks; still another is currently vacationing in Switzerland but made a point to reach out to me and let me know he would be home next week and available to help; another friend is flying in from DC to visit and help in a couple of weeks; then my brother, his wife, and their two boys are coming the first week of June. I'm tearing up with gratitude and relief just typing this. There's even a contractor in the house as I type fixing things up so it will be ready for sale next month!

Back to this past weekend... My friend Trish is just the awesomest of awesome. She drove four hours to help me get through as much as possible in a weekend. She set me up on eBay, then took pictures and listed eight collectible dolls there for me. It took hours. While she was riding jockey on the computer, I sorted through boxes from my laundry/storage room.

We decided we could use a bit of lunch, so drove a big Rubbermaid bin full of books to the library for donation and went to lunch.

Arriving back home, we thought we would get to work on the studio, but I wanted to put the small amount of things to ship to Australia in the hall closet, which was full of crap. Where to put the closet things? To the garage!

It took all afternoon, but we sorted and cleaned the garage, all while inhaling an inordinate amount of dust and mouse poo, I'm sure. I can actually pull my car in far enough to walk around the tail end while the garage door is closed. You have no idea how huge an achievement that is!

Showers, dinner and a bit of frivolity ensued.

Then came the studio! We went in and I began to sort, handing things to her. Just having her sit there to assist me in working out what stays and what goes was immensely helpful. She didn't even tell me until we were half-way through the sort that the boxes and boxes of things I was getting rid of would be going home to Madison with her. She plans to sort it, bundle things together, take pictures, create a spreadsheet so I can assign values, list them for sale through another friend's blog (Megan is not only funny, she's one of the sweetest people I know), ship out said items, and send me the money when she's done. Shut. Up. I started crying right there.

Here is the back of her SUV full of my things.

You can't see them, but there are NINE (9!) UFOs in that load. Trish promised that she would find volunteers to finish them and donate to charity. Isn't that wonderful?! I'm so pleased to know either someone who needs them will have a quilt to wrap up in or it will be auctioned off to support a charity.

I'll give you a look at the quilts I've been working on next time. Are you doing anything exciting? Spring cleaning or moving? I would love to hear what you're up to.